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      08-22-2008, 02:01 PM   #1
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Sacrificing style for safety?

I know this is purely a matter of personal taste... but for those who don't yet know, the headrest design is being changed on all M3's to a new active headrest design... great for safety, but I think it looks pretty horrible!

See the pics below... the new design is on the right. Yuk!

I wonder if it is possible to swap it out for the previous design?
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      08-22-2008, 02:05 PM   #2
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So whats the big deal?If its safer it is better no?
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      08-22-2008, 02:13 PM   #3
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No offence... but that sounds like a bit of a Health & Safety response!

My point is simply that the design could have been a lot better, the new one just looks awkward somehow. I for one would be happy to sacrifice the (very small) improvement this may make to safety to keep the old design!
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So whats the big deal?If its safer it is better no?
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I don't think they look bad at all, and if they're safer than the others, win-win!
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      08-22-2008, 02:26 PM   #5
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both look aight to me, no biggie
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No offence... but that sounds like a bit of a Health & Safety response!

My point is simply that the design could have been a lot better, the new one just looks awkward somehow. I for one would be happy to sacrifice the (very small) improvement this may make to safety to keep the old design!
I guess the difference is that my neck is still worth protecting
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I know this is purely a matter of personal taste... but for those who don't yet know, the headrest design is being changed on all M3's to a new active headrest design... great for safety, but I think it looks pretty horrible!

See the pics below... the new design is on the right. Yuk!

I wonder if it is possible to swap it out for the previous design?
I'm with you man I think they look like crap. Looks like they were taken out of an 1980's shit box. Keep the old design BMW.. I understand being safer but come on.. at least keep the design the same. Stupid liberals!
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      08-22-2008, 02:59 PM   #8
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Not a big deal in my opinion. . .the overall design of a single headrest isnt going to make or break a deal for me. . .
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OMG, those looks like CRAP!

I'm SO GLAD I have an '08.

Those seriously look like they've been lifted right from the Ford Taurus SHO!

I can see, safety is important, but a bit more thought into "style" could have helped.

I'm assuming this is for US models only.

Those really are hideous looking. Nice find!
+1, finally found a reason to be upset I am getting an '09
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      08-22-2008, 04:31 PM   #10
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I knew someone would see the light eventually... as I said at the start of my post, it's a matter of personal taste but I don't like them!

@ Gearhead999s - I've had some muppet crash in to the back of me at around 45mph a few years back (before active head restraints) and my neck is just fine... my head didn't even fall off! :P

@ Lazlo - I'm afraid it looks like this will be for all markets! I got the PDF of the BMW international site... also has the Euro seat bottoms...
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Interesting. I had never heard of this "active headrest" design. I assume it works the same as this.

Hopefully this doesn't interfere with putting LCD panels in the headrests.
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broken neck or stylish headrest...hmmmmmm that's a tough one
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+1, finally found a reason to be upset I am getting an '09
Ditto... those are pretty dang ugly. It's like a big lego block on top of an otherwise nicely sculpted seat. Oh well.
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      08-22-2008, 06:42 PM   #15
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Why couldn't they make them look like the old ones? Can I have Euro bottoms at least?

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Noob question, what exactly do the new headrests do? How are they active in a crash?
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Noob question, what exactly do the new headrests do? How are they active in a crash?
I think they tilt forward to prevent your head from snapping back?
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In other news, BMW decided to redesign the front of the M3 for crash effectiveness. Here what it looks like now...




























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Looks like they redesigned the side too...
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Noob question, what exactly do the new headrests do? How are they active in a crash?
I included a link in my post on how they work.
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