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Old 03-20-2017, 04:22 PM   #1
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Interior opinions

I have a 2000 323ci sport/premium 5spd w/134k...
I bought it off a one owner..He must have barely had passengers, because rear seats and passenger is a solid 9/10..drivers seat definitely has the wear of 134k miles and with it being tan, it looks rough...
What should I do?? Get a whole new sport seat?? Or have the leather redone?? Seats are heated and work strong..
So questions..
If I got a new seat, how much could I get for mine that's pictured (sport, power seats and heated work)
If I had leather refinished on it, what am I looking at as far as price roughly??

There are a few other things in interior I'm replacing (center console, and other odds and ends)

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Old 03-20-2017, 04:25 PM   #2
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As long as the leather's not ripped or stained, you'd be amazed at what a thorough cleaning and conditioning with a good product can do. I've not used it, but many folks swear up and down by Leatherique products.
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Old 03-20-2017, 04:28 PM   #3
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As long as the leather's not ripped or stained, you'd be amazed at what a thorough cleaning and conditioning with a good product can do. I've not used it, but many folks swear up and down by Leatherique products.
U think I could get all that dirt out of cracks?? If I could ide be happy..haven't tried yet..what's a good product to use??

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Old 03-20-2017, 04:30 PM   #4
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The tear at the seam may be the hardest to get repaired. Look up Leatherigue leather restore products. They have a nice guide on restoring the leather surfaces.
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Old 03-20-2017, 04:52 PM   #5
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Thanks guys!! I was thinking of MAYBE doing a rehall on interior leather..if I were to go that route, what color would you do with Fern green?? Or should I stick with tan??

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Old 03-20-2017, 05:50 PM   #6
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I'd go with cinnamon if you're going to redye the interior. Looks really good with that green
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Stick with tan. Green on tan is a beautiful color combo.
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Old 03-20-2017, 07:59 PM   #8
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I'd go with cinnamon if you're going to redye the interior. Looks really good with that green
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:28 PM   #9
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Never used Leatherique products, but a lot people seem to vouch for them

I have, however, usually done it the cheapo way: Rubbing alcohol for cleaning and Bag Balm for rejuvenation. Leave the bag balm on the seats for several hours while the car sits in the sun with windows closed. Sometimes I even cover the seats with black trash bag to make it even warmer inside.

Last time I did it was about a couple of years ago on my old 89 MB 560SEL and the results were damn good.
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:37 PM   #10
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I'm gonna try cleaning it up and see what happens..IF I went with a whole rehall with the cinnamon leather, I forgot ide have to change head liner and rugs to black for it to look right..it seems like it be expensive and a pain in the ass..my interior is nice..just drivers seat, center console lid and a few very minor things and ide be happy..
Drivers seat really looks bad..but if I can at least get the grime from the creases for now, ide be happy, then go from there..
Are there any type of leather safe solvents out there that anyone knows of??

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Old 03-20-2017, 09:02 PM   #11
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I'm gonna try cleaning it up and see what happens..IF I went with a whole rehall with the cinnamon leather, I forgot ide have to change head liner and rugs to black for it to look right..it seems like it be expensive and a pain in the ass..my interior is nice..just drivers seat, center console lid and a few very minor things and ide be happy..
Drivers seat really looks bad..but if I can at least get the grime from the creases for now, ide be happy, then go from there..
Are there any type of leather safe solvents out there that anyone knows of??

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Leatherique rejuvenator and prestine cleaner will be the best short term solution for you.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/LEATHERIQUE-...UAAOSw~bFWM3H5

My 15 year old interior after 1 application of Leatherique products...





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Old 03-21-2017, 12:14 AM   #12
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Leatherique rejuvenator and prestine cleaner will be the best short term solution for you.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/LEATHERIQUE-...UAAOSw~bFWM3H5

My 15 year old interior after 1 application of Leatherique products...





Wow!!! And it's a sport!! Our sport seats have less cushion making it hard to keep so conditioned (creases easy), plus lumbars wear easy with getting in and out of car..I can't believe your seats look brand new and are original!!

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The key to saving the side bolsters on the seats?

Move the seat back before getting out every time. I have memory seats and I have the 3rd setting for moving my seat back. You want to move it back far enough that it minimizes rubbing of the seat before getting in or out.
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