I agree with the pre facelift leather. The seats pre facelift just had more cushion(like a leather seat should!) The leather was soft and supple to the touch, and smelled like a leather should.Interestingly, I think the leather was better quality in the early 140's. First thing on my list of upgrades on my 99 CL500 (after junking the plastic center console) will be to redo the leather seats, with something decent from Jaguar... AGH - did he say that? Well, yes I did.
Here's why. I did some extensive research on the leather as it sucks. It is not all leather, it has a plastic coating on it to make it last longer (so they say) or easier to clean. Some peasant reason. Anyway I dont want no petrochemical horse's ass on my cow's ass. All asses... sory, I digress
It's a bit similar to the W126 - 86 - 88 - the best seats, after 88 I think they had the darn stupid coating on them too.:surrender:
So Stryke fill us in - I bet the 95 & 92 have better (less shiny) leatherthan the 99 - which smells more like leather up close?
The post facelift "leather" is just pathetic. There's hardly any padding so the seats are flat and have no cushion to them, the leather looks and feels like crap, something you would expect from a entry level bmw, not a 90k car.
Speaking from my experience with my S500 here. I was thinking of getting rid of my post facelift seats like you rich and converting to the much superior pre facelift seats, but I just ended up restoring the ones I have. Too late now
I can't speak much about the post facelift V12 leather but from the few times I did drive one, they're good quality unlike their lower model post facelift siblings.
The final model years even had Nappa if I remember correctly