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Old 10-23-2006, 08:52 PM   #1
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I just had the switch replaced under warranty (the night time lights burned out) now I switch the seat on and it stay on for a few seconds then turns off. Any suggestions before I head back to Bowser Pontiac?
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ahhhh the Power of Bowser..

i believe the heated seat elements tend to burn out.....

check out the search...there have been many 00+ owners experience exactly what you have

I would go back and have the elements replaced under warrenty.....
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ahhhh the Power of Bowser..

i believe the heated seat elements tend to burn out.....

check out the search...there have been many 00+ owners experience exactly what you have

I would go back and have the elements replaced under warrenty.....
My wife just had a kid and is out of commission for driving for a few weeks so I wanted to see if I could handle it myself. One of the service writers I have known for years told me that they would help eat the deductible (I have a GMPP with a $200) because I just had the car in for service for a ton of mickey mouse crap. They did the following:

- New valve cover gaskets (smelled a bit of buring oil)
- New heated seat switches (burned out lights)
- New Radio (lower lights were burned out)
- New Steering Wheel buttons (light burned out)
- New Twighlight Sentinel Buttons (light was burned out)
- New HVAC head unit (Blue on left side burned out)

Now the car is perfect except for the driver heated seat. I will take it back. Any if anyone ever has issues with the Power of Bowser (Route 51 South on top of the HILLLLLLLLLL), let me know. I am tight with Gary Bowser Jr. from my days at GMAC and all of the cars I have purchased since I was 18 in 1993 (94 Firebird, 95 Firebird, 94 GP Sdn, 96 GP Coupe, 99 TA, 00 Bravada, 00 Bonneville SE, 01 Aurora V8, 01 Nissan Altima, 04 GTO, 04 GTP, 05 SV6)
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My drivers seat heater does the same crap and its getting cold....
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I believe that is a bad seat element.

You may be able to pull them out, trace the bad area and fix it...or replace the entire element.

(Did I mention my Caddy heaters in my seats are rocking?)
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Yep. There'* an earlier thread somewhere on heated seat elements. When my heated seat element went bad, the same happened (turn on the switch, switch lights up for just a bit and then automatically goes off).

I've got a 2000 Bonneville SSEI (believe it was driver'* side heated seat element). Wonder if that should be considered another common issue...had so many I must have forgotten myself as it was a fairly easy fix...and I'm not good with electrical stuff. Seems like in some later models the elements are somehow stitched into the seating material (not speaking from experience). Simple fix on my 2000 Bonne involved removing the seat, unzippering and pulling off the leather enough to expose the heating elements, and then replacing them with a new element. There were several wires running different places and a pad. I only replaced the seat portion as the element for the back was/is good (tested first). Sorry, can't recall replacement cost.
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