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Model 3 seats wearing out early?

Have you experienced accelerated wear on your seats?


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Jedi2155

Model 3 has Arrived.
Jul 6, 2018
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Upland, CA
It seems my seats are starting to crack in areas where there could not possibly be any abrasion by me. I'm at ~25,000 miles and I have one of the earliest white seats in the Model 3 (August 2018 build). Something doesn't seem right about this. I have not used any abrasive cleaner with the occasion WATER only wiping approximately every 3-5 months.

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linux-works

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Dec 23, 2019
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reminds me of the bmw's I had (328 and e36 m3). I wear jeans to work (well, ever day, actually) and both of those bmw's had excessive wear, just like your photos. it was a known problem and if you were lucky, bmw would replace one for you under goodwill, but it would not be a repeat gw gift after that. those were all leather seats (beige on 328 and black on m3) and neither one wore well; both looked like crap from just the driver getting in and out. 2 years or less to get to that level of wear.

otoh, 15 years of vw passat with leather and that didn't flake off at all.

expensive car: had problems. cheap vw: no problems.

can't really say its about leather or even perceived cost of car. its hit and miss.
 

TLLMRRJ

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Dec 19, 2019
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Houston
We have a family member that is 4'11" and less than 100 lbs, and she is a tasmanian devil when it comes to destroying things and doing damage. I am 6'1" and 215, and my seat bolsters and cushions on my cars never age.

But I pay attention when I am getting in and out of cars and how I sit in the car to make sure I am not doing any damage. The other one does not.
 

aplusautoMD

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White seats sure do look cool...I don’t know how anyone would expect them to look new after a month. If you’re worried about it, I would get seat covers, or never ever wear jeans or anything with buttons on them while driving. Maybe here’s an opportunity for someone to make microfiber driving pants for people who wanted white seats
 

SMAlset

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Mar 4, 2017
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SF Bay Area
OP notice your stitching is also discolored in your last photo of the bolstered side edges. No way that can be from wear in the crevice there. I would be guessing here that it was from cleaning and transferring of some substance. The other damage looks like abrasion damage.

As for the side cracking, have you used a leather cleaner or some sort of chemical on the material. If so it can dry the material out and eventually crack the surface. I suppose too much water and getting too wet could do the same thing. Has your car been cleaned/detailed by someone else perhaps who could have used the wrong thing to clean it?

Had my Model 3 for over a year, black interior, and looks good. I’m in and out of it daily. I have two small creases in the driver’s side bolster area, likely from getting in and out of it over time, but something I’d expect. Really happy with the seats so far. I did start with Easy Entry from the beginning and recommend everyone using.
 
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XLR82XS

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Jul 26, 2019
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White seats sure do look cool...I don’t know how anyone would expect them to look new after a month. If you’re worried about it, I would get seat covers, or never ever wear jeans or anything with buttons on them while driving. Maybe here’s an opportunity for someone to make microfiber driving pants for people who wanted white seats
White is recommended by Tesla. My 3 and sister's 2017 S have zero wear issues and look just as good as new well after a month.
 

mswlogo

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Aug 27, 2018
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MA, NH
It seems my seats are starting to crack in areas where there could not possibly be any abrasion by me. I'm at ~25,000 miles and I have one of the earliest white seats in the Model 3 (August 2018 build). Something doesn't seem right about this. I have not used any abrasive cleaner with the occasion WATER only wiping approximately every 3-5 months.

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Holy smoke, that's really bad. My 1 year old Model 3 with 9K miles, black seats looked brand new.
I'd really love to know if white "leather-ette" is the same as the black. I keep getting mixed messages, soft say white is "softer".
I would try and baulk with Tesla, that should not be happening.
Needing seat covers is ridiculous.

Your tearing reminds me of Bjorn showing the condition of his white Perforated Model X seats

 

Jedi2155

Model 3 has Arrived.
Jul 6, 2018
1,691
1,450
Upland, CA
Are you rubbing hard against the side bolsters on entry or exit? If you're a larger person, I could see how this might be unavoidable. I'm pretty small so I doubt this will be an issue for me. Good info on the seats in this thread.

I'm 5'8" ~160 lbs but yes I am rubbing against the bolsters. I am surprised by the cracking on the seat cushion. For those asking if I've been using chemicals to clean, I very rarely clean my seats maybe 2-4x total over the life of the car and never with chemicals (only water).

Holy smoke, that's really bad. My 1 year old Model 3 with 9K miles, black seats looked brand new.
I'd really love to know if white "leather-ette" is the same as the black. I keep getting mixed messages, soft say white is "softer".
I would try and baulk with Tesla, that should not be happening.
Needing seat covers is ridiculous.

Your tearing reminds me of Bjorn showing the condition of his white Perforated Model X seats


This is quite interesting thanks for posting that.
 

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