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Stan8
10-21-1998, 09:43 AM
How is E46 Leatherette compare with cloth?<br>Which is more durable?<br>Can anyone tell if you got leather or leatherette by just looking at it?<br>How is Leather compare with Leatherette?<br>Is leatherette an inferior product?<br>

HOF
10-21-1998, 01:11 PM
Cloth just does not cut it for a Bimmmer. Leather vs. leatherette, that depends on your budget. If you can afford leather, get it. If you are limited, the BMW leatherette is great from what I have heard and you will not be sorry. I personally do not care for the tan leatherette, but the black one is very hard to dintinguish from the leather.<p>My humble thoughts.<p>HOF

HOF
10-21-1998, 01:12 PM
Cloth just does not cut it for a Bimmmer. Leather vs. leatherette, that depends on your budget. If you can afford leather, get it. If you are limited, the BMW leatherette is great from what I have heard and you will not be sorry. I personally do not care for the tan leatherette, but the black one is very hard to dintinguish from the leather.<p>My humble thoughts.<p>HOF

Bimmer Dude
10-21-1998, 01:20 PM
My first BMW test drive ever was in one that had the leatherette. I did not know it was not leather until I was told by the dealer. The differences are <p>1) smell. it does not smell like leather.<br>2) wear. leatherette is actually stronger and does not need the care that leather does.<br>3) comfort. Leather breathes more and is a little softer (like the difference between a polyester and cotton shirt).<p>I think that the leatherette is close enough to leather to be better than cloth.<p>BD<br>

Glenn
10-21-1998, 11:19 PM
<i>: How is E46 Leatherette compare with cloth?<br>: Which is more durable?<br>: Can anyone tell if you got leather or leatherette by just looking at it?<br>: How is Leather compare with Leatherette?<br>: Is leatherette an inferior product?<p></i><br>There are two problems with leatherette. When it is hot, it doesn't breathe, so your backside gets sweaty. In the winter, it is cold when you first sit in it. The leather requires maintenance or it will dry out and crack, especially if it sees a lot of sun. The leather has the same problem of being cold in the winter.<p>I prefer cloth, with sheepskin in the front,<br>which takes the beating and is very comfortable both summer and winter.<p>Glenn

Andi
10-22-1998, 12:45 AM
Finally a post on this subject I can agree with. I thought I was the only one.<p>I think leather's only value is the <i>poseur value.</i> Poseur value is the "ooh aah" factor when people first see your interior. Leather is uncomfortable for me; it's cold in the winter and very hot and sweat-provoking in the summer. <p>Leatherette is vinyl. Geez! Vinyl in a BMW??? That's a joke. Vinyl belongs in a seventies Chevy truck, not in a luxury car. Leatherette is even more poseur than leather -- it has absolutely NO good qualities other than the look. At least leather feels good for the first fifteen minutes on a 70 degree day. <p>Cloth is my favorite. Very comfortable, never too cold or too hot, and does not make my backside sweat. Too bad BMW forces us to choose between vinyl and leather here in the USA; they let the Canadians get cloth... --Andi<p><i>: : How is E46 Leatherette compare with cloth?<br>: : Which is more durable?<br>: : Can anyone tell if you got leather or leatherette by just looking at it?<br>: : How is Leather compare with Leatherette?<br>: : Is leatherette an inferior product?<p>: <br>: There are two problems with leatherette. When it is hot, it doesn't breathe, so your backside gets sweaty. In the winter, it is cold when you first sit in it. The leather requires maintenance or it will dry out and crack, especially if it sees a lot of sun. The leather has the same problem of being cold in the winter.<p>: I prefer cloth, with sheepskin in the front,<br>: which takes the beating and is very comfortable both summer and winter.<p>: Glenn<p></i>

Jeff Dinkins
10-22-1998, 03:43 PM
<i>: Finally a post on this subject I can agree with. I thought I was the only one.<p>: I think leather's only value is the poseur value. Poseur value is the "ooh aah" factor when people first see your interior. Leather is uncomfortable for me; it's cold in the winter and very hot and sweat-provoking in the summer. <p>: Leatherette is vinyl. Geez! Vinyl in a BMW??? That's a joke. Vinyl belongs in a seventies Chevy truck, not in a luxury car. Leatherette is even more poseur than leather -- it has absolutely NO good qualities other than the look. At least leather feels good for the first fifteen minutes on a 70 degree day. <p>: Cloth is my favorite. Very comfortable, never too cold or too hot, and does not make my backside sweat. Too bad BMW forces us to choose between vinyl and leather here in the USA; they let the Canadians get cloth... --Andi<p>: : : How is E46 Leatherette compare with cloth?<br>: : : Which is more durable?<br>: : : Can anyone tell if you got leather or leatherette by just looking at it?<br>: : : How is Leather compare with Leatherette?<br>: : : Is leatherette an inferior product?<p>: : <br>: : There are two problems with leatherette. When it is hot, it doesn't breathe, so your backside gets sweaty. In the winter, it is cold when you first sit in it. The leather requires maintenance or it will dry out and crack, especially if it sees a lot of sun. The leather has the same problem of being cold in the winter.<p>: : I prefer cloth, with sheepskin in the front,<br>: : which takes the beating and is very comfortable both summer and winter.<p>: : Glenn<p></i>

Jeff Dinkins
10-22-1998, 04:34 PM
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Alex B.
10-22-1998, 05:21 PM
Nice looking boy Jeff,<p>He guess he can also be called the "stain-meister"<br>. I guess with one of those around, the cloth could be quite a disaster.<p>I will e-mail you in a little while.<p>Alex B.


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