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#1 (permalink) Old 10-20-2006, 04:53 PM
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Ok I did the search on leather seats. I did not get the answer to my question.

Is the leather worth the few extra bucks? I mean I can't tell the difference by looking at them. I don't have the availability to try both out.

Is one more durable than the other?

Somebody talk me into one or the other.
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Leather...better wear, longer lasting, cooler in hot weather, warmer in cool weather, all around better value. IMHO

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Leather is leather and if looked after will last a lifetime.

MB TEX is vinyl, although very good vinyl, its not as nice as leather.

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Ron send me some palamino sp? Leather for my car.
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Go leather. Tex may actually be as durable, but there's no mistaking the rich look and feel of leather. Look at it this way -- would you rather have a leather or vinyl couch?
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Ok I did the search on leather seats. I did not get the answer to my question.

Is the leather worth the few extra bucks? I mean I can't tell the difference by looking at them. I don't have the availability to try both out.

Is one more durable than the other?

Somebody talk me into one or the other.
I may be the lone dissenter here...but that said, owning two MB's, one with leather, one with MBTex (99 & 87 respectively) in hot, humid Florida, the MBTex is simply more comfortable. It's durability I believe to be greater and maintenance requirements are substantially less than leather and easier to perform, not to mention that it's sooo much cooler (temp) and doesn't stick to the backs of your legs on these wonderful hot days. Please understand, I love the look of natural leather, it's simply in this climate, for me, I prefer the MBTex.

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If the car wasn't a convertible, I'd vote for leather. But since it is a ragtop, I vote for MBTex. My 450SL has Tex, and my SLK320 has leather. Guess which fabric is going to last longer...heck guess which one has already lasted longer?

You simply cannot kill MBTex...

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I may be the lone dissenter here...but that said, owning two MB's, one with leather, one with MBTex (99 & 87 respectively) in hot, humid Florida, the MBTex is simply more comfortable. It's durability I believe to be greater and maintenance requirements are substantially less than leather and easier to perform, not to mention that it's sooo much cooler (temp) and doesn't stick to the backs of your legs on these wonderful hot days. Please understand, I love the look of natural leather, it's simply in this climate, for me, I prefer the MBTex.

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I agree. Same goes for Houston. It certainly cleans up easier.
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If money were no factor at all, I'd vote leather. I'd spend almost anything on my car, but for a non-concours car that I want to drive, that might get wet, etc, I would want (and got) MB-TEX. I haven't put them on yet but I can see that they will be fine. Also, I wear jeans 95% of the time and I've read that denim is like sandpaper to leather. And, leather+convertible=constant maintenance.

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I suppose after spruiking the love of leather seats I have to confess something.

One month after buying the car I spent AUS$600 on the thickest most comfortable wool seatcovers I've ever seen. They are in a light grey colour to match my alpaca grey interior and hide those dust and dirt marks convertables can get with white lambswool. On cold days they almost envelop you with their warmth, and on hot days they breathe stopping the sticky sweaty feeling I remember old vinyl to be like.

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