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I am about to purchase a new 6 speed illuminated ///M gear knob and a replacement leather boot for the gear shift (neither are in 100% perfect condition).

However, my search through the parts catalogue has turned up a couple of variants in the leather boot area that I am unsure of.ouich

The options appear to be:
  • Silver grey gear boot - Walknappa - part number 25 11 1 222 183
  • Silver grey gear boot - Bison - part number 25 11 1 221 915
  • Silver grey hell (bright) gear boot - Walknappa - part number 25 11 1 222 152
  • Silver grey hell (bright) gear boot - Bison - part number 25 11 1 221 887
Can anyone explain to me the difference between 'walknappa' and 'bison' leathers and also, the difference in colours between ordinary silver grey and silver grey bright.

Pics would be helpful.:)

Thanks in advance.
 

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why so complicated ? don't you want to match whatever you buy with what
you've got in the car ?? -
you shud know whether your car is equipped with 'nappa' or' bison' leather
and 'silvergrey' or 'silvergrey, bright' -
have a look at your build-sheet or let BMW look it up, given the VIN
they can tell you what you have then you must decide what it is you want :) :byebye:
 

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Sorry to be complicated. You are of course right. My build sheet shows my interior colour as 'silver grey leather'.

However, I have a bi-colour leather interior - a mid-grey in the middle and dark grey on the outside of the seats. This fact isn't referred to in the build sheet info I have. So what I was trying to establish absolutely (although I was fairly certain), is whether the mid grey or the dark grey refers to the 'silver grey' mentioned in my build sheet. If the latter, then the inside colour of my seats would have presumably been silver grey bright.

Since posting, I have found a pic of the interior of an M5 Cecotto with bi-colour silver grey/light silver grey. This combination is much lighter than mine - leading to the confirmation that it is the mid-grey in my car that is 'silver grey'.

I have also looked at the original sales brochure of my car which says the bi-colour is black/silver grey. I guess I should have started thereouich .

Despite sorting out the colours, I remain confused on the difference between bison and nappa. Nothing I have clears this up. Any quick explanations?

Thanks


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why so complicated ? don't you want to match whatever you buy with what
you've got in the car ?? -
you shud know whether your car is equipped with 'nappa' or' bison' leather
and 'silvergrey' or 'silvergrey, bright' -
have a look at your build-sheet or let BMW look it up, given the VIN
they can tell you what you have then you must decide what it is you want :) :byebye:
 

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M540i [email protected] your bi-colour combination is -black/silver grey- ?? that is indeed
unusual and most likely not a standard option but an 'individual' option -
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if you have a 'build sheet' than it shud say what the leather in your car is,
'nappa' or 'bison' (buffalo ?) -
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your dealer from where you order the interior parts can contact the ///M-GmbH-hot-line in order to make sure that you will get the right parts to match
with the existing interior of your car, have THEM work it out for the money
you will have to pay them... :typing:
Good luck ! :M5thumbs:
 

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Here's a pic of how it looks. One of the reasons for my confusion is that the boot currently is black. But as you can see from the pic, a boot in a colour that matches the seat centres could look interesting!

Cheers

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M5touring reg said:
M540i [email protected] your bi-colour combination is -black/silver grey- ?? that is indeed
unusual and most likely not a standard option but an 'individual' option -
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M5touring - Is it possible for BMW to get find and send the build if you do not have it?!
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the answer is yes ! someone here in the forum just recently got one from
BMW GB support-center, what was that thread called 'build sheet' ???
(for a M5touring you could also ask me :M5thumbs:
contact him for the name of the guy to contact which shud make it easier
for you as it VERY MUCH depends on who you talk to !!!!!!!! :typing:
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the part you are looking for is not all that expensive or specific and it is
not specific for the M540i, it is the same for any E34 is it not ??
do they not have the part 'in stock' so you can go and have a look ???
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b.t.w. are the M540i LE cars not numbered and badged ???
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Karl

I am purchasing through BMA parts in California - generally save around 50% cpmared to the local dealer! - so am unable to look before purchasing. So I have taken a punt and ordered the nappa!

And yes, the Australian version of the 1995 M540i is individually numbered out of 70, with a plaque noting each car's number on each car.

More details about this car can be found at the Yahoo Group website below.

Thanks for your help.

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the part you are looking for is not all that expensive or specific and it is
not specific for the M540i, it is the same for any E34 is it not ??
do they not have the part 'in stock' so you can go and have a look ???
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b.t.w. are the M540i LE cars not numbered and badged ???
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brgds
Karl
 

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my pleasure, any time !
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web-site ? where ?
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is the Australian 1995 M540i LE = ///M-badged and a 'real' ///M-car i.e.
assembled at the Garching-facilities = like the the Canadian M540i -
or is it a 'Gindolfingen-assembly-line-product' like the US 540iSport ???
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(the answers are to be found on that we-site ? )
 

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Karl

The website I am referring to is the first one shown in my signature.

I would like to think our cars are genuine "///M" cars, but suspect they are not. I have no proof either way, but as our cars didn't receive the full ///M spec (bar the engine) as did the Canadian M540i, I have to conclude that ours were merely a heavily ///M enhanced 'Gindolfingen-assembly-line-product' like the US M-Sport.

Still, as we couldn't get an M5 in Australia after 1993, they were a highly desirable and very well received addition to the 1995 BMW line-up. Unbelievably, they sold for Aud$155,000 in 1995!!

Kind regards
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my pleasure, any time !
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web-site ? where ?
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is the Australian 1995 M540i LE = ///M-badged and a 'real' ///M-car i.e.
assembled at the Garching-facilities = like the the Canadian M540i -
or is it a 'Gindolfingen-assembly-line-product' like the US 540iSport ???
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(the answers are to be found on that we-site ? )
 

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M540i [email protected]
don't get me wrong :M5thumbs: these are great cars whatever they are :M5thumbs: it is just that I am a 'facts-freak' and hate misunderstandings and unconfirmed 'rumours' when for most questions the ///M-Gmbh has the answer if only someone bothers to ask -
nowadays NO ///M-cars are built at -Garching- anymore, i.e. ALL present
///M-cars are -assembly-line-products- -
I believe the VIN shud tell us whether this is an ///M-car are not, then it is
a bit strange indeed that the Canadian ///M540i is classified to be an ///M-car
WITHOUT an ///M-engine but then again WE must remember that these are
'INDIVIDUAL'-cars AND -BMW INDIVIDUAL- is a -division- of the ///M-GmbH :M5launch:
 
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