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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Mon, Apr-09-2012, 08:34:51 PM   #21
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Great work, I would not have the patience to do that.

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Default Re: 99 Estoril on Sand Beige - Front Vader Leather Replacement

Yeah, I'd hold off on the heat gun too. Park outside on a couple of warm days and see if that helps first--we sure could use a few warm days in the Bay.
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OP, was that $8XX for just the fronts, or the rears too?
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Old Mon, Apr-09-2012, 09:21:11 PM   #24
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$861 for the fronts. Less if it is non-Vader, which is easier to work with because of the lack of ribs. The rear is $750 more.
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Such a great deal. Thanks for posting this! I'm going to do exactly what you're doing after tax season. I would be a bad CPA if I didn't remind everyone to get their taxes finished up this week too!
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Old Mon, Apr-09-2012, 10:01:03 PM   #26
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If your seats are in fair condition, the first step is to swap the cushions from the driver's side to the passenger side to wear them evenly.
OR.... if you want to go all in, replace both seat bottoms, along with the new AutoBerry covers, for an extra $220 from www.thebmwpartstore.com.
Part #2 in pic. 52-1-08-122-076
You have the Non-Sport (non-Vaders) seats so the bottom cushion is still available.
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97 Byzanz on Magma 4dr - Sold 7.7.17 Jerad in CO
98 Estoril on Grey 4dr - Sold 9.23.13 Garrett driving it
98 Arctic on Grey 4dr - Sold 3.18.13 Brandon driving it
98 Estoril on Grey 2dr - Sold 8.6.12 Thy sold it
99 Estoril on Sand 2dr - Sold 7.31.12 Eric modding it
98 Arctic on Grey 2dr - Sold 3.10.12 Kyle driving it
96 Techno on Black 2dr-Sold 6.13.09 Ross totaled it

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Old Mon, Apr-09-2012, 11:39:49 PM   #27
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^Non-sport, by that you mean not vaders, right? If so I will be getting those next month since I am about to do a seat refresh on the vert, which badly needs it. Foam is completely dead, UGH!
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Nice! I did the leather on my previous 96 with Autoberry leather. I ended up with some wrinkles, but the guy who did the headrests said he could have done it so they wouldn't be there. He did an awesome job on the headrests.

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this just confirms that for me it would be better to just let a professional deal with the install on the front. My rear seat needs attention though, I might be willing to tackle those. That picture comparing the various leather samples is great. Autoberry seems to be the closest grain match, though i guess it is a lighter weight leather hence the price compared to everything else.
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Autoberry seems to be the closest grain match, though i guess it is a lighter weight leather hence the price compared to everything else.
Yes. AutoBerry is lighter, but softer. The driver seat had some really thick, shiny leather with a very furry back side. Being a hair thinner did not appear to be a disadvantage.

At this point, I don't think my seats will turn out any better than other's I've seen. I don't have the materials or skills of someone who does this for a living.
At the very worst, I will have nice, soft seats of a consistent color texture. Nothing like the original taught, clean panels seen on a new car.
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97 Byzanz on Magma 4dr - Sold 7.7.17 Jerad in CO
98 Estoril on Grey 4dr - Sold 9.23.13 Garrett driving it
98 Arctic on Grey 4dr - Sold 3.18.13 Brandon driving it
98 Estoril on Grey 2dr - Sold 8.6.12 Thy sold it
99 Estoril on Sand 2dr - Sold 7.31.12 Eric modding it
98 Arctic on Grey 2dr - Sold 3.10.12 Kyle driving it
96 Techno on Black 2dr-Sold 6.13.09 Ross totaled it

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