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Old 07-08-2002, 12:26 PM   #1
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Sand Interior Owners - Regrets?

I just ordered a 330CI, with Sand interior. Before it goes into production, I would like to know if people are happy with the durability of the sand interior. Does it look dirty very quickly, or does it retain it's color well? Do you find yourself having to clean it constantly to keep it looking nice? If it's too much of a pain, I will pick a darker color. Not trying to work too too hard to keep the ride looking fresh. Let me know.
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Old 07-08-2002, 12:39 PM   #2
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It's not really that bad. Kind of a toss-up; my friend's black interior shows dust really easy. Sand hides the dust, but the mats show dirt.

I just shampoo the mats every month or so and they clean up nicely. That's even through the winter rains. Seats never show any dirt.
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Old 07-08-2002, 12:49 PM   #3
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I love my sand leather and it does not show dirt at all. I have had 3 BMW over the last 10 years and all were sand leather. I agree on the floormats that I shampoo once a month due to shoe dirt.
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Old 07-08-2002, 01:19 PM   #4
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I hate sand interior my dads 540i had it and his old 535i and they were both gross thats why i got black i think it looks more sporty and cleaner
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Old 07-08-2002, 02:40 PM   #5
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what do you guys use for your shampoo? Time to give my mats a good cleaning.
Thanks.
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Old 07-08-2002, 02:44 PM   #6
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what do you guys use for your shampoo? Time to give my mats a good cleaning.
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Ditto!
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Old 07-08-2002, 02:49 PM   #7
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Just been using resolve household carpet cleaner. Works great, but *DO NOT* -repeat- *DO NOT* be an idiot like me, get lazy and use a household vacuum. Really chunks up the nap.

Used some 3m scotch guard auto carpet shampoo and it didn't get the grease spots out near as good as the resolve did.

For really tough spots I've been known to use a little chem dry.
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Old 07-08-2002, 03:08 PM   #8
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Both my parents have sand and if you maintain it like any leather it looks great, more of a clasy look. but i have to say i love my Gray interior more than anything.
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Old 07-08-2002, 04:59 PM   #9
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Love the sand color... looks good against black car.

TOSS the sand floor mats, get BMW black ones! Gives a good contrast to inside, and i NEVER have to worrie about gettin out the shampoo...
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Old 07-08-2002, 06:35 PM   #10
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Black and Tan rules ........


No regrets with the sand at all -

looks soo classy
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Old 07-08-2002, 06:40 PM   #11
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Old 07-08-2002, 08:12 PM   #12
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I've said it before somewhere else, ATYCLB. Youre amazing when it comes to the image library. Just how the Hell do you pull it off. In real time?? I mean, I can't get text in as fast as you dig up these pics!!

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Old 07-08-2002, 08:18 PM   #13
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Oh yeah...

Like my sand in the JB wagon. It's all about contrast for me. And if showin' dirt is a concern, the grey we get is certainly no better.

Lookin' for Natural Brown om JB version now. Really like the psuedo 2-tone look even more.


Whatever floats your boat, eh? (image oportunity for the amazin atyclb)
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Old 07-08-2002, 09:46 PM   #14
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I have the sand with black mats too

It looks really good. The tan mats look shitty when they get dirty. The black mats match quite well and they add some much need contrast on the interior. The leather seems to look good as long as you clean it once a month.
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