S3 Heated Seats

dhmatt

Registered User
Hi everybody, this is my first post.

I've just been to look at a 2000 S3 which pushed all the right buttons but sadly lacked the heated seats.
Does anybody know if the Recaro seats have the elements and wiring fitted as standard? Can I retro fit the switches etc to get it working?

Thanks,
dhmatt
 

superkarl

MAN OF STEEL
id also like to know because i dont have them in mine
 
On the Golf 4 Recaro's, they have the heating elements installed but no wiring. The socket for this is located under the seat, have a look to see if there is a spare socket under the seat, if there is then there's a chance that all you need is the switches and the wiring loom from Kufatec.de:

KUFATEC GmbH & Co. KG - Kabelsatz Sitzheizung Audi A3 8L 30000

On my brother's APY engined S3, he has the spare slot for the heated seats, I don't know if they all came with them or not though...
 

Ian W

Registered User
Prefacelifts have the buttons blanked off but the facelift requires the full climate control panel with the heated seat buttons installed.
 

mattyboy199

Registered User
yeah leather gets very cold this time of year its horrible sitting in them first thing the only way they will get warm is from you ! consider looking for one with the heated seats your only regret it
 

Madeley

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Heated seats are for girls with big asses...the misses loves them!!, they make me feel like i wet my self..too sweaty.
 

s3 Hoggy

Whats going on???
I love my heated seats! At lunch at work you can't beat half hours rest on a lovely warm recaro bed!
 

ptr

Registered User
Heated seats are amazing! I wasnt fussed about them when I was looking for an A3, just by chance that the one I bought had them fitted... very grateful on those cold mornings!
 

rob_sri

If in doubt, flat out
has anyone done this? i would be very interested to know if this would work as i have an APY preface s3
 

superkarl

MAN OF STEEL
I might do it for the hell of it
 

s3 Hoggy

Whats going on???
surely someone somewhere at some point in time has removed an electric recaro and can help here ?????

I've removed one, very easy takes a couple of minutes max, they are very heavy! Shouldn't take much to have a quick look
 

rob_sri

If in doubt, flat out
aye! anything tbh.. does anyone know where said block connector would be located for heated seats.. il take my passenger side one out n look if i know where im looking!!
 
aye! anything tbh.. does anyone know where said block connector would be located for heated seats.. il take my passenger side one out n look if i know where im looking!!
Rob heres what it says on the kufatec link looks like you need to find a green six pin block and make sure that there are wires going into it let us know how you get on

Note
  • recent Audi/VW - models identified the 6-pin (green) as standard
  • a variety of airbag company Recaro seats are equipped with seat heating mats
  • on request we will send a detailed installation instructions for upgrading the seat heating mats you like
 

alijames

Registered User
I'll probably be taking my drivers seat out at the weekend, as it's stopped rising, and I need to see what's happened to the limit switch.

I'll take some piccies while it's out...

Cheers,
 
I'll probably be taking my drivers seat out at the weekend, as it's stopped rising, and I need to see what's happened to the limit switch.

I'll take some piccies while it's out...

Cheers,
has the makings of a double fix written all over it , be good too see both write ups Ali
 

rob_sri

If in doubt, flat out
cars going back into the garage to have the clutch bled and sorted out.. making a nice whirring sound.. then needs to go to ashley exhausts for a new system..hopefully this week il be able to crack the seat out and have a look!
 

Poke13

Registered User
Any news on this guys? Would be great to know if the elements are in the seats, I have a 2003 S3 and would love to know if its possible to add the wiring and switches, its the only thing I wish I had!
 

thorsy22

Registered User
Same as above, lol
 

superkarl

MAN OF STEEL
same as above, as above
 

alijames

Registered User
Ok Folks, Courtesy of a foot of snow outside, no golf this weekend, so finally got round to taking my drivers seat out to fix the non-raising part of the recaro. Turned out to be a nice easy fix, as the limit switch had gone open circuit. Quick change for a similar one I had in my box of bits and all is now happy.

Took a few photos so you can see if you have the heating elements in your non-heated cars. In fact, you probably don't need the photos, as it is possible to see the wiring for the front seat cushion by pulling it out most of the way, sliding the seat fully forward and peering up from the footwell. You should also be able to see if you have the Green connector under the seat. Note that the position of the connectors changed slightly between pre and post facelift.

Anyway, the pictures are available at http://users.ox.ac.uk/~engs0330/car/S3-RecaroElectricsDetail.pdf

Good luck!

Cheers,
 

s3 Hoggy

Whats going on???
Well done Ali, I would be suprised if all those bits and pieces would be fitted to a seat that was never intended to be heated?
 

alijames

Registered User
I used to be an R&D engineer for a manufacturing firm. It was often cheaper to build and stock a single variant of a particular sub-component, and just disable or not wire up bits of it, rather than keep multiple variants in stock, so it's a distinct possibility.

Also, some lucky people might have them due to supply and demand problems on the seats during production of their car.

It only takes a few minutes to take a peek...

Cheers,
 

jc_1989

Registered User
i'd like to have a go at this, but does anyone know if the wiring will be behind the switch panel for a 2000 facelift APY? would have thought there would be a relay of some sort needed in the circuit?
 

dhmatt

Registered User
Nice one.
I have just bought a mint s3 that already has the heated seats but thanks for taking the time to look.
 

g10chy

Registered User
So how can i check/know if my recaros have the heating pads already fitted in the seats?
 

alijames

Registered User
As I said above, Look underneath the seats and if there is a Green connector under there, and some wires going into the moveable front cushion, then the elements are fitted.

See the photos above as to what you should see...

Cheers,
 

rob_sri

If in doubt, flat out
judging by the pics i would say no as i have pulled my seats out and there is no green connector block.. however there is a free black plug next to it.. on the right hand side.. does anyone know what this is for??
 
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