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Leather seats for cars

violetsviolets Posts: 1,689Registered Users
Are leather seats for a car worth it? It is so much money go get them and I've never had them. Cloth is fine for me. I have kids but they don't eat in the car. I was wondering if there is anything special about them, other than the price!

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  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    I've had both. I find leather much easier to clean.
  • xcptnlxcptnl Posts: 15,678Registered Users
    I could go either way - leather or fabric but I would never specifically buy leather. I am not a fan of it in the summer. I do like Bs heated leather seats in the winter though.
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  • mrspoppersmrspoppers Posts: 7,223Registered Users
    I prefer leather because it's easier to clean and because heated seats require it. Once you have heated seats, you can't go back.
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  • LoloDSMLoloDSM Posts: 3,778Registered Users
    I agree with Mrs. P -- once you have heated leather seats, you don't go back to cloth. Unless you live somewhere where it's warm year round.
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  • VTmomVTmom Posts: 2,486Registered Users
    I think a lot of it depends on the texture and quality of the leather. I was never a huge fan of it until we bought our Murano 7 yrs. ago. The leather seats in that car are fabulous....soft, supple, and still look brand new!
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  • SarcasmIsBeautySarcasmIsBeauty Posts: 5,640Registered Users
    mrspoppers wrote: »
    I prefer leather because it's easier to clean and because heated seats require it. Once you have heated seats, you can't go back.

    Actually, they don't. I have heated fabric seats.

    I think leather is nice and definitely easier to clean. I'd imagine they suck in the summer.
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  • xcptnlxcptnl Posts: 15,678Registered Users
    VTmom wrote: »
    I think a lot of it depends on the texture and quality of the leather. I was never a huge fan of it until we bought our Murano 7 yrs. ago. The leather seats in that car are fabulous....soft, supple, and still look brand new!

    Too funny that is what B has.
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  • crimsonshedemoncrimsonshedemon Posts: 2,098Registered Users
    I hate my leather seats. They are cracking. I wear lotion and the lotion destroyed my seat. Will never have them again. If you only keep your car a couple years, it doesnt matter.
  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,175Registered Users
    Definitey leather. Car looks newer and better longer. I wouldn't buy without leather.
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    Cloth seats can't really be cleaned...and they can get pretty damned disgusting. I always get leather.
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    I hate my leather seats. They are cracking. I wear lotion and the lotion destroyed my seat. Will never have them again. If you only keep your car a couple years, it doesnt matter.



    I would think excessive lotion use would ruin cloth seats a lot faster than leather seats.
  • crimsonshedemoncrimsonshedemon Posts: 2,098Registered Users
    I hate my leather seats. They are cracking. I wear lotion and the lotion destroyed my seat. Will never have them again. If you only keep your car a couple years, it doesnt matter.



    I would think excessive lotion use would ruin cloth seats a lot faster than leather seats.

    I've never had a problem with cloth seats and the Tahoe is my first car with leather. No greasy areas, nothing.
    Hubby works with a guy who used to do car upholstery and he told him that leather is only designed to last 5 yrs. i'm having seat reupholstered in fabric. Never will have leather again.
  • NejNej Posts: 2,444Registered Users
    I hate leather seats only because they hear up In the sun and burn bare skin. It's a car, this shouldn't be an issue
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  • PoPo Posts: 2,607Registered Users
    I've only had cloth and I hate it because I have children. It looks horrible unless I shampoo it constantly! I used to have dark gray cloth and it looked pretty good.

    But in the long run, I don't really care. I'm not a car person. And I don't see the big deal about heated seats. If you have leather seats, I can see why you'd want them to be heated because cold leather sucks (as does hot leather in the summer ouch!), but cloth is the same temp year round.



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  • inheritedcurlsinheritedcurls Posts: 2,954Registered Users
    I live in Texas and have leather seats. I prefer it. Sure it's a little hot in the summer but you learn to place your tushy just right. Leather just cleans up so much easier than cloth with 2 kiddos it's a must.
  • KookyCurlKookyCurl Posts: 1,980Registered Users
    Po wrote: »
    I've only had cloth and I hate it because I have children. It looks horrible unless I shampoo it constantly! I used to have dark gray cloth and it looked pretty good.

    But in the long run, I don't really care. I'm not a car person. And I don't see the big deal about heated seats. If you have leather seats, I can see why you'd want them to be heated because cold leather sucks (as does hot leather in the summer ouch!), but cloth is the same temp year round.



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    I LOVE my heated seats! I miss them since the actual function broke. They heat up faster than the car does and are heaven when I'm having aches and pains. They also are a more comfortable source of heat than the blowers.

    I have cloth seats in my 11 year old car. They are fine but man are they gross. Plus, one has a hole in it from contact with back buttons on a pair of pants I wear a lot. Leather always feels a bit more comfortable to me.
  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I definitey prefer leather car seats! I'm a leather person; I like it in my car, in my house, on my feet, on my body, hanging off my arm, everything. I would even like to try a leather floor one day. LEATHER is what's up!

  • mrspoppersmrspoppers Posts: 7,223Registered Users
    I hate my leather seats. They are cracking. I wear lotion and the lotion destroyed my seat. Will never have them again. If you only keep your car a couple years, it doesnt matter.



    I would think excessive lotion use would ruin cloth seats a lot faster than leather seats.

    I've never had a problem with cloth seats and the Tahoe is my first car with leather. No greasy areas, nothing.
    Hubby works with a guy who used to do car upholstery and he told him that leather is only designed to last 5 yrs. i'm having seat reupholstered in fabric. Never will have leather again.
    It probably depends on the type of leather and the manufacturer. If you take care of it, it last a lot longer than 5 years! In fact I've never had leather seats look worn and my cars have been way older than 5 years when I've sold them.
    When are women going to face the fact that they don’t know their own bodies as well as men who have heard things?

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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    mrspoppers wrote: »



    I would think excessive lotion use would ruin cloth seats a lot faster than leather seats.

    I've never had a problem with cloth seats and the Tahoe is my first car with leather. No greasy areas, nothing.
    Hubby works with a guy who used to do car upholstery and he told him that leather is only designed to last 5 yrs. i'm having seat reupholstered in fabric. Never will have leather again.
    It probably depends on the type of leather and the manufacturer. If you take care of it, it last a lot longer than 5 years! In fact I've never had leather seats look worn and my cars have been way older than 5 years when I've sold them.

    What makes were your cars and did you do anything to care for the leather? Bc I have owned luxury cars and the leather driver's seats were totally jacked up when I sold them. I even once bought a car that was a few yrs old and the driver's seat was in bad shape (I bought it anyway and replaced the leather). Admittedly, I don't treat or care for the leather...ppl always tell me I should but I'm afraid to put something greasy on it, forget and sit down and ruin my clothes. I have new leather now and I really want t preserve it bc it's so nice.

  • mrspoppersmrspoppers Posts: 7,223Registered Users
    mrspoppers wrote: »

    I've never had a problem with cloth seats and the Tahoe is my first car with leather. No greasy areas, nothing.
    Hubby works with a guy who used to do car upholstery and he told him that leather is only designed to last 5 yrs. i'm having seat reupholstered in fabric. Never will have leather again.
    It probably depends on the type of leather and the manufacturer. If you take care of it, it last a lot longer than 5 years! In fact I've never had leather seats look worn and my cars have been way older than 5 years when I've sold them.

    What makes were your cars and did you do anything to care for the leather? Bc I have owned luxury cars and the leather driver's seats were totally jacked up when I sold them. I even once bought a car that was a few yrs old and the driver's seat was in bad shape (I bought it anyway and replaced the leather). Admittedly, I don't treat or care for the leather...ppl always tell me I should but I'm afraid to put something greasy on it, forget and sit down and ruin my clothes. I have new leather now and I really want t preserve it bc it's so nice.
    We've had a few different makes in the past (VW, Ford, Mercedes) and they all came out fine. The Mercedes looked surprisingly good after 9 years, considering we had two muddy dogs in the back seat quite a bit. I mostly just wiped it down with a wet cloth and hoped for the best. I think it was VW that specifically recommended using plain water only because the leather was treated. Anything else would break down what it was treated with.

    My current car is a BMW and I'm determined to keep it nice. The owners manual says to condition the leather at least once a year. I've been using some treated cloths but they tend to streak so the next time I'm at the dealer I'm going to buy their leather conditioner and do a good once over. Anyway, I've found with the treated cloths that the leather looks a little greasy right after I wipe it down but that goes away if I let it sit overnight. If I need to drive the same day, I put a towel on the seat if I'm worried about my clothes.
    When are women going to face the fact that they don’t know their own bodies as well as men who have heard things?

    Don Langrick
    Bonsai Culturist
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    I never treat or do anything special to leather seats...just wipe with a damp cloth occasionallt. My current truck is 10 years old...4 kids, several big dogs, lots of camping, beach/mountain trips, etc...and the leather looks fine.