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Ive had my Alfa 156 2.0 JTS for about 7 years now (still love it!).

However it is starting to look a bit rough around the edges so I have decided to throw a bit of money at it. However money is tight so I'm planning to do as much myself as I can.

One of the first things I want to sort is my drivers seat. It has a broken under carriage (probably due to 7 years of my undercarriage!!) and needs to be replaced. I have a cloth interior which i love and was one of the first things that attracted me to the car. However I am really struggling to get a seat to match as most of the scrappies just seems to dump the cloth interiors and keep the leather ones.

I have now been toying with the idea of whether to just go for it and get a leather interior to replace the cloth one entirely. What are peoples thoughts? Is it a wise thing to do? What are the draw backs?

Ive read the how to guides etc and a mate with a little more mechnical know how (although we are both fairly limited) has offered to help me.

I am also going to do the DIY throttle re-map and ecu re-set as it does tend to run a bit rough at idle (although a service is due in the next month). Is an Angel remap possible? Their website doesn't publish prices/figures for this engine (I have sent an enquiry to see what they say).

Any help is much appreciated.
 

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I converted my Turismo to leather a while back. pretty straight forward to do the seats. Door cards are a little more involved as you either need to find complete ones with matching plastic colour or take the leather inserts out of the ones you buy and glue them into yours. I'd advise away from remapping yourself and get a tuner.If you want to do an ecu reset then you need a special cable (can get from rerebear on here) and either fiatECUscan or alfadiag.

I also have my old cloth trim although it is for a facelift turismo sw so if you have a normal saloon the rear won't fit. It is in grey if that matches.
 

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I converted my Turismo to leather a while back. pretty straight forward to do the seats. Door cards are a little more involved as you either need to find complete ones with matching plastic colour or take the leather inserts out of the ones you buy and glue them into yours. I'd advise away from remapping yourself and get a tuner.If you want to do an ecu reset then you need a special cable (can get from rerebear on here) and either fiatECUscan or alfadiag.

I also have my old cloth trim although it is for a facelift turismo sw so if you have a normal saloon the rear won't fit. It is in grey if that matches.
Ok im a little confused now. I thought the ecu reset could be done with the sequence of disconnecting the battery etc as described in the how to thread?

I have uploaded a photo of the interior does that match yours?
 

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100% go leather if you can find a decent one in budget. I think it gives a car interior a total transformation. Makes it feel luxurious!

I can't think of any drawbacks. It's maybe a bit cold in winter/warm in summer but not enough to dislike it.
 

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Plenty of full leather interiors on ebay, blue, grey, black and even red. All seem to be around the £100 mark.
I'd do it if it were my car, makes it feel a really classy place to be.
 

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First job I tackled was changing to leather - massive difference :thumbs:
 

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handbrake pic but you can see the seats

That is a shame. Mine is slightly blue..er than that. :(
Yeh cheers for checking anyway.

Plenty of full leather interiors on ebay, blue, grey, black and even red. All seem to be around the £100 mark.
I'd do it if it were my car, makes it feel a really classy place to be.
Yeh Im watching a few at the mo, one about 15 miles away as well so I could go and have a look at it first before I commit.
 

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leather all the way did front door cards not bothered with back as the ones i did had electric windows and the car had roll up ones its black with blue leather who cares im not in the back!!!!!!!!!maybee ill get round to it one day
 

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Do you know how to plug in for airbags to work? That was the only reason i got my local specialist to swap my drivers seat over. He was also doing other work at the time.
 

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i just attached every thing i could mind u my airbag ligts on offside theres other posts with a lot of more detailed info on
 

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forgot to mention dash was changed so that may have something to do with it although everything seems to be ok!! famous last words!!!!!!!!!!1
 

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cheers for the tips. I find a very detailed on line guide with step by step photos to changing the interior over which has given me the confidence to do it myself with a little help.

One of the problems I'm having is finding a decent leather interior with the winders for the rear windows, spose most of those that speced the leather would have speced the electric windows all round. But the earlier idea of just changing over the leather inserts may be the way forward if the plastics match up.

I will only do it if I can make everything match up properly and looks right. Im in a design job so I couldn't live without it if it wasn't right.
 

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Found a possible interior but it doesn't have the side air bags in the seats.

I assume this will cause a warning light on the dash? Is there a way around this? Thought I read somewhere that you could fool the car into thinking the air bags were still there?
 

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Hi

Can't say I am a fan of leather interiors, so I can see why the cloth appealed to you.

I would check to see if the bit that has broken on your existing seat is available as a spare part on its own.

All the best

Keith
 

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cheers for the tips. I find a very detailed on line guide with step by step photos to changing the interior over which has given me the confidence to do it myself with a little help.
Are you able to share this? Im considering doing it myself, but I'm not mechanically...apt and the door cards look like will be a b*tch.

Regards
Jorge
 
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