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Old 08-12-2013, 08:12 PM   #1
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Advice: new custom leather seat cover options

I recently purchased a 2005 e46 M3 (silver gray) that had 97K miles on it and the seats (black leather) have not aged well. The interior trim is the dark milled aluminum (ZCP pkg). I'm looking to get replacement leather seat covers for the front seats only and I have a few options.

Option 1: Black leather (Dakota leather featured on more recent BMW models) with gray double stitching and anthracite perforated alcantara in the seat middle. Plus, the colored M logo stitched on the head rest.

Option 2: Black leather with gray double stitching and perforated black leather in the seat middle. Plus the colored M logo on the head rest.

Option 3: option 1 or 2 but with a different colored middle (gray or red) for a two-tone look.

I want replacement seat covers that primarily look good and unique but will continue to look good with proper maintenance after 5 years. Please post comments/opinions.
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Old 08-14-2013, 02:38 PM   #2
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I'm curious, too... mine is a 330i.
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Old 08-14-2013, 07:00 PM   #3
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Older Alcantara looks horrible, even with proper care, from what I've seen. I'm sure there are exceptions. I guess my vote is for option 2, if the headrest logo is smallish/discreet.
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:34 PM   #4
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Older Alcantara looks horrible, even with proper care, from what I've seen. I'm sure there are exceptions. I guess my vote is for option 2, if the headrest logo is smallish/discreet.
The headrest logo is the same size as the M logo already embossed on the headrest from the factory so it would stand out much more from being colored but not so big as to cheapen the look.

Would perforated Alcantara be substantially more difficult to clean? I've seen it on the Audi S5 (s-line package) and they look great. I was leaning towards the Alcantara because it matches the competition package on my e46 M3 (e-brake handle and the steering wheels are Alcantara). By the way, Chemical Guys has a product called Fabric Guard that I intend to use if I go the alcantara route. It might extend the new look of the alcantara a bit longer.

Perforated leather
looks great but it doesn't match my interior quite as nicely.

Thanks for the comment!
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