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Old 10-29-2004, 03:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 92 325i w/ the leather seats but the front seats are all cracked and ripped - I could get OEM seats ($500 - $700 each) or racing seats ($300 - $500 each) but I was wondering if anyone know a cheap way to restore the old ones or if there is some way I can spend like $300 - $400 and just get something that doesn't look like crap. I don't need anything fancy, just not all ripped - I'm going to be selling this soon (upgrading to new bimmer) and think they will really drive down the sale price...

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Well duct tape is cheap. If you spent 300 to 400 hundred in duct tape you could redo the whole damn interior not just the seats.

Honestly, the only thing I could even think of would be to look in a junk yard or search for used seats. Sometimes places like bavauto might know someone who is putting in racing seats and wants to sell their factory seats for cheap.

Good luck with finding a solution.
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Old 10-29-2004, 05:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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For the price you mentioned you can get the seats redone in vinyl. You can get virtually any color and it will look just like leather and feel just like leather. No onewill be able to tell its not leather besides you.
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You could check locally for an upholstery shop that would fix it for you, too.
It's a possibility, anyway.
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That vinyl sounds great - I don't need anything fancy - I'll call around and see what I can find - thanks!
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I think I would be mad if I bought a BMW with PIMP vinyl.
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I've done 2 e30 Recaro (style) interiors from the 325is (love these seats) for my son's cars. Typically have worn bolsters.

Here's the trick - buy rear seats in correct leather color from a junkyard - rear seats at typically in great shape and the leather is a perfect match. Some people have pulled the frame off the leather for me to save shipping costs. I take the front seats apart and remove the leather. Take the bad seat panels and the good leather to an auto upholstery shop and have them make replacement panels. Typically paying $50-100 for a good rear seat and about $50 per panel for the upholstery work. Results have been excellent.


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I have a 92 325i w/ the leather seats but the front seats are all cracked and ripped - I could get OEM seats ($500 - $700 each) or racing seats ($300 - $500 each) but I was wondering if anyone know a cheap way to restore the old ones or if there is some way I can spend like $300 - $400 and just get something that doesn't look like crap. I don't need anything fancy, just not all ripped - I'm going to be selling this soon (upgrading to new bimmer) and think they will really drive down the sale price...

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Check out this site For new upholstery:

http://www.worlduph.com/bmw7.htm
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