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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 02-07-2013, 05:14 PM
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Armrest leather

I was tired of seeing that worn out leather so changed it out.
If anyone needs a DIY let me know. Even if there are some already out there.
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:02 PM
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i would like to see a diy when you could get some time
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:59 PM
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Sure.. Ill try and post one tmr
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:15 AM
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curious, what did that cost? i'm thinking of repainting mine diy, but if it's not too much I might do like you did.
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:49 AM
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The leather was like $40.00.. It only took me like 2 min to remove the armrest. 10 minutes to remove and install the new one. Overall its like a 20 min job. Fairly easy
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:50 AM
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Im going to upload a DIY today
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Im going to upload a DIY today
Look forward to it, my son stained our armrest, so may have to do this.

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Old 02-09-2013, 07:54 PM
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The leather was like $40.00.. It only took me like 2 min to remove the armrest. 10 minutes to remove and install the new one. Overall its like a 20 min job. Fairly easy
You're saying you got a new armrest, or had the leather redone on your current?

Sorry, confused by the "install the new one" part.

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Old 02-09-2013, 08:31 PM
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I am curious about this DIY. Did the OP buy the leather and fit it on???
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Sorry for not being clear guys. I bought another piece of leather. I removed the old leather and installed the new one. Did not replace the whole armrest unit.
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:36 PM
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Sorry for not being clear guys. I bought another piece of leather. I removed the old leather and installed the new one. Did not replace the whole armrest unit.
Impressive...looking forward to the DIY, and where did you get matching leather?

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Old 02-11-2013, 10:27 AM
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i uploaded the wrong video. But you will get the idea how to install the leather once everything is apart

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Old 02-11-2013, 10:29 AM
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I am still confused. Could you tell us how/where you got the leather stuff. Was it ready to put on? Or you had to cut and prepare it?
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:24 AM
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I bought the leather on ebay. Its pre made to fit the armrest and all you have to do is take the old one off and put the new one in. Color match was exact on mine
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