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      06-26-2009, 09:21 AM   #1
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Silly Q; why velcro on seat belt latch?

I've had the car for about a year now, and have yet to figure out why there is a velcro strip around the latch part of the seatbelt on the drivers and passenger's side.. I don't think the rear ones have these.

Anyone know the purpose?
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      06-26-2009, 09:34 AM   #2
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I believe it is to prevent scratches on the side of the centre console... but could be wrong.
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      06-26-2009, 09:55 AM   #3
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I believe it is to prevent scratches on the side of the centre console... but could be wrong.
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Glad they did something but velcro seems like an interesting choice.
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      06-26-2009, 10:09 AM   #4
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It would rattle like a bitch against the center armrest without the velcro.
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      06-26-2009, 10:18 AM   #5
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Werd, this was a problem on the E46
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      06-26-2009, 10:20 AM   #6
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Glad they did something but velcro seems like an interesting choice.
Yep. Felt would have been a better choice IMO, and equally cheap I guess.
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      06-26-2009, 10:39 AM   #7
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It would rattle like a bitch against the center armrest without the velcro.
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      06-26-2009, 11:10 AM   #8
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It would rattle like a bitch against the center armrest without the velcro.
Yep, this is the reason
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I did the same for my E36 as it rattled like crazy at times. BMW took my idea!!! J/K...
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      06-26-2009, 11:39 AM   #10
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I believe it is to prevent scratches on the side of the centre console... but could be wrong.
100% correct, since the seat belt recepticle is fixed to the seat when moving back and forth.
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      06-26-2009, 05:21 PM   #11
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I thought it was a nice touch. What you get in a 70K car vs a 30K car. Never noticed it being velco, thought it was just felt or some other similar fabric.
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      06-26-2009, 06:36 PM   #12
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I thought it was a nice touch. What you get in a 70K car vs a 30K car.
My MINI has this too. It is basic practicality, necessary even in <30k cars.

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Never noticed it being velco, thought it was just felt or some other similar fabric.
It looks like the part of the velcro on the right side of the picture below


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      06-26-2009, 11:30 PM   #13
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I wish they would've splurged and put some black felt in the bottom of the door bins.
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      03-30-2013, 11:12 AM   #14
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Velcro

They put the velcro on becasue the belt clip rattles against the center console. That rattle drove me nuts
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      03-30-2013, 12:08 PM   #15
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Always wondered what that was for. Makes complete sense now.
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      03-30-2013, 03:00 PM   #16
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_AMN! M3 post is a Genius Bar! I was curious about that Velcro too.
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I bought the car used so when I saw the Velcro I thought the previous owner put it there because it seemed too cheap/ghetto to have come from the factory like that
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      04-01-2013, 04:15 PM   #18
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I don't think it's "ghetto" at all.

In fact, I am impressed that BMW had the forethought to add a simple feature that protects the long term condition of the vehicle.
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      04-01-2013, 04:51 PM   #19
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My 2006 330i didn't have the Velcro, and the latch definitely scuffed the center console. I didn't notice a rattle but there might have been one.

When I got my E90 M3, it had the Velcro, which seemed like a nice simple fix. But I was somewhat surprised that BMW chose that as their solution.
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I really wished that BMW had hired a team of twenty top-notch engineers to create a perfect material to use for this seat-belt cushion. They could have spent 13,000 man hours in R&D, then years of road-testing and analysis (at the Nurburgring), then owner surveys, and eventually added $400.00 to the cost of each M3.

Or...

Someone went to Deutsche-Pep-Boys and bought a roll of Velcro at EUR 0.20 per meter, and said, "Eureka!"

I'm just amazed that people that didn't even know it was there, now care about it being Velcro. :O


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Sorry if people feel insulted, but surely any logically-minded person could figure out what the felt material is for, no? I'm sure a reasonable person without any knowledge about cars would be able to come up with a reasonable answer without too much time. At the very least, scratch protection would have come to mind.
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      04-02-2013, 07:30 AM   #22
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Holy pointless thread revival Batman!
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