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Old 10-16-2007, 05:50 PM
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Photo of leather seat from a '96 Z3

Does anyone have a photo of an original leather seat in a '96 Z3? The insurance company is trying to say I didn't have leather seats in my car. It has been towed away, so I can't go look at it. I could have sworn those were leather seats I had, but I'd like to see a picture of them from someone before I get to strident with the insurance company.
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Old 10-16-2007, 09:39 PM
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I don't have a picture of a 96 seat, but I do remember that the James Bond car in the BMW Zentrium had the exact same style leather seats that are in my car.
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Old 10-17-2007, 06:18 AM
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Cloth seats were never an option on the Z3 at any point. It would be funny to see what kind of seats they would try to get put in...
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Old 10-17-2007, 06:22 AM
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Is the insurance company claiming the original seats were cloth or fake leather?
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Old 10-17-2007, 06:59 AM
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They are probably claiming the seats were Leatherette - a popular setup amongst early cars. Did your seats have ostrich looking leather on the center section of the seat bottom and back?
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Old 10-17-2007, 07:46 AM
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Here's some information on Z3 interiors.

http://users.belgacom.net/bmw_z3/bmw_z3_interior.htm
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Old 10-17-2007, 09:14 AM
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Mickeyamc:

On eBay at Item Number 200163863356 is a 1996 BMW Z3 offered for sale. The seller has provide some excellent photos including interior photos of the vehicle's seats. The seller indicates that the seats are cloth, not leather. They look to me to be leatherette although I don't have a lot of experience in this subject.

At this url are details about Z3 interiors including photos of various seat options in leather, letherette, fabric and so forth:

http://users.belgacom.net/bmw_z3/bmw_z3_interior.htm

All this may be of only minimal help.
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Old 10-17-2007, 11:31 AM
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I thought some of the very earliest U.S. 1996s were cloth. There was an owner in Houston with one of the very first (if not the first) 1.9s, who then immediately had the interior re-upholstered in leather.

Cloth was always an ROW option.

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Old 10-18-2007, 09:14 AM
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Your dealer can get you a printout of all options on your car if you give him the VIN. He can also include any/all service done at BMW dealerships. If your car came with leather seats, this printout should satisfy the insurance company; if not, sue the bastards.
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Old 10-19-2007, 11:07 AM
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They are claiming that they are vinyl. Yes, the ostrich looking leather on the center and seat bottom! That's the real deal isn't it? If not, it's a pretty good fake.

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They are probably claiming the seats were Leatherette - a popular setup amongst early cars. Did your seats have ostrich looking leather on the center section of the seat bottom and back?
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Old 10-19-2007, 11:48 AM
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Thanks for the tip on the dealer. They are leather!

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Your dealer can get you a printout of all options on your car if you give him the VIN. He can also include any/all service done at BMW dealerships. If your car came with leather seats, this printout should satisfy the insurance company; if not, sue the bastards.
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Old 01-17-2013, 05:38 PM
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My '96 z3 has leatherette seats -Does anyone know if the original leatherette material can be purchased anywhere ???
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Here's a great VIN decoder link:

http://www.rubmw.ru/vincode/eng/

On my car, specifically says Sport Seats and upholstery says Leder Oregon/Beige
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:59 AM
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Here's a great VIN decoder link... On my car... upholstery says Leder Oregon/Beige
Same with my 1997. Leder is leather in German. Maybe the rough dotted pattern was called Oregon Leather to associate it with the American West and particularly the Oregon leather trade.
http://oregonleatherco.com
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:50 AM
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My build date is 6/96 and I have leather seats.
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:25 AM
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:47 AM
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BTW: I was told by the experts at LeatherSeats.com that the BMW Ostrich-leather-looking seat inserts were actually made by stamping the pattern into the leather. It's a common technique, but nobody is producing it at the moment.
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