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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Fri, Aug-15-2014, 07:34:16 PM   #11
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Thanks for your input guys. The seats are in damn near perfect condition. I dont see any of the "cankle" issues described. When I list them I will post detailed photos of course but will be selling locally since I imagine shipping will be a nightmare.
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Your passenger side cankling is minor, but it is clearly visible.

This is what side bolsters SHOULD look like. Nice and flat.



This is low mileage 95 failure



More extreme failure, bolster is clearly collapsed and spilling over the rear plastic trim wrap around.



And yours. Curious what your driver side looks like.

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Thanks for your input guys. The seats are in damn near perfect condition. I dont see any of the "cankle" issues described. When I list them I will post detailed photos of course but will be selling locally since I imagine shipping will be a nightmare.
They are definitely in nice shape for being 20 years old!

FYI these wrinkles are what they are referring to. It happens when the foam breaks down, and the material slides over the cracks during ingress & egress which gives it that wavy wear pattern. Over time this is how cracks and holes work through to the surface.
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They are definitely in nice shape for being 20 years old!

FYI these wrinkles are what they are referring to. It happens when the foam breaks down, and the material slides over the cracks during ingress & egress which gives it that wavy wear pattern. Over time this is how cracks and holes work through to the surface.
That is definitely part of it, but not the cankling I highlighted.

The passenger is definitely nice for the age. Unfortunately this particular seat design keeps me from ever buying 95 seats. I find it horrid looking.
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Alcantara on drivers side bolster is a little dirty. Shiny spots are where skin oil has saturated the alcantara and the edges show dirt. Of course as mentioned the foam is a bit slack corresponding with normal wear. Alcantara is difficult to clean without wrecking it, you can try blotting it with armorall cleaner wipes, do not wipe across it or it will pill.
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I'd say $1000
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Wow. OP was much better off before posting here :rofl
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Haha thanks for the info guys. Im going to take them out and post some pics for a sale thread. As i mentioned, it will be a local sale so nothing will be hidden. They look pretty mint for 20 year old seats, i didnt expect such analytically views on 1995 vaders HAHA
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My favorite misused word; Mint.

In all seriousness, you'll find a buyer for them and probably get a decent amount. We can already see there are small issues and they need a proper cleaning. Please just accurately describe them without improperly using the definition of NEW.
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