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Leather is a definite possibility - it just depends on your dealer and how firmly you put your foot down. As samps pointed out, the dealer does subcontract out to an aftermarket company to put it in. Their only concern is re: side airbag deployment if the side zips are not preserved.

I had mine done at Rockdale Mazda and it came up a treat. See:

http://mazda3forums.com/viewtopic.php?t=2434

I managed to choose the black leather from bmw (as opposed to the type they use the mazda6) and had the seats fitted out in a similar fashion. This fitting will of course be a personal choice - but I like the comfort look rather than the tight sporty seats... The good thing was that when they delivered it I was given the good news that the side airbag deployment was preserved!

And being done by the dealer it is covered by their warranty - as well as the aftermarket place's warranty! :D :D

Have to admit that it was only after I had the leather put in that I searched out pictures of how the american leather stitching looked. Lets just say that if that was what was offered then I probably would not have taken it. :wink:
 

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yup, yup vormund. there was one of those swatches (is that how you spell it??) with about 30 different leather types. i chose the black leather that i liked and compared it to the interior etc...)

then i asked that it be done with a certain 'look' i.e. i said "this is the bmw black leather right? get them to do the upholstery like that then... and don't forget the sides, cos i can't stand those stripey things" then i looked in at the mazda6 luxury hatch with the leather and pointed inside and said "and i don't want 2 type leather with those funny little holes, no matter how better they are supposed to make it breathe"

and so it was done... 8)

i've seen some pics of the american leather - they keep the outlines from the 2 tone cloth and have the leather stitched to that pattern... is this what you want? no idea what effect it would be to get red leather as well - but it should look pretty wicked! :twisted:
 

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mmm... black car, red leather.

so difficult to keep clean though! if only we could acquire car wash garages!

on a different tack with interiors, i think i saw a 3s interior with a beige trim in leather. but the other internal panelling was also beige! it looked pretty good. :D does this configuration interest anybody?

(i have to admit that i may have seen it on a european site just trying to look for how the option leather looked like in those countries which offered it)
 

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fiordland said:
Just keep in mind the SP23 is a sports compact in manual form so the seats are intentionally different to the Neo-max models. The contouring in the SP assists the driver remaining in the seat when performing rapid cornering manouevres, dukes of hazzard ramp jumps and other phenomena.
:twisted: how i enjoy cornering in this car :D thanks for that fiordland, i did not realise that the contours were to help in that regard. i merely though they were stylistic issues involved, and failed to recognise the inherent "grip" of contoured seats with that stripey trim.

as for beige - i was only asking as i have not seen an interior trim of any M3 with light colours. it just seemed strange to have the central console in that colour as well.
 
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