124 electric seats

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  1. Niks

    Niks MB Enthusiast

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    Its annoying having to adjust the front seats manually in my car and now im desparate for electric/memory seats, driver and passenger.

    Is this pretty straight forward to retro fit or a major PITA and not worth it?
     
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    I cant comment on the W124 but in the W202 its a loom, the seats and door cards, everything is pretty much plug and play if you have patience to feed the loom through to the fuse boxes.
     
  3. Biglips

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    Just dont let anyone else drive it. Problem solved!

    Also I believe that they add significant additional weight which is never desirable
     
  4. trapperjohn

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    Ian Walker added an elecric drivers seat for me to one of my now, sold on, 124s. Total bliss.

    Do it, you wont regret it.

    PITA:dk: Dunno. Got Ian to do it. Really cool "Electro Glide Seats" with memory settings. Class above.

    Edit.

    Some days I have a "crappy back" day. These seats bring blessed relief at times.
     
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    Do it! You wont regret it. I put the electric front seats from a 560sel into my w124, best thing I ever did. A bit time consuming to route the wiring but well worth it. :thumb:
     
  6. WDB124066

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    Got a picture or two.....
     
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    As above - I did it in less than a day , taking the electric seats from the 420SE I was breaking and fitting them into my 280SE which had manual ones .
     
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    I didnt bother taking pictures, but it took a full day to do. I used the seats from a w126, so the seat base is wider than a w124 and required new mounting holes to be drilled. The door mounted switch is the same but the surround is different, I got 2 from Rob parker and cut the door cards to mount them. Not a perfect fit but good enough for me.:cool:
     
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    Looks pretty good to me too mate.

    I have often looked at the 126 Coupe seats for the 124 Cabriolet. They are thinner in the back, give more side support and look like they might suit the car better than the standard 124 ones while still retaining the classic MB look.

    You don't have a picture of the seat fitted in a 124 at all do you by any chance......??
     
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    I havent got a clear picture to hand, but I'll take one of the interior and post it saturday for you. To be going on with, these are the last pictures I took when I had the dashboard out :eek: In the last picture you can see that the seat sits closer to the center consol than normal.
     
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    I'd say go for it. I went from manual to electric/heated in my 126 and it was all just logical and straightforward really. As long as you are able to remove or obtain the looms. In the 126 they are separate and you have to dig deep to get them out but they come out in one piece and are easy to lay in.
    I would expect MB to have engineered the 124 in a similar way? By the way i didnt add memory so i cant comment on that. But i love my electric heated functions.
     
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    How easy/hard is it to add the memory function to non memory electric seats?
     
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    Having the correct looms and preferably door cards too will make the job a lot easier. I removed a complete set from a 300e. The looms are connected into the underside of the fuse box, just plug in to the spare sockets indicated on the fuse box lid.

    They run down by the drivers foot well, under the carpets and then across the floor to the drivers' seat and up over the transmission tunnel to the passenger seat.
    Then each one is fed up into door through the rubber gaitors via the 'A' posts both sides which is probably the fiddliest part of routing the looms. It may be difficult to feed the plugs on the end of the looms through so you could cut them off and re-join the inside the door once routed through.

    You don't need to remove the dash to do this mod.:)
     
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    As I promised....
     
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    Thanks for that carat, they really do look like chairs don't they. Do they sit higher or lower in the car for any given fore and aft position........??
     
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    I think they have more travel fowards and backwards but they sit at about the same height. They do look wider than you might expect in a w124, but not in a bad way. It was well worth the effort to fit, especilly as they match my rear seat.
     

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