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That is shocking. No car with leather should do that in such a short period of time.

I'm going to have to check my leather to check the same thing isn't occurring.
 

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I think that it is shocking that the seats have worn like that! You would expect that it would be better quality in a BMW... makes me feel glad that i have the cheapy cloth.....

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my alfa 147 had over 75k miles on it, and the leather wasnt worn at all, a little bit shinier on the drivers side than the rest, but no where near like that...that is shoddy from BMW, very shoddy, incidently, i have seen a 10yr old jag with 140k miles on it, and again, no wear to the extreme of that!
 

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I think you should take it back to your local dealer. It is obviously a fault with the leather. In no way should a seat wear in such a short space of time. It is obvious that getting in and out of the car you are bound to brush against the bolster. Do you not think the designers do not take this into account when designing the seat and deciding upon the grade of leather to be used?

I have an E46 325i sport and I have a big a**e and in over 12,500 miles no sign of wear. Equally, my E87 with the beige boston leather is showing no signs of wear.

Take it back and create wholly hell with them. Let us know how you get on.

PS.In the UK, the leather option costs £1020 not cheap. I'm you paid a similar amount.
 

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I think not liiking at the damage. Anyway worth a rant!
 

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I think it must be the sports seat bolster that does it. You can hardly notice the wear on mine but there is a bit. I catch it with the studs on my jeans/cords etc as i step inside. I'm 5ft 11, 80kg, 34" waste so not a porker, its just a bad design.

Wear has occured at 5500 miles whereas my audi had no wear after 90,000 miles!

I'll just have to be more careful or wait to put my trousers on once im in the car!
 

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Same problem here - 10 times worse than your's dino, all to do with my fat arse am afraid however when I bought the car (ex-demo) the side bolsters were already showing signs of wear and tear. Must be more careful when entering and exiting the car!!
 

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I think it may be a fault with that batch.
I am the same dimensions as dino007, have done 15100 miles in 6.5 months (over 24000 km) and I do not think my leather seats are so damaged at all. My leather is the same colour.

In early 90s I bought a nice leather jacket from a reputable dealer in Tunisia and an leather piece (panel) in left forearm started flaking unlike the rest of the jacket.

The Tunisian dealer asked me to mail it back from England to be examined.

It turned to be that this piece of leather was not treated with a "protective stuff" during the manufacturing cycle.

I got a new jacket mailed back to me + a beautiful handbag for my partner to compensate for my postage costs and "distress". Both are still going strong.
 

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Hi,

Sorry to resurrect a very old thread.

My new (to me) '55 plate 120d SE has the light grey Boston leather and is quite badly worn on the driver's seat back bolster. I would expect some wear and tear after 38,000 miles but the grey piping is almost worn right through.

I've previously owned an E46 and Z3 both with leather - both were a lot older cars with a lot more miles on them, but their seats were in a lot better shape.

Do you think i'd get anywhere complaining to my local dealer and asking for a goodwill claim ? - the car is now 3 1/2 years old.

I'm starting to realise now that perhaps the 1er just isn't the car my old E46 compact was........in terms of quality at least.

Rob.
 

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Not being funny but i think it all depends how you get in and out and also what trousers and jackets your wearing! My car has black boston leather and I've done 80k miles nearly and mines hardly worn, yes it's a little bit scuffed but black shoe stain wiped on and off soon takes care of it! Now what I've noticed is if you have a jacket with zips or buttons that rub in that area or is you wear trousers that have buttons or rivets like jeans they really accellerate the wear on that part of the seat, if you wore trousers with soft material and no pivets or buttons i don't think you'd get hardly any wear at all. And yes a Jag seat does wear better but they have allways been very good at leather seats but to be far most Jag seats are designed for the larger gentleman so tend to have bolsters that don't stick in the way of your bum! If your brave enough to go round a corner at speed you tend to slide out of them easily though!
 

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I also have the same problem but have stopped the wear. The wear may also be due to the seat belt clip that is rubbing against the leather everytime you get in and out the car! There should be a clip positioner which you can use to position the seatbelt clip higher. Pull the belt and not the clip when you put your seatbelt on to make sure the clip stays in teh same position. That should reduce your wear hopefully!
 
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