I've also got a Recaro seat and can't quite figure out what straps you're talking about ? :confused2I have an '02 - it also has LATCH.
I've talked to Recaro already about this, but feel free to call and complain as well: the straps on the seat are too short.
Now, what I found was that if you completely lengthen the strap on both ends, which means physically feeding the doubled over portion of the strap into the buckle, then you can clip it in. Otherwise, the strap just isn't long enough.
Also, you'll want to attach the interior buckle first - put the seat in at a 45 degree angle, attach the interior buckle, swing the seat into position, and then attach the outside buckle. Apply pressure to the seat and pull on both straps.
In a 2002 or later MY E39 there should be small metal bars located in the joint between the seat cushion and seat back, these are called a LATCH system. Basically, it is an alternative way to attach a car seat and is supposedly (lol read above) easier.Are we talking about the latching metal buckles ?
Exactlysounded to me as if the latch straps themselves were too short, not the should straps. Either way, I appreciate the advice for installation. I already have a seat protector thing for the seats that seems to work pretty well.
I have a Young Sport - the 5 point harness that later converts into a booster. When I called "with a question about strap length" the woman immediately asked if I drove a BMW and said they were "working on it", but did not have a longer strap...What version recaro seat do you have? Just wanted to see if we are talking apples to apples. Either way, thanks for the info.