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  1. 2005 E46 320d - Retrimming Alacantara seat? 
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    Hi lads,

    Went to view a BMW 320D M Sport earlier, it was immaculate; drives well and is a good price. But a big thing putting me off was the drivers seat.

    It's got the curved sides that hug you, one of them though has about a 1.5" by 4" wear tear in it on one of the sides which is blatent. Nothing untoward, just heavy wear in that one area (rest of the seats are fine)

    Has anybody had a seat retrimmed with the alacantara? Concern being it wouldn't match the colour of the passenger seat (presuming it will fade over time)

    If so, could you advise roughly what you paid, was there any difference from the other seat etc?

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    Seems an extremely small fault putting you off when all the other boxes are being ticked for you?

    They can be retrimmed forum member L16YD L had his done in Manchester, there's no real details in this thread but you can clearly see the
    bolster damage and he managed to source a roll of replacement Alcantara http://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/forum/...175/page3.html

    You can always buy a Snap On seat cover to be gong on with?
     
     

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    Please can you retitle your thread to follow the forum rules, see link below for both the rules and for how to edit your title

    Also, this is more a Bodywork & Styling question, so I've moved it to the designated forum
     
     

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    Found somewhere locally that do it, it's quite an expensive material but reasonable price all in.

    I actually made a decision to avoid buying the car today, countless comments across the internet, and when I called round a couple of local independant garages commented on the regularity of these 320D's and also the 520D's being returned for either turbo failure or the manifold sucking in the butterfly flaps. Too much of a risk that is a costly repair to fix

    That thread would have been ideal for pointing me in the right direction though,

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTiADz View Post
    Found somewhere locally that do it, it's quite an expensive material but reasonable price all in.

    I actually made a decision to avoid buying the car today, countless comments across the internet, and when I called round a couple of local independant garages commented on the regularity of these 320D's and also the 520D's being returned for either turbo failure or the manifold sucking in the butterfly flaps. Too much of a risk that is a costly repair to fix
    You gonna keep the Alcantara supplier a secret then ?

    Sadly Turbo failure is a risk but this seems less common these days as most members seem clued up on the correct oil separator to use
    coupled with frequent oil and filter changes, although Turbos are to a lesser or greater degree are a consumable item.

    With regard to the Swirl Flaps, again well documented but removing them is a a very easy fix
     
     

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    If you need some Black Alcantara, i got some left i think.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by L16YD L View Post
    If you need some Black Alcantara, i got some left i think.
    If you find it pal please don't chuck it away as I'll need some pretty soon ?
     
     

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