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Old 04-21-2013, 11:45 PM   #1
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Leather upgrade

I just purchased a 2005 352ci convertible with black leatherette interior. I am looking to purchase black leather seats (heated)

1. Will any other years interiors fit?
2. Will M3 seats fit?
3. Any tips or tricks?

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Old 04-22-2013, 12:23 AM   #2
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I just purchased a 2005 352ci convertible with black leatherette interior. I am looking to purchase black leather seats (heated)

1. Will any other years interiors fit?
2. Will M3 seats fit?
3. Any tips or tricks?

Thanks
1. Yes, all of them will
2. Yes
3. Get a bently book, some wrenches and make sure to get sport seats. Regular non sport seats look like crap...

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Old 04-22-2013, 02:51 AM   #3
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Has to be convertible seats though
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:26 AM   #4
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Thanks I will order the bently manual and keep on the look out for seats...
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:20 AM   #5
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Has to be convertible seats though
definitely
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:08 PM   #6
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you can also get a shop to recover the seat with leather of your choice. it should run $700 or so installed which is probably cheaper than buying used seats that are costly to ship and usually worn anyways
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:26 PM   #7
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If its $700 for both seats in full leather then thats a good deal. sometimes you may find as new seats for $700-800

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Old 04-22-2013, 01:35 PM   #8
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If its $700 for both seats in full leather then thats a good deal. sometimes you may find as new seats for $700-800

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I will check that option but also looking to move to Sport or M3 type seat. Do you know how recover will affect the "heated" option?
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:06 PM   #9
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The thing about used leather is that you never know how it's been (or not been) treated. Leather seats should be treated every six months. I doubt there's more than a handful of E46 seats that have been treated twice per year since new. I would opt for the recovering, if good quality leather is your goal. If it's not that important (it's not to me), then buy some good used sport seats and you can wait a while before deciding what to do with them. Leather seats can be made to look good even when they are not. Six months use usually shows the actual condition of the leather.
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:05 AM   #10
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Thanks. Lots to consider
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:15 PM   #11
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I just purchased a 2005 352ci convertible with black leatherette interior. I am looking to purchase black leather seats (heated)

1. Will any other years interiors fit?
2. Will M3 seats fit?
3. Any tips or tricks?

Thanks
What makes you think it's leatherette? I thought all US based verts had leather? Just curious.
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:46 PM   #12
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This might sound crazy but I like the way leatherette looks in a convertible. It holds up much better than leather in the summer sun. I wonder if BMW made sport seats in leatherette. That is something I would consider.

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Old 04-23-2013, 08:03 PM   #13
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They feel look like leatherette. Agree they hold up well and no signs of wear. However, they seem to make me sweat....
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Old 04-29-2013, 10:45 AM   #14
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They feel look like leatherette. Agree they hold up well and no signs of wear. However, they seem to make me sweat....
Yep, I remember briefly looking at the 323 when I stopped at the dealer back in '02. So many things, including leather, were optional, that the 330 seemed like a much better deal. And, of course, it had a lot more power.

Unless the leatherette is perforated, like in my son's Jetta, it's like sitting on those old-fashioned plastic sofa covers. You'll sweat your ass off since the water coming off your skin has nowhere to go.

Not only does leather look a little better (usually not so shiny), but it smells better - especially when the top is up, and breathes much better. Well worth the expense, if you have the money.
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