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Do I have leather or MB Tex?

Sorry, I know this has been asked a gazillion times already, but I really can't tell. I tried to use the VIN Decoder in the Russian site but that didn't show any info about my interiors. I need to know if I have to spend a few more bucks for leather cleaners and conditioners or an ordinary cleaner will do.

Anyway, attached are pictures of my seats. Please tell me if the pics are too close, I'll take more pictures if needed.

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i thaught all the perfed seates where real leather???


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i thaught all the perfed seates where real leather???
I thought rear leather was only perforated if the seats were ventilated? At least my rear leather (W221 does not have MB tex option) are not perforated.

Those look like MB tex to me but can you post/PM your VIN, the MB data should explain this.
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I thought rear leather was only perforated if the seats were ventilated? At least my rear leather (W221 does not have MB tex option) are not perforated.

Those look like MB tex to me but can you post/PM your VIN, the MB data should explain this.
Like I said, I ran my VIN through a VIN Decoder and it surprisingly didn't have any info on what kind of seats I have. Anyway, here it is: WDBHA22E2RF017895.
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Like I said, I ran my VIN through a VIN Decoder and it surprisingly didn't have any info on what kind of seats I have. Anyway, here it is: WDBHA22E2RF******.
Not even MB tools give the info for all the codes on your data card. Anyone able to interpret codes 575, 588 and 639.

588A means grey leather seats on some other models but the code is not assigned for a W202 and the data card code was 588 without the A.

None of the codes indicated any MB TEX or similar seats either. One of those that were not recognised must explain this if someone knows how these read out.
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The seats look like MB tex .It can be very hard to tell the differance between leather and MB tex . On the 211 and 210 leather and MB tex seats came with
perforated centers as did the leather . Only the Designo and napa leather seats come without perforations . On some models the seat cushion can have a different design for leather and MB tex .
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I thought rear leather was only perforated if the seats were ventilated? At least my rear leather (W221 does not have MB tex option) are not perforated.

Those look like MB tex to me but can you post/PM your VIN, the MB data should explain this.
I used to think that the leather seats came perforated (mine is) and MB tex was not. But after seeing most of the newer models that doesn't seem to be the case anymore.

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So perforated seats on older models are leather? My car is a '94 C220 if that makes a difference.
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The MB Tex from the 80s were very durable. If there are no cracks, most likely it is MB Tex.
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Looks like Tex to me, just based on the pattern.
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