OK, I have owned a 3 series and I never had a problem. I have known many folks with one and one friend that still has an old one (point was "old" one). Sometimes people just need to have explanations to the extreme to get the point.
I'll use the same comment that Lexani used on me....that's just a few posts out of several thousands of BMW owners.
Reason has it that the leatherette is no less durable than leather and, with less required care and attention. I can find as many people complaining about leather seats cracking as you can for leatherette so, lets be reasonable about this and not make the leatherette seat the make it or break it point for buying a BMW.?
The Government cannot give to anybody anything that the Government does not first take from somebody else.