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Old 11-25-2004, 08:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 1997 bmw 528i with black leather seats that are slashed, both front and back. Would I be better off in getting seat covers or just replace the whole seat with used parts?
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It all depends on how bad the slash is. For small cuts they do sell repair kits but Good used seats will do also.
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you can also buy the hyde frome BMW and have them reupholstered... or just have them redone with another leather,
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Try to find a leather repair shop.

I know of a place here where they will strip all the leather from 2 seats and put new leather on them all for 200.
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How good is it? Does it look and feel like the original leather? $200 sounds like a good deal!!
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$200 would be an amazing deal, I dont see how that is possible. You would be lucky to find used seats for that.

1 option I would consider is getting a hold of the local dealership's mobile interior repair guy and having them repair the seats if the tears arent too bad. Some of those guys can do some amazing work ... and at a fraction of the cost of new leather.


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what do u mean by vinyl inserts?
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what do u mean by vinyl inserts?
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Sorry I meant $200 job for vinyl inserts! Just sounded too little money for a leather job.

Inserts: Ford and other companies do this on some of their seats. Where the seat will be covered with real leather on the sides/or the middle part, the rest? Vinyl. Also I've seen the back of the front seats is made entirely out of vinyl.

P.s. some older bimmers used to come with what they call leatheret (correct my spelling please) seat covers. I guess a middle grade thing in between leather and vinyl.
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P.s. some older bimmers used to come with what they call leatheret (correct my spelling please) seat covers. I guess a middle grade thing in between leather and vinyl.
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Leatherette is still available in BMWs today. It wasn't really a middle grade as vinyl was not an option at the time of leatherette. It's basically just a high quality, leather look-a-like vinyl.
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genuine nice leather. i know people who had it done to their cars. they will aslo do the whole upholstery for like 150 or something crazy like that.
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Guess i need to move to kentucky


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How much is your buget?

1. Get a used seat or
2. Get it repair or
3. Get a seat cover or
4. Ask your local dealership for company that redo leather seat (this going cost lot more $$
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