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#2123 of 2734 Re: Drivers seat modification [dukiedoug]
May 04, 2008 (1:47 pm)
I had the same problem with my 2004 545i's seat. I am 5'5' and the driver's seat was very uncomfortable. I needed a 1.5inch pillow (I used a very firm lumbar support pillow) to sit on, just so that the seat's comfort was tolerable. I drove around like that for 3 years, embarrassed every time I pulled in for valet parking or carwash. When I was looking for my next car, I was very turned off by BMW b/c of the seat problem. Someone on this board recommended the comfort seats. I was doubtful, but I tried it and it is great. I now have a 2008 535i with the comfort seats, no pillow needed. What a relief! I recommend you look for a car w/ comfort seats so you don't have to pretend you look cool sitting on a phone book for the next few years!
#2124 of 2734 Re: Drivers seat modification [bmwgal3]
May 05, 2008 (5:21 pm)
Thanks for your input. I will definitely keep that in mind. However, I think I have decided on going with the infiniti g35, their power seats have more than enough lift for me. But thanks again for your suggestion. I definitely do like the 5 series and will not rule them out of my next purchase.
#2125 of 2734 2005 525i Battery replacement
May 06, 2008 (7:03 pm)
My battery is completely dead and we are trying to figure out how to replace it...all we can find from the manual is that it is in the trunk...what next? Also, after reading some posts, it sounds like it might just need to be recharged..is it best to jump it with another car or to use a Battery Tender..if so, how do we do it? How long should an original battery last? I have not been driving it much and maybe have gradually drained it? Mileage is 63K. Please help!!
#2126 of 2734 Re: 2005 525i Battery replacement [cindysuecj]
May 06, 2008 (9:39 pm)
If it's completely dead you should probably go ahead and get a new battery. I've had good luck with Interstate batteries. The MTP-H7 is the one you want. And yes, if you don't drive the car very much I'd invest in a good battery tender, such as the one BMW sells.
#2127 of 2734 wipers will not turn off!!!
May 07, 2008 (6:36 pm)
I charged the battery on 2005 525i after it was completely dead. Now it will start, but the wipers are on and will not turn off! HELP! I thought maybe it had to do with resetting something? went to the computer to look, and message came up saying:
pass. restraint malfunction
cruise control malfunction
wind shield wiper malfunction
Any ideas? Would installing a brand new battery help or is this different? It all started when the battery died.
#2128 of 2734 Re: 2005 525i Battery replacement [roadburner]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
May 08, 2008 (8:31 am)
Burner is right, probably a new battery is in order. And NEVER jump start a totally completely dead battery in any event, no matter what you choose to do. You could lose the top of your head, which you will probably need. Charge up the old one *slowly*.
May 08, 2008 (8:42 am)
you must check the alternator--replaced my battery before i checked it and could have saved some money. oh well new battery is good for 7 yeaars.
#2131 of 2734 Re: had it happen [davis101]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
May 08, 2008 (8:48 am)
Oh I think burner and I (if I may speak for him) were talking about how if a battery discharges completely and totally, it is usually injured by that process and thus its normal lifespan no longer applies.
#2132 of 2734 Re: had it happen [Mr_Shiftright]
May 08, 2008 (9:17 am)
I've also found that bad batteries can cause all sorts of mischief in the newer gadget-laden Bimmers. Inoperative switches, phantom fault indications- you name it.