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Old 2nd January 2007, 14:39   #1
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Upgrade half leather to full leather seats? (UK)

I own a 1990 3.6 M5 which has the half leather electric seats. The material part has that rather 70s looking grey background with blue and red 'M' flecks in it (see att).

I was going to get rid of it as my daily driver is the e39 V8 version but I am now considering keeping it as a collectors car. It has been in my garage with occasional start ups and maintenance for over two years now!! What I wanted to know is should I change the seats to the full leather version which would also get rid of the rear 'two' seat type arrangement ie I will then have an extra seat! As more and more e34s bite the dust I do not think getting a cheap full leather set will be a problem.

I ask this as I want to know if non original M seats would put a buyer off should I later decide that I want something else? Purists may be up in arms over the idea of the car not having its original seats (?). I nearly sold it without really trying when the e39 arrived but the guy had children and did not like the idea of having only two seats in the back. I have not bothered to advertise it. I may get an e46 M3 to take its space in the garage although economically it would not make sense.

So original seats with only two in the rear or full leather non M seats with three seats in the back????

Advice appreciated.

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Old 2nd January 2007, 14:45   #2
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Why dont you get the M5 3 in the back seats, that was the standard setup, your 2 seater was an option, which I would love in my car.

So why not look for a full black extended leather M5 interior the best of both worlds.

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i have a very good condition, light silver grey full electric extended e34 m5 interior for sale, including all seats, doorcards, lower dash panels, centre console, and A / B pillar covers.

Looking for 750 for it if interested!!
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I would get the seats recovered in the correct leather, or buy a set of 'old' seats if in decent condition. Leather is also going to help sell the car in the future and when well looked after is a great option.
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i have a very good condition, light silver grey full electric extended e34 m5 interior for sale, including all seats, doorcards, lower dash panels, centre console, and A / B pillar covers.

Looking for 750 for it if interested!!
Illjah, I may be interested but would really prefer a black interior or dark grey and am not sure that I want to spend that much just to change to full leather. I will have to come and have a look. I am away out of country until late February 2007 so a gentle reminder might be in order then. Where the blazes are you in the UK?

Thank you for the replies but so far NOT MANY comments on views regarding resale if the car has full leather over the original M seats?

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I would get the seats recovered in the correct leather, or buy a set of 'old' seats if in decent condition. Leather is also going to help sell the car in the future and when well looked after is a great option.
Can you recommend any car seat recoverers? It may be cheaper to get that done and just buy another rear (three) seat and backrest.

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Pip , if you really want to convert to full leather then Illjah's offer is a good one as everything required is supplied and in good condition .

As for resale value , don't kid yourself that this expenditure will be recovered upon sale . For every potential buyer that wants 3 seats in the back , there is another that loves the current arrangement ......the same applies to leather vs half leather .

These are great cars , you just need to find a serious buyer , not a joker that tells you that the inside of the ashtray is not painted in the right colour for him !
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Pip, I am currently on holiday is the USA so cannot recommend any leather specialists, but am home next week and will PM you with some companies. If you want some speculative quotes buy something like Classic and Sportscar and ring up the specialists in the back.

Also try www.luxuryleatherinteriors.co.uk
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These guys are also pretty good but nothing is cheap and I would guess somewhere around 1200GBP would be fair.

http://www.autoleather.net/contact.html
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Pip, I'm in kent! Just moved here. Not in a mad hurry to sell, but PM me if interested further.
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