JA5ON - you're very welcome to 'hijack'
I guess I'm not the first to become stuck with the wrong part, then. I hope someone is looking for grey leather... I share your pain...
How old is the car we are talking about here?
Personally I'd be happy if the seat was coloured correctly, can't see much else wrong with it that would cause me to loose any sleep :-)
Okay so it doesn't match the passenger seat but i bet 99 out of 100 people whould never notice unless you told them!
That's a fair call
At first I thought it wouldn't matter too much, as this was the bit I was sitting on, so I wouldn't have to look at it while driving and hopefully no-one would notice
But this car is my 2003 156, that's like having a new car in New Zealand
They sell for the equivalent of 5000 pounds (and more) where a 2003 156 in the UK would probably be a lot less. The average car in NZ is 12 years old and Japanese, unless it's a Ford or a Holden. So this is my pride and joy, most people don't know what it is, and I'm finding that people I don't even know say things like, oh, what's that grey stuff on your seat... or, that seat's worn a bit flat hasn't it?... and my friends aren't too impressed given that the few other 156s and GTs are in pristine condition, even the '98 models! Mine is an import from Singapore (last year) and I bought it relatively cheap due to a Selespeed fault that scared everyone off (though at this rate, it's rapidly becoming average-priced
The other factor is that I've got a silver one, a really bland colour here (I liked my last Punto not because of its CVT or its funky interior etc. but because it was YELLOW). The best thing about my silver car is the red interior - except, it isn't the best thing yet
The sensible money would buy something like a same-age Toyota Altezza (Japanese-market version of the Lexus IS200) - lots of them around - less expensive, rear wheel drive, lots faster, uses less oil... though most of them are silver too
I have a lovely lineup of other mods to my 156, including HID lights, structural foam injection (my invention of Botox for cars), Eibach springs/Koni shocks, might treat the Selespeed to a new clutch, etc. and so I suppose the driver's seat is just another important bit of icing for the cake. What annoyed me was how I tried so hard to get the right part and threw that money away... But I suppose this is still a less-expensive car than my Stilo Abarth was - that thing was costing me thousands each year just sitting there...