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Re: Leather Seat Quality Experience MY 2013

Conditioner for leathers: a debate for sure.

I have found that if it is used once in a while, you are OK. In my past cars where I used ziano conditioner once in a while, I had decent luck with wear. I am not much a fan of how quickly creases formed, and makes the seat look worn prematurely - in MY opinion. I condition every so often (major cleanings only at season changes) - and I think that the decision of the leather supplier was more financially based when sourcing the supplier. My $0.02.
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Re: Leather Seat Quality Experience MY 2013

I have 23K on my Saddle interior Overland. I use Meguiars Leather Wipes once and a while and it seems to do the trick. A leather seat will develop some creases and wear by its very nature. I think over conditioning is just as bad as never conditioning. The Meguiars wipes seems to restore the seats each time and do a pretty good job of protecting them.
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Re: Leather Seat Quality Experience MY 2013

'11 Overland with black leather - looks great still, virtually no wear at all.

Part of the reason people get wear on them is because they're fat. The Jeep seats are designed to hug you, and as a result are a little tighter than most SUVs. Fat people will end up sitting on the bolsters, which will stretch and crack and wear them.

I use Lexol on my seats every few months. The stuff works great, better than all the other (more expensive) leather care I've used from detailing brands (Meguiar's, Zaino, etc.) I figure those guys make good stuff for paint, but it's better to stick with a company that focuses in leather for my leather.

From what I saw, most of the leather issues seemed to center around the Saddle interior.
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Re: Leather Seat Quality Experience MY 2013

23,500 miles on the Laredo X and the black leather looks great. I do doubt however that much of these seats are indeed leather...they feel very vinyl-esque to me.
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Re: Leather Seat Quality Experience MY 2013

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2012 Overland with saddle here. I think the leather is amazing quality I had no issues and it looked like new right up until I sold it at 9,200 miles. It's definitely better quality than what's in my 2008 Acura.
Granted I'm not fat and don't scrape my ass with jeans across my side bolsters when I get in and out, but regardless it's been great. I am very happy with the leather in my overland.
Just out of curiosity, why did you get rid of it at 9,200?
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Re: Leather Seat Quality Experience MY 2013

2012 GC Summit with 11,000 miles. Seats,dash,etc all look great. No wear or fading at all. Very happy with the leather quality. I use Lexol cleaner every 3 months and conditioner every 6. No problems on any car I used Lexol on.
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Re: Leather Seat Quality Experience MY 2013

I have a 2012 Overland in Canada. I specifically wanted the Saddle interior and I ordered the vehicle with it. It was a very early build and it was delivered in September 2011. After about 3 months I noticed the driver's side seat bottom and back were both showing signs of the coating on the leather flaking. Contrary to another posters opinion, the problem has Zero to do with being fat or jeans with rivets. I am not even close to fat and my jeans do not have rivets. I've had leather in all of my cars for 40 years and this is the first time that I have seen this kind of a problem with leather. The quality of the finish is the problem. Both the bottom and top were replaced by the dealer with no questions asked. However the replacement bottom cover had excess leather and developed two creases. It is now waiting for another replacement. Both problems would be attributable to supplier issues. Am I disappointed, for sure. But, the leather colour is my favourite and I wouldn't trade it for another colour.
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Re: Leather Seat Quality Experience MY 2013

The medium greystone in my 2013 Laredo X has signs of premature wear on the bolster. This is caused simply by my exiting and entering the vehicle. It's an 8 inch drop and I end up sliding out of the seat. The color is going, the leather is fraying. This is premature wear under nomal use. I only have 7,900 miles on the thing. My dealer claims they can easily replace the leather, but these are the same guys that it took 5 trips to ATTEMPT to replace a broken cupholder in the front console, which I eventually repaired myself.

So, I did some research, and found a company that makes a kit that allows you to: 1) repair damage; 2) redye/recolor; 3) Match the sheen with cross linking top coats. The kit is color-matched to our Jeeps. It is available as a liquid for those of us that want to apply with a sponge brush or airbrush, OR it is also available as an aerosol. I am ordering a kit to make the repair myself in Medium Greystone. When you order your kit, you pick whichever version you want, and enter your color code from a palette of colors.

The finishes are water-based urethane, which should be super durable and be as good as what's on the seats from the factory. Will let you all know how it turns out.
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Re: Leather Seat Quality Experience MY 2013

It's under warranty, but here in Massachusetts, we passed a new law that allows us to get repairs anywhere and not risk voiding the warranty. I can even have warranty work done at any local garage, and my dealer was talking refinishing anyway. Besides, I've made repairs like this even to my old Mercedes, and do quite well.
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Re: Leather Seat Quality Experience MY 2013

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The medium greystone in my 2013 Laredo X has signs of premature wear on the bolster. This is caused simply by my exiting and entering the vehicle. It's an 8 inch drop and I end up sliding out of the seat. The color is going, the leather is fraying. This is premature wear under nomal use. I only have 7,900 miles on the thing. My dealer claims they can easily replace the leather, but these are the same guys that it took 5 trips to ATTEMPT to replace a broken cupholder in the front console, which I eventually repaired myself.

So, I did some research, and found a company that makes a kit that allows you to: 1) repair damage; 2) redye/recolor; 3) Match the sheen with cross linking top coats. The kit is color-matched to our Jeeps. It is available as a liquid for those of us that want to apply with a sponge brush or airbrush, OR it is also available as an aerosol. I am ordering a kit to make the repair myself in Medium Greystone. When you order your kit, you pick whichever version you want, and enter your color code from a palette of colors.

The finishes are water-based urethane, which should be super durable and be as good as what's on the seats from the factory. Will let you all know how it turns out.


Is your Jeep still under warranty? If so you may want to let the dealer try & make the repair. If your concerned about prior issues you've had at your dealership then maybe try another dealer. I only mention this because you may void the warranty by trying to make the repair yourself. If your no longer under warranty then I can see why you may want to try the repair on your own. Hope you get this fixed either way.
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Re: Leather Seat Quality Experience MY 2013

I had my drivers side seat bottom replaced in my 2012 Overland after six months. The outside edge; while granted does take most of the wear when getting in or out, was cracking and was visibly worn. I've had the replacement on for almost a year and the new cover shows no signs of wear. I suspect it was just a bad batch of seat covers from the supplier and the dealer didn't seem surprised by the damage and replaced it right away. I have the grey leather interior in mine.
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Re: Leather Seat Quality Experience MY 2013

I noticed 2 cracks in my tan leather driver side seat cushion yesterday on the 2011 Limited....not happy with that. Whether people are large or small, the seat surface should be reinforced as continuously getting in and out of a vehicle is not something new..... my experiences with Ford and BMW never had cracking just after 2 years....or longer.

For a 2 year old vehicle (with 60K miles), I've been at the dealer more than when I bought my new 1999 Super Duty Lariat (which had leather seats and no cracks or tears after 11 years of hard use and 220,000 miles). It is disappointing.
Unfortunately this will be an out of pocket repair as the Chrysler extended warranty will not cover the interior.
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