Leather Seats

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 03, 2009 at 19:39
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Hi everyone, I have the opportunity to buy a set of leather seats - front and rear for my Disco. The seats are from a reputable place in Newcastle and they are asking $440.00 for them.

The drivers seat has a small tear/split that will require repairing.

I was wondering what people think about leather seats and if anyone has had any experience in pulling out and putting back in seats. How difficult is it??

My current seats are ok but the front drivers in particular has seen better days....

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Reply By: Member - Mark G Gulmarrad - Tuesday, Mar 03, 2009 at 20:07

Tuesday, Mar 03, 2009 at 20:07
Cram

i keep telling my missus to buy all leather gear so she will smell like a new truck...............sorry it was just there!!


hahahahaha,cheers.
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Follow Up By: Member - Cram (Newcastle NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 03, 2009 at 20:10

Tuesday, Mar 03, 2009 at 20:10
Lol, or is the whip you like :)

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Follow Up By: Member - Mark G Gulmarrad - Tuesday, Mar 03, 2009 at 20:29

Tuesday, Mar 03, 2009 at 20:29
shhhhhhhh!!!!
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Reply By: Madfisher - Tuesday, Mar 03, 2009 at 20:22

Tuesday, Mar 03, 2009 at 20:22
As someone who is in and out of different cars all day I have gone off leather especially on hot days when you have shorts on, but apart from that its great,although some leather seats can get a fishy smell in hot weather also.
Cheers Pete
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 03, 2009 at 20:36

Tuesday, Mar 03, 2009 at 20:36
Had a Patrol STL with leather seats and got sick of sliding around on them so put a canvas cover on mine.




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Follow Up By: Richard W (NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 05:34

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 05:34
Pete,

Had them in my old NM Pajero and found they got too hot so put sheep skin covers over them.
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Follow Up By: Madfisher - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 07:50

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 07:50
Yes Richard I always though they where the holy grail, but prefer a good quality fabric these days. Our Nullarbor came with wool seat covers, but I cannot get comfy on them, cannot get my backside right back into the seat. Maybe they will stretch a bit and get better.
Cheers Pete
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Reply By: DCTriton - Tuesday, Mar 03, 2009 at 20:37

Tuesday, Mar 03, 2009 at 20:37
If like my old fairmont, they have perforated padding, you'd better hope you never spill a drink on them - stale coffee BigM was an ugly smell for a long while - the seat soaked it up before I realised what had happened...
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Reply By: Pajpower - Tuesday, Mar 03, 2009 at 20:59

Tuesday, Mar 03, 2009 at 20:59
I have them in my Pajero, Can sting a bit on hot days :) mud wipes off easy, yes you slide around a little. I have put covers on the front seats. Mine are 10 years old now and not cracked or anything.

Go with your heart
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Reply By: Best Off Road - Tuesday, Mar 03, 2009 at 21:03

Tuesday, Mar 03, 2009 at 21:03
Against: Hot in Summer, Cold in Winter, much like the old vinyl seats.

For: Hard wearing and very easy to clean.

Cheers,

Jim.

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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 11:20

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 11:20
Cram

I've been looking for a set for my Series 2.

The cloth ones look a bit ordinary after being soaked in diesel, sauce out of hot pies, and christ knows what else ( a couple of near misses with roos has contributed to the patina).

What colour are they?

Do they have more than one set?

Bob
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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 11:38

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 11:38
PS I remove the back seats for major trips. Its pretty easy but you need to buy the special star shaped Allen key to fit. You'd be surprised how heavy they are, and how much space is freed up when they are out.

Tilt the seats forward to relax the springs while removing/replacing the bolts.
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Reply By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 13:13

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 13:13
Leather seats and hot weather don't mix.
Leather seats and cold weather don't mix.... ;-)


Cloth for me..

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Reply By: dublediff - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 16:39

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 16:39
I have had leather in several vehicles, off road and on road types. Swear by it, involuntarily on hot days of course! Leather holds the seat together better, spills wipe off, sweat wipes off rather than soak in. Great for skiing, can get in wet and wipe the seat off when you get back to chalet and dry the next day, not frozen solid like the fuel in the pump!!! There are compromises but by far outweighed by the long life.
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Reply By: Sigmund - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 17:10

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 17:10
Instructions that came with mine said keep them out of the heat.

Yeah, right.

They need regular cleaning and conditioning. I wouldn't go for them again.
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Reply By: Member - Cram (Newcastle NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 17:26

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 17:26
Went and had a look at the seats today. The biggest issue with them is that were filthy dirty. They claim they would clean up fine but I don't really want to spend the money to find out.

So on balance I will stick with the cloth seats.
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