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Post by Gwest44 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:52 pm

So despite having owned the car since September having bought it with the intention to only run it at the weekend I have already put 4,000 miles on it - I just can’t stop myself driving it and that doesn’t look like changing anytime soon as a result of the mild winter we are enjoying.

Anyway aside from the sheer enjoyment I get from driving it a number of other things have surprised me - practicality both in terms of interior design but also boot space and also the quality of the materials.

What’s really surprised me is how well the leather interior has aged - having just gone over 98,000 miles I’m surprised how well the drivers seat still looks compared with other cars I have owned. So my question is this is my experience common and do I owe thanks to BMW for their diligent source material and fabrication process or should I thank the previous owner for taking care of it so well?

Either way I’m glad I took the plunge back in September and would like to thank the forum in general for steering me towards a decision that has delivered on all my pre-purchase expectations.
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Post by Darren Slone » Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:17 pm

I do love that colour leather :wub:
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Post by Hagasan » Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:51 pm

Darren Slone wrote:
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I do love that colour leather :wub:
It is surprisingly nice. I sat in a car with that colour a couple of months ago.. I've got standard red Msports but this shade is a calmer one..

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Post by MrPT » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:01 pm

The nappa is really nice. I was surprised at how much of a step up it was from the standard leather (which is still a higher grade than used in most current Beemers). I’m sure its suppleness makes it wear well.
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Post by Mr Tidy » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:03 pm

I think you probably need to thank the previous owner(s)!

I got my 1st Coupe with 54K miles and there was quite a bit of wear on the driver's seat bolster, but my current Coupe is mow on 88K miles and the bolster is in far better condition.

I think the wear is caused by dragging your body across the bolster getting in or out - I make a conscious effort to not do that.

And OP, your Ammarone seats look fantastic. :thumbsup:
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Post by philbo909 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:05 pm

Thank the previous owner(s) they've been careful of that bolster!
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Post by Haggisman » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:16 pm

Agree, the quality of leather is better than most manufacturers but still needs to be treated. Lovely colour, and nicer seats than my E85
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Post by Gwest44 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:27 pm

Must admit the Amarone interior was one of the reasons I jumped straight in when it was up for sale - wasn’t as sure on the Ruby Black exterior but have to say it’s grown on me since purchase and is perfectly matched to the interior :thumbsup:

Not sure how many others there are with the same colour combination but not seen one yet.
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Post by Mr Tidy » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:46 pm

Gwest44 wrote:
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Not sure how many others there are with the same colour combination but not seen one yet.
Not many! According to the database put together by "tonyz4c" there were 3 Ruby Black MCs in the UK with Ammarone leather - 2 had piano black trim and the other one had the leather dash! :o
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Post by Gwest44 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:59 pm

That’s interesting - assume I got the one with the leather dash :thumbsup:
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Post by Mr Tidy » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:08 pm

Gwest44 wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:59 pm
That’s interesting - assume I got the one with the leather dash
Brilliant - that means you've got the only one in the UK. :thumbsup:
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Post by NickDE » Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:20 pm

Thank the previous owner. Look at Lederzentrum products from Colourlock to keep the seats in that condition.
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Post by philbo909 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:43 pm

Gwest44 wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:59 pm
That’s interesting - assume I got the one with the leather dash :thumbsup:
looks really well specced :thumbsup: extended individual leather, individual paint, heated seats, nav, cruise control :wub:
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Post by Zedtastic » Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:52 am

Ruby black with Ammarone seats in an MC! That's a spec to die for. :thumbsup: Those seats are in lovely condition. You've got to thank the previous owner(s) for that. I've seen a lot worse by 98k miles.
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