Whats the difference between leatherette and leather ? - MINI Cooper Forum
Go Back   MINI Cooper Forum > All Models & Variants > General Discussion


General Discussion Use this forum to discuss MINI topics which are not related to other forums. Posts may be moved from here to alternative forums by the moderators without notice

Mini2.com is the premier Mini Cooper Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Where to Buy Rooster red Leather 2florida Second Generation MINI Cooper 3 Dec 16th, 2012 08:11 PM

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
  #1 (permalink)  
Old Jun 6th, 2003, 07:50 PM
badboyzbadboyz's Avatar
MINI2 Jedi Master
Offline
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 1,237
Local Time: 03:42 AM
England
United-Kingdom Whats the difference between leatherette and leather ?

I have read a few threads which talk about leatherette and I'm not to sure what this is. I'm looking at getting Full Beige Leather when I order my MINI but what does leatherette mean ? Is it different of just another word with the same meaning ?

Thanks
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old Jun 6th, 2003, 07:53 PM
SteveBrass's Avatar
MINI2 Senior
Offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: staffordshire (not a
Posts: 387
Local Time: 03:42 AM
United Kingdom View SteveBrass's Astro Black & Body Color 2nd Gen MINI Cooper Profile View SteveBrass's Classified Ads
Isn't leatherette an option on the US market?

R56 AB Cooper
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old Jun 6th, 2003, 08:06 PM
Humourl3ss's Avatar
Now With More Cowbell
Offline
Send a message via MSN to Humourl3ss
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Canada City
Posts: 1,687
Local Time: 11:42 PM
Canada View Humourl3ss's Chili Red & Black 1st Gen MINI Cooper S Profile
Leatherette is not made from cows, unlike leather.

It's a synthetic material, albeit a really good grippy one. The leatherette used by MINI is superior in feel and grip to many of the bargain leathers I've seen in cars.

-CW

Global Moderator
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old Jun 6th, 2003, 08:08 PM
scooterboy's Avatar
MINI2 Master
Offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: NH
Posts: 790
Local Time: 12:42 AM
United States View scooterboy's Indi Blue & Black 1st Gen MINI Cooper Profile
Leatherette is a vinyl material that looks and feels very much like leather. It has 360 microscopic holes per inch (or something like that) making it very soft and supple.

I had my doubts, but once I saw it and sat in it, spending the extra money on leather seemed unnecessary.

Nothing against leather if you want the real thing though.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old Jun 6th, 2003, 08:10 PM
badboyzbadboyz's Avatar
MINI2 Jedi Master
Offline
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 1,237
Local Time: 03:42 AM
England
Is Leatherette available in the UK in the colour of Beige ? Is it alot cheaper than leather ?
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old Jun 6th, 2003, 08:36 PM
Prowse's Avatar
Has met Quack Quack Jack
MINI2 Master
Offline
Send a message via MSN to Prowse Send a message via Skype™ to Prowse
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Lancs
Posts: 1,626
Local Time: 03:42 AM
United Kingdom Male View Prowse's Astro Black & Body Color 2nd Gen MINI John Cooper Works Profile
Nope, you just just jet leather or cloth options in Europe. I don't think the US gets the leather option that the Europeans get.

Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old Jun 7th, 2003, 12:23 AM
MINI2 Premium Member
Sponsor/Moderator/Other
Offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Cleveland
Posts: 3,265
Local Time: 10:42 PM
United States View stryder's Hyper Blue & White 1st Gen MINI Cooper S Profile
US can't get half leather. US specs are leatherette is standard, you can get full cloth as a no cost option, or full leather as a $1250 option. That's it in the seat coating dept.

Magic 8-ball was correct. All be in awe of Magic 8 ball.
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old Jun 7th, 2003, 03:14 AM
AprilWhine's Avatar
MINI2 Premium Member Has met Quack Quack Jack
Loves the Fuzzy One
Offline
Send a message via AIM to AprilWhine Send a message via MSN to AprilWhine Send a message via Skype™ to AprilWhine
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Gypsy
Posts: 16,524
Local Time: 10:42 PM
United States Female
Quote:
Originally posted by badboyzbadboyz
Is Leatherette available in the UK in the colour of Beige ? Is it alot cheaper than leather ?

For beige, you have to get leather. I wanted green, so I had to get leather for that option, too.
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old Jun 7th, 2003, 03:42 AM
cooper4us's Avatar
MINI2 Master
Offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Florida
Posts: 1,423
Local Time: 10:42 PM
United States View cooper4us's Pepper White & Black 1st Gen MINI Cooper Profile
In the US if you want Cordoba (beige) leather or Emerald (Green) leather you can only get these in the regular Cooper and you can not get the Sport Seats, you are stuck with the standard seats.

Beige or green leather is not available in the MCS.

'02 MINI Cooper CVT
On Order: 2004 MCS (Est production date: 9/5/03)
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old Jun 7th, 2003, 08:54 AM
chiph's Avatar
Spectator
Offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 1,563
Local Time: 11:42 PM
United States View chiph's Electric Blue & White 1st Gen MINI Cooper S Profile
Is the leather on the newer cars still baggy? IIRC, after a few months use, the leather would look "loose", whereas the leatherette still looked tight on the seat cushions.

That, plus the money ($1250) convinced me to go with the leatherette, and I'm glad I did - it's very grippy (actually tends to pull the back of my shirt out when I sit in the car) and holds you in place in the turns. It looks good, too. I've had to correct people who said: "Oh, you got the leather!" when they saw it.

Chip H.

ex-MINI Cooper S owner and all around good-guy
Reply With Quote
  #11 (permalink)  
Old Jun 7th, 2003, 09:16 AM
AprilWhine's Avatar
MINI2 Premium Member Has met Quack Quack Jack
Loves the Fuzzy One
Offline
Send a message via AIM to AprilWhine Send a message via MSN to AprilWhine Send a message via Skype™ to AprilWhine
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Gypsy
Posts: 16,524
Local Time: 10:42 PM
United States Female
Chip, my green leather is not baggy, and I have one of the older cars.
Reply With Quote
  #12 (permalink)  
Old Jun 7th, 2003, 09:21 AM
chiph's Avatar
Spectator
Offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 1,563
Local Time: 11:42 PM
United States View chiph's Electric Blue & White 1st Gen MINI Cooper S Profile
OK. Just to make sure, I'll let everyone know that:

April doesn't have baggy seats

Chip H.
(You walked right into that one!)

ex-MINI Cooper S owner and all around good-guy
Reply With Quote
  #13 (permalink)  
Old Jun 7th, 2003, 09:27 AM
AprilWhine's Avatar
MINI2 Premium Member Has met Quack Quack Jack
Loves the Fuzzy One
Offline
Send a message via AIM to AprilWhine Send a message via MSN to AprilWhine Send a message via Skype™ to AprilWhine
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Gypsy
Posts: 16,524
Local Time: 10:42 PM
United States Female
Quote:
Originally posted by chiph
OK. Just to make sure, I'll let everyone know that:

April doesn't have baggy seats

Chip H.
(You walked right into that one!)

Thank you Chip! May I quote you in other threads too?
Reply With Quote
  #14 (permalink)  
Old Jun 7th, 2003, 11:34 AM
BruceK's Avatar
Moderator & Sponsor
Offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Posts: 3,758
Local Time: 09:42 PM
United States
Quote:
Originally posted by chiph
Is the leather on the newer cars still baggy? IIRC, after a few months use, the leather would look "loose", whereas the leatherette still looked tight on the seat cushions....

I think the leather problem is on some cars, but certainly not all of them. I have the lapis blue leather seats in my Cooper S. With one year of use and 13,000 miles, both the driver's seat and the passenger seat still look new. They are identical - no wrinkles or sagging. And the passenger's seat only gets used perhaps 15% of the time vs. constant use of the driver's seat.

Now here's the wierd part. A month ago I saw a brand new Cooper S with lapis blue leather seats at my local the dealership. On a brand new car, both the driver and passenger seat bottoms looked terrible. The leather was indeed baggy and looked like it had been badly stretched. Was there a bad day a the seat factory? Did someone leave the windows down and the seats got drenched during a rain storm? Who knows?

+ 2002 MINI Cooper S - Dark Silver / White roof, Sport, Premium, Lapis blue leather
+ 1965 Mini Traveller - Tartan Red / White roof, 1275, Cooper S discs, fully restored/renewed
Reply With Quote
  #15 (permalink)  
Old Jun 7th, 2003, 06:21 PM
cooper4us's Avatar
MINI2 Master
Offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Florida
Posts: 1,423
Local Time: 10:42 PM
United States View cooper4us's Pepper White & Black 1st Gen MINI Cooper Profile
I think the quality of the leather being used at time of manufacture tends to vary, it shouldn't, but it seems to be the case.

I personally have a very bad concept of MINI's real cowhide upholstery options. Everytime I look inside a used MINI with leather seats these tend to look horrible, whereas, the cars with the Leatherette still look factory fresh.

Even new MINIs in the showroom, probably ex-demos, already show big signs of leather seating wear...yuck!

IMHO, don't waste the money in leather ($1,250) and get the standard no cost and fantastic Leatherette material...has the look and feel of leather without the hefty costs (The MINI leather is overpriced, period)of real cowhide and all the durability and maintenance issues.

Our leatherette seats still look showroom new after 10 months of use. When people come to "motor" with us, they think we have leather seats and their jaws drop when we tell them that the seats are "plastic" or vinyl!!!! Platic has come a long way baby!!

The Leatherette seating material used in the MINI is the same exact high quality BMW Leatherette material found in the current BMW 3 series. Unfortunately, the same can't be said about the MINI's real leather vs the Leather quality used in BMW products.

'02 MINI Cooper CVT
On Order: 2004 MCS (Est production date: 9/5/03)
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Where to Buy Rooster red Leather 2florida Second Generation MINI Cooper 3 Dec 16th, 2012 08:11 PM

» Recent Threads
Coolant leak only in winter
Today 02:59 AM
Last post by Daren sanford
Today 02:59 AM
0 Replies, 1 Views
What Clutch Kit ?
Today 12:51 AM
Last post by UtilityGuy
Today 12:51 AM
0 Replies, 32 Views
Wanted: ride in a NRF shod R56 Cooper S
Dec 21st, 2014 11:35 AM
by Farms
Last post by rodhot
Today 12:08 AM
1 Replies, 181 Views
PPI in Northern California?
Dec 21st, 2014 07:26 PM
Last post by MNEWRXN
Yesterday 11:55 PM
2 Replies, 175 Views
New Owner with a Question.
Dec 18th, 2014 01:44 AM
Last post by oldbrokenwind
Yesterday 11:33 PM
3 Replies, 612 Views
Anyone know what/where this goes?
Nov 29th, 2014 10:23 PM
Last post by max91
Yesterday 10:17 PM
7 Replies, 705 Views
2005 mini base starting issues
Dec 21st, 2014 09:12 PM
Last post by SeanC
Yesterday 08:32 PM
1 Replies, 219 Views
How To Fix Seat Tilt/Slide Mechanism
Oct 24th, 2011 10:13 PM
by MGFmad
Last post by Cleisthenes
Yesterday 05:59 PM
3 Replies, 18,313 Views
Looking for cars for online magazine
Yesterday 05:41 PM
Last post by DavidBlack
Yesterday 05:41 PM
0 Replies, 102 Views
Anyone know what this knob does?
Dec 20th, 2014 12:19 PM
Last post by Dermottdog
Yesterday 05:05 PM
12 Replies, 610 Views
Key button Door Unlock
Dec 19th, 2014 06:48 PM
Last post by ihughes
Yesterday 04:18 PM
3 Replies, 314 Views
Light loose steering then EML light. Possible hump back bridge issue
Dec 20th, 2014 04:44 PM
Last post by ihughes
Yesterday 04:09 PM
2 Replies, 422 Views
Rubbing/grinding noise from front wheel
Dec 17th, 2014 03:52 PM
Last post by ChaoticControl
Yesterday 03:18 PM
2 Replies, 285 Views
Fuel Door acutator bar broken
Yesterday 03:01 PM
Last post by Tommydragon
Yesterday 03:01 PM
0 Replies, 119 Views
Mini Cooper child car seats!!!ar
Feb 24th, 2011 04:31 PM
Last post by Silverado
Yesterday 01:35 PM
4 Replies, 7,600 Views
Drivers windows help
Dec 16th, 2014 09:08 PM
by Scotta
Last post by quadmaniac
Yesterday 12:23 PM
3 Replies, 434 Views
Mini Cooper cabriolet 2006 help
Yesterday 10:35 AM
Last post by Ashpotter1991
Yesterday 10:35 AM
0 Replies, 147 Views
Newbie help POWER SEEMS WEAK????
Dec 21st, 2014 09:33 PM
Last post by Antb1986
Yesterday 09:15 AM
1 Replies, 239 Views
Finance or lease?
Mar 19th, 2014 07:58 PM
by SeanC
Last post by Quinby
Yesterday 08:26 AM
14 Replies, 4,091 Views
my mini before and after
Sep 10th, 2013 09:42 AM
Last post by RckStrGrl21
Yesterday 06:57 AM
20 Replies, 7,252 Views
» Premium
» Auto Insurance
Wheel & Tire Center

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.1

All times are GMT. The time now is 03:42 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.3.2