BenzWorld Junior Member
Date registered: Nov 2008
Vehicle: 1990 300E, 1997 E320, 1998 Jag XJ8, 1983 BMW 320i, 2002 Audi A6 Quattro
Location: North Central PA
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MB Tex revisited
I know that this issue has been discussed in detail since I have reviewed many posts on the subject here, but a recent event compelles me.
I own a 90 300E and a 97 E320 both with over 220K miles on them. They both have leather seats. No rips or tears except for a worn bolster on the 300E from a lazy driver entering the car. Wrinkles, yes, but this is just the patina of age that is actually inviting much like a well worn comfortable leather chair in the den or living room.
Cue the 2008 E350 just purchased with 42K miles. Unnoticed at purchase, the drivers side left bolster on the seat bottom has a crack in the artificial hide about 6 inches long. The car was purchased by my son, his first real "new" car. Purchased from a large MB Dealer. They will not cover the cost to replace the seat cover. I checked with my local dealer and the cover goes for $476. It's sad that a brand with such a long history of quality has let the bean counters or pc animal lovers or something get in the way of maintaining that reputation. It is our fault for not going over the car with the proverbial fine toothed comb, but the seats were just not even considered as a possible issue given the history we have. I am more disappointed than angry. It's pretty sad actually.