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      11-08-2012, 04:45 PM   #1
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E83 Interior Swap

I bought my silbergrau X3, which had everything I wanted except an interior in a coordinating color. Rather than tobacco (dark brown), I really wanted black/gray (black interior with gray seats and door inserts), which was a color combination never offered. Undeterred, I created it myself from a salvage set of seats and door panels.

The other interior niggle was the dark wood trim, which offered a less sporting appearance than aluminum, and the smooth black vinyl surfaces, which are dust magnets. I applied two contrasting shades of carbon fiber film to achieve the appearance I sought and hide light dust on the dashboard.

While I was at it, I replaced the gearshift knob with a stubby ZHP alternative (slightly shorter throws) and the steering wheel (SAV package version with leather spokes and aluminum trim.
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VERY interesting.

While I would never throw away brown as I think it's the best interior color ever, I do like what you did to yours. The match looks good on seats versus interior (the full gray interior looks boring).

Not a fan of carbon on the console though but I know what you mean about dust magnet and all. Car looks great overall!
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I actually like the brown as well. Nicely done though finding another set to create your own. I have a similar X3 (Silver Gray) but with Terracotta Interior. I didn't know they made manuals for 3.0 M-Sports! That's awesome.

(I know bumping an old thread, I just stumbled upon it)
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Adding to the revival!

That carbon fiber would look better if you laid it over the silver trim pieces as well. Im also wanting the grey interior, Im actully thinking about having it upholstered with a softer leather.. right now my shit is basketball orange/ brown. Hideous.

Does anyone know if any other BMW seats will bolt right into an E83?
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