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Old 08-24-2012, 02:42 PM   #1
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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
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Old 08-24-2012, 02:49 PM   #2
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Is it m cloth leather for an m3?.. Ill trade you black leather interior for it..lmk
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Old 08-24-2012, 02:52 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 08-24-2012, 02:55 PM   #4
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Buy the leather interior of a e46 and swap them to your car.
Seats and everything
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Old 08-24-2012, 02:58 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 08-24-2012, 03:02 PM   #6
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I want to see picture of your fabric interior
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Old 08-24-2012, 03:13 PM   #7
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Me too. Post a pic please.

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Old 08-24-2012, 03:20 PM   #8
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I will post a pic as soon as I can but can I get some answers please? I need that help.
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Old 08-24-2012, 03:25 PM   #9
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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.
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Old 08-24-2012, 03:27 PM   #10
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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.
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Old 08-24-2012, 03:36 PM   #11
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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.
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Old 08-24-2012, 03:40 PM   #12
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Old 08-24-2012, 03:42 PM   #13
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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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^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.
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Old 08-24-2012, 04:51 PM   #15
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^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.
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^ 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.
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Old 08-24-2012, 06:15 PM   #17
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A lot!

A lot of time, money and headaches! Just have a good upholstery shop do it!
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Old 08-24-2012, 06:19 PM   #18
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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.
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Old 08-24-2012, 06:21 PM   #19
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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.
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Old 08-24-2012, 06:32 PM   #20
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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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