View Full Version : Seat types...

09-07-2010, 09:00 PM
Hey folks, i'm looking at buying an E36 M3 sedan, and am wondering about seat options...

looking at a 1998. It does not have Vaders, so... it has what, luxe package seats? they are white leather.

Also, the M badging is on the headrests (front seat and back seat) whereas on another 1998 M3 with black leather, i've seen the M badging on the back-rest area of the seat, as opposed to the headrest.

Anyone got any idea what, if anything, this signifies?

09-08-2010, 08:52 PM
Anyone familiar with the variants in E36 M3 factory seat, please speak :)

A.K.A. Blackout
09-08-2010, 10:15 PM
The M Sedan will usually have the M Stitching on the back of the seat and not on the head rest. As well, the sedan's never came with Vaders, but with Sport Lux seats, which had the same M Stitching on the back of the seat. I have the rear seats in my car, but put vaders in the front... I have seen the M Head rests though, but not sure what models that came with...

09-08-2010, 10:26 PM
here's a smallish photo....

<a href="http://s632.photobucket.com/albums/uu44/csemoses/bmw%20m3/?action=view&current=bmwm3whits005-Copy.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i632.photobucket.com/albums/uu44/csemoses/bmw%20m3/bmwm3whits005-Copy.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

09-08-2010, 10:37 PM
d'oh! found the answer, apparently:

"Why do some late North American-spec E36 M3 sedans have M stripes on their headrests?
Due to supplier issues, BMW was no longer able to produce sufficient quantities of the Black (N5SW) or Light Grey (N5TT) Nappa leather interiors for the North American-market E36 M3 sedan beginning in March of 1998. Therefore, these E36 M3 sedans received the lower-grade Bison leather from the normal E36 3 Series and a "leather credit" refund (listed as Option Code S996A on the build sheet) of several hundred dollars was applied to their MSRP. M3 sedans with Bison leather can be identified by M stripes on all four headrests, as the Bison leather did not include the usual M stripes on the seats themselves. E36 M3 sedans with a Mulberry, Magma or Modena Natur Nappa leather interior continued to be produced with no alterations."

source: http://www.bmwmregistry.com/model_faq.php?id=15

09-08-2010, 10:44 PM
hey... does that look like 'light grey' or 'white' to you guys? Was under the impression this was white interior... guess not ;)

09-08-2010, 10:51 PM
Can one of the moderators please close this thread, as i've answered my own question :)


Dr. Flyview
09-09-2010, 04:43 PM
Cool, I had no idea the M3's had higher quality leather! If the regular had bison leather, what type of leather was in the M3?