The interior panels (Doors, wall panels by the back seat, headliner, and
rear deck) in my E36 1993 325IS are driving me nut! They look like crap. The
material (Vinyl?) on the doors looks to be in decent shape, however it is
coming off of the backing board AGAIN! (I use "board" in a very Tongue in
cheek fashion. That stuff seems barely stronger than cardboard.) :-) I got
a quote for replacements from the dealer - @350.00 EACH! I brought the door
panels to my local BMW Stealer's highly recommended upholstery shop about
1.5 months ago, and for $200.00 they peeled the vinyl off, and re-glued it.
Well it's coming off again, and they won't do anything for me.
I took my other BMW (a Black on Black 1999 M3) to a highly recommended
upholstery shop (Not the dealer's recommended one) They matched the
aftermarket headliner material in my M3 so that he can put similar material
into the 325. The material looks like the perforated leather / vinyl you see
used on tennis shoes. (Looks like a Band Aid to me) This stuff is THICK and
STRONG. It makes a WAY nicer headliner than that foam backed polyester
material crap. The only complaint the upholstery shop had was that the stuff
is so much heavier that they have to glue the hell out of it to make it
stay. Hmmm... More glue.. I'm okay with that. :-)
Anyway, the point is that I'm having them re-wrap the door panels, back
seat panels, back deck, and headliner all in the same perforated Leather /
Vinyl material all for about what it would have cost me to buy two new door
panels from my local BMW Stealer.
Hmm, Go Figure. Have any of you had a similar situation with the door
materials coming off? It just seems the glue has given up the ghost.
Well that ends my rant for the day. :-)
Thanks for "listening",