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As I'm in the market for another W210 wagon, I've been looking at a lot of online photos. I've noticed that most cars have stitching running from front to rear, with the stitching extending all the way to the front end of the seats, ie. your knees.

Some cars, however, have a left to right oriented cushion section, that terminates the front/ rear oriented stitching about 8 inches before the front end of the cushion.

Is this just a leather stitching pattern, or does it correspond to real differences in the way the cushion is constructed?
 

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I don't know about your particular year/model, but the 2012 E350 has stitching that runs left to right for MB/Tex and front to rear for leather. Maybe it's the same for your car.
 

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Mine looks like your 2nd photo. Plus they are perforated leather since I have active ventilated seats.
 

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The 2nd photo shows leather cover that is having smaller panels than leatherette. I think all leather comes with perforation on the center panels as our new purchase has the perforation with no venting system.
The leather and leatherette are pretty hard to tell apart, although leather ages faster.
 

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Good question! I dont have an answer but I can try to eliminate as good as I can

its not an AMG E50 or E55, they both have two stiching lines which turn slightly in opposite directions as the get to the edge of the pillow. like this


Its not ventilated seats either. Mine, and many other ventilated seats are just like Andrews second picture.

Its not pre facelift vs facelift either. As most 2002 models I have seen have the same seats as many pre facelift including my own 1997.

Obviously its not 2wd vs 4-matic nor sedan vs wagon.

What I do know, is that the seats in the first pic are very rare. I have seen them of course, but not nearly as often as the ones in the second pic.

Hope this helps you along a little.
 

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MB probably made different seat bottoms to fit European and American butts.
 

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i have seen that type of seat (1st pic) only in facelift w210 wagons. i think it's mb tex and not leather.
 

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Related question. DW car had the headrest quiting the power mode while it got raised to the top position. Anybody knows how to manually push it down? I tried to push it down, but got the feeling that I can bend or break something before it goes.
 

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Not really related ;) But I would depress the switch and push gently with your hand. Maybe the switch needs a good cleaning? MB should have engineered a safety override in case the headrests stop working but to my knowledge they did not.
 

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Looking at the photos again, the 1st is MB Tex and the 2nd is leather. Look at the passenger door in the 1st pic. The panel that would be "gathered" if it is leather does not look to be gathered. That is mainly why I concluded it is leatherette.
 

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What I notices the leather wears out with small wrinkles that you can notice on driver seat on 2nd picture. Leatherette stays smooth over the years.
I will try your advise MM about the headrest. I hear click somewhere in the car when I push the switch, what makes me thinking the switch is working, but maybe the relay is bad, or the motor jammed.
 

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Looking at the photos again, the 1st is MB Tex and the 2nd is leather. Look at the passenger door in the 1st pic. The panel that would be "gathered" if it is leather does not look to be gathered. That is mainly why I concluded it is leatherette.
You are correct. The first photo is MB Tex, the 2nd is leather.

I've had Tex for two years and just realized I didn't have real leather!
Must say the Tex has improved in look since the W123 days!
 

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Don't know, I used to own 20 years old W123 where leatherette was still holding, while on our only ;) 14 years old W210 the edge on the back where you are sliding over is wearing out.
 
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