Low quality lounge leather? Retro better? - MINI Cooper Forum
Go Back   MINI Cooper Forum > Model Specific MINI Forums > MINI Cooper Diesel


MINI Cooper Diesel MINI Cooper Diesel 2007 - Present

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
Leather lounge championship seats Tigercub General Discussion 0 Sep 4th, 2013 07:35 PM

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
  #1 (permalink)  
Old Apr 23rd, 2014, 04:11 PM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 28
Local Time: 10:29 AM
United Kingdom
England Low quality lounge leather? Retro better?

So I am in search of the Mini I want. I really like the lounge seats, so they are a must. However, is the quality not so good? Is this advice below good, or just a differing opinion?

I can find either to be honest, regular with lounge already fitted, or it seems quite simply to get new seats even just off ebay and have they installed. I'm not sure the price would be that different either.

What do you think?

"Save your money, get cloth. Mini leather isn't that great quality.

If you really want leather, get it custom done - no more expensive, but higher quality.

http://www.mini2.com/forum/second-ge...h-leather.html
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old Apr 24th, 2014, 10:02 AM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 42
Local Time: 10:29 AM
United Kingdom
Can't comment specifically on Mini leather, but if it's sourced from the same place as 3-series BMW leather, then I wasn't impressed with that in my 320D (2010-2013).
Despite me knowing how to look after leather and feeding it regularly, it went all baggy on the squabs after only 36000 miles.
I hate seeing baggy leather seats.
An upholsterer could maybe fix baginess though, but it's a hassle and expense.
And if a 1500 sofa can go for 10 years without the leather going baggy, how come 1500 BMW leather goes baggy after three years??
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old Apr 24th, 2014, 12:45 PM
MINI2 Premium Member
MINI2 Master
Online
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 3,026
Local Time: 10:29 AM
United Kingdom Male
Quote: Originally Posted by NightfireCooper (original)
I hate seeing baggy leather seats.
An upholsterer could maybe fix baginess though, but it's a hassle and expense.
And if a 1500 sofa can go for 10 years without the leather going baggy, how come 1500 BMW leather goes baggy after three years??

Its generally not the leather itself, although I doubt what MINI use is Connolly Rolls Royce stuff, except maybe in the MINI Goodwood? but the sponge or whatever is underneath supporting it and the seat suspension that starts to sag making the leather baggy.
Ive seen leather Recaros in a MINI and they still look good after much use, but at 1500 a seat you would expect so.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old Apr 24th, 2014, 01:08 PM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 42
Local Time: 10:29 AM
United Kingdom
As an aside, I've never really understood leather in a small car.
If you'll excuse the pun, it doesn't sit well with me.
Leather is for big barges.
Leather in a small car is like a gold strap on a casio watch, IMO.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old Apr 24th, 2014, 06:51 PM
MINI2 Premium Member
MINI2 Master
Online
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 3,026
Local Time: 10:29 AM
United Kingdom Male
Quote: Originally Posted by NightfireCooper (original)
As an aside, I've never really understood leather in a small car.
If you'll excuse the pun, it doesn't sit well with me.
Leather is for big barges.
Leather in a small car is like a gold strap on a casio watch, IMO.

Back in the 50's 60's leather was fitted in the cheapest of cars and then in 1970 cloth became the thing to have, starting with the Hillman Avenger that was the first time I saw it, they said it got rid of the sweaty bum syndrome
Now we're going back to it and sweaty bums again no doubt.
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old Apr 25th, 2014, 09:22 AM
MINI2 Regular
Offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Wokingham, Berkshire
Posts: 108
Local Time: 10:29 AM
United Kingdom
MINI Leather seats

I think The Nun is correct when they say that it is the foam/upholstery padding that leads to the sagging leather bolster particularly on the drivers seat and on the older Gen 1 cars.

I have full leather interior in my 2003 MCS Works and the drivers seat is in fairly good condition with only a little wear on the side bolster and the saggy bottom section.

I have not seen later MINI seats in similar condition and especially not the lounge leather interiors.

I imagine that an auto upholsterer could replace the foam bolster and get rid of the sag with some careful re-stretching and fastening of the seat cover.

By the way it is fairly easy to get the cracked and damaged side bolster refinished as the original smooth surface can be restored by any competent leather restorer with a perfect colour match as well.

Spike
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
Leather lounge championship seats Tigercub General Discussion 0 Sep 4th, 2013 07:35 PM

» Hot Topics This Week
Naming your MINI? - (77 replies)
Power Steering Pump DIY - (53 replies)
Ok so who has ordered an F56 MCS? - (46 replies)
New Online Magazine for Track Day Enthusiasts - (24 replies)
Standard radio plays MP3? - (21 replies)
» Recent Threads
De Chrome?
Jan 23rd, 2012 10:07 AM
Last post by Johnboy429
Today 05:58 AM
18 Replies, 9,448 Views
New Online Magazine for Track Day Enthusiasts
Apr 14th, 2014 12:56 AM
Last post by AutoTrackDay
Today 01:54 AM
24 Replies, 3,827 Views
Advices In Buying An Used Mini Cooper
Yesterday 09:54 PM
Last post by freddie_mclair
Yesterday 09:54 PM
0 Replies, 126 Views
Making a grunt sound
Yesterday 08:59 PM
by Oneboat
Last post by Oneboat
Yesterday 08:59 PM
0 Replies, 122 Views
Which car would you choose?
Yesterday 12:31 PM
by iSysman
Last post by iSysman
Yesterday 06:46 PM
3 Replies, 221 Views
Stephen James, Enfield
Yesterday 06:32 PM
Last post by Fuzionuk
Yesterday 06:32 PM
0 Replies, 108 Views
TOTALLY BIZARRE! Help needed
Sep 15th, 2014 09:17 PM
by Whale
Last post by Whale
Yesterday 03:09 PM
6 Replies, 367 Views
New Owner - 2007 MCS (+JCW Kit)
Sep 10th, 2014 08:39 AM
Last post by pipster11
Yesterday 12:01 PM
1 Replies, 303 Views
2014 MINI Cooper vs Ford Fiesta 1.0L
Jun 24th, 2014 02:41 PM
Last post by minifan90
Yesterday 10:11 AM
5 Replies, 2,705 Views
Worldwide MINI Sales See Best July Ever in 2014
Aug 26th, 2014 05:40 PM
by mab01uk
Last post by minifan90
Yesterday 09:25 AM
1 Replies, 496 Views
09 mini rear brake pad replacement
Sep 7th, 2014 07:02 PM
Last post by Hazel Green
Yesterday 08:05 AM
3 Replies, 507 Views
Front bumper paint blistering
Dec 30th, 2012 09:46 PM
Last post by The Nun
Yesterday 07:18 AM
6 Replies, 1,171 Views
No bite or stopping power after upgrade ebc
Yesterday 04:38 AM
Last post by The Nun
Yesterday 06:59 AM
1 Replies, 195 Views
$145 @ Autoclub Speedway (California Speedway) INFIELD ROAD COURSE September 20-21,
Sep 9th, 2014 08:13 AM
by harvie
Last post by harvie
Yesterday 01:35 AM
1 Replies, 687 Views
Calibre Vintage 17 x 8
Sep 11th, 2014 06:40 PM
Last post by marque
Sep 15th, 2014 10:18 PM
7 Replies, 550 Views
What sort of engine do i have ??
Sep 14th, 2014 09:58 PM
Last post by Minimissionone
Sep 15th, 2014 09:15 PM
2 Replies, 373 Views
No power in 1st?
Sep 15th, 2014 10:14 AM
Last post by marque
Sep 15th, 2014 07:29 PM
2 Replies, 282 Views
Violent shakes when accelerating - goes away when I let go of pedal
Sep 1st, 2014 04:49 PM
Last post by Blusox
Sep 15th, 2014 12:22 PM
7 Replies, 1,239 Views
Calling Siri or Google now...
Sep 15th, 2014 11:35 AM
Last post by homeyjay
Sep 15th, 2014 11:35 AM
0 Replies, 233 Views
Union Jack Badges
Sep 15th, 2014 05:38 AM
Last post by The Nun
Sep 15th, 2014 11:08 AM
1 Replies, 258 Views
» Premium
» Auto Insurance
Wheel & Tire Center

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.1

All times are GMT. The time now is 09:29 AM.



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