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Thread: leather pads along the transmission tunnel

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    leather pads along the transmission tunnel

    I have never seen this issue but maybe it was addressed long ago. In my 2000, I am continually frustrated by leather trim pieces along the transmission tunnel. They are held on by velcro but continue to fall off (and get under my feet or pedals). I have replaced the velcro but it continues to fail. Should I just toss them (as I do not need them) or is there a long term solution? I would like to keep her as stock as possible. Thanks, ROB

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    I also haven't heard of this issue before, but I'm not sure exactly which bits they are. I'd say keep the pieces, and ask your body shop or dealer to sort them out next time you're there for something.
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    Can you show us a picture Rob ?

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    Leather pad

    Hopefully this shows it right below the cupholder
     

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    I think this is the first mention of these pieces detaching. Since you've tried replacing the velcro without success, I'd take them to a BMW service center first to see if they have a "standard" fix from other models. If they're clueless, I'd then go to an interior specialist like a hot-rod shop or an aircraft interior shop. They should have a creative solution. Please post your solution when found.

    From your photo, I noticed that you're experiencing the common issue of failure of the adhesive on the seat-back clips. This issue can easily be fixed in 30 minutes. See thread - http://www.bmwz8.us/vbb/showthread.php?t=256
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    Rob I just had a look at my (2001) 'pads'. They were still nicely (and relatively firm) in place.
    It does not look to complicated, are they 'popped' or glued ?

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    Mine were loose as well about a year ago and the dealer fixed them at no cost. Fine since then - now seat backs are loose...

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    Leather pads

    They look to have been fixed once or twice. They used a velcro tape. One side stuck to the carpet and the other stuck to the back of the pad. It just seems that the adhesive on the velcro failed. It may be a simple as getting some auto or industrial grade velcro. Thanks for the tips. Sorry about the photo. I got it off the internet as I was too lazy to go out and take a picture of the car. I seem to be having no problems with the backs of the seats, so far...

    Rob, 2000 Euro Silver/Black