:driving Welcome aboard Bimfan. I just bought a 2000 328i
a few months ago with leatherette. It looks just great, just as good
as the new bimmers that I saw in the showroom with the same
material. Real leather must be taken care of more often or else
it will look old and dull.
i have leatherette in my car and honestly it simulates leather quite well. its much more durable against scruffs and scrapes and maintaining leatherette is almost non existant. the ONLY thing i miss about not getting leather is the wonderful smell it omits.
Well I just bought a 2000 323CI with black leather and I wish it was leatherette. I had an old '96 BMW 318i with leatherette and the interior looked just as good when I sold it as it did back when it was new (almost 8 years ago). Thank you...Thank you very much :bravo
You have to go with leather. If you take care of it, it wears much better than Leatherette will. Anyone who tells you different is a lazy son of a bitch who lets their leather rot in the sun. Plus, leather feels nice, it's soft, and there is nothing to remind you that you are at the top of the food chain like sitting on a dead animal.
Really it depends on your needs and your car detailing experience/desire.
I'm a fanatic with my car, and leather care would not be a chore for me.
Nevertheless, I chose leatherette. I have two dogs, and leather scratches, wears, and has less long-term durability. I seriously ask when a new person is in my car if the seats are leather or vinyl. They always say leather. The car is a '01 and it looks as good as the day I bought it. Day in day out, I don't care that it's not leather. OTOH, I do like the smell of leather, but that alone wasn't worth the hassel of having it.
Your choice, and thankfully, BMW has done an excellent job with their materials in that no matter what you choose you can't go wrong.