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      06-06-2019, 05:42 PM   #1
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Anyone buy an m550i without premium package

I can’t figure out how much better the upgraded seats are vs base. If this $6500 (Canada) worth it? My dealer only has the premium packaged seats in theirs. Anyone buy without?
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      06-06-2019, 06:19 PM   #2
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It depends on what you like. Upgraded seats aren't as sporty but have heater and ac, but less lumbar support. I'm basing this off 3 new G30's
Moms 2019 540 with every upgrade, sister in-laws 2019 540 with regular seats and my 2019 M550 with upgraded ac heater seats with woven upper part. I prefer the seats in my sister in-laws seats feel over other 2 more expensive seats if that helps?
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I have the seats that have the cross-stitched weaved pattern, heated and air cooled - amazing! great lumbar support and the massage is wonderful, although not as good as my Audi A8, but close...
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It depends on what you like. Upgraded seats aren't as sporty but have heater and ac, but less lumbar support. I'm basing this off 3 new G30's
Moms 2019 540 with every upgrade, sister in-laws 2019 540 with regular seats and my 2019 M550 with upgraded ac heater seats with woven upper part. I prefer the seats in my sister in-laws seats feel over other 2 more expensive seats if that helps?
That helps a lot, exactly the kind of comparison I was looking for!
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I have the seats that have the cross-stitched weaved pattern, heated and air cooled - amazing! great lumbar support and the massage is wonderful, although not as good as my Audi A8, but close...
Do you find the cooling in the seats works well? When I test drove them last week, barely noticed it.
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I have the seats that have the cross-stitched weaved pattern, heated and air cooled - amazing! great lumbar support and the massage is wonderful, although not as good as my Audi A8, but close...
Do you find the cooling in the seats works well? When I test drove them last week, barely noticed it.
I was actually going to have mine checked. I cannot tell the difference with them on or off. My M5 it would chill your balls a little. The new car I'm going to have checked if that helps any? I haven't tried my moms car yet. My brothers M750 works a lot better than mine
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I though they were "ventilated" seats, not Air Conditioned Cooling seats. If it's just ventilated airflow with a simple fan, it's only going to get as cool as the car's ambient temp.
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From many posts I think the answer is that you have to try both. If your dealer dcoesn't have any new cars with the base seats, ask about used cars on the lot. You really should sit in both.
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I was actually going to have mine checked. I cannot tell the difference with them on or off. My M5 it would chill your balls a little. The new car I'm going to have checked if that helps any? I haven't tried my moms car yet. My brothers M750 works a lot better than mine
It seemed to be you got some minimal air through the back, but nothing through the bottom, IMO. No idea if that's true, just my impression. Also I think it's just ventilated but not cooled right?
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I was actually going to have mine checked. I cannot tell the difference with them on or off. My M5 it would chill your balls a little. The new car I'm going to have checked if that helps any? I haven't tried my moms car yet. My brothers M750 works a lot better than mine
It seemed to be you got some minimal air through the back, but nothing through the bottom, IMO. No idea if that's true, just my impression. Also I think it's just ventilated but not cooled right?
I'll have to look at window sticker on my new car compared to M5 and brothers stickers. I just can't feel anything and pretty sure other cars said ventilated too? I can hear the fan pumping but butt is still hot
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Do you find the cooling in the seats works well? When I test drove them last week, barely noticed it.
Not overwhelming, like in my Son's Ford F150. However, no question the ventilation works, as I leave the golf course with a damp shirt and shorts in the afternoon.....definitely get the ball chill being talked about. But I believe they are ventilated, not air conditioned, as you can also run the ventilation with the heater in the seats on. Definitely subtle in dry clothes, though.
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Not overwhelming, like in my Son's Ford F150. However, no question the ventilation works, as I leave the golf course with a damp shirt and shorts in the afternoon.....definitely get the ball chill being talked about. But I believe they are ventilated, not air conditioned, as you can also run the ventilation with the heater in the seats on. Definitely subtle in dry clothes, though.
You are correct that ventilated is it. On my 530e, I can use the phone app to run the AC in the car (not the seats) but on any non electric/phev, the phone app will only run ventilation in the car.

So when I leave the golf course in Phoenix, in the summer, i take my phone out and turn on the AC after the 17th green and the car is very comfortable by the time I get there.
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Not overwhelming, like in my Son's Ford F150. However, no question the ventilation works, as I leave the golf course with a damp shirt and shorts in the afternoon.....definitely get the ball chill being talked about. But I believe they are ventilated, not air conditioned, as you can also run the ventilation with the heater in the seats on. Definitely subtle in dry clothes, though.
You are correct that ventilated is it. On my 530e, I can use the phone app to run the AC in the car (not the seats) but on any non electric/phev, the phone app will only run ventilation in the car.

So when I leave the golf course in Phoenix, in the summer, i take my phone out and turn on the AC after the 17th green and the car is very comfortable by the time I get there.
Dry heat... south Florida is like 99.99 plus steam. I ventilate with BMW app but it's no help, my car is black on black though. Wish our cars were advanced as fiancés 2017 Toyota Camry
She has quad exhaust, a rear diffuser that kills my new M550.. her car has 300 hp, but a 3 series with 260 will walk her car because BMW puts the power to work so much better than anyone aside from other German products
Is it bad I want her style diffuser on my car?
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you can get that diffuser! or something very close, M performance diffuser. I have it on my 540 (ebay, not OEM) and it looks great and fitment is spot on.
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I though they were "ventilated" seats, not Air Conditioned Cooling seats. If it's just ventilated airflow with a simple fan, it's only going to get as cool as the car's ambient temp.
This is correct. Ventilated only, so only as cool as the ambient temperature at the intake port under seat bottom. It's definitely nice to feel any air movement on some days, but I'm no fan of the perf leather, it seems to have less bolstering where the perf leather is, and it kinda feels weird until you get use to it.
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I'll have to look at window sticker on my new car compared to M5 and brothers stickers. I just can't feel anything and pretty sure other cars said ventilated too? I can hear the fan pumping but butt is still hot
Just sat in an m550i with premium package with ventilated seats, followed by a 540 with ‘comfort seats’, not ventilated. The latter felt better. Do you think it’s just a side effect of needing to reduce padding for the sake of the fans and air movement?
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Just sat in an m550i with premium package with ventilated seats, followed by a 540 with ‘comfort seats’, not ventilated. The latter felt better. Do you think it’s just a side effect of needing to reduce padding for the sake of the fans and air movement?
The ventilated/massaging seat hardware definitely adds some firmness to the seat. However, I did a similar comparison and appreciated the slightly firmer seat. The softer one almost felt too cushy and like I was sinking into it an awkward amount.

It's ultimately personal preference as to which is better; but objectively the ventilated/massaging seats are indeed more firm than non-ventilated version.
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