From digest.v7.n1337 Wed Mar 18 17:33:53 1998
From: "Ron Browne" <rbrowne_at_erols.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Mar 1998 12:33:55 -0500
Subject: <E36>REPLY-BMW's Leatherette
> BTW I'm considering a 323is (or 323ti if they decide to import it in
> '99). The particular option I asked about was the seat upholstery. For
> the 323is, the book says leatherette is standard with leather optional.
> I would rather have cloth. I noticed that BMW NA's website still lists
> the 318is for '98, and states that cloth is a no-cost option....
Just a note...if you are concerned about the "leatherette" being cheap or
tacky, or splitting after a year or two, dont worry. I think everyone who
has the leatherette will agree that its great. After 6 years mine (and
actually, many others that I have seen on used lots) still looks new, with
no signs of wear anywhere. Most passengers dont even have the slightest
idea that its not real leather. And talk about easy maintenance...once
every month I spray mine down with STP Son of a Gun...let it soak in
overnight, and lightly wipe off the excess. Yeah, I know...hardcore
detailers will talk about the negativity of silicone based products and
their bad effects, but all I know is, its kept the material from drying out,
and has worked great for me. Of course, decide for yourself...If you havent
already, take a peek at BMW's leatherette.
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