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Old 09-21-2005, 02:32 PM
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Is extended leather package fitted to my z3?

Curious about this - have used the search function but can't find any pictures to refer to - my question is whether my Z3 has the extended leather package on the dash. Had always thought it was faux vinyl material and not used leather products on it but recently realised my boomerangs were leather and noted the dash looks the same - so am wondering if I should be using leather products to care for the dash as well.

Would appreciate any comments based on the pictures below - thanks.
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Old 09-21-2005, 03:22 PM
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Old 09-21-2005, 03:34 PM
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Yes, you have extended leather. Congrats.
Thanks for that Jon - heh, it is a little like an unexpected present finding this out.

Although, I've had the car for a few years now and I'm cringing to think of all the times that the dash leather got a simple wipe with Mothers vinyl cleaner whilst I lavished care on the seats and pored over them with cleaner and conditioner and regularly wiped them down with a damp cloth etc and so on.

Will have to be even more careful of not leaving it in direct sun as have read about the propensity of the dash leather to crack when exposed to too much sun.

Thanks again.
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Old 09-21-2005, 03:45 PM
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Will have to be even more careful of not leaving it in direct sun as have read about the propensity of the dash leather to crack when exposed to too much sun.

Thanks again.
yeah no offense, but I'd much prefer to not have the extended leather

if I ever found myself back in a z3, having it would be an immediate DQ in the purchase


the leather pealing seems to be such a rampant issue, and is an insanly costly fix
and to not fix it looks attrocious, as it just gets worse
it didn't look so bad in my z3 the day I bought it, but when I sold it 364 days later, it was looking pretty embarassing


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Old 09-21-2005, 04:01 PM
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I believe someone here was talking about how extended leather sux a while back because the issue with it pealing away from the dash... BMW had to fix his package twice than he sold it when warranty ran out.

Photos look nice...
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Old 09-21-2005, 05:29 PM
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Thanks for that Jon - heh, it is a little like an unexpected present finding this out.

Although, I've had the car for a few years now and I'm cringing to think of all the times that the dash leather got a simple wipe with Mothers vinyl cleaner whilst I lavished care on the seats and pored over them with cleaner and conditioner and regularly wiped them down with a damp cloth etc and so on.

Will have to be even more careful of not leaving it in direct sun as have read about the propensity of the dash leather to crack when exposed to too much sun.

Thanks again.
For a MY 99 in a sunny climate with NO special care it still looks great in your pics. Maybe it`s not as delicate as some have reported.
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Old 09-22-2005, 07:19 AM
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If you mistreat leather it will shrink and come unglued.

The fix is easy. Don't mistreat your leather. Less is more.
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Old 09-22-2005, 01:53 PM
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Thanks for the comments guys (and I know what you are saying Ridgeway - it's a bonus until it goes all wrong). The car is a weekend only driver and generally the only sun it ever gets on it is when it's driving along (mileage is 31K miles so not a huge amount of use to date) - so that has probably helped. I have always been suspicious of the durability of the dash covering so have taken care not to leave it parked out in direct sun where possible.

I had a good look for any signs of shrinkage etc particularly over the instrument cluster but it looks fine at the moment [touch wood].

But I think I will get a dashboard cover and keep that in the car to use when it isn't parked inside.
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Old 09-22-2005, 02:06 PM
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Hey Kiwi, sorry to hijack this thread, I was looking at homes in new zealand online and some seemed very reasonable and nice, what are the property taxes like?
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Old 09-22-2005, 02:34 PM
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Hey Kiwi, sorry to hijack this thread, I was looking at homes in new zealand online and some seemed very reasonable and nice, what are the property taxes like?
damn, first got a dual-ear and now buying a house in NZ -> baller
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Old 09-22-2005, 02:58 PM
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Hey Kiwi, sorry to hijack this thread, I was looking at homes in new zealand online and some seemed very reasonable and nice, what are the property taxes like?
It's pretty straightforward - essentially there aren't any taxes per se for the ordinary person.

Used to be stamp duty which was payable on transfer of property between parties - this was abolished back in 1998 or so. No capital gains tax on disposition.

So no taxes payable on purchase, and none payable on sale unless you are in the 'business' of land developing and if sale made in the course of that business - would therefore be subject to our company tax rate of 33% (potentially lower tax rates for sales through p'ships or trusts). You'll generally be treated as a land developer where you purchase with the intent of resale and have a pattern of acquiring and selling multiple properties (although where property held for more than 10 years, generally no risk of being characterised as a land developer sale).

By way of example, I have friends who would have bought and onsold 4 properties within 8 years and are still not deemed to be developers (they have taken advice). So a private individual can buy and sell a limited amount of property and not be taxed on proceeds or have to pay stamp duties etc.

Local council and local authority rates aren't particularly high - for example, NZ$1,700 per annum on a house valued at NZ$650K (local council websites will usually have the rates amount applicable to a particular address).

I understand our prices aren't too bad relative to overseas but have gone up dramatically in the last 6 years or so - many properties have easily doubled up in value - prices likely to be plateauing now as inbound immigration slowing, interest rates rising and rental returns dropping. Not sure what websites you are looking at but www.realenz.co.nz or www.open2view.com are the ones I have generally used when searching for a new house.

Hope that helps - happy to help with any other questions (I'm a lawyer but land and non corporate tax is not my specialty but I work with tax solicitors and have a good mate who is a property lawyer).
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Local council and local authority rates aren't particularly high - for example, NZ$1,700 per annum on a house valued at NZ$650K (local council websites will usually have the rates amount applicable to a particular address).

thats amazing!!
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damn, first got a dual-ear and now buying a house in NZ -> baller
damn I wish was talking with some of my family and this area is going down the ****ter fast, so I was looking and damn is it beautiful there,wow.. plus i want to know how frodo's doing
but that would be a hella move and would have no idea of employement, unless kiwi needs a caddy or lawn gnome ( yes i can sit still long periods of time)

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unless kiwi needs a caddy or lawn gnome ( yes i can sit still long periods of time)
LOL

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LOL

what's wrong w/ SA?
isnt a better question whats right with TX?
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isnt a better question whats right with TX?
you're right, it sucks
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you're right, it sucks
where's all the shots of big haired women and red necks?

Those are actually more beautiful than I thought TX could be

I almost take my comment back
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where's all the shots of big haired women and red necks?

Those are actually more beautiful than I thought TX could be

I almost take my comment back
those are all around Lake Travis in Austin. I'm in Houston, different story


Kiwi: Sorry for the hijack. Now post some pics of NZ and put us all to shame.
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Kiwi: Sorry for the hijack. Now post some pics of NZ and put us all to shame.
u want to make me

max started it
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