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Leather vs Cloth Seats



  • meredithmeredith Posts: 578
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  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    I know leather is the cool thing to have, and bling is in for wheels.

    HOWEVER, cloth is easier to maintain and won't burn you in the hot summer, and you don't have to cringe/fret/cry when you scrape your cheap plastic wheel cover against the curb!
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    HOWEVER, cloth is easier to maintain

    Huhh? There is no maintenance on either. However if you have kids or eat in your car leather is the only way to go. Cloth stains/stuff sticks to it etc. If you have kids leather is the way to go.
  • louisweilouiswei Posts: 3,717
    Huhh? There is no maintenance on either.

    Don't have to put on conditioner on the cloth. Now don't tell me that you never condition your leather seats...
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,052
    We agree. Leather needs conditioner and repeated rubbing with it to keep it clean. It's time to redo mine.

    I love cloth because it's warm in winter and cool in summer when you sit on it. It breathes during a long drive.
  • nwngnwng Posts: 664
    I'm glad you have climate control garages both at home and at work, but you gotta park your car outside sometimes, say when it's 20 degrees out :surprise:
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    Conditioner does no good on leather seats in auto vehicles. All vehicles today (whoops, except for a few that are semi-analine/high end vehicles) are impregnated with vinyl and do not need any upkeep.
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    Did not disagree with that but (my garage is semi heated since my daughters room is above!) the heated seats come on quick.

    Anyway, my point is if you have kids leather is better material than cloth.
  • louisweilouiswei Posts: 3,717
    Never heard about his Eagle Ottawa before but if premium brands like MB, BMW, Lexus and Cadillac told me that the seats are made out of leather (not leatherette) then I believe them.
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    Not sure of your comment but leather seats are made of leather. Lower end vehicles have pieces of vinyl in certain areas and not as much leather. But still uses leather that is coated for long term protection.

    Semi-analine is a method of processing that has little top coat protection and requires maintenence. ottawa makes the leather used in Cadillacs.

    What is leatherette?
  • Leatherette is the fake leather used in BMW/MINI vehicles.

    It is a very, very good vinyl that at first look or touch is hard to tell apart from leather. It even sort of smells like leather at first.

    The leather in our Rovers is supposed to be fed or conditioned from time to time. The leather used on the dash pads in particular can get beat up if you don't put conditioner on it from time to time.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,515
    I feed/condition the leather in my car every few months. It looks good and smells good. I wouldn't believe any claims of maintenance-free leather. It might look nice for as long as you own the car...but it won't be forever. Yet if you maintain it, it can.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,052
    >impregnated with vinyl and do not need any upkeep.

    Are you saying that absolutely nothing should be done to clean and maintain the leather seats in my Limited? Are you saying it's not leather?

    I used Meguaier's and then Mother's leather cleaner and the seats sure felt better afterwards. The Mother's took the dark crud out of the depths of the wrinkles in a thorough cleaning last summer. The light-colored leather looked great. Washing with water didn't do that.
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    Here is what GM says about the leather in thier normal leather interiors.

    "A soft cloth dampened with water may be used to remove dust. If a more thorough cleaning is necessary, a soft cloth dampened with a mild soap solution can be used. .....Many commercial leather cleaners and coatings that are sold to preserve and protect leather may permantly change the appearance and feel of your leather are not recommended. Do not use silicone or wax-base products, or those containing organic solvents to clean...."

    Most OEM's-GM, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Honda, etc. use leather that has been coated for protection and wear. Europeans tend to (at least they used to) use untreated leather that would wear and need maintenance. Perhaps you feel I am wrong but most americans do not like the look of worn leather in their cars and do not want to do maintenence. Yes untreated (semi-analine and full analine) leathers are what are used in high end house furniture and some vehicles (some ford ranch truck or something and MB) but they need work and lose their new look.

    All GM cars that have leather interiors are leather. They are just coated for wear and protection. Some parts of the seats may be vinyl.
  • I'm really not much of a gadget head, but I love leather. I've never had a car with the stuff, but I know that the next car I buy will have it. The problem is, I don't want to take a higher trim level that comes with electronic crap I don't want, like navigation, DVD systems, inside/outside temperature, bluetooth, etc.

    Does anyone know of sedans or wagons that offer leather seats without having to take such a high trim level that I would be stuck paying for all of those extras I don't want?
  • litmanlitman Posts: 10
    I would look at entry level luxury branded vehicles like Acura and Infiniti. The Acura TSX and the Infiniti G35 might be good places to start. However, I think the TSX starts in the mid-twenties, and the G starts around 30K.

    I'm pretty sure leather is standard in the TSX. I know it is standard in the G35 in all models after 2004.

    If you are not opposed to buying a used car, you can easily find a 2-3 year old used sedan with leather but fewer gadgets. For example, I have a 2002 Infiniti I35 which I bought used last year. The car is basically a rebadged "luxury" Nissan Maxima, and it was discontinued after 2004. I bet you could find a 2003 or 2004 for under 20K.

    If you want to drop even lower in price, and you don't mind used, try the Accord at the EX trim level, the Maxima at the GLE level, and I think the highest trim level on the Camry is the XLE. I'm focusing on used cars because a few years ago Navigation (the option currently "bundled" with the most tech options and accompanying price increase) was still a newer technology; leather, however, has been around for a while. I'm focusing on Japanese models because I am biased towards them, know the models better, and consider them to be more reliable - especially if we a talking about used cars.

    My wife and I both switched to leather seats in 2001, and I doubt we will ever go back to cloth.
  • suydamsuydam Posts: 924
    You can always have leather put on aftermarket. That way you aren't stuck with higher trim levels if you don't want them. Sometimes it's even nicer than the factory leather.
  • bill731bill731 Posts: 17
    We have the new Saturn Aura XE,(NA car of the year) You can get this car with heated leather without any of the options you mentioned.

  • kmausskmauss Posts: 74
    Hello! I was casually car shopping yesterday and I ran across a 2006 leftover that is really, really tempting. One big hesitation is that it has leather seats. I'm envisioning an awful lot of "maintenance" to keep them looking good. Are my fears unfounded? I'm not a complete car freak, but I like my vehicles to look decent inside. All of you with leather interiors -- how much trouble are they? Thanks! :)
  • suydamsuydam Posts: 924
    Your fears are completely unfounded! Leather is so much nicer and easier than cloth! There is very little maintenance -- swiping them with leather cleaner once in awhile. They don't have fibers and hair cling to them like cloth and stay much cleaner. I will never go back to cloth seats.
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