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big_boss 08-24-2012 02:42 PM

Upgrade Cloth Interior Upholstery to Leather
 
Helly Guys,

My e46 came with the fabric type interior. I would like to upgrade this by getting leather interior put in.

I've seen the following leather material on eBay. What do you guys think? Also, how much square feet do you think it'll take to cover all seats(including headrests, etc.) with leather?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/360479438206...ht_2540wt_1186

http://www.ebay.com/itm/O7-Leather-H...#ht_1238wt_952

Arock1092 08-24-2012 02:49 PM

Is it m cloth leather for an m3?.. Ill trade you black leather interior for it..lmk

big_boss 08-24-2012 02:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Arock1092 (Post 14677730)
Is it m cloth leather for an m3?.. Ill trade you black leather interior for it..lmk

Nope. Just normal non leather fabric that you get in every other normal car.

MercForHire 08-24-2012 02:55 PM

Buy the leather interior of a e46 and swap them to your car.
Seats and everything

big_boss 08-24-2012 02:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MercForHire (Post 14677751)
Buy the leather interior of a e46 and swap them to your car.
Seats and everything


That is not a viable option right now. What I am looking at will be much cheaper and be less hassle. I just want to know how much leather material is needed and if the ebay links above are suitbale.

Thanx for the advice though. It was appreciated.

Crespo5190 08-24-2012 03:02 PM

I want to see picture of your fabric interior

HiHoBrian 08-24-2012 03:13 PM

Me too. Post a pic please.

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big_boss 08-24-2012 03:20 PM

I will post a pic as soon as I can but can I get some answers please? I need that help.

Crespo5190 08-24-2012 03:25 PM

If I were you doing this I'd go to an upholstery place and let them know what you're getting and assuming they are going to be doing this they should know how much you need. If you're going to be working on them then I would still ask an upholstery shop. I would just replace the seats which I did.

big_boss 08-24-2012 03:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Crespo5190 (Post 14677846)
If I were you doing this I'd go to an upholstery place and let them know what you're getting and assuming they are going to be doing this they should know how much you need. If you're going to be working on them then I would still ask an upholstery shop. I would just replace the seats which I did.

The upholstery shop is gonna be doing it for me. The thing is, they want to charge me a very steep figure and are blaming it on the leather material. I was thinking the experts on here will help me get the leather material so that they can only charge me the labour cost.

FenderGuy05 08-24-2012 03:36 PM

Pic please!

Didn't think BMW had any cloth interior cars, just leather and leatherette.

I'm for doing a swap of seats from another bimmer.

Crespo5190 08-24-2012 03:40 PM

Got you. :thumbup:

psan03 08-24-2012 03:42 PM

OP, everyone here thinks you have alcantara interior which is better than leather IMO. If it is, I'm sure any of these guys would drive a ways to swap with you lol. What model e46 is it?

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EverydayGetaway 08-24-2012 04:39 PM

^Lol, are you guys serious? You DO know that BMW's come pretty regularly with cloth interiors in other countries right? Hell, when I was in Germany you couldn't walk 10 feet without tripping over an E36 or E46 and most of the ones I saw were MT with cloth upholstery.

Alex323Ci 08-24-2012 04:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EverydayGetaway (Post 14678084)
^Lol, are you guys serious? You DO know that BMW's come pretty regularly with cloth interiors in other countries right? Hell, when I was in Germany you couldn't walk 10 feet without tripping over an E36 or E46 and most of the ones I saw were MT with cloth upholstery.

Exactly, outside of the USA (where the OP is) they have many more models with just cloth interior. BMWUSA spec'd our cars with 6 cylinders and leather, leatherette (mostly). ROW has things different.

Sorry OP I don't know how much material is to be used on a reupholstery.

afstud 08-24-2012 05:02 PM

^ hes right... were the spoiled country, we get all the nicer optioned ones out of all the other countries... BMW to them is like ford to us.

sfcjetjr 08-24-2012 06:15 PM

A lot!
 
A lot of time, money and headaches! Just have a good upholstery shop do it!

sfcjetjr 08-24-2012 06:19 PM

If you really want a warm snug feeling interior, do what I did. Take all the plastic trim pieces and cover them with leatherette too. The upholstery shop here had the stuff that exactly matched the black leatherette in my B. or even a cool contrasting color.

trive2 08-24-2012 06:21 PM

How on earth can it be cheaper to get a shop to redo an entire leather interior than to swap one out? I don't know about your country, but over here.

- Swap interior $500
- Upholstery shop $3000

Either your upholsterers are ridiculously cheap and leather interiors are rare as hens teeth, or something's up here.

big_boss 08-24-2012 06:32 PM

I'm from one of the islands in the Caribbean. That is the main reason a swap is not an option. I'd have to import it and pay all sorts of taxes and duties. I just need the questions answered.


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