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The caramel interior, mainly the seats, in my 2001 M5 are looking pretty beat up and it doesn't help that the previous owner did a horrible dye job on them. I've been thinking about redoing the dye job but in the meantime checked around for M5 interiors for sale and only come across black. I started to wonder how the caramel interior would look with black seats since a lot of the trim is black anyway. I've spent time scouring the internet but have been unable to find any photos.. Anyway let me know your thought. Thanks!
 

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The caramel interior, mainly the seats, in my 2001 M5 are looking pretty beat up and it doesn't help that the previous owner did a horrible dye job on them. I've been thinking about redoing the dye job but in the meantime checked around for M5 interiors for sale and only come across black. I started to wonder how the caramel interior would look with black seats since a lot of the trim is black anyway. I've spent time scouring the internet but have been unable to find any photos.. Anyway let me know your thought. Thanks!

In my opinion, a caramel interior should stay caramel, worth much more in their original colours and they are more sought after as such.

Depending on which side of the pond you’re on, there are many many companies that provide leather reconditioning services and here, you get what you pay for.


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Hi,

In addition to the above, I'd put forward the suggestion to have the seats overhauled properly by a suitable specialist (or yourself if you have the time/space/skill) so that they're back in as best condition as possible. If you search around a little more, you'll see there's some pictures where other owners of Caramel interiors have switched things up a little by leaving the seats caramel but adding a black carpet and also things like black speaker covers and maybe lower dash trims in order to create a 2 tone effect. The original caramel parts can be kept as is and other E39 parts swapped in for the changes. If you need to sell the car in the future, you can swap back to being the 'oem' spec interior.

In addition, the Caramel colour is for the 'Heritage' seats option that was available when the cars were new. There's plenty of M5's out there that had the Black Heritage leather so you could search a full set of those out and swap over, or mix/match so the seats are black and specific bits of the trim are caramel. Of the choices, it's the caramel seats with black carpet/speaker grilles/console and /or lower dash trim pieces that will get the most votes !

Cheers, Dennis!
 

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Are you looking for specifically leather or vinyl? NuS quoted me 1100ea for front seats using OEM leather. Also, 700ea using quality vinyl.
 

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Well, when you post NuS, we have no idea what that means. I Googled it and Nu Seat was the only result. So the company is called Nusinc?
 

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I've never heard of them but $1,100 per seat including the cost of the leather sounds like a good deal. If someone ends up going with them, please post your results.
 

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Decided to purchase a kit through Leatherique Restoration Products. $212 shipped with everything I need to do the job (Sticking with the Caramel M1CR OEM Color). I will take some before and after shots and share with everyone the results. I've seen some others try this and it has me hopeful! Thanks!
 

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This car is in rough shape but should give you an idea.
 

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Got the kit from Leatherique and am starting with the rear bench seat.

Before:
931646


Rejuvenator oil:
931647


Oil applied:
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Time to wait and let the leather soak it all up.
 

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Got the kit from Leatherique and am starting with the rear bench seat.

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Time to wait and let the leather soak it all up.

I hope you're just sticking with the conditioning kit and you didn't buy their leather/vinyl dye kit. I've read a lot of posts on mye28.com (the e28 5 series board) from people who tried the dye kit and everyone said the seats looked like plastic or cheap diner booth seats once they were done. I've read a lot of bad stories about the dye kits from them. The conditioner kits are fine, I used to use it on my buffalo hide interior in my old e23 745i.

Look into a company called fiberenew if you want to do a full restoration on the leather, they're a chain all across the US. One of the members on this board has his own franchise in NC and has done many BMW interiors.
 

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I've only seen positive posts about their dye kits. I started on the bench seat already so we shall see what happens.
 
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