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Mitlov
post Mar 19 2005, 01:04 AM
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I've been wondering this for a while, and now I have to ask. What's so darned great about leather upholstery? I'm not talking about steering wheel and shift knob, but about the seats themselves. The way I see it:

* Leather seats are hot in hot weather and cold in cold weather. Cloth seats are cool in hot weather and warm in cold weather.

* Cloth seats hold you in place far better during spirited driving. Leather is very grippy against human skin (hence it's good for steering wheels and shift knobs) but it's slippery against clothing.

Is this really just a case of "leather is more expensive, so people assume it must be better"? Or do leather seats actually offer any tangible advantages over cloth seats that I'm overlooking?
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post Mar 19 2005, 01:10 AM
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Its a case of it being more expensive. Of course leather seats for the most part DO look better. Not always though

Another situation where cloth is superior, leather gets old and worn looking over the years. My 15 yearold cloth seats in my MR2 still look brand new!
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post Mar 19 2005, 01:26 AM
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I prefer cloth, but after having leather and then cloth (in that order), I can see the benefits of having leather, or at least sorta debunk what many people list as benefits of cloth:

1) Although leather doesn't breath, cloth isn't much better. After a long time in the saddle, especially on hot days, I feel like I need to air out a bit.

2) Although cloth is easier to MAINTAIN than leather, leather is easier to clean and easier to keep clean.

And that's all I can think of now.
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post Mar 19 2005, 01:49 AM
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I have a leather chair at work and my ass sweats like crazy in the summertime . Wouldn't want to get that in may car . A leather covered steering wheel is another thing . I have one on my new truck and it's awesome .
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post Mar 19 2005, 02:41 AM
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Yeah, I have a leather chair here. If it gets a bit toasty in my room my bum starts to sweat. But damn its a nice chair...seems my cat likes it too ~looks at the claw marks on the back~
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post Mar 19 2005, 04:13 AM
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In my opinion leather feels nicer than cloth, it smells nice, it looks good, I don't see the problem of being hot in the summer and cold in the winter, IMO it's actually vice versa. Of course, black leather can be REALLY hot if hit by direct sunlight. But when you sit on it for a while it's good. Leather is easy to clean and if you take care of it it's also a lot more durable than cloth
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post Mar 19 2005, 06:49 AM
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Leather is probably chosen because of its premium over the "cheaper" cloth but I think I'd rather have Alcantara like I had in my old car, very grippy and looks much better than leather in my opinion.

Although its leather in my next car tard.gif
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post Mar 19 2005, 06:55 AM
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Your 'next car' being? wink.gif
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post Mar 19 2005, 09:03 AM
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The cloth seats just look and feel SO cheap
But on the other hand if you have suede(or something like that) like in TVR's , it doesnt look that bad
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post Mar 19 2005, 09:05 AM
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QUOTE(moe89 @ Mar 19 2005, 09:03 AM)
The cloth seats just look and feel SO cheap
But on the other hand if you have suede(or something like that) like in TVR's , it doesnt look that bad

do you own a car?
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post Mar 19 2005, 09:14 AM
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No, biggrin.gif but my parents have owned both cloth and leather clad cars and I personally much rather have leather seats

But some cars, cheap MB's, feel worse with leather than with similarly priced cloth seats
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post Mar 19 2005, 09:51 AM
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MB's standard, non-sport front seats are always crap, no matter whether it's cloth or leather
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post Mar 19 2005, 10:36 AM
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well.. talking about grip.. i'd take Alcantara leather over cloth anyday.
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post Mar 19 2005, 12:22 PM
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Give me Alcantara/Leather Audi S8 seats. Please.
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post Mar 19 2005, 12:27 PM
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QUOTE(PandaBeat @ Mar 19 2005, 12:22 PM)
Give me Alcantara/Leather Audi S8 seats. Please.

give me your soul?

seriously though, what is Alcantara made of? is it just another kind of leather?
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post Mar 19 2005, 12:27 PM
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QUOTE(moe89 @ Mar 19 2005, 09:03 AM)
The cloth seats just look and feel SO cheap
But on the other hand if you have suede(or something like that) like in TVR's , it doesnt look that bad

Look and feel cheap? Cloth-covered sport seats, like those found in an RSX base or a WRX, feel glorious. Ever sat in one? And beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I personally think cloth looks better than leather.
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post Mar 19 2005, 12:30 PM
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QUOTE(Mitlov @ Mar 19 2005, 12:27 PM)
QUOTE(moe89 @ Mar 19 2005, 09:03 AM)
The cloth seats just look and feel SO cheap
But on the other hand if you have suede(or something like that) like in TVR's , it doesnt look that bad

Look and feel cheap? Cloth-covered sport seats, like those found in an RSX base or a WRX, feel glorious. Ever sat in one? And beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I personally think cloth looks better than leather.

he doesnt even drive, just disregard his comments as pure speculaltion
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post Mar 19 2005, 12:36 PM
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QUOTE(R. Waters @ Mar 19 2005, 03:30 PM)
QUOTE(Mitlov @ Mar 19 2005, 12:27 PM)
QUOTE(moe89 @ Mar 19 2005, 09:03 AM)
The cloth seats just look and feel SO cheap
But on the other hand if you have suede(or something like that) like in TVR's , it doesnt look that bad

Look and feel cheap? Cloth-covered sport seats, like those found in an RSX base or a WRX, feel glorious. Ever sat in one? And beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I personally think cloth looks better than leather.

he doesnt even drive, just disregard his comments as pure speculaltion

I wouldn't just reject his opinion but it is clear that moe hasn't had enough experiences to give an accurate opinion. The sports fabric used in my tC is awesome...breaths easily and doesn't get dirty easily.
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post Mar 19 2005, 12:41 PM
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QUOTE(Mitlov @ Mar 19 2005, 09:27 PM)
QUOTE(moe89 @ Mar 19 2005, 09:03 AM)
The cloth seats just look and feel SO cheap
But on the other hand if you have suede(or something like that) like in TVR's , it doesnt look that bad

Look and feel cheap? Cloth-covered sport seats, like those found in an RSX base or a WRX, feel glorious. Ever sat in one? And beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I personally think cloth looks better than leather.

I think its all about the car where the seats are in.. In some cars cloth doesn't look so good (for example a Jaguar) , but in other cars i really don't mind (like my moms previous car: Suzuki Jimny).
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post Mar 19 2005, 12:42 PM
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QUOTE(Autovisie @ Mar 19 2005, 12:41 PM)
QUOTE(Mitlov @ Mar 19 2005, 09:27 PM)
QUOTE(moe89 @ Mar 19 2005, 09:03 AM)
The cloth seats just look and feel SO cheap
But on the other hand if you have suede(or something like that) like in TVR's , it doesnt look that bad

Look and feel cheap? Cloth-covered sport seats, like those found in an RSX base or a WRX, feel glorious. Ever sat in one? And beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I personally think cloth looks better than leather.

I think its all about the car where the seats are in.. In some cars cloth doesn't look so good (for example a Jaguar) , but in other cars i really don't mind (like my moms previous car: Suzuki Jimny).

LOL what the hell is that guy doing in your avatar? lol
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