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The driver seat for my 1988 325 coupe is broken.

The top part of the seat is reclined nearly all the way back. Is it something that can be welded? Someone mentioned to me that this is somewhat of a common problem.

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Yes, it is a common problem in the E30 series but it's usually caused by the small gas struts in the seat mechanisms. It can easily be fixed by someone with the right tools. The gas struts have to be replaced, or re-gassed after the seat is removed from the car.  The tricky bit is compressing the new or repaired gas struts during the re-fit to the seat structure.

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    Joseph Lee Dec 16, 2013

    bimmerguy, you are wrong! The gas strut is only for a functioning seat and is only to return the seat from a latched or locked reclined position! In this case the recline mechanism had failed and not able to lock back to its normal upright position!

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