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Re: front seat fading issue

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I know it stinks that one would have to change the way they do things just because the manufacturer didnt make the side bolsters better, but it is what it is and my recommendation is to change the way you get in and out of the car. Been workin for me :-)
Do you have the WK2 with the Saddle upholstery? If so, what's your build date? Thanks.
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Re: front seat fading issue

any wearability issue that happens in a year or less than a year (or even 5 years for that matters) is a manufacturing or design defect in my opinion. doesn't matter how you get into or out of the car. maybe this comes into play at the 7-10 year mark but certainly not before 5 years.
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Re: front seat fading issue

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I will agree that this is way too early to be showing wear, but I will also say this. If you want your seats to last it is VERY important to get in and out of your car with care.
Honestly, I'd challenge this. Yes, you need to be reasonably careful, but the leather in a mass-produced road car (or SUV) should be able to hold up to the rigors of everyday use without showing wear for years. Ordinarily--and I've had a lot of cars with leather seats--this means periodically cleaning and conditioning the leather, but little else.

I'm an outsider here--still pondering the purchase decision--but I was at the Jeep dealer yesterday for a test drive. I've been leaning toward Saddle, but I checked out an Overland with a Saddle interior. It was pretty clearly visible that the dye was thinly applied; in looking closely at the grain of the seats, I could see the underlying undyed leather in the "valleys" of the graining. This was not apparent at all in the black or beige interiors. I don't fancy myself an expert in dying leather, but in the one example I looked at closely, it simply appeared that a very thin, superficial layer of dye was applied.

I love the look of Saddle, but I'm a little leery after taking a close look.
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Re: front seat fading issue

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I love the look of Saddle, but I'm a little leery after taking a close look.
yep - i probably would have gone with the saddle in my Overland until i heard about all the issues. and when i called the customer line at jeep they acted like they had never heard of the problem and weren't concerned at all.

i got black leather and am looking forward to it. the saddle is just a little too orange for me anyway i think, though i do like it.
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Re: front seat fading issue

Regularly use leather protection on your seat. Dry leather tends to fade and crack faster than treated leather. No different that your own skin.
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Re: front seat fading issue

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I will agree that this is way too early to be showing wear, but I will also say this. If you want your seats to last it is VERY important to get in and out of your car with care. I always cringe when I see people (even worse if your over weight) getting in and out of the car by putting all their weight on the bolsters then sliding over. I am not saying this is what you do, im only saying that in the long run it will keep your seats looking perfect. When I get in my cars I do not touch the side bolsters at all. I sit directly into the middle of the seat and so far every car I have ever owned the seats always look brand new. I know in a SUV that might be tough to do since you have to go up and into the seat, where as with my current car you go down into the seat.
I know it stinks that one would have to change the way they do things just because the manufacturer didnt make the side bolsters better, but it is what it is and my recommendation is to change the way you get in and out of the car. Been workin for me :-)
Smart guy! and I do this same thing..no bolster rubbing =)
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Re: front seat fading issue

smcoverland, my vehice was built in Feb of2011.

I took my vehicle to the dealer yesterday and they took pics of it and wll be in touch with me when they hear from Chrysler. While I was there, a gal heard me tell the service writer about my problem and she came up to me and told me was there for the same thing-except her seats were the light beige! It seems that Jeep has a problem on its hands!
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Re: front seat fading issue

Hey, you guys know it is not a full leather interior right?
Only the seating surfaces are leather. Everything else is vinyl.
If you look at the headrests, sides of the seat, back of seat. You can see it is a lighter colour and not the same material.
It even states it on the website. Leather seating surfaces. This was the same on my 96 Grand Cherokee too.
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20,000 miles in and my saddle seats look great. 3/2011 build
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Re: front seat fading issue

My summit has 11,000 miles on it and the side bolster on the front seats are shot. I did notice when I purchased the car that the leather seemed very dry, I just chalked it up to the 12% humidity in Colorado With only 200 miles on the car I hand rubbed in mink oil on every leather surface if the Jeep. The leather is very supple and felt in my opinion like it should have from the factory. However, with 2000 miles on the Jeep it began showing signs of wear, just as others have pointed out. This is not an abuse issue or an improper entry exit procedure, nor is it a lack of moisturizing, cleaning or conditioning. This is simply a case of piss poor material being placed in a super high traffic area. Plain and simple. It is a large enough problem that the covers are on National back order and Chrysler is replacing them relatively hassle free. I wouldn't be suprised I we don't see a TSB and a vendor switch by summer. Just my opinion....and you know what they say about opinions
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Re: front seat fading issue

Hello all. Just wanted to let you know that my dealer had my seats replaced. Boy, is this ever costing Chrysler! It was a tad over $1100.00 to do this!!! Still absolutely LOVE my Jeep!!! The best vehicle I ever owned!!! I hope all of you are just as happy!!!
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Add me to the club with fading seats.... Took the jeep in a month or so ago and they sent pics off to Chrysler who agreed to cover the seat...Well they replaced the bottom of the driver seat...Now the colors don't match up between bottom and the seat back and now the passenger seat which gets used maybe 20% of driving time is starting to show the same signs. We've had the Jeep just over a year and have about 20k miles on it. Just dropped it off this morning at the dealership to see what they have to say about the passenger seat and the driver seat bottom and back not matching....We'll see, and I will update with more info as I get it...
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