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Old 01-31-2013, 03:15 PM
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Change in recent leather quality from 2011?

Not sure if anyone has noticed, but my 2011 has different leather then the 2013 and I assume the 2014, not sure about the 2012. I had my driver side seat cover replaced due to cracking. The replacement is a softer leather, same color shade thankfully, the bolsters seem smaller however. Its not the harder/shiny leather which remains on the back of the seat or any of my other seats. I went to a 2013 in the lot and noticed this new softer leather. Does anyone know if 2012 is the same leather as 2011 or is it the same as the 2013 leather? I would have thought they would still have some 2011 leather left over to at least match the rest already in the vehicle else they were having problems.

If you've never noticed, go look at a 2013 overland if you have a 2011 overland. You'll understand the subtle difference.
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Re: Change in recent leather quality from 2011?

Hmmm they changed cows?

Wasn't there issues with the leather in 2011s where it would crack and/or ripple? Maybe Jeep noticed this and changed where they got the leather from?
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Re: Change in recent leather quality from 2011?

Was your claim covered under warranty?
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Was your claim covered under warranty?
Yes it was as it cracked.
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Re: Change in recent leather quality from 2011?

I just went from a 2011 to 2013 and I noticed a huge difference in quality. But it also could be that I went from a laredo to a limited.
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Re: Change in recent leather quality from 2011?

Any idea why it cracked in the first place? You have me worried now!
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The leather in my 2012 limited is not so great compared to other vehicles I've owned. Makes me nervous about the long term reliability.
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Re: Change in recent leather quality from 2011?

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Not sure if anyone has noticed, but my 2011 has different leather then the 2013 and I assume the 2014, not sure about the 2012. I had my driver side seat cover replaced due to cracking. The replacement is a softer leather, same color shade thankfully, the bolsters seem smaller however. Its not the harder/shiny leather which remains on the back of the seat or any of my other seats. I went to a 2013 in the lot and noticed this new softer leather. Does anyone know if 2012 is the same leather as 2011 or is it the same as the 2013 leather? I would have thought they would still have some 2011 leather left over to at least match the rest already in the vehicle else they were having problems.

If you've never noticed, go look at a 2013 overland if you have a 2011 overland. You'll understand the subtle difference.

This is from the Jeep website for the Overland under standard features.

Seating
  • Leather-Trimmed Seats with Edge Welting
  • Pwr 8-Way Driver Seat w/Memory and 8-Way Pass Seat
  • Driver / Passenger Power 4-Way Lumbar Adjust
  • Ventilated Front Seats
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Heated Second-Row Seats
  • Rear 60 / 40 Folding Seat
  • Memory for Radio, Driver Seat and Mirrors
It seems leather trimmed seats are where the face of the seats is real leather, but the sides and back are a high quality matching vinyl.
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Re: Change in recent leather quality from 2011?

My 2012 has nice soft matte leather. Really no shine to it. I hate shiny leather. Mine is a June 2012 build. Its also been holding up well and there is no visible difference between the leather on bolsters and centers.
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