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JOHNSC16V 04-30-2000 11:21 PM

I HAVE AN 86 16V AND WAS WONDERING IF AN 8V 190E HAVE THE SAME TYPE OF LEATHER SEAT?! EVEN IF NOT CAN I PUT AN 8V SEAT IN IT?! OR ANY SUGGESTION THAT I CAN DO?! ( SEAT COVER?)
THANX U ALL

JOHN

Brian16V 05-01-2000 01:55 PM

John:

I don't think you'll be wanting to put an 8V seat into your 16V. I used to have a 1984 190E 2.3-8V with FULL compliment of AMG enhancements. Those stock seats couldn't hold my butt in place if I had myself "glued" in place. I therefore, installed a set of Recaro seats -- that did the trick. Your best bet is to either: (a) find a set of replacement 16V seats (ALL 16V models came with black interior; '86 & '87), or (b) purchase a set of Recaros.

Good luck!

Brian

Benzmac 05-01-2000 09:10 PM

There are aftermarket companies that offer covers for the seat. They will have to be installed in the place of the existing covering. When done correctly, it looks like new. I have done a few and it is a great outcome!!

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JOHNSC16V 05-02-2000 01:03 PM

THANX AGAIN BRAIN16V, IS "Recaros" HARD TO PUT IN?! AND WHAT ABOUT THE COST?!

THANX
JOHNSC16V

Brian16V 05-02-2000 02:55 PM

John:

It's been about 8 years since I did that project, and I purchased the seats from a friend. If you were to do that same Recaro job today, I'd say you're looking at:

[1] $350 - $400 per seat
[2] $80 per adapter bracket
[3] $50 per seat installation

Don't forget, you'd lose your power headrest height adjust and power recline. No biggie, they just become a manual job (how often do you do those adjustments anyways?).

The other alternative is to go with Benzmac's suggestion, tho' I don't know how much that would cost. Materials would probably be (relatively) inexpensive, but the labor to install (almost a re-upholster job?) might be quite high.

Hope this helps.

Brian


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