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      10-06-2019, 03:26 PM   #1
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Sport Seats; Too Firm?

Had a chance to get into a couple of new 3-series and the F40 M135i on Saturday.

Both the M340i saloon and G21 M-sport touring seats seemed to be very firm, compared to any 3-series sport seats I've used before. I ran an E91 with sport seats for over six years, never had the feeling the seats were hard. Certainly not uncomfortable.

I'm thinking of an M340i touring as my next car, but I didn't find the seats at all comfortable. I spent a few minutes trying different seating positions, but the base just seemed too hard. Even the M135i seat was more comfortable.

Got back into my Five and thought, what a good sport seat, by comparison. To be honest was disappointed, as I've never found BMW sport seats uncomfortable before. I sat in the rear of the G21 to see what the leg room was like, for passengers sat behind me, the seat felt too firm and all wrong to me. Has something changed with the latest models?

How do you guys find the sport seats, particularly those who have owned previous generation 3-series?
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      10-06-2019, 04:14 PM   #2
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They're firm to start with. I've had my car for a couple of months now. Seats are now no more firm than my previous F30 but more supportive.
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I find the seats a lot more supportive than my previous F30.
However, I seem to get backache now after a decent drive, whereas I didn’t before.
Must be getting old ��.
Also the wife thinks the seats are really good.
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The seats have amazing support, like a focused sports car. But yes they are too firm.
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Thanks for the feedback.

Found the seats very supportive, well shaped, just felt too much like sitting on a thinly covered board. Not at all what I had expected from a 3-series sport seat.
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I agree with Highland Pete, the sports seats lack padding and
are not as good as the F30 and G30 sport seats.
Why spoil a good design, I do not know.
Having said that, I don’t have any backache etc after a long journey.
I have had my G20 six months now and I am surprised that the subject hasn’t been raised before.

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Could it be vernasca vs merino?
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Could it be vernasca vs merino?
No, I never had merino in my F30.
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No, I never had merino in my F30.
My experience is the standard leather in each generation.

I remember trying the F30 while driving my E91 (and other E9x models) and thought the sports seats were slightly better than the E9x models.

In fact these are my exact words, back in March 2012, testing an F30 328i, with sport seats.

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on with the drive. The sport seat is a familiar place, in fact the seat feels a bit better to my butt, slightly more refined and comfy, but same support and adjustments for position, as the E90/1.
Plus my experience with the F30 over the years, the key reason I was so disappointed in the G20/G21 sport seat examples I sat in.
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To be honest I've had a variety of new 3,4,5 and 6 series. The 5 and 6 series f10 and the latest 6 series had great seats. Like the e9x series did. The 4 series (my 2017 430d GC M-Sport) were rubbish. Very poor. Like you say sitting on a board. I thought the car was rubbish and viewing from afar Highland Pete you would hate it. It's not well built, now feels old and to be honest is crap. The f10 is a far superior car in terms of NVH. The 340 has a great engine but the car itself is not comfortable in comparison and is now really rather dated.
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      11-15-2019, 12:45 PM   #11
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Only had mine for a few days and the first day I did think it felt a bit firmer, but today I didn't feel that at all.... longest drive so far has been 70 miles so maybe need a longer trip and some more time to be sure.
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At first they are a little firm and you need to find the correct position. But after a few drives you will be fine.

Did a 16 hour drive this summer. I think the seats did very well! Only complain I had was some soreness in my left food caused by not using it
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