Well, Dakota leather replaced Montana leather as the standard leather in both the 3 and 5. So, BMW was putting the same "crap" in both the 3 and 5 (and is again putting the same stuff in both the 3 and 5). IF you have seen cases of leather in a 5 holding up better than the 3 its either due to better car on the part of the owner, or possibly the design of the seats themselves. From what little I've seen, Dakota does seem a bit softer.alpinewhite325i said:I didn't know BMW was finally upgrading the leather in the 3 series.
From previous 5's that I've seen, their leather holds up *MUCH* better than the crap BMW puts in the 3's.
You mean the alcantara, or cloth? And why?robg said:But, I still wish I'd special ordered cloth instead of leather.
Ideally, the alcantara w/ laser cloth (what now comes std in the ZHP package), but I would've taken regular cloth too.Dawg90 said:You mean the alcantara, or cloth? And why?
The Dakota leather didn't feel particularly soft at the NYIAS, but I could only put my hand on it, couldn't get any closer to the damn car with so many people in it, lol! It could have been leatherette too for all I know.
The Alcantara felt really nice at the autoshow, but I love the leather in my 10 year old E36, it still feels great, so I'm leaning toward getting leather.robg said:Ideally, the alcantara w/ laser cloth (what now comes std in the ZHP package), but I would've taken regular cloth too.
Why? Because its grippier, doesn't get too cold or hot, and doesn't cost $1500 extra (or whatever it is). I don't like leatherette because it makes me sweaty in the warmer months.