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      03-17-2013, 03:55 PM   #45
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5 years, and my Dakota leather looks, and still has that new car smell.
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      03-17-2013, 04:04 PM   #46
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Necro-thread, here I come. Well-maintained leather will last just as long as leatherette. Leatherette takes much less time to clean and condition. Real leather feels more premium and retains the leather smell if taken care of properly. It's a pro-con sort of thing for each.

Also if you're parking your car in the sun and not maintaining your interior, it doesn't matter which you have, it will dry out and crack. The leather will just do it faster.
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      03-17-2013, 05:30 PM   #47
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Just started post about the leatherette. I purchased the leatherette looking for longevity, but it cracked at less than 4 years old and 27,000 miles. I should have gone with the leather. For the record, I used 303 on the seats every other week, and I live in Germany where the sun only shines about 4 months out of the year.
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      03-17-2013, 05:54 PM   #48
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I have the leatherette and went with it due to the belief that it lasts longer. Ironically my front passenger seat tore on side within two years. I take extremely good care of it too so I was amazed that it could happen. I'd say go with real leather.
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      03-17-2013, 09:48 PM   #49
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I've always Opted for the real genuine article. for me spending the extra money on good quality material is WELL worth it. I conditioned my seats on a regular basis ESP my drivers seat and never had any tears, discoloration, drying or any other normal wear and tearing issues. I treat it like my own skin. I use Lexol cleaner solution thats Ph balanced and then I apply Lexol conditoner. it doesnt leave any greasy residue and absorbs rather quickly. and also makes the leather smell new
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      03-18-2013, 02:01 AM   #50
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For the same level of cars - E9x, I'd say there is very minimal difference between the two. I had 2 E90s with Dakota leather previously and had to get leatherette for E92 (this car had the exact options that I wanted otherwise) now, and no one can tell the difference. I can clearly see the difference between E92 and F10, though - but perhaps 5 series uses a better quality leather than 3 series. My wife's F10 leather seating feels noticeably better than both leather and leatherette of E9x - and it rightfully should for its price...
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      03-18-2013, 06:10 AM   #51
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Just started post about the leatherette. I purchased the leatherette looking for longevity, but it cracked at less than 4 years old and 27,000 miles. I should have gone with the leather. For the record, I used 303 on the seats every other week, and I live in Germany where the sun only shines about 4 months out of the year.
Germany has less sun? How so, the Fox News claims otherwise
http://mobile.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/02/07/fox_news_expert_on_solar_energy_germany_gets_a_lot _more_sun_than_we_do_video.html

I have leatherette seats, next car might be leather given there are only two color choices with leatherette.
The day BMW introduces leather ventilated seats on 3er will make a huge splash in the news unlike the story above about Germany having more sun.
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      03-18-2013, 06:35 AM   #52
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I don't know what I have in my 06 E90 but I hear that leatherette is supposed to last longer than 100% real leather. It doesn't crack either because it doesn't dry up that easily like regular leather. Is there a way to tell what I have?
Check the side panels of leather/leatherette on your door and if there is stitching in the middle running from front to back. If not then its leatherette.
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      03-18-2013, 08:15 AM   #53
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i have the leatherette seats and they have held up very well. Look practically new.
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I had a 2008 E92 with leatherette. I sold it in 2010, and the leatherette had started to crack at the bottom seat bolsters (sport seats).

I just bought a used 2006 E90 with Dakota Leather, and it still looks brand new.

I also didn't like the moisture build-up from sweating on the leatherette.

I would vote for leather.
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      03-18-2013, 09:54 PM   #55
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Pleather was on my 01 325 and it looked pretty good to be honest but really not comfortable and summer months were filled with sweaty backs!! If only one option make it leather.
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I have black leatherette on my e90 and I like it . Looks brand new , girls dig that lol
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      03-19-2013, 09:20 AM   #57
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Get dakota leather and tint to protect it from the sun. Condition it like any other leather and u be ok. Leatherette has cheap feel to it like plastic imo.
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      03-19-2013, 01:17 PM   #58
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I hate 'em both. I would've chosen cloth seats in a second if I had the choice.
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I want to get some input from owners here. More specifically the owners with leatherette seats.

How well has your leatherette held up? Tears, cracking? How would you compare it to the dakota leather? Does the leatherette get hard over time?

I previously had Dakota leather on my '06 E90 and was pleased at how soft it was. I'm just a little apprehensive purchasing another E90 equipped with leatherette.
I ordered leather in my new Passat and even though I conditioned it and maintained it very well it still ending up getting a hole in the bolster on the drivers side. It took a while but it still did. It wasn't due to cheap leather either. It was the wear and tear that did it in.

When I bought my BMW I ordered leatherette and have no regrets. The BMW one looks alot better then other leatherette from other car companies. It looks brand new and I would trade durability over look and smell of leather.
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The only reasons I don't have leatherette in my wagon are that BMW was giving leather away for free on the e91s, and the leatherette comes in only two colors. I would not have paid $1450 for this crappy cowhide, and if I could have gotten chestnut brown leatherette I would have ordered it anyway even over the free leather. A car is no place for cowhide. And this grade of leather is so treated and sealed and painted it might as well be plastic anyway.

What I would really prefer is a nice grade of woven cloth. Now THAT would be luxurious. Something like the indestructible tweed in my '85 Jetta.
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      03-19-2013, 03:53 PM   #61
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Why is everyone always talking about sweating? I got climate control....I just keep the car cool enough so I do not sweat?!

Also, I have the Dakota Rhino Skin leather. It looks brand new on a 2010 with 22k miles on it.
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For the sake of wear-resistance and especially regular appearance, most modern automotive leathers are so processed/treated/coated to within an inch of their lives that the choice is chiefly about prestige more than anything else. Unless durability is a prime concern in which case the 'leatherette' wins. The 'leather aroma' exists mostly in your imagination for the reason given in my first sentence.
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      03-19-2013, 04:42 PM   #63
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A lot of posts in this thread are not correct. Leatherette will crack, I know because my driver side bolster started to crack which then grew into a huge crack and I had the entire seat replaced by BMW. I am a fit 5'9'' individual, and was specifically told by the dealer that it is actually quite common in leatherette after 4-5 years.

So yes leatherette can crack, but it definitely is more durable than leather, doesn't need to be conditioned, and shows less visible wear over time.
+1 mine too. Beige in a 2008 E91. Otherwise I don't mind it and prefer the easy maintenance.
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      03-19-2013, 05:34 PM   #64
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Germany has less sun? How so, the Fox News claims otherwise
http://mobile.slate.com/blogs/future..._do_video.html

I have leatherette seats, next car might be leather given there are only two color choices with leatherette.
The day BMW introduces leather ventilated seats on 3er will make a huge splash in the news unlike the story above about Germany having more sun.
Munich International Airport (Franz Josef Strauß International Airport) (Munich, Germany) during 2012. .... The longest spell of cloudy weather was from November 11 to November 25, .

Berlin Brandenburg International Airport (Berlin, Germany) during 2012. .... The longest spell of cloudy weather was from December 9 to December 25, constituting 17 consecutive days

The cloudiest month of 2012 was November, with 40% of days being more cloudy than clear. The longest spell of cloudy weather was from February 27 to March 3, constituting 6 consecutive days that were cloudier than they were clear.
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I got leather solely for the smell. I've had both and they both hold up well. But the leatherette smells weird.
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