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The sixth generation 3 series, chassis code F30. 2013 model year 328i and 335i sedans now in production. Read the F30 frequently asked question thread for all your basic question and dive into all the details in the ultimate F30 information thread.

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Old 09-30-2014, 10:56 PM
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What do you recommend to use on Dakota leather to make sure it stays in good condition as long as possible? (I've never had a car with leather)

And also - I'm thinking about getting Karcher pressure washer. Any recommendations on which one would be great (probably doesn't need to be super powerful?). And shampoo... my drain water goes straight to the creek so I need something bio-degradable. If you have found the one you like, please share.

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Whatever you use on plastic or poly, which is coating the leather.
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I use Adams automotive products with some Zaino mixed in. I would not use a pressure washer as that will press the dirt on the car into your clear coat finish.

Good microfiber towels will also keep scratches and swirl marks to a minimum.



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I used to have a couple of Karcher electric pressure washers... each lasted about a year and then they died. Moved to a Craftman gas pressure washer and never looked back.

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Hi guys,

What do you recommend to use on Dakota leather to make sure it stays in good condition as long as possible? (I've never had a car with leather)

And also - I'm thinking about getting Karcher pressure washer. Any recommendations on which one would be great (probably doesn't need to be super powerful?). And shampoo... my drain water goes straight to the creek so I need something bio-degradable. If you have found the one you like, please share.

Thank you!!
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Like the majority of automotive leather Dakota is "top coated" with IIRC a urethane. I would avoid anything with lots of oils. Just keep the seams free of dirt, wipe down with damp cloth and maybe use a water-based protectant made for this type of leather.
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Like the majority of automotive leather Dakota is "top coated" with IIRC a urethane. I would avoid anything with lots of oils. Just keep the seams free of dirt, wipe down with damp cloth and maybe use a water-based protectant made for this type of leather.
What about m-steering wheel leather? Same thing?
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Like the majority of automotive leather Dakota is "top coated" with IIRC a urethane. I would avoid anything with lots of oils. Just keep the seams free of dirt, wipe down with damp cloth and maybe use a water-based protectant made for this type of leather.

I did not know this. Dang! Here I thought I knew EVERYTHING...
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