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Old 09-11-2014, 10:29 AM   #1
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Taking Care of Leather Interior

Hey everyone.

I am trying to take as good of care of my 08 GT as I possibly can.

What can I do to take care of the leather interior? Every time I wash the car, I have been cleaning the leather with leather cleaner. However, My driver's seat is starting to crack and I am freaking out.


Is there something I'm doing wrong or is this normal for a 7 year old car? The passenger seat is still in amazing like-new shape as well as the back seats. The only one I'm having problems with is the driver's seat.

What can I do better?

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Old 09-11-2014, 07:32 PM   #2
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Probably nothing you can do. Chevrolet and Ford are the entry level lines of the manufacturer and they get the cheaper leathers. Lincoln and Cadillac get the premium leathers and they last longer. It's just the quality of the leather itself.
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Probably nothing you can do. Chevrolet and Ford are the entry level lines of the manufacturer and they get the cheaper leathers. Lincoln and Cadillac get the premium leathers and they last longer. It's just the quality of the leather itself.
Ahh, that sucks. So all I can do is just wait till it gets bad enough to completely replace? i'm sure that will be extremely expensive. Lol.
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08 Gt Premium here as well. Same situation. Back seats looks like a 2015 cadillac, passenger seat is still glossy , but the drivers seat is is gettin crack lines where I plop my ***. Oh well
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08 Gt Premium here as well. Same situation. Back seats looks like a 2015 cadillac, passenger seat is still glossy , but the drivers seat is is gettin crack lines where I plop my ***. Oh well
Haha yeah, this is exactly how mine is. I'm going to call a local upholstery shop to see if there's anything they can do. It's not just crack lines, there are two small spots where there is an actual crack and you can see the stuff (foam I guess?) underneath. My hope is that they can fix these spots and then I'll just have to deal with the lines I guess.
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Try Ebay. You should be able to get some leather take-offs for a decent price.
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Haha yeah, this is exactly how mine is. I'm going to call a local upholstery shop to see if there's anything they can do. It's not just crack lines, there are two small spots where there is an actual crack and you can see the stuff (foam I guess?) underneath. My hope is that they can fix these spots and then I'll just have to deal with the lines I guess.
Are you sure it's actually cracked and not like discoloration? I had a couple of them in my 2007 Mustang, I used to hang my keys on my pants and some handcuffs when I would go to work, So during lunch hours they'd rub. It wasn't like broken, But it did look sort of like it was ripped.
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Are you sure it's actually cracked and not like discoloration? I had a couple of them in my 2007 Mustang, I used to hang my keys on my pants and some handcuffs when I would go to work, So during lunch hours they'd rub. It wasn't like broken, But it did look sort of like it was ripped.
I think you might be right. Some of the cracks aren't really cracks. They're more like black lines in the leather. However, there are two places on the seat with legitimate cracks. The foam or whatever it is underneath the leather can be seen in these two places. They are small but they are driving my crazy.

Hopefully I can find a local upholstery shop to fix it.
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Update: I took my car to a local upholstery shop. They said they could sew one spot and replace a small piece of leather to fix the other spot. They said they could do this for 120$.
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