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Old 12-31-2013, 06:20 AM
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Unhappy M-Package Leather Seats Excessive Wear

I have a 4 door 2011 335i with the M-Package, which includes the narrower leather seats with oversized side bumpers.

I've noticed that the leather on the outside bumper is wearing very badly.

Is there a simple cover or option to avoid further leather wear?
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Old 12-31-2013, 06:32 AM
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M-Package Leather Seats Excessive Wear

Get out of your car by lifting your legs over the thigh bolster. You'll also work out a whole bunch of muscles.


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Old 12-31-2013, 07:24 AM
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Very common wear spot - the constant rubbing of hundreds and hundreds of times in/out of the car will take it's toll. Like mentioned above, I lift my leg over everytime, yes everytime to prevent this and the leather looking good hopefully years to come.

Though, you would think BMW could thicken/double up the leather of something on this one side boltster to prevent this?
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Old 12-31-2013, 07:35 AM
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After 13 years my M3 drivers seat was still like new. All because I sit down sideways then swing my legs in as to not wear the outside bolster. It works and I am not a small guy so hope that helps....
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Old 12-31-2013, 08:32 AM
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I use the left door sill and lift myself out and in, near zero wear in all my cars. You should be able to get it repaired using a leather shop, so try calling around.
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Old 12-31-2013, 10:44 AM
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the wear is usually just the color change,, look at SEM for interior color,, easy fix unless you wear thru the leather.. even then you can get filler and color to repair.
all the leather has been processed,, have you seen an animal skin with the same continuous grain as your seats??
dont kn if BMW only has leather for seat area or if they have full leather.,,, i doubt its full leather.
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Old 12-31-2013, 11:16 AM
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I use the left door sill and lift myself out and in, near zero wear in all my cars. You should be able to get it repaired using a leather shop, so try calling around.
This is exactly what I do as well.
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Its a common spot the seats wear, there is dye you can get to fix the spot if needed. I have the same issue on the bolsters on my sport seats in my 328
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I have a 4 door 2011 335i with the M-Package, which includes the narrower leather seats with oversized side bumpers.

I've noticed that the leather on the outside bumper is wearing very badly.

Is there a simple cover or option to avoid further leather wear?

Dang boy, you right....I stow my top as often as practical before getting in. As a tall boy, much more comfortable too...I just drop right in.

Cold & inclement weather are my nemesis....
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dexterp652 - where do you get the dye?

Thanks everyone for the tips - appreciate it!
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Old 01-01-2014, 11:25 AM
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I'm not home at the moment, when I get home I'll see if I can find the site again, just a heads up they are out of the UK so shipping takes forever. someone else on here pointed me to them.
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When you get back home - if you can find it I'd appreciate it! Happy New Year too
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http://www.dynamixdyes.com/bmw-car-l...0ml-1629-p.asp Dynamix dyes
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I have a 4 door 2011 335i with the M-Package, which includes the narrower leather seats with oversized side bumpers.

I've noticed that the leather on the outside bumper is wearing very badly.

Is there a simple cover or option to avoid further leather wear?
This is not really a BMW only problem (for what it is worth). My last car, an Acura, has some similar issues.
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Old 01-03-2014, 04:44 AM
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Hi -

I recently purchased a CPO 2009 328i with Dakota Black Leather. At 45k miles, the driver seat had developed that cracking "look" on the outside bolster and some color had worn off on the outside.

You've already been given great advice about getting in and out of the car - do it - avoid hitting the outside bolster. In the States, I found it difficult to find a renown leather repair kit without a cheesy name, but after reading reviews, "Leather Magic" seemed to get good press. I went with the most gentle product - the Conditioner with Leather Dye, available here - http://www.leathermagic.com/Pages/recolorkits.htm

They also have Leather Dye and Recoloring with BMW Colors - http://www.leathermagic.com/Pages/lthrrecolrkit.htm.

To clean the seat, I heat it up with the electric warmers (it was cold that day) and steam (Vapamore M-75). After gently wiping the seat, I used Zaino Leather Cleaner and a detail brush to clean the seat. After wiping off the cleaner, I used the Leather Magic Color Conditioner, wiping it on the seat. I left it on the seat for several minutes, and then gently wiped off the residue. I was a little perturbed because it left a glossy finish. I assumed that after sitting on it or wiping it down more aggressively, the gloss would go away. I was correct. I sat on it for a drive in old jeans and shirt, and the gloss disappeared. And most importantly, yes, it matched the rest of the interior.

Around the more deteriorated area of the bolster and any area with a loss of color, I was not aggressive with wiping off the conditioner. I did notice that the spot where some color had worn off was still faded but greatly improved. So I placed more colored conditioner on that spot. It is an improvement over the originally damaged area, including the "cracking" that was developing, but eventually if that area wears down (it may be the seat belt rubbing against the seat causing the issue), I will get the repainting product.

I finished up with a light touch of Zaino Leather Reconditioner to get some of that "leather smell" to return.

Good luck with your "repair". I think the Vapamore is a fine, small steamer not only for maintaining your leather, but for the engine bay, and has non-auto use for steaming clothes and tile/grouting repair. It also comes with several accessories and is less than $100 on Amazon. In other words, it has several uses besides detailing your car if you need to justify its purchase.

I advise you perform the "repair" as soon as possible. My "infant" car (bought the car with a newborn boy) was a 2000 323i with 89k miles, beat up alloys, and the leather of the front seats (parchment) and armrest were beat up badly. I cleaned it but it needed repair. I wasn't that interested in that car as the ex drove it a lot with the baby. But in the divorce, I got it and cleaned out the mold and food that the baby had accumulated. Four years later with 239k miles and needing another $3k of work, I traded it in for the present CPO now that the boy is 7 yrs old. Moral of the story - once the leather starts to go, it is best to get to it asap and maintain it. All of that armrest and "butt" rubbing grinds in the dirt. Steam, detail brush and cleaner, then condition. Good luck.

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