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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 01-25-2007, 06:18 PM   #1
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pricing - re-upholstery interior

throw me a ball-park number on how much a good oem leather re-do would run me on the interior of my car ? front seats / back seats / doors / rear sides / armrests. anyone got pics of their re-do's ? please post....

just curious.
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Old 01-25-2007, 07:26 PM   #2
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I was just quoted $3K for prefitted leather for just front and back seats of 2003 E46 M3. Installation was an additional $1.5K+. Did not include other items (arm rest, doors etc) you noted. Hope that helps. I was looking at accenting my front and back seats with Amola red leather...and doors. My dreaming ended very quickly when the $4.5K+ estimate came in for just the seats.
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Old 01-25-2007, 08:42 PM   #3
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yeah dud no sh!t i wouldn't pay 4500 bucks for an interior job no matter how good they say they are. reason why i ask is cause there's a shop i called and they quoted me for the front and rear seats about $ 1100. this is fort worth and there's a lot of shady shops out there....

for instance: i just paid 345 bucks for a tint job that not only came out lousy, but i found out that the film they used in not even LLumar (they gave me a llumar warranty card !!)

but now they're biting their ass, i stuck it to them real good when i called llumar to complain about the persistent SOBs that didn't want to fix stuff i found unsatisfactory....
i would expect around $ 3K would be a slammin job with some really good leather.
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Old 01-25-2007, 08:46 PM   #4
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also, i got quoted about 1900 bucks for a repaint of my front/rear bumpers and repaint of my front fenders and hood. it's a little on the high side i think, but these are the folks the dealer here referred me to and this particular dealer doesn't fool around.....top knotch work every time.
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Old 01-28-2007, 02:39 PM   #5
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A friend of mine just had his rear bumper fully painted for ~$500. Was a BMW specialty shop that his BMW shop referred him too and his insurance co. did as well. Great job as well. VA Norfolk area.
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Old 01-28-2007, 06:39 PM   #6
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interesting... I've been thinking of getting some red alcantara and doing some inserts in my Imola red front seats...
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Old 01-28-2007, 07:20 PM   #7
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only my front seats aren't that good, the rest of the leather is spot-on. but gotta do it all at the same time in order to match right.
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Old 01-28-2007, 07:30 PM   #8
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Maybe it would be cheaper to just find a crashed m3 and buy the seats no?
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Old 01-28-2007, 09:39 PM   #9
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From what I've read, expect $1500 to $2000 to reupholster seats (front/rear).. obviously less if you do just the front.
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Old 01-28-2007, 11:55 PM   #10
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Leather and Alcantara definately isnt cheap. You need a lot of material and it takes time to do a good job. It will be expensive no matter what.
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Old 01-29-2007, 01:46 PM   #11
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I got quoted 3k for wrapping some imola red leather on some new recaro pole positions and installed Getting the interior done shouldnt cost more than 3k im guessing
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Old 01-29-2007, 02:09 PM   #12
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are u in NY, i can give u the number to the best place i know... they work exclusively on restoring luxury car interiors and custom interiors... they do incredible work, they get dealer contracts too... its seriously OEM top notch work, no BS and the price is reasonable. let me know
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Old 01-29-2007, 02:27 PM   #13
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are u in NY, i can give u the number to the best place i know... they work exclusively on restoring luxury car interiors and custom interiors... they do incredible work, they get dealer contracts too... its seriously OEM top notch work, no BS and the price is reasonable. let me know
I really don't need new leather but it would be nice to get that brand new look again. I'm just anal like that. I have an 01 with 43,xxx miles and the leather has always been cleaned and conditioned.

My rear seats are literally brand new. I probably had people sit there 4 times and previous owner was the same way and he also had other cars for when he had more people to take around.

I would be curious to get a quote for either both front seats or just one front seat.

Can i have the number to the place you recommend? I may call one day just to see what it would run me.

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are u in NY, i can give u the number to the best place i know... they work exclusively on restoring luxury car interiors and custom interiors... they do incredible work, they get dealer contracts too... its seriously OEM top notch work, no BS and the price is reasonable. let me know
PM me with info. i'm from NYC...
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i'll just post the info here as a "public service" lol

Automotive Upholstery & Convertible Tops Inc.
170 Marbledale Road
Tuckahoe, NY 10707
914-961-4242
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last time i was there they had an 02 M5 in Lemans Blue... guy was getting his full black interior customized with matching blue inserts everywhere and brand new black Napa to replace the "older" leather lol... it looked sick... they always have a bunch of classic cars there getting restored... amazing work thats why i recommend them
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Old 02-01-2007, 08:12 PM   #16
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this is good, very good. i think i'll hit them up for a re-do of all the leather in my car. i kind of like the feel of the 07 M5/M6 leather. nice and soft. still undecided on the color though....
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also, i got quoted about 1900 bucks for a repaint of my front/rear bumpers and repaint of my front fenders and hood. it's a little on the high side i think, but these are the folks the dealer here referred me to and this particular dealer doesn't fool around.....top knotch work every time.
That actually sounds about right...

I paid $500 for my hood, $500 for the front bumper and $1100 for half the sail panel. So I'm guessing $500 for each fender. So that job should run you $2000. BMW certified body shops generally charge $500 for each "small" panel (bumpers, fenders, hood, doors, trunk). Sail panels (on a coupe) are around $1000, and I'm guessing the roof is about $700 to $1000 too.

Reason being is they don't mask **** off... they always disassemble everything in the area so you don't get "edges". Then they replace a lot of the stuff... gaskets, rubber trim, etc.

I'm not SUPER HAPPY with the work I got because the color doesn't seem to match 100% in certain lighting... but I'd say I'm 90% happy...

I regret buying a pre-owned car at this point (even an M3) because every day I see new nicks or scratches, and being O/C, it bugs me ... the front bumper I had painted earlier this month already has small rock chips in it!
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i'll just post the info here as a "public service" lol

Automotive Upholstery & Convertible Tops Inc.
170 Marbledale Road
Tuckahoe, NY 10707
914-961-4242
Ask for Frank or Ron

last time i was there they had an 02 M5 in Lemans Blue... guy was getting his full black interior customized with matching blue inserts everywhere and brand new black Napa to replace the "older" leather lol... it looked sick... they always have a bunch of classic cars there getting restored... amazing work thats why i recommend them
I hope they have the ability to do the M emblazened logo on the front seats, because if you ain't got that, you ain't got crap . Personally, I like the smooth leather of the E46 M3 that I have. I had the "rougher" leather in my E46 325i, it did seem to hold up better. I've got 10,000 miles on my M3 and the front seats look "broken in", but not worn. I remember when I had 10,000 on my 325i, the seats still looked brand new.
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Old 02-01-2007, 10:04 PM   #19
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That actually sounds about right...

I paid $500 for my hood, $500 for the front bumper and $1100 for half the sail panel. So I'm guessing $500 for each fender. So that job should run you $2000. BMW certified body shops generally charge $500 for each "small" panel (bumpers, fenders, hood, doors, trunk). Sail panels (on a coupe) are around $1000, and I'm guessing the roof is about $700 to $1000 too.

Reason being is they don't mask **** off... they always disassemble everything in the area so you don't get "edges". Then they replace a lot of the stuff... gaskets, rubber trim, etc.

I'm not SUPER HAPPY with the work I got because the color doesn't seem to match 100% in certain lighting... but I'd say I'm 90% happy...

I regret buying a pre-owned car at this point (even an M3) because every day I see new nicks or scratches, and being O/C, it bugs me ... the front bumper I had painted earlier this month already has small rock chips in it!
i think i'm gonna wait it out on the paint. because i want to re-do the entire car. true, they can probably color match the f*** out of it and make it spot-on, but the fact will be that the rest of the paint is still 5.5 yrs old.

also, what they were going to do is blend. paint the entire front halves of the fenders/hood and then blend that into the back half of the fenders/hood. since it's Ti silver, they can get away with it, but i would rather save the money, and do the entire car in one shot.

on the leather, i think e46 M3 leather sucks. but it's holding up pretty good. when i re-do, i'll get it done in M6 leather all over. much more supple/comfortable, and if i use firm enough cushions, it will probably be the most comfortable seat i've ever sat in....
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Old 02-01-2007, 10:07 PM   #20
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don't regret buying pre-owned, because the same crap would happen to a brand new car (chips/wear) and in that case you would have been paying much more for the same car.

one thing i was told was not to use protective film on something that's been repainted (when you try to remove the film, it may peel the paint). so basically, only oem paint will stand up to paint film, and even then you'd have to get it on when the car's new....
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