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      12-01-2010, 10:35 PM   #1
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Power seat problem. Cable broke, can't move back or forward. Need part numbers

Ok so I had something fall under the seat and then forced the seat to go. Long story short the cable that goes from motor that moves the seat front to back is broke and now only one side of the seat moves. I have sport seats.

I cannot find the part number anywhere! The cable is not listed on realoem.com. It's a cable with one square end (not sure about the other as I can't move the seat) that goes into motor #1


Edit: Fixed!
BMW doesn't sell the cable and wants you to buy complete seat rails for around $400
I replaced the cable with an allen key. I cut off the angled part and used the "stick" after grinding it down with Dremel to fit. Still works good 2 years later

Here's a picture of what I did


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      01-10-2011, 11:24 AM   #2
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Ok so I went through 3-4 different sites and ordered two cables. Both were wrong, they are for manual seats and not turning kind but push-pull. Part numbers were 52101977954 and 52108156199.
Any idea what part numbers I need? If I take the seat off would the cable have a part number on it?

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      01-10-2011, 11:44 AM   #3
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      01-10-2011, 12:24 PM   #4
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You think an owned of 335i such as myself isn't aware of realoem.com?
It's like a bible to me.
Problem is I can't find that cable there.
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      01-10-2011, 01:12 PM   #5
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You think an owned of 335i such as myself isn't aware of realoem.com?
It's like a bible to me.
Problem is I can't find that cable there.
alright hot shot ! haha just busting ya lets see what i can find since im a online part find whore...which cable exactly
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      01-10-2011, 01:30 PM   #6
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Like I said i have sport seats. I need the cable that with one square end (not sure about the other as I can't move the seat) that goes into motor #1 on diagram that I posted in OP.
The motor rotates the cable which in turn moves the track back and forth.
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      01-10-2011, 01:32 PM   #7
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Why don't you just call a dealership and get the part number (?)
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BOOM !

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      01-10-2011, 03:26 PM   #9
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Not a cable as in electrical cable but a metal cable It physically moves the seat.
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      01-10-2011, 05:05 PM   #10
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Not a cable as in electrical cable but a metal cable It physically moves the seat.
DUDE ur killin me .... on the power seats theres no cable its on a track with a hydrolic motor.



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      01-10-2011, 11:15 PM   #11
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Yes that motor! What does in rotate? It rotates a cable that in turn moves the seat on tracks thru long screw-like contraption I'd show you but my seat is stuck all the way back and I can't get to rear mounting bolts to take it off.
It's going to a dealer on 25th for the HPFP, I told them to check the seat too.
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Ok so I had something fall under the seat and then forced the seat to go. Long story short the cable that goes from motor that moves the seat front to back is broke and now only one side of the seat moves. I have sport seats.

I cannot find the part number anywhere! The cable is not listed on realoem.com. It's a cable with one square end (not sure about the other as I can't move the seat) that goes into motor #1
Once again..............a call to a dealer would have this problem solved in 5 minutes....
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      09-28-2011, 07:10 PM   #14
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http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=252729
Having the same problem.

Car is under warranty but they don't want to cover it. They advised me to buy a new $600 seat rail, screw that.

$1500 for complete install from them.
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      09-28-2011, 10:59 PM   #15
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I replaced the cable with an allen key. I cut off the angled part and used the "stick". Still works good 9 months later
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I replaced the cable with an allen key. I cut off the angled part and used the "stick". Still works good 9 months later
did you take pictures of this? Im having the same problem
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      03-26-2012, 09:47 AM   #17
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I can snap a picture tonight probably, it's in pretty visible location.

BTW the allen key trick still works good
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      03-26-2012, 11:47 PM   #18
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I can snap a picture tonight probably, it's in pretty visible location.

BTW the allen key trick still works good
Pictures would be greatly appreciated. My short cable just broke and it's about impossible to find a replacement.
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I tried fitting the allen key and it wouldnt fit because its a hexagon shape instead of square shape......
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Grind it down a little
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i fixed it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Here's a picture of what I did

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