E90Post
 


GTB Performance
 
BMW 3-Series (E90 E92) Forum > BMW E90/E92/E93 3-series General Forums > Regional Forums > UK > UK Technical Forum > Finally: heated seat retrofit working



Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      12-19-2011, 12:23 PM   #1
Sir_Pigley
Captain
 
Sir_Pigley's Avatar
 
Drives: 525d M Sport
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Banbury

Posts: 843
iTrader: (0)

Garage List
Send a message via Skype™ to Sir_Pigley
Finally: heated seat retrofit working

There's good news (mostly for me) and bad news (mostly for everyone else):

For those who did not see some of my earlier posts I'll recap. My current 330d E90 M Sport has the interior from my old car in it; this means the seats were heated seats, but the car had no wiring to make them work.

Following someone's earlier post about this guy, I contacted him to wire up the heated seats in my car. This guy has no premises and is based in SE London, so I agreed to meet him when I was on a business trip to London so he could fit the wiring. I was a bit nervous abut leaving my car and keys with this guy, but took the risk because he seemed a genuine chap (I also hid a phone in the boot which was trackable using Google Latitude).

He had made up wiring looms to a very high standard (for which he charged 50). The switches I got from Quarry Motors (45) and a new fascia panel for the switches from BMW (19).

It was a massively complex process to fit the wiring. The entire glovebox and lower trim under the dash was removed. The fusebox was dismounted (because the looms fitted in to the back of the fusebox so that they used the correct fuse locations as per factory fit). The head unit and climate controls had to be removed as well as both front seats. The wiring was routed from near the back of the head unit down under the carpets to the correct location under the seats. The wiring was inserted correctly into the plastic plug/socket under the seat, just as per factory connections. Everything was reassembled and the airbag lights reset etc. This entire process took over 4 hours and this guy charged 50 (YES that's just 50 - scarcely believable) for labour.

The only thing he could not do (because his mates computer was broken) was program the heated seats to work. Hence I was again nervous that I would get back home and find that none of it worked, because it could not be tested.

So I visited Motorite in Warwick today to get the programming done (they were recommended to me by Crackley Garage in Kenilworth) and basically it all went according to plan. 57 quid fro the programming and I have lovely heated seats working in my car. I am a happy bunny.

I was very impressed with the attitude and competence of the guy who did the wiring. It was done to an almost factory fit standard (maybe there was no other way to do it, but even so I think the standard was excellent). He did forget to put the fuses in the fesebox, but he realised afterwards, texted me the information and put two sets of fuses in an envelope and sent them to my home address. I even lost a Torx bit from my toolset when helping him and he posted one of those to me as well. So I can vouch for his work ethic, his integrity and his competence.

Now the BAD news: he's buggered off home to Vietnam and is not planning to come back - so nobody else can use him for the same job - SORRY!

It is nice to know it's possible though, but I don't know where you could find someone who could do this so cheaply.
Sir_Pigley is offline   United Kingdom
0
Reply With Quote
      12-19-2011, 12:45 PM   #2
idnan
Major
 
idnan's Avatar
 
Drives: Alpine White 335i
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Birmingham

Posts: 1,467
iTrader: (9)

I just want to add a +1 to this. I met the same guy on Saturday to have the heated seats retrofitted to my car. My car already had the wiring looms fitted for some reason but so I only had the elements fitted. I may have to do a bit of wiring but I'm fairly confident in doing that myself as I have read that a few changes need to be made to the passenger side looms on electric memory seats. I'm just glad that I managed to get it done before he left.

Great to hear that it was successful and about you finding a local place (to me atleast) able to code them, I will definately go see them.
idnan is offline   England
0
Reply With Quote
      12-19-2011, 01:56 PM   #3
acerboo
Brigadier General
 
Drives: e92 335d lci
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: kent

Posts: 3,640
iTrader: (2)

Quote:
Originally Posted by jdcampbell View Post
There's good news (mostly for me) and bad news (mostly for everyone else):

For those who did not see some of my earlier posts I'll recap. My current 330d E90 M Sport has the interior from my old car in it; this means the seats were heated seats, but the car had no wiring to make them work.

Following someone's earlier post about this guy, I contacted him to wire up the heated seats in my car. This guy has no premises and is based in SE London, so I agreed to meet him when I was on a business trip to London so he could fit the wiring. I was a bit nervous abut leaving my car and keys with this guy, but took the risk because he seemed a genuine chap (I also hid a phone in the boot which was trackable using Google Latitude).

He had made up wiring looms to a very high standard (for which he charged 50). The switches I got from Quarry Motors (45) and a new fascia panel for the switches from BMW (19).

It was a massively complex process to fit the wiring. The entire glovebox and lower trim under the dash was removed. The fusebox was dismounted (because the looms fitted in to the back of the fusebox so that they used the correct fuse locations as per factory fit). The head unit and climate controls had to be removed as well as both front seats. The wiring was routed from near the back of the head unit down under the carpets to the correct location under the seats. The wiring was inserted correctly into the plastic plug/socket under the seat, just as per factory connections. Everything was reassembled and the airbag lights reset etc. This entire process took over 4 hours and this guy charged 50 (YES that's just 50 - scarcely believable) for labour.

The only thing he could not do (because his mates computer was broken) was program the heated seats to work. Hence I was again nervous that I would get back home and find that none of it worked, because it could not be tested.

So I visited Motorite in Warwick today to get the programming done (they were recommended to me by Crackley Garage in Kenilworth) and basically it all went according to plan. 57 quid fro the programming and I have lovely heated seats working in my car. I am a happy bunny.

I was very impressed with the attitude and competence of the guy who did the wiring. It was done to an almost factory fit standard (maybe there was no other way to do it, but even so I think the standard was excellent). He did forget to put the fuses in the fesebox, but he realised afterwards, texted me the information and put two sets of fuses in an envelope and sent them to my home address. I even lost a Torx bit from my toolset when helping him and he posted one of those to me as well. So I can vouch for his work ethic, his integrity and his competence.

Now the BAD news: he's buggered off home to Vietnam and is not planning to come back - so nobody else can use him for the same job - SORRY!

It is nice to know it's possible though, but I don't know where you could find someone who could do this so cheaply.
warm bums all alround then
acerboo is offline   England
0
Reply With Quote
      12-19-2011, 06:01 PM   #4
DavS1
Major
 
DavS1's Avatar
 
Drives: Emfree
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Glasgow

Posts: 1,161
iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2011 BMW M3  [0.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by jdcampbell View Post
Now the BAD news: he's buggered off home to Vietnam and is not planning to come back - so nobody else can use him for the same job - SORRY!


He sounds like a nice chap to know! he'll be fixing scooty's in vietnam for fuck all now.
__________________
http://www.e90post.com/forums/signaturepics/sigpic97427_1.gif
Monte Carlo Blue M3 Comp
DavS1 is offline   Scotland
0
Reply With Quote
      12-20-2011, 10:53 AM   #5
foxy-stoat
First Lieutenant
 
foxy-stoat's Avatar
 
Drives: 320 E91
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Sussex

Posts: 343
iTrader: (0)

I have fitted the wiring looms to my E91 but not fitted the new seats yet. If you have the instruction manual from bmw then the wiring isnt that difficult.

Glad you got your warm chairs working tho!
foxy-stoat is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      01-23-2012, 05:31 AM   #6
Cozy
Major
 
Cozy's Avatar
 
Drives: E82 135i
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Surrey, England

Posts: 1,489
iTrader: (0)

It looks like this guy is back in business...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-E90-E9...item3cc12a6807

We'd probably consider using him if he'd come to your house but I'm not sure I can justify leaving 20k's worth of car (and its keys) in a strange place with someone I don't know. Has anyone else used this service?
Cozy is offline   United Kingdom
0
Reply With Quote
      01-23-2012, 05:47 AM   #7
idnan
Major
 
idnan's Avatar
 
Drives: Alpine White 335i
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Birmingham

Posts: 1,467
iTrader: (9)

Quote:
Originally Posted by JamJay View Post
It looks like this guy is back in business...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-E90-E9...item3cc12a6807

We'd probably consider using him if he'd come to your house but I'm not sure I can justify leaving 20k's worth of car (and its keys) in a strange place with someone I don't know. Has anyone else used this service?
I used him and I left the car at his house so I didn't really have a problem with leaving it. I had the same worry and asked jdcampbell about his experience before I went to him.
idnan is offline   England
0
Reply With Quote
      01-23-2012, 06:26 AM   #8
Cozy
Major
 
Cozy's Avatar
 
Drives: E82 135i
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Surrey, England

Posts: 1,489
iTrader: (0)

So, being from brum, where did you go for the quoted 10hrs it takes to do the job?
Cozy is offline   United Kingdom
0
Reply With Quote
      01-23-2012, 06:46 AM   #9
idnan
Major
 
idnan's Avatar
 
Drives: Alpine White 335i
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Birmingham

Posts: 1,467
iTrader: (9)

My mate had a place about 20 minute from the guy's house so I crashed there. He was very helpful and dropped us off and picked us up from the tube station.

I think there are some compatibility issues with electric memory seats so that is something to bear in mind if yours has them.
idnan is offline   England
0
Reply With Quote
      01-23-2012, 10:06 AM   #10
Cozy
Major
 
Cozy's Avatar
 
Drives: E82 135i
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Surrey, England

Posts: 1,489
iTrader: (0)

Yeah I have electric memory so perhaps it's a recipe for disaster. I'm annoyed that the original buyer didn't spec the heated seats but I only want them to say I have them, I'd probably never use them and I chipped the dealer on the price due to not having them anyhow.

Hmmm, I'll have a think but maybe 400 could be better spent on part payment of DP's, lowering or FMIC...
Cozy is offline   United Kingdom
0
Reply With Quote
      01-23-2012, 10:53 AM   #11
Sir_Pigley
Captain
 
Sir_Pigley's Avatar
 
Drives: 525d M Sport
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Banbury

Posts: 843
iTrader: (0)

Garage List
Send a message via Skype™ to Sir_Pigley
Quote:
Originally Posted by idnan View Post
I used him and I left the car at his house so I didn't really have a problem with leaving it. I had the same worry and asked jdcampbell about his experience before I went to him.
I arranged to meet this guy in London when I was there on business. I had to leave the car and keys with him and go off to my meeting. I was worried about the security issue so I fully charged a Nokia e51 phone, installed Google Latitude on it and hid it in the car. Hence if the car were moved I could track its location via Google.

Neverthe less the guy seemd really straight and did a great job. His coding computer was not working so I had to take it on faith that he had done the job properly as I had to get the coding done afterwards. He forgot to install the relevant fuses in the fusebox after completing the wiring, so he sent me the fuses afterwards, along with a Torx bit from my toolkit that he had picked up by accident. (You don't go to that trouble after having been paid unless you're pretty straight)

The heated seats all worked perfectly after getting them programmed and I am very happy. It was a big job and no damage was done to trim - you could not tell had had the car stripped so comprehensively. On top of that some annoying rattles from behind the dashboard disappeared after he had reassembled everything.

He really seemed to know what he was doing and I'd suggest you try to speak to him regarding the electric seats compatability issue and he may well be able to advise you.

He worked for 4 hours on my car and wanted to charge me 50 for labour. I gave him a few quid extra because he had clearly earned it.
Sir_Pigley is offline   United Kingdom
0
Reply With Quote
      08-01-2012, 07:24 AM   #12
Dizzle
Major
 
Dizzle's Avatar
 
Drives: 320d M Sport
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: UK, Staffordshire

Posts: 1,151
iTrader: (0)

You still got contact details for this bloke?
__________________
Dizzle is offline   United Kingdom
0
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
heated seats, retrofit

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:42 AM.




e90post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST