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Old 05-12-2002, 01:06 AM   #1
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are front seats under warranty?

hi fellas, i've had my car for almost a year now and i noticed that the front seats are wearing out. in fact, the leather has already worn in one section. (its the left side portion where my arm is) might have worn when i go in and out of the car.

are these under warranty? i was thiking of going to the dearlerships and tell them i spent 35,000 on a car and i get these cheap seats.

anyone else have any experiece with these? if they're not under warranty how do ya fix them? thanks.
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Old 05-12-2002, 02:06 AM   #2
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Have you been conditioning the seats?

Hi,

Have you been conditioning the seats with a quality leather conditioner like lexol?

I too have a 2001 325 with leather seats, and mine are still fine.. they actually look very new.

Mine are black, what color interior do you have?
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no i havent been conditioning them. i think it just wore out after getting into the car. i'll have to bring it to the dealership when i get a chance. i'm not sure if they will cover it though.

i have a 2001 325ci with grey leather.
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Old 05-12-2002, 03:13 AM   #4
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My seats are the same way, its horrible. $40k on a car, and the seats dont even last a year. I took it to the dealer, they said they called the corporate office. They then stated that it is normal 'wear'. All Im doing is getting in and out of the car. Im sure its the small rivets on the jeans causing the problem. They said all they could do was refer me to an upholstery shop.
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awww.. that sucks!! i havent even had mine for a year yet. still its doenst hurt to try...

all the other seats are fine.. i think everyone has this problem.. we'll all just have to sit in our e46's more carefully.
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Old 05-12-2002, 03:38 AM   #6
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They are covered under warranty but trying to get the dealer to replace could be tough, but why not try. I know a few people have had their cup holder replaced because pealing. I think you should wait until your next service and talk to them about it.
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That was why iasked if you

YEa.. i was wondering if you were conditioning the seats or not.... As I said in my last post I have been conditioning the seats on my car every couple of months.... It ensures that the leather stays soft ( which really keeps the seats from wearing out)

The first thing the dealer will ask is... "have you been conditioning the seats..." and if you say no, it will be alot harder to get the seats replaced under warrenty...

Hate to state this but all leather seats no matter what the car (Rolls Royce, Mercedes, etc, etc) have to have their seats conditioned

I would still try to get the seat replaced, but remember that leather takes alot more work than cloth or leatherette...

Good luck!!!:smile:
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Also... I read before that the lighter in color leather seats wear out much quicker.. I don't know if I have better life with mine becasue they are black.............
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