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      04-06-2015, 12:12 PM   #1
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Changing Interior color/leather

Dumb question, but has anyone ever considered or followed through with changing or modifying the interior leather? I know leather interiors are added all the time aftermarket to other cars. I'm just curious if anyone has attempted to upgrade or change the interior color or leather that came standard on their car.

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      04-06-2015, 12:19 PM   #2
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Dumb question, but has anyone ever considered or followed through with changing or modifying the interior leather? I know leather interiors are added all the time aftermarket to other cars. I'm just curious if anyone has attempted to upgrade or change the interior color or leather that came standard on their car.

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My mother did this on her new Honda CRV--the color she wanted only came with a black interior, and she didn't want that. So, rather than get a different color car with a gray interior, she had the dealer take it to an after market upholstery shop. She wouldn't tell me how much she spent, so I'm guessing it was over $3,000.
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I see guys in the Corvette forum do it quite a bit, but they are usually upgrading to high quality Nappa leather to the tune of 15-20k.

Considering the cost of the materials and labor, even getting cheap plastic coated stuff probably runs a quarter to a third of that.
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I know lots of people who've negotiated this as an aftermarket service through a dealer after a sale...just not with BMW. It obviously wasn't cost prohibitive. I'm just curious if anyone's done the same purchasing a 3 series.
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I went for aftermarket, result was way more supple leather in Zimtbraun (Cinnamon) which isn't available from factory, along with beige stitching. Compared to BMW's stock Dakota interior, it's not even close. Factory Dakota feels and looks like plastic, fit and finish isn't even comparable.
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I went for aftermarket, result was way more supple leather in Zimtbraun (Cinnamon) which isn't available from factory, along with beige stitching. Compared to BMW's stock Dakota interior, it's not even close. Factory Dakota feels and looks like plastic, fit and finish isn't even comparable.
Excellent. Do you mind sharing how much it cost? Did they install it over the existing leather (or vinyl)?
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I went for aftermarket, result was way more supple leather in Zimtbraun (Cinnamon) which isn't available from factory, along with beige stitching. Compared to BMW's stock Dakota interior, it's not even close. Factory Dakota feels and looks like plastic, fit and finish isn't even comparable.
Would love to see pics of that interior, sounds awesome!
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The ideal situation is if you find the interior color of your choice that came out of a car that was being converted to a race car. For the shop 135i, I was able to get a complete interior from a 1M Coupe for way less than reupholstering.
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They take out your old interior and hand cut and stitch the new one. Just a few pics below. (Cools interiors did it Zimtbraun Dakota, but a lot better quality Dakota than BMW's own). It took about 5 days to return the car. Total cost about USD 2900.









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You weren't exaggerating. That looks a LOT better than stock!! I think you should do the e-brake boot too!!
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wow dude.. that looks amazing!
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I was thinking about it, but then thought it would be a bit too much. Still thinking about keeping the handbrake boot blak, but have it with cinnamon stitching, maybe on the steering wheel as well :-)
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Stunning!! Thanks for the pics! Great bang for the buck with that upgrade!! May I ask what exterior color you have? Seems like a perfect fit for Mineral Grey, but would work really well with several others.
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Mine is Imperial Blau, love it in that combo :-)
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Mine is Imperial Blau, love it in that combo :-)
Love it, sounds like a great combo! Those seats would look great in my Estoril Blue M-Sport. Well played sir!
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Excellent! Exactly what I was wanting to confirm. Nice color/stitch choices!
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Impressive.
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That looks awesome. I have an imperial Blue with Saddle brown which I think the closest stock comes to looking like your custom combo......

I'll try to attach some pics.
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That might be the first brown I've liked in a car in a long time! Gorgeous!
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