I have friends who have leather in their cars (non-BMW) that claim their leather wears well too...in other words, they haven't been applying conditioner or anything. But they are in the Bay Area and the weather doesn't get that extreme that.
Originally Posted by micknugget
I got the leatherette. It looks like leather and wears much better. I had an e46 and the leatherette seats looked like new 50k miles and 4 years later.
With my car, the driver's seat is showing a big crack now and one can tell that's not leather. But that is after more than 9 years. I'm tempted to try leather for the next car, but let's see. The passenger seat and back seat don't see much use and those look new even now.
2014 328i / Liquid Blue / Beige Leatherette / 4 DR / 6 MT / Moonroof / Rear Camera + PDC / Xenons / DHP / 9K+ Miles / Bought 10-16-2013
2003 325i / Gray Green / Beige Leatherette / 4 DR / 5 MT / Moonroof / 219K+ Miles / Bought 12-21-2002 / Sold 10-21-2013