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steve singh

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3,995 posts

57 months

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Thinking of a 335i and the car I'm interested in has cream leather - always had black leather in my cars so have a quick question regarding interior up keep.

Whilst I'm happy to clean the leather each week (by this I mean using a wipe of sorts!) - is this type of colour a nightmare to keep clean?

Mostly I'm worried by the fact that I often wear jeans and am paranoid the leather will go blue over time !

(PS this question is being asked in the context that it is a sub-question to my wider research around engine reliability)

Thanks in advance.

Crusoe

3,104 posts

115 months

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Never been a problem with cream leather I've had in the past, might get a few blue marks if you've been out in the rain in dark blue jeans but a bit of leather cleaner and it should come off without any issues.

hora

18,437 posts

95 months

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Have you retired Steve?

The Wookie

9,975 posts

112 months

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I've got Boston Beige in my 1er and I've never had any colour rub off from Jeans etc. They do get a bit grubby after a while, but nothing abnormal. Leather cleaner every couple of months keeps mine looking fine. Personally if I'd had the choice I would have had Black, but only for aesthetic reasons, there's nothing inherently wrong with the Beige!

I think it's proper white leather that suffers, a friend bought a Merc G55 with white leather seats and by what he's said, even a well washed pair of jeans will make it change colour very quickly, and it gets very grubby fast.

GestapoWatch

1,153 posts

74 months

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Just got rid of my 335d which had beige leather. It did show up the jean dye but if you keep on top of it with treatment then it shouldn't be everlasting.

Now the beige carpets on the other hand..... mad
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bennyboydurham

1,399 posts

58 months

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I've got oyster leather in my E65 and it's been fine. As pointed out though, I'd be more worried if I had oyster carpets and trim instead of black.

58warren

548 posts

63 months

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I had the sand beige leather in my last E39. It was ok to keep looking good, but sometimes there can be dye from jeans on it. Provided you clean and condition the leather once in a while, it should come off easily.

Occasional use of a JML 'Magic Eraser' will remove any shininess and ingrained dirt - but it is ever so slightly abrasive so don't use it too often. Always use leather cleaner/conditioner afterwards...


Baffled Spoon

4,380 posts

78 months

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Keeping beige leather clean isn't a problem. Beige alcantara on the other hand... that requires some care, but it still isn't too bad. Even managed to get a coffee stain out of it.

champ54321

1,533 posts

55 months

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I cant comment on BMW, but we had it in our old Discovery.

It didn't seem to get stained at all, even though it had a pretty hard life with muddy trousers etc.

Over the 120k miles we did in it the only marks were from general wear and tear, which you would get on any colour leather.

steve singh

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3,995 posts

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Thanks for the responses.

The car is black, priced ok and has the spec I want apart from the black leather.

It's to part ex my wifes GTI against (subject to getting an acceptable change over cost and a test drive etc), so will frequently be used to shuffle the kiddies around (but typically they're very good at not damaging the car).

My other half isn't too keen on car due to the leather - but it sounds like keeping it looking beige/cream is possible...so doesn't sound like a deal breaker?

5potTurbo

4,294 posts

52 months

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I had the very, very pale grey leather in my S3 and it wasn't a problem, jeans wearing or not.

BMW leather, I had an E39 with the more yellow than beige leather interior. The seats weren't very clean when I bought the car (it was ~3 years old then), but they cleaned easily and remained so in the time I owned the car.

I should have kept that car ... *sobs*


Zod

26,366 posts

142 months

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I have always had black, but got beige in the X5. It looks lovely, but the carpets are a bit of a proble,m. I've had to buy a boot liner.

5potTurbo

4,294 posts

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Zod said:
I have always had black, but got beige in the X5. It looks lovely, but the carpets are a bit of a proble,m. I've had to buy a boot liner.
You should have ordered black carpets wink

brickwall

1,715 posts

94 months

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We've got beige leather (and black carpets) in the Discovery and it's never been a problem. And we throw all sorts of st into that car.

Personally I much prefer beige, it makes the interior feel so much more open.


Zod

26,366 posts

142 months

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Black works well in the DB9, but when I get into the M5 now, it feels very dark.

edition

816 posts

74 months

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I have beige leather in my 130 with beige carpets. I love it! I wouldn't have ordered it like that before but from now on it's lighter colours!

Does pick up with dark new jeans but only after say a month or so of use....


I have black BMW winter overmats for winter use and just remove them as and when the weather gets better!

In summary, go for it!

jke11y

1,963 posts

121 months

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Funnily enough I walked past an 07 330d with cream leather whilst out getting my lunch. It caught my eye as I couldnt believe the state of the centre armrest / drivers seat, properly filthy dirty.

You would really have to keep on top of it to keep it looking good I reckon. Had zero issues with my 335i it looked like new (black leather) when I sold it, same age as the car I mentioned earlier.

Zod

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One thing I didn't like was the beige plastic on the dash and doors, so I went for the leather dash and door cappings. That looks very good.
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