In Reply to: Leather vs. leatherette? posted by Barry on April 13, 1999 at 05:46:43:
Just a few comments from someone that has a 328i (sport) on order and had a 318iC with 'ette. The 'ette looked just fine from the moment I got the car until I sold it. No cracks or abrasions or anything. I did zilch to take care of it.
It was sand (new one will be black) and I can understand the people that say the light color is more easily distinguished from the 'er. Maybe the "no color variation" nature of 'ette is harder to tell with black. Makes sense.
The 'ette was in a black car and it didn't seem to make much difference in hot or cold weather (we get both here in Minnesota) vs. 'er from other cars I've had. Florida or Texas might be another matter.
Also, since I'm getting the sport package, I think you tend to slip less with 'ette than with 'er. May not be true with bimmers since the 'er and 'ette are both textured (vs. real smooth).
Finally, from some perspectives it seems like a strange argument. Apart from the wood trim (I actually really dig the aluminum and would have paid extra for it) and the seats, there's not a "natural" material in the whole car. Steel this, aluminum that, plastic, plastic, plastic. Rubber, paint glass and copper. Seems kind of weird that we should want the Ultimate Driving Machine to have bits of tree and cow in it.
Now, how about a little Quisp vs Quake?