2000 E46 330i SE Saloon - Cloth interior swapped for leather

Notices
 

Thread: 2000 E46 330i SE Saloon - Cloth interior swapped for leather

Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. 2000 E46 330i SE Saloon - Cloth interior swapped for leather 
    #1
    Bimmer Fan
    Car Details
    johnston_fraser's Car Details
    Model of Car:
    330i SE
    Year of Manufacture:
    2000
    Transmission Type:
    Manual
    Car Body Type:
    Saloon

    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Scotland
    Posts
    22
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked 8 Times in 3 Posts
    Hello guys, this is my first post on the forum. I have been reading the forum for a while but have never posted.

    I thought that some of you may be interested in my car's interior. It is a 2000 330i SE 4dr, Steel Grey. When I first bought it last year, it had dull black cloth seats, and I felt that was the only thing letting it down. I got the chance to buy a Light Beige (hellbeige) interior for a very good price.

    I set about transplanting the seats first of all. The rears were incredibly easy to do, but the fronts proved to be difficult. My car originally had manually adjustable seats, and the upgrade ones are electric. I found a fantastic write up about how to wire them in, and followed it closely. Hey presto, they work!

    With the interior, I also got completely beige door cards with leather inserts. I removed the leather insert parts and transplanted these onto my old black door cards. I felt that this would look a lot better and less "out of place". I think it all looks pretty good, and has an almost "BMW Individual" look. I know it may not be to everyone's taste, but I think it looks quite special.

    If anyone has any questions, I'd be willing to help out.





     
     

  2. The Following User Says Thank You to johnston_fraser For This Useful Post:

    P_Monty (04-01-2013)

  3. Remove Advertisements
    BimmerForums.co.uk
    Advertisements
     

  4. 2000 E46 330i SE Saloon - Cloth interior swapped for leather 
    #2
    Premium Member
    Car Details
    6891_seb's Car Details
    Model of Car:
    320d
    Year of Manufacture:
    2004
    Transmission Type:
    Manual
    Car Body Type:
    Saloon
    6891_seb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Northampton
    Posts
    4,132
    Thanks
    3,851
    Thanked 3,881 Times in 2,700 Posts
    Nice one! Bet your well chuffed now having leather electric seats

    It's certainly different, I prefer 'boring' old black leather but that's just me

    If you have any before pics edit your post and wack them in, be great to compare the change
    PLEASE READ THE POSTING RULES & HOW TO CORRECT THREAD TITLES & THE SELLING RULES
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    6891_seb Project Thread

    6891_seb Project Thread Blog

    * Discounted BMW OEM Parts Shop *
     
     

  5.  
    #3
    BMW Guru
    Car Details
    SlowTech's Car Details
    Model of Car:
    330ci
    Year of Manufacture:
    2003
    Transmission Type:
    Manual
    Car Body Type:
    Coupe
    SlowTech's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    North West
    Posts
    7,044
    Thanks
    3,720
    Thanked 3,799 Times in 3,107 Posts
    Its an immediate improvement mate

    can you supply any links for the electric seat retrofit wiring?
     
     

  6. Remove Advertisements
    BimmerForums.co.uk
    Advertisements
     

  7.  
    #4
    BMW Guru
    Car Details
    Spirit's Car Details
    Model of Car:
    e36 323i se saloon
    Year of Manufacture:
    1998
    Transmission Type:
    manual
    Car Body Type:
    saloon
    Spirit's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    kings lynn-norfolk
    Posts
    4,167
    Thanks
    4,354
    Thanked 2,936 Times in 2,212 Posts
    looks bang tidy mate and much nicer
     
     

  8.  
    #5
    BMW Guru
    Car Details
    Joe9087's Car Details
    Model of Car:
    E46 320ci M-Sport
    Year of Manufacture:
    2003
    Transmission Type:
    Manual
    Car Body Type:
    Coupe
    Joe9087's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Ipswich
    Posts
    3,447
    Thanks
    1,262
    Thanked 2,701 Times in 2,156 Posts
    Looks excellent mate, nice work with the wiring
     
     

  9. 2000 E46 330i SE Saloon - Cloth interior swapped for leather 
    #6
    Banned
    Car Details
    blowas's Car Details
    Model of Car:
    525d m sport lci
    Year of Manufacture:
    2007
    Transmission Type:
    manual
    Car Body Type:
    saloon

    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    south wales
    Posts
    163
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 69 Times in 62 Posts
    have to say looks great imo. The door cards work really well, looks classy black against beige, far nicer than all beige. Good job there!! looks very similar to my e60 interior. Here it is:



    I too used to prefer boring old black and silver which i had in my old x5, but the day this arrived (i never saw it in the flesh as ordered it from online and did deal all over the phone with used approved) i loved the interior colour. When I first spotted the car i wad drlighted as it wad the only one with the options i wanted, in colour i wanted but it had tan interior. Pleasantly suprised when it turned up!! its a great colour and yours looks exactly same with the silver trim also. Good job!!
     
     

  10. The Following User Says Thank You to blowas For This Useful Post:

    johnston_fraser (26-07-2011)

  11.  
    #7
    Bimmer Fan
    Car Details
    johnston_fraser's Car Details
    Model of Car:
    330i SE
    Year of Manufacture:
    2000
    Transmission Type:
    Manual
    Car Body Type:
    Saloon

    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Scotland
    Posts
    22
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked 8 Times in 3 Posts
    Hi, thanks for all the positive replies, I'm glad that you guys seem to like it.

    Unfortunately I only have one picture from "before". (This was the picture on the original advert for the car.)

    SlowTech - I cannot remember which guide I used, but I found it on a forum somewhere. There are only two wires that you must add to the block connector underneath each seat. One must be run to the back of the fuse box, and the other is a ground wire than can be connected to the nearest "body" connector. I am certainly no expert when it comes to wiring, but I managed ok by taking my time. Also got the correct electrical spades from BMW (guaranteed fit) and the correct connectors for the "other end" of the wire that goes to the fusebox.

     
     

  12. The Following User Says Thank You to johnston_fraser For This Useful Post:

    SlowTech (26-07-2011)

Tags for this Thread

View Tag Cloud

Posting Permissions
  • You may post new threads
  • You may post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts