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 Rear seat stuck in locked position 2003 R50

 Created by: treacyo
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May 14, 2020 08:50AM kenatminimania  
May 13, 2020 03:37PM treacyo  
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 Posted: May 14, 2020 08:50AM
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Originally Posted by treacyo
Hi All, I am returned to the mini owners community recently. Used to have an old Inno 1970. I picked up a used 2003 Cooper and it's so close to perfect it's unreal. We just replaced the turn signal switch today. Thanks Mini mania for shipping so quickly! The last thing I need to fix is the rear seat behind the driver. It is stuck in the upright position and the latch does nothing, doesn't even seem to be connected to anything. Since it's 17 years old I'm assuming that someone has had this happen before and has an easy fix. Previous owner obviously tried to pop off the plastic around the latch as it's loose but that can't be how you get to it to fix it. Do I need to take the upholstery off completely? Is there another option to getting to the inside of the latch without tearing it apart? Thanks, T
You might try pulling of the cover on the backside of the rear seat, there are 4 clips - 2 across the top and 2 across the bottom. It should come off with a gentle tug and I am hoping you will be able to access the latch mechanism...

Let us know how this works out.

 Posted: May 13, 2020 03:37PM
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Hi All, I am returned to the mini owners community recently. Used to have an old Inno 1970. I picked up a used 2003 Cooper and it's so close to perfect it's unreal. We just replaced the turn signal switch today. Thanks Mini mania for shipping so quickly!

The last thing I need to fix is the rear seat behind the driver. It is stuck in the upright position and the latch does nothing, doesn't even seem to be connected to anything.

Since it's 17 years old I'm assuming that someone has had this happen before and has an easy fix. Previous owner obviously tried to pop off the plastic around the latch as it's loose but that can't be how you get to it to fix it.

Do I need to take the upholstery off completely? Is there another option to getting to the inside of the latch without tearing it apart?

Thanks, T