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About two weeks ago I had a change of heart & reached out to the 08 seat guy to see if he still had his car that he was parting out. He did, so I went ahead and arranged a day for us to do a driveway seat swap. We put his 08 seats in my 04 wagon and my 04 seats in the car that he was calling a wrecker to come and haul away the following week.
Generally the swap went well though I did have a flashing airbag code. A little research led me to it being a Code 51; a short in the driver’s side seatbelt buckle. We hadn’t switched the buckles off when we did the swap so I headed out to my local wrecker last week and pulled a pair of front seat buckles and took a drive to my buddy’s place today; he had previously gone the other way, putting 04 leather into his 08 sedan that originally had cloth without issue.
We pulled the seats out of my car and switched the buckles, taking the connectors off the 08 buckles as Mazda changed them at some point between 04 & 08 and the 04 connectors didn’t fit the 08. We buttoned everything back up, reconnected the battery and turned the key. Typical startup dashboard lights flashed and went out sequentially including the airbag light.
So, the moral of this story is; they work. You can put 08 seats in an 04 and not have any airbag or other system issues.
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Last edited by blackerphotos; 01-06-2019 at 05:56 PM.