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Old 08-13-2019, 09:31 PM   #1
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Default Seat Replacement Question

I have a 2003 Saturn L200. The driver's seat needs to be replaced. I have a manual seat, but the only seat I can find to replace it with is electric. Is the seat interchangeable (I'm not planning on using it as an electric seat, it's just the only one I can find right now)?

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Old 08-14-2019, 03:56 PM   #2
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YES, the seat will bolt in. BUT.............Do you have this electric seat out of the donor car? If you are pulling it from a JY, you will need to bring a 12 volt power source to the JY with you. (Power drill battery works well) Under the seat, you will find a fairly large electrical connector. Disconnect it to find the important 2 wires you need to be concerned with.

You need to power up the Large Orange wire with 12 volts. The large Black wire is the ground. When this is done, the seat can be moved all the way forward using the seat controls. Seat has to be moved all the way forward to get to the back mounting bolts.

This is the first post I recall wanting to make a seat swap and not use the power seat after it's done. Those 2 wires listed above are the only 2 that are needed to control all the power seat functions. Any other wires are for the seat heater if the donor car had that option.

Any other questions just ask.

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Old 08-14-2019, 04:06 PM   #3
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YES, the seat will bolt in. BUT.............Do you have this electric seat out of the donor car? If you are pulling it from a JY, you will need to bring a 12 volt power source to the JY with you. (Power drill battery works well) Under the seat, you will find a fairly large electrical connector. Disconnect it to find the important 2 wires you need to be concerned with.

You need to power up the Large Orange wire with 12 volts. The large Black wire is the ground. When this is done, the seat can be moved all the way forward using the seat controls. Seat has to be moved all the way forward to get to the back mounting bolts.

This is the first post I recall wanting to make a seat swap and not use the power seat after it's done. Those 2 wires listed above are the only 2 that are needed to control all the power seat functions. Any other wires are for the seat heater if the donor car had that option.

Any other questions just ask.
Thanks! Actually, I am having the seat shipped to me, so I don't need to worry about disassembly. I thought it would be more difficult to hook up the power seat, so I thought I'd just leave it as a manually adjusted one once I get it in the car. Sounds like it won't be much of a problem to hook up the controls. If that's the case, I'll go that route.
Thanks again for the reply.

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Old 08-14-2019, 04:18 PM   #4
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Default Re: Seat Replacement Question

You will be thrilled with that power seat. I've converted 2 cars from standard seats to power seats. Big improvement. Biggest advantage: the power seat raises you up quite a bit more than the standard seat.

That electrical connector mentioned under the seat is pre-wired from the factory for power seats regardless if that was an option on your car.

You should find full time power present on that large orange wire. It's a fused power feed from the passenger side kick panel fuse box.

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Old 08-14-2019, 05:11 PM   #5
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Another plus of the electric seat is that they come with the heated seat elements in them.

All you need to enjoy them is either buy new switches OR get a couple from the JY. Those switches just go on the front console where the Emergency flasher switch is. You remove that console, remove the blank switches and clip the new ones in. Not quite as easy as I just said, but removing the blank switches will involve using pick tools or mall screwdrivers to release the clips that hold them in.

As said earlier, the wiring loom on the L series covers all the options, so you can add extra on to it that were not originally fitted. All just plug & play.

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