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Perforated leather seat quality - 2014 Overland

Leather seats issue... I have a 14 Overland and I am concerned on the quality of the perforated seating. The durability is terrible. I have 2 spots now that when wiped down actually caused the shine to go away, like the top layer comes off. Only a few thousand miles and durability issues on the seats?? What about after 50k? Dealership took photo of seat and sent it to Jeep to determine if they will replace, not holding my breath. In any case, is anyone else not pleased with the perforated section of their seats?
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Did you use any cleaners with any chemical in them. As it is the Overland this is Nappa Leather and there are some care instructions about the seats etc. Just so I can understand the situation.
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Did you use any cleaners with any chemical in them. As it is the Overland this is Nappa Leather and there are some care instructions about the seats etc. Just so I can understand the situation.
Just a leather cleaner. The rest of the seat is fine, just a spot. Dealer tried to do something and now the area is turning a little yellowish. My seats are black in color. Leather is soft however does not appear to be very durable.
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Just a leather cleaner. The rest of the seat is fine, just a spot. Dealer tried to do something and now the area is turning a little yellowish. My seats are black in color. Leather is soft however does not appear to be very durable.
It is a real, good quality leather. It will wrinkle and wear like a good quality leather. Sounds to me like there was a problem with yours, IMHO. I have been in and out of a lot of these and the leather has been holding up pretty nicely.
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It is a real, good quality leather. It will wrinkle and wear like a good quality leather. Sounds to me like there was a problem with yours, IMHO. I have been in and out of a lot of these and the leather has been holding up pretty nicely.
Great to know... I will push a little harder for a replacement as it appears this may be a quality issue with my seat. Thanks
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Jeep warns against strong cleaners. Could be the dealer did the damage.

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Re: Perforated leather seat quality - 2014 Overland

In the short amount of experience I have with the nappa leather, I found them to be very durable... two small children can do a lot of damage, and they held up, and cleaned up very well.

If you dealer sent info/pics in to Jeep, then hopefully they will do something for you... I think they are pretty good about responding to their dealers.
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In the short amount of experience I have with the nappa leather, I found them to be very durable... two small children can do a lot of damage, and they held up, and cleaned up very well.

If you dealer sent info/pics in to Jeep, then hopefully they will do something for you... I think they are pretty good about responding to their dealers.
I hope they do the right thing. After more research it appears there is a urethane covering on the leather. This cover is what looks like a top layer and is what is coming off of my seat. Not sure how but possibly an error in the leather process itself. Hope I am the only one with a problem...
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Re: Perforated leather seat quality - 2014 Overland

I've used BICKS on leather and it worked great. Not harsh at all.
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Re: Perforated leather seat quality - 2014 Overland

Been using Lexol conditioner and cleaner with no damage to my seats.
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Re: Perforated leather seat quality - 2014 Overland

Lexol conditioner on my 2014 GC Overland and they are holding up very well. Over 5000 miles on them so far. I have not used a cleaner on them yet as they only need a conditioner. I use leather cleaners very sparingly as they are harsher. You should only use a leather conditioner if you truly don't need to clean them. You should also keep them conditioned to prevent excessive wrinkling and then cracking. Dry air and heat can kill leather. A cleaner usually won't help with this (which is why they make a conditioner).

Hope Jeep replaces your seat(s). Take a pic if you can and post it so we can see what they are doing.
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Re: Perforated leather seat quality - 2014 Overland

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I hope they do the right thing. After more research it appears there is a urethane covering on the leather. This cover is what looks like a top layer and is what is coming off of my seat. Not sure how but possibly an error in the leather process itself. Hope I am the only one with a problem...
Probably why Jeep says;

"Your leather upholstery can be best preserved by regular
cleaning with a damp soft cloth. Small particles of dirt
can act as an abrasive and damage the leather upholstery
and should be removed promptly with a damp cloth.
Stubborn soils can be removed easily with a soft cloth
and MOPARŪ Total Clean. Care should be taken to avoid
soaking your leather upholstery with any liquid. Please
do not use polishes, oils, cleaning fluids, solvents, detergents,
or ammonia-based cleaners to clean your leather
upholstery. Application of a leather conditioner is not
required to maintain the original condition."

Putting leather conditioner on the plastic (urethane) coating does nothing to preserve the leather. But it does make people feel good, and that's ok too.


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