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You *can* see the difference, but only if you know (archive)

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Posted by what to look for on April 13, 1999 at 14:32:08:

In Reply to: Leather vs. leatherette? posted by Barry on April 13, 1999 at 05:46:43:

: I recently test drove a 3 - series and didn't notice much difference between the leather and the leatherette. Does anyone have any thoughts?

I have found it very easy to tell the difference between leather and leatherette, but only because I know in advance what to look for. The BMW leather hangs looser and has folds and ripples in it. The leatherette fits very tightly. Both look nice, although to me, worn leather looks terrible, while the leatherette will look the same for years to come. This is just my personal opinion. Other people like leather for this reason.

However, I've been in many other cars with leather (most other manufacturers don't fit their leather as loosely) and let me tell you, it looks exactly like the leatherette in the BMW.

I'm going to get beige leatherette. And I'm not going to tell anyone that it's really vinyl...I want to see how many "Ohh...nice leather!" compliments I get. :) I would get grey leatherette in a heartbeat, if they offered it (damn BMW for that one). Actually, Alex, to me the black looks more fake than the beige. I guess we pick up on different things that say "fake" to us.


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