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View Poll Results: Do you have rusty seat frame bases or hinges?
Yes, my seat frames are all red. 22 18.97%
Yes, but a few red spots. 44 37.93%
No, mine is clean. 32 27.59%
Don't want to look under the seats. 20 17.24%
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      12-14-2012, 12:04 PM   #1
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[Poll] Do you have rusty seat frame bases?

Wondering how many F30 owners have rusty seat frame bases or hinges.
Just look under your front seats to check the metal frames are rusty or not.
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      12-14-2012, 04:42 PM   #2
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Yep, mine is beginning to show some rust staines
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      12-14-2012, 04:42 PM   #3
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can you guys post pics
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      12-14-2012, 04:55 PM   #4
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Selected all red because, well, it's everywhere!
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      12-14-2012, 05:12 PM   #5
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Here is mine
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      12-14-2012, 05:24 PM   #6
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Munich built and i see rust...
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      12-14-2012, 05:39 PM   #7
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mine is pretty small so far. but i've only had my car for just over 2 weeks.
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      12-15-2012, 02:21 AM   #8
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I've got a few spots myself...

Have you guys tried to wipe it clean... preventing those spots from developing and spreading...

that could be the shortest resolution...
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      12-15-2012, 05:10 AM   #9
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An excellent idea!
Will wipe over with WD40 on a piece of cloth!
Thanks for the tip!
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      12-15-2012, 08:37 AM   #10
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November build here and I just got the car this week. I read they fixed the problem starting with first of November builds. Keeping fingers crossed but clean and shiny as of now.
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      12-15-2012, 12:36 PM   #11
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Hope not

So, I meet my 335 for the first time here in a few days, and I hope there isn't rust. If so, I'll try the WD40 solution, but if that doesn't work, I'm definitely getting the dealer to replace them.
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      12-15-2012, 12:51 PM   #12
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March 2012 built 320d and rusty So what will happen if I take it to my dealer ? Will they change the seat bases free of charge ? What did you guys do ?
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      12-15-2012, 09:51 PM   #13
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December 2011 build no rust whatsoever. Very early build.
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will check tomorrow if i remember.
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June Build... The dealer is replacing my seat frames...

Ive had the car for three weeks...
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Hinges are all rusted. Haven't been able to get a clear view under the seat yet. Will try again and see.
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Just checked, nothing here. Biggest issue I had was getting my fat head under to get a glimpse at it
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An excellent idea!
Will wipe over with WD40 on a piece of cloth!
Thanks for the tip!
Should have mentioned that I have very light rust spots about 1/8" dia per sq.in. which seem capable of being wiped off with a finger.
Don't really want the hassle of a trip to the Main dealer!
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      12-16-2012, 08:09 AM   #19
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Mine was built mid August so only about 4 months old

Not happy that it looks this bad already
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^ My rust spots are nothing like that!
I am amazed at this and others I have seen.
I suppose it it due to a combination of heated seats and/or condensation forming at dusk and/or high humidity.
With the correct surface treatment the steel just should not corrode. At least not for some years!
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      12-16-2012, 12:22 PM   #21
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My drivers side has no rust to speak of, but this is what I found on the passenger side.

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My hinges look to be good and, reluctantly, I had quick look under the passenger seat. I found only a few little spots so I'm not bothered, but will monitor every few months.

If the hinges start to go, then I'll have to start taking action, but it's looking fairly good for me.

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