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Rouar
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Question about leather seats
#1280861 - 07/18/06 10:39 AM

Kind of relevant to Contours as well, so the question is in General forum.

Does perforated leather breathe better than non-perforated leather? I tend to sweat a bit which has been uncomfortable in my new car (particularly these past few days!). I could upgrade to the Maxima 2001 Anniversary edition seats if the answer to this question is yes.

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TBoomer
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Re: Question about leather seats new
#1281229 (Re: Rouar) 07/18/06 09:18 PM

I really don't think you would notice a bit of difference.

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Rouar
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Re: Question about leather seats new
#1281305 (Re: TBoomer) 07/18/06 11:28 PM

Darn .. I really don't want to downgrade to cloth again. I'll stick it out I suppose.

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Matt R
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Re: Question about leather seats new
#1281320 (Re: Rouar) 07/19/06 12:09 AM

Nah, wouldn't be much of a difference. The leather itself is going to stick to you either way. They do sell things that you put under the leather in the seat, that has fans that draw heat away. Plus they have heaters built in for the winter.

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MazTour
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Re: Question about leather seats new
#1281434 (Re: Matt R) 07/19/06 02:47 AM

perforated leather wont make a difference unless you've actually got air conditioned seats. Most car seats are not real leather anyways,they are a vinyl material called naugahide which is more durable than real leather,but it'll be sticky when it gets hot,and slippery when wet. You might want to try leather seats with a suede insert,like the SRT8 seats.

Cloth is perfectly fine. I like leather for the more upscale luxury look, and it's easier to clean,but I don't like the maintenance and wear and tear it takes when they start to wrinkle and crack. Plus they get hot in the heat,and obviously cold in the cold. I had got a set of leather seats in my Mystique and they looked great,but I didn't really like them. I've had cloth in every other vehicle I've owned and wouldn't go back to leather. I've got cloth in my Contour right now,and I'm having my truck reupholstered in all suede.

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Big Jim
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Re: Question about leather seats new
#1281506 (Re: MazTour) 07/19/06 04:40 AM

Originally posted by MazTour:
Most car seats are not real leather anyways,they are a vinyl material called naugahide which is more durable than real leather . . .




Not true.

Most "leather" equipped cars say "leather seating surfaces", and that is indeed what they are. The surfaces that face the passenger are leather, but the edges are vinyl.

On the question of does perferated leather breath better than plain leather, it does, but many may not really notice much difference. Leather is not as hot (or cold) as vinyl though.

The climate controlled seats that are available in some high end cars are really nice. The leather is perferated to allow the air to pass through. The climate control is actually a little heat pump that can heat or cool.



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SVT3Rivieres
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Re: Question about leather seats new
#1281512 (Re: Big Jim) 07/19/06 04:45 AM

Originally posted by Big Jim:

The climate controlled seats that are available in some high end cars are really nice. The leather is perferated to allow the air to pass through. The climate control is actually a little heat pump that can heat or cool.






they are not just in high end cars... most of golf jetta and even focus here come with it

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Matt R
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Re: Question about leather seats new
#1281527 (Re: SVT3Rivieres) 07/19/06 05:18 AM

I'm thinking of installing one of those in my seat.

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Rouar
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Re: Question about leather seats new
#1281567 (Re: Matt R) 07/19/06 10:48 AM

I have heated seats, but am never going to use them (not even last winter). Cooled seats would certainly be nice though. I should figure out if there's a floor duct like in the Contour and just reroute it to point at the seat, lol ...

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dkusa67
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Re: Question about leather seats new
#1281588 (Re: Rouar) 07/19/06 12:12 PM

Turning the duct up probably will do nothing due to the thick foam pad in the seat itself.

On the leather, use Lexol every 6 months. It helps prevent drying and cracking. I have a 95 SE with leather and the drivers seat still looks real good. The other seats look like new. I have three kids and believe me, it's a lot easier wiping off leather than cleaning cloth!

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