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Old 10-10-2007, 09:13 AM
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Anybody else wish they got Leather instead of Leatherette?

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Turns out it's not about the reflective technology, it's about a sweaty back.

I never intended to leave the roof down in bright summer sunshine, so the main feature (or so I thought) about the leather with that reflective treatment was immaterial to me.

Additionally, the leatherette is so good, no one knows it's not real leather. Also there's an assumption by everyone that a $50,000 must have leather, so they never consider the fact that it's not.

So, so far, so good, right?

Well, what I didn't know was that vinyl doesn't breathe like leather does. I've owned nothing but leather seats for the past 20 years, so I'd forgotten what vinyl can do when it mixes with perspiration on a hot day. Driving a convertible at speed at noon on a hot day isn't the most fun. The sun sneaks under your glasses, the wind doesn't make you cool down, and the noise isn't so great. But with vinyl, the extra 'bonus' is that you sweat and stick to the seatback. It can be downright uncomfortable and takes some getting used to.

So, if I have one regret on my E93, it's that I didn't go for leather. I just didn't remember what vinyl and heat and sweat and expensive cotton Polo shirts can do when they get together in August.

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I need to make a decision in the next couple of days. Thanks!
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Old 10-10-2007, 09:23 AM
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Leather doesn't breathe that much better. I test drove an E90 with leather seats and I sweated just as much into it. When you're in a convertible in August, you're going to sweat if it's leather, leatherette, or cloth.
So make your decision on comfort and price. Do you find leather more comfortable? $1500 more comfortable?
Maintenance-wise they're about the same. 'ette might have a slight advantage, but it's negligible.
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Old 10-10-2007, 09:32 AM
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I think it also comes down to the fact that leatherette is stickier than leather, on one hand it holds you in your seat better on the other hand it gets so hot it's like you're bandaid-ed to the seat.

Another point is if you want other colors, ette is only black or beige.
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Old 10-10-2007, 09:36 AM
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I choose leatherette because of the maintenance factor. With my travel schedule, free time is maximized with the family rather than keeping things like leather in top shape. Also, with a small child, didn't want to get involved with spilled ice cream cones, french fries, etc.
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Old 10-10-2007, 09:57 AM
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I was ready to go for leatherette, but went for leather in the last moment.

Reason? I work in a very Chinese area, and everyone has beige or black seats. I wanted something different
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Old 10-10-2007, 10:27 AM
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I was ready to go for leatherette, but went for leather in the last moment.

Reason? I work in a very Chinese area, and everyone has beige or black seats. I wanted something different
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Old 10-10-2007, 10:30 AM
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I was ready to go for leatherette, but went for leather in the last moment.

Reason? I work in a very Chinese area, and everyone has beige or black seats. I wanted something different
I am not chinese, but what does your statement mean, chinese like leatherette or black leather?
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Old 10-10-2007, 10:55 AM
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I think in the long run the leatherette would wear better. Leather always seems to crack and fade with time.

I sold an Audi once with letherette. The person who bought it commented on what good shape the seats were in compared to some other cars he had seen with leather seats. I didn't have the heart to tell him it wasn't really leather....
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Old 10-10-2007, 11:49 AM
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I imagine that guy will be pissed when he realizes his seats aren't real leather. I purchased leather mainly because Terra is not available on 'ette.
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Old 10-10-2007, 12:05 PM
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I had leather in my 06 330 (terra), and I now have leatherette in my 335 (black), and I swear to god the leatherette is not only softer, but not a single person who has ridden in my car can tell the difference. As far as perspiration is concerned, I've noticed absolutely no difference. Not once did my leather seats magically absorb and dissipate my back sweat. This is a huge misconception regarding leather. Bottom line, when a company can manufacture a synthetic seat covering as well as the kind that BMW uses, and it's in the color I like, I have absolutely no reason to ever order leather again.
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Old 10-10-2007, 12:21 PM
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Tough call. I'm not sure yet, but I think the leatherette will wear better. I've only had leather in my cars for the last 20 years also, and it seems to be the one thing that makes the car look "used" is the worn leather. I do like the terra color, though. Also, I think the leatherette is, indeed, slightly hotter. my 2 cents
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Old 10-10-2007, 12:42 PM
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why not get this combination of cloth/alcantara on sport seats? They seem to me like a much nicer proposition.
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Old 10-10-2007, 12:50 PM
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why not get this combination of cloth/alcantara on sport seats? They seem to me like a much nicer proposition.
As far as I know cloth or cloth varients aren't available in the US, I would rather have cloth then leather or 'ette, my SO was happy to finally get the leather tho.
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Old 10-10-2007, 01:06 PM
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I am not chinese, but what does your statement mean, chinese like leatherette or black leather?
Chinese people all have beige leather in their cars, especially the hundreds of Lexus's in the neighborhood. I'm not stereotyping, I'm Chinese myself, just observing.
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Old 10-10-2007, 03:17 PM
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and younger chinese people all have black leather in their cars. So leatherette will be perfect if your chinese
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Old 10-10-2007, 04:19 PM
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I have black leather in the Cooper, dammit your observations are spot on.

Can't wait to migrate to Saddle Brown.
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Old 10-10-2007, 04:49 PM
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I have wished for Leatherette before.

Each time a passenger rides in my car and slides across the bolster to enter. Each time my children's sandy shoes dump on my seats. Each time my the condensation from my wife's water bottles leaves a puddle.

Leather is nice, but you have to worry about it.
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Old 10-10-2007, 08:02 PM
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No regrets on getting the ETTE. It is a superior seat cover.
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Old 10-10-2007, 08:26 PM
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Sorry but the smell of hot ette - really turns me off. There is already is enough plastic in the car.. don't need anymore. I guess I agree with everyone on what lasts the longest.. but I have no children, wife doesn't drive my car, don't have a dog and I lease so .. it is leather for me. Now if they offered cloth I might go that direction.

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Old 10-10-2007, 08:46 PM
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I was ready to go for leatherette, but went for leather in the last moment.

Reason? I work in a very Chinese area, and everyone has beige or black seats. I wanted something different
I was the same way. Was ready to order the BMW with no leather. When I rode in my friends "leatherette" car, it wasnt sticky but i was a bit more firm and had this smell to it that i didnt like.

Then i finally went with leather and decided to get coral red while im at it!
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Old 10-10-2007, 09:52 PM
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I have wished for Leatherette before.

Each time a passenger rides in my car and slides across the bolster to enter. Each time my children's sandy shoes dump on my seats. Each time my the condensation from my wife's water bottles leaves a puddle.

Leather is nice, but you have to worry about it.
What about the exclusive sun-reflective technology!!???!! Does anyone have anything good to say about it?
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Old 10-10-2007, 10:22 PM
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I live in Miami - as you all know it gets very hot and humid here. I have a Black/Black MB with fake leather and I have no problem with perspiration or stickiness. They are a breeze to clean! My e92 will have plastic seats also.
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I took the $1500 i saved on leatherette and bought Google stock - i almost have enough now for a Premuim package
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Old 10-11-2007, 07:24 AM
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I took the $1500 i saved on leatherette and bought Google stock - i almost have enough now for a Premuim package
Google stock pretty smart... but now 1,500 will buy you only 2 1/2 shares .. If only I would have only gotten in on the .com bubble and of course gotten out before the pop.



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Old 10-11-2007, 07:43 AM
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I just want Coral Red seats. I dont care for either Leather or Leatherette, but since BMW only provides Coral Red LEATHER.... well thats what I'm getting.
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