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Old 12-27-2018, 12:32 PM
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"Leather" Seat Cracks

I have a 2017 SL. I bought it in April of 2017 and my seats are cracking. Anyone else have this problem? The driver's side has gotten atrocious and I noticed the other day that the passenger side seat is beginning to crack as well. Considering I've barely owned the car over a year and a half, I'm pretty pissed. I have driven it A LOT but still. Any suggestions/ solutions? What's the best option for repairing?
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Old 12-27-2018, 12:39 PM
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Thatís interesting. Have you used any sort of cleaning solutions over the time you have owned the car?

What part of US you live in? Do you have pictures ?
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Old 12-27-2018, 12:59 PM
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Thatís interesting. Have you used any sort of cleaning solutions over the time you have owned the car?

What part of US you live in? Do you have pictures ?
I live in Frisco, TX. A suburb just north of Dallas. I have it washed regularly (a couple times/month weather permitting) and have had the dealership detail it a couple of times since I purchased it. I'll snap a couple of pics.
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Old 12-27-2018, 01:10 PM
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Heat will do that to leather seats - had the same thing happen to my 2005 Maxima after 2.5 years in the Houston sun (open parking at work).
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I'm going to guess that your seats are tan colored and the car sits outside 24/7...
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Old 12-27-2018, 01:43 PM
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I'm going to guess that your seats are tan colored and the car sits outside 24/7...
Nope. My seats are black and the car is garage kept...
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Old 12-27-2018, 01:45 PM
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Here are a few pics...

Driver's side

Driver's side

Passenger's Side
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Old 12-27-2018, 02:13 PM
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Here are a few pics...
This is crazy. Considering how good the side bolsters look, these cracks seem unusual to me, especially for a 2017. They kind of look like cuts more than a crack that developed into a split. Now I understand why you're so pissed. I would be too.
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Old 12-27-2018, 02:15 PM
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I would be pissed as well. But, itís under warranty so go get er done for a fix.
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Looks like Wolverine was in there. I am not 100% certain.....but I believe those pieces may be vinyl.......
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Old 12-27-2018, 02:22 PM
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Based on the angle of the cracks - and I’m no forensic expert - it looks like it’s something on you/your pants which is scratching/scuffing the seat. Those aren’t just leather cracks - those are scuff/cut marks.

Someone on the BMW 5-Series board had a similar - but less severe - issue with the outside (near door) bolster (with nappa leather seats). Turns out it was in fact something on his wife’s jeans (rear pocket).
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Based on the angle of the cracks - and Iím no forensic expert - it looks like itís something on you/your pants which is scratching/scuffing the seat. Those arenít just leather cracks - those are scuff/cut marks.

Someone on the BMW 5-Series board had a similar - but less severe - issue with the outside (near door) bolster (with nappa leather seats). Turns out it was in fact something on his wifeís jeans (rear pocket).
Thanks! I never even considered that. And I have no clue what it could be...
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Thanks! I never even considered that. And I have no clue what it could be...
Making ďyour problem [our] problemĒ (like those on the forums), Iím really at a loss. I mean it could be:

1. Something sharp on the legs of your pants
2. Shoes/boots (like cowboy boots or high boots)
3. Dragging a bag out of the car the same way every time
4. Something else in the passenger seat, which exits via the driverís door (a dog?)
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This is crazy. Considering how good the side bolsters look, these cracks seem unusual to me, especially for a 2017. They kind of look like cuts more than a crack that developed into a split. Now I understand why you're so pissed. I would be too.
It looks to me like the tears started out as tiny slices/cuts in the vinyl that worked into ugliness over time. Symmetrical pattern too, parallel, and similar lengths. No offense but are you a large man? Just wondering. I feel as the others have, so far. I don't think this is due to sun-baking. That should be a relative shady area there, below where your knees rest.
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It looks to me like the tears started out as tiny slices/cuts in the vinyl that worked into ugliness over time. Symmetrical pattern too, parallel, and similar lengths. No offense but are you a large man? Just wondering. I feel as the others have, so far. I don't think this is due to sun-baking. That should be a relative shady area there, below where your knees rest.
I don't know if I'd be considered "large"; 6'/225 lb...it's definitely gotten worse over time; a few months. My biggest question is how do I go about getting it repaired?
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Just put in a new seat extender.
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I don't know if I'd be considered "large"; 6'/225 lb...it's definitely gotten worse over time; a few months. My biggest question is how do I go about getting it repaired?
The cowboy boot thing is interesting. Do you know if you have ever let anyone drive your car who wore calf-length sequined cowboy boots? I'm not a cowboy but I am curious. I don't even know if there is such a thing.

Here is a sequin story for those of you who are bored waiting for New Years: Once I was at a car show with my new Corvette. We were parked a little ways from the band that was playing Country. To my horror I noticed a young thing with sequined jeans swaying to and fro to the music with her butt within inches of my left front fender, and her back pockets were sequined!! I rushed over and discretely asked her if she would kindly refrain from doing the bumpity-bump so close to my car. I was nice about it and she just laughed and looked embarrassed. No damage done to her ego or my fender, although her ending her rather sensuous swaying was a bittersweet experience. :-)

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