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      02-07-2013, 03:51 PM   #23
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Leather all day long!
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      02-07-2013, 04:32 PM   #24
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Leather - it's kiddie spew proof. That's good enough reason for me over cloth.
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      02-07-2013, 04:53 PM   #25
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I love leather. Probably more than is entirely healthy and I only really like dark colours.

With regards to snobbery, The Queen's cars always have cloth because, in the days of coaches, leather was for public-transport vehicles as it was hard-wearing. Wealthy people had cloth because it was less utilitarian.
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      02-07-2013, 05:29 PM   #26
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I have nappa leather in my second car and the driver-side seat bolster is already showing signs of wear inside two years. The Dakota leather in the bmw still looks like new, two years on.
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      02-07-2013, 05:34 PM   #27
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I am a huge fan of leather and my last 5 or 6 cars have all had it. I spent months searching high and low for a perfect spec 330i touring in my budget, i found one that ticked all the boxes including heated seats.... expect they were alcantara. On the test drive both me and the Mrs agreed that they were more comfortable than the leather seats in my E46 touring. I ended up buying it. I do think leather looks better but i am more than happy with my decision. However i know that it will have an effect on re-sale despite the rest of the car being a high spec
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      02-07-2013, 05:49 PM   #28
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Had both in my bm's.E46 with cloth and E91 with leather. Leather gets it cos it doesn't stain like cloth when you spill coffee on it (did it twice in the E46 tourer I had) . Must have heating tho ,good for bad backs and first thing the wife and daughter do when they get in is switch it on whatever the weather.
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      02-07-2013, 06:50 PM   #29
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My e39 530D, e46 330i, 328i and my e90 have all been leather.

So will my next car be!

I want to have owned red leather at least once though, so I'm feeling that for my next car
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      02-07-2013, 08:13 PM   #30
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I must be in a minority I much prefer cloth. I would never buy leather seats for my rally car and neither would any one else. I always buy bmws with leather as you cant sell the thing otherwise. Its heavy, too cold or hot and you slide from one end to the other. I dont get it but sadly you have to go with the masses. Its a bmw not a bentley. I think they sell as many 3 series as mondeos. These days leather is just spray painted and the general consensus is only to wipe it over with a damp cloth and not treat them. I do put some smelly goo now and again on mine but only to make it smell like er smelly goo.
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      02-08-2013, 01:26 AM   #31
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Leather all the way. I had the cloth seats in my last car trimmed in leather & they were transformed with a huge increase in comfort & in particular support so leather was a must for the BMW
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      02-08-2013, 02:52 AM   #32
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Once upon a time....

Back in the 70s and 80s in South Africa, cloth seats were the luxury item! 'Common' cars had vinyl bench seats. On a hot summers day, your shirt would literally stick to your back in 5 minutes. Leave your car in the sun for a while and those vinyl seats were torture.....airconditioning? forgetaboutit. And don't mentioning cornering....zero support and super slippy. If you wanted to drive really fast round right hand bends, you steered with 1 hand while holding onto the door handle with the other. I kid you not.

I like leather when its new, but not how it starts to look baggy and stretched after a couple of years. Look at PH adverts of the driver's seat in cars just a few years old and you'll see a profile of the driver's bottom, with the crease down the middle. Horrible

Also, how come Audi and Mercedes seats look so much better than BMW's? My daughter has an SLK and its seats are far better looking than any BMW I've ever owned. Great shape, brilliant integration of side bolsters and headrest, lovely contrasting double stitching....looks real class.

The seats in my car cost a fortune....by the time you've added leather, sports option, adjustable lumbar support, electric memory and heating they cost so much you'd think I'd ordered them upholstered in kangaroo scrota.
Instead I get Dakota leather

And the colours....Lemon, Oyster, that orangey red or black ....nothing two tone, no contrasting stiching, no leather & alcantara mixes.

So, all in all I think that compared to the obvious competitors, BMW's seats function well but suck in terms of aesthetics. New leather yes, old leather...usually the first thing to make a car's interior look old, with their scuffed bolsters and botty imprints.
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      02-08-2013, 03:52 AM   #33
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I was hell bent on getting leather when i got my e90 but now they are covered by seat covers lol
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      02-08-2013, 03:53 AM   #34
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Given the choice, I'd pick cloth every time. For this exact reason:

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Leather - it's kiddie spew proof. That's good enough reason for me over cloth.
I'd like to revise my answer to cloth in the front, leather in the back...
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Leather Specifically, Oyster

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      02-10-2013, 05:08 PM   #36
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Leather confirmed as a good choice today when the muddy dogs shook whilst in the boot and splattering the interior in mud. Leather wiped clean instantly!
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      02-10-2013, 05:14 PM   #37
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Leather.

Although I really like the Alcantra seats (only the M-Sport tho), the car looks in-complete without leather.
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