I agree with you on most counts, that leather can be kept looking very
good with proper care, except in comparison to BMW's leatherette.
Compared to any other manufacturers vinyl seating surface (including
MB-tex) this stuff is incredible. I would not believe it if I did not
have living proof sitting in my driveway (whenever SWMBO isn't tooling
around town in it).
My 325i does not get pampered (like the BMWS I have in my garage with
leather seats) it is 10+ years old, sits outside in the summer heat and
winter freeze and looks, by all rights, like brand new. I only wish the
carpets looked as good as the seats. ;-)
I really encourage folks to investigate the Leatherette... especially if
you intend on keeping your car a very long time and may not always get
around to pampering the interior.
Sounds very interesting; I've not had direct experience of modern BMW
"leatherette" (what a ghastly term), and thus was talking out of my arse
when saying leather was better; I believe leather is better than any
other artificial substance I've yet seen. OTOH, leather is a renewable
resource which plastics aren't ... can you sense me *reaching* for an
argument now? ;)
(can we not mention leather tanning chemicals please, coz my argument
will fall apart faster than a Ford's engine ...)
"The deep south? Isn't that the place where the black guys are really
One last thing I'd like to offer to this thread is an observation between
the two when it's hot, as in south Texas hot. I really couldn't tell that
much difference between the two unless I really looked for it. However,
yesterday I was shopping for a new BMW (finally got my 325i, yeah!) and I
was really wanting to go with the leatherette to save some bucks. I test
drove two different cars, one with leather one with leatherette. Both had
black interiors which I wanted, but changed my mind after I realized how hot
they would be down here. The leather was hot, but the leatherette was
sticky. I noticed this once before when doing a test drive, but thought
maybe it was just because of the heat. But, my back did not sweat and stick
as much to the leather. Although I really believe the leatherette looks
just as good and probably hold up better, I went for the leather just for
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