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Old 01-16-2011, 01:22 PM   #1
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interior choices

Hello E30 Gents... I would like to start a discussion about interior choices for the e30. What is preferred and what is most sought after in the restoration club.

I have seen some very nice leather and some very nice cloth options over the years, and not I can't decide what direction to go in with my own project....

I realize its a personal choice in the end... but it doesn't hurt to ask the expert crowd here for ideas....

this is the front runner for me

http://www.maxbimmer.com/forums/atta...1&d=1236559472

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Old 01-17-2011, 02:03 AM   #2
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Houndstooth is by far my fave, and the sport seats were super hard to find in good condition. I have a minty fresh houndstooth which I LOVE LOVE LOVE.

Cardinal is a close second.
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Old 01-17-2011, 12:29 PM   #3
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Old 01-17-2011, 12:34 PM   #4
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eww eww ewwwww, please no!!

Disclaimer: What you do with your car is up to you. After all, I "scribbled Clint Eastwood on my fender". I didn't like the side bolsters on the houndstooth, so they were recovered in leather.
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Old 01-17-2011, 01:13 PM   #5
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I had 2 sets of those and found them to be durable. :-) it all depends on what feel you like. Winter leather is cold and cloth is warmer. Also leather makes you sweaty in summer where cloth doesn't and also easier to clean. leather more $$$ then cloth. Old interiors are usually worn out and need repair.
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I had 2 sets of those and found them to be durable. :-) it all depends on what feel you like. Winter leather is cold and cloth is warmer. Also leather makes you sweaty in summer where cloth doesn't and also easier to clean. leather more $$$ then cloth. Old interiors are usually worn out and need repair.
how is cloth easier to clean?
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Old 01-17-2011, 02:10 PM   #7
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It's not, Ceeker is a little confused in his head, due largely to a brain disease. Renting an upholstery cleaner to clean my seats was not, I repeat, NOT, the most fun thing to do.

(Buying a new 1 series M coupe would have been more fun. AmIright!?)
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This from the guy who scribbled 'Clint Eastwood' on his fender
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This from the guy who scribbled 'Clint Eastwood' on his fender
My previous post has been amended with a disclaimer.

PS - I actually laughed really hard, the word scribbled hit me funny.
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It's not, Ceeker is a little confused in his head, due largely to a brain disease. Renting an upholstery cleaner to clean my seats was not, I repeat, NOT, the most fun thing to do.

(Buying a new 1 series M coupe would have been more fun. AmIright!?)
nope, not for me. I beg to differ. shinny leather that is crusted over due to long exposure to sun and sweat makes leather impenetrable. cleaners don't do much for the leather nor do conditioners at that stage in the leathers age.
the reason it gets shinny to begin with is because of lack of proper care. I know from experience working with leather. most interiors in leather get hard even though they look fine. At that stage only a matter of time before it splits and it's too late.

however, that is not equally the same for cloth. If the cloth is still good. A shampooing will do the trick and you can get most of the soiling out. if you have some elbow grease and some finesse.

I have had my brain checked...I was told I'm neurotic...but then again when I told me psychiatrist I am on Maxbimmer he said everyone on this site is neurotic...LOL
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Old 01-17-2011, 07:06 PM   #12
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What you do with your car is up to you.
That is something I can agree on... Unless you put an M badge on a non M car!!! Then you are asking for it.

I actually think that your fender looks alright. It's interesting when people try something different and it's your car so you may as well make it your own.
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Old 01-17-2011, 07:18 PM   #13
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I'll take cloth seats over leather any day.

It's hot in the Summer and cold in the Winter. No thanks.
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Old 01-18-2011, 09:21 AM   #14
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everyone on this site is neurotic...LOL
Too True. Ill check vacuum hoses every once in a while for no particular reason. Washing the exterior is at least a 3 hr ordeal. Everything HAS to be perfect with the car all the time.

Anyway, for interior choices i agree cloth is the way to go in whatever style suits your fancy. Also jury rigging the E46 arm rest and cup holders to fit looks better than stock imo and is great when you have passengers who have beverages.
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Anyway, for interior choices i agree cloth is the way to go in whatever style suits your fancy. Also jury rigging the E46 arm rest and cup holders to fit looks better than stock imo and is great when you have passengers who have beverages.
"Jury" rigging an ejectors seat for passengers with beverages is a much better idea.
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