Question for those who have had both a E90 and E92 M3

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  1. 9 Jun 2019 at 8:48 PM #1
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    How do the seat compare at their lowest settings. I’ve test driven A few E90a recently and the seat seems to be really high even on its lowest setting. Been a while since driving an E92, so wondering if it’s the same or a lower more sporty position.

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  2. 9 Jun 2019 at 9:13 PM #2
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    Close but no cigar, I've had an e93 and an e90 m3. Cant say I noticed any difference, I could be wrong as I had a year gap of ownership inbetween.
     
  3. 9 Jun 2019 at 9:31 PM #3
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    I had one after the other and don’t remember noticing a significant difference. However, fitting M Perf seats to the E92 made a significant difference and improvement.
     
  4. 10 Jun 2019 at 7:36 AM #4
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    The 92 seat does feel high ,ihave it on the lowest setting and still seems high, im 5'9'' so not really tall, now my 220i the seat goes really low in that, i think its the bulkyness of the electric motors that is the reason why the 92 sests wont go low enough
     
  5. 10 Jun 2019 at 4:47 PM #5
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    Thanks. By improvement I'm assuming you sat significantly lower? Might have to try a coupe as well then. I've looked at fitting the performance seats in the E90 and you still need some additional stuff to anchor the seat belt - so adding stuff like VAC mount adds some hight again annoyingly.
     
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    Yes a touch lower; they have 2 height settings, but you sit more on them than on them, which is better.
     
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    I think the E93 has a lower more raked windscreen, so you feel higher, I might be wrong though.
     
  8. 14 Jun 2019 at 5:08 PM #8
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    Thanks for all the responses. Drove both back to back (well, 2h gap in between) and I’d say that you sit a bit lower in the coupe. There’s not loads in it and, for me at least, they both sit too high.
     
  9. 14 Jun 2019 at 5:27 PM #9
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    How tall are you? Fitting aftermarket seats lowers the driving position significantly.
     
  10. 14 Jun 2019 at 5:51 PM #10
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    I’m not particularly tall, just shy of 6ft. It just bugs me that you can’t sit low in these cars. I used to own a 330i with manual seats and you sit a good few inches lower, in the fully electric options it feels like you’re sitting on the car.

    Realise that I may be in the minority.

    Looks like aftermarket or the M Performance Seats are the answer.
     
  11. 14 Jun 2019 at 5:53 PM #11
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    No, you are 100% correct.

    The M Perf seats made it a very special car and were great in terms of grip and support for track days.
     
  12. 14 Jun 2019 at 10:29 PM #12
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    You are definitely not in the minority. I'd say your observations that the driving position is too high for a high performance car are correct.

    I've just fitted Recaro Pole positions to mine with VAC hardware and Recaro sliders. The position is now perfect for me.
     
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    Spot on. Until recently I had a e90 325i as a daily and was able to get a much better seating position than in my m3. No comparison otherwise however :D
     
  14. 17 Jun 2019 at 10:10 AM #14
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    Good to hear positive feedback from someone who’s had them. Am I correct in saying I’ll need to get the active headrests and passenger occupancy sensor coded out?
     
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    Yes, I had mine coded, was pretty straightforward as the performance seat was an OEM option.
     
  16. 23 Jun 2019 at 5:27 PM #16
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    I have had 2 E92 M3s.
    The first one, was late 2007 build, and I definitely felt the seat was much too high, as soon as I sat in it, and even after a lot of fiddling/adjustment it was just something that I grew to live with.
    The second one was (is) late 2011 build, and it is definitely lower, and I do not even have to put it at its lowest position to get it just right.

    I am 6'1"-ish.

    I do seem to recall that sometime between 2008 MY and 2010, there was a change to the seats, in the coupe, which was intended to address the criticism that the seats were too high.

    Not sure whether the same change happened in the E90 M3, possibly not - can't remember when they stopped making them (2009?)

    Is there anything in RealOEM which might confirm this?
     
  17. 23 Jun 2019 at 7:51 PM #17
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    Haven't sat in a E92 but the seat in my E90 ('11) is a bit high. After 5.5 years with the car, with love every single day, its clearly not out of wack at a level I don't accept, but yes still a bit too hight (comparing to previous E60 and if I remember right even my 2009 E91 335i, but manual seats).
     
  18. 23 Jun 2019 at 10:06 PM #18
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    You are right the stock seats are far to high. Ive heard that the bmw performance seats are barely any lower than stock, but have no experience.
    Ive recently fitted some recaro cs seats in my e90 m3 with vac floor mounts and they probably sit a good 2.5-3 inches lower than the stock seat at its lowest.
    It sounds a bit confusing with the mounting situation and coding out lights etc but it’s quite straightforward really
     

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