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E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:33 PM
alcofribas alcofribas is offline
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seat surface problem

When I bought my 2001 Z3 in early July 2012, all the seat surfaces were clean and in good shape. I noticed, however, that the center panel in the driver's seat (the horizontal surface, not the back) was unusually hard and stiff. The other panels are supple and soft, no rips, no tears. I had thought the seats were leather covered, but this may be a plastic surface. Over the past months the stiff panel has cracked and torn. The tears are not in the area where I carry my keys, so they're not to blame. Has anyone else experienced this kind of damage?

I cover the damaged area with a fitted sheepskin insert, but I find this very curious.

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Old 11-18-2012, 06:45 PM
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It sort of looks like someone has replaced those panels witn vinyl.

My seat leather certainly got stiff before I replaced it, but it was nothing like that.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:10 PM
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Looks just like mine.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:00 PM
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seats

Maybe it is due to all the years of sitting on the seat....perspiration from your body will often transfer from your body to the seat making it stiff. You might consider looking at products offered from Leather Z. I use them and they work for me. They do have products to fill in cracks, but I do not know if it will be applicable to vinyl...assuming that's what the seat panel is made from??

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