2008 BMW 3 Series Consumer Review: Too Bad the Seats Are Vinyl

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328i Coupe (3.0L 6-cyl. 6-speed Manual)

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Too Bad the Seats Are Vinyl
By Alex in MD on


2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


An otherwise fine car is marred by the standard vinyl "leatherette" seats that have no place on a luxury sports car. While "leatherette" may look fine, no matter what you call it, vinyl is hot, sticky and uncomfortable. Why don't they just offer and market honest cloth seats on the base model. BMW was remarkably uncooperative in addressing the complaint. While the seats could have easily been recovered in leather, BMW wanted a whopping $6,000 for the leather covers (when the leather package costs only $1,350 to order). The car is nimble and great fun to drive, but the standard seats and total lack of customer support are troubling.

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Sport package is fantastic. Tight, nimble handling, but not at all a harsh ride. 6 speed manual is also crisp and fun to drive.

Worst Features

GET RID OF THE LEATHERETTE STANDARD TRIM. "Leatherette" is just pain old nasty vinyl like I member from my mom's Pinto in the '70s. Awful in the summer. PLEASE give us a standard cloth seat option, or just make the leather standard.
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