I stopped by the local MB dealer today to pick up some parts. I decided to take a stroll through the showroom and check out the 2001's.
I was surprised and disappointed at the quality of the leather I saw on a E320. It looked like water buffalo, very stiff and grainy. (BMW has been using water buffalo for years).
In the world of leather, water buffalo is considered much lower quality than cow hide. Primarily because it comes from Asia where processing and hide quality are sub standard. Recently, it's gotten much better, but in a $50K Benz?
If it is cow hide, it's pretty crappy and heavily embossed.
They did offer a "desinior" leather, (I think that's what it's called), for $6500. It was pretty nice, but $6500?
91 300E 120K
90 300SE 275K (sold)
92 BMW 525iM 120K
90 BMW 525iA 175K
85 300D 175K (sold)
84 300SD 245K (sold)