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Rear Seat Entrance Leather Wear

jomo25

Active Member
Mar 16, 2012
2,105
225
Scottsdale, AZ
I understand these are corners so they will get rubbed harder. But is that all that accounts for the enormous difference in wear between these pillars and the seats themselves? I mean will the seats themselves begin to look like this after another 6 months? Or are they using lower quality leather for these pieces?
 

Hut

Canada
Dec 7, 2012
171
55
Toronto
I am about to spec/order and this might make me change my order from leather to cloth. Do any of you recommend cloth instead ?
I think you still get leather in some of those areas.

Someone with cloth seats, please give us some input. Thanks!

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SKUFF sounds like a great product, but isn't really an answer for what is a design flaw for both the front and rear seat wear areas. I've written to GeorgeB who was already aware of this. We need to be certain to keep some pressure on the execs at TM because some of the service people have been told to advise owners that it isn't to be covered under warranty.
I have contacted Ownership Experience team on this issue as well. I'm awaiting for their response.
 

carrerascott

FUEL FTR
Nov 15, 2012
906
10
Charlottesville, Virginia
Any updates or word from Tesla on this?

My car is new and I went ahead and applied the SKUFF stuff to give it a shot. Maybe it will help, maybe not. But I definitely don't want my leather looking like crap on a $100k car within a year!
 

Todd Burch

Voltage makes me tingle.
Nov 3, 2009
7,909
29,474
Smithfield, VA
No issues for me with this yet (>2 months, 3500+ miles). But having said that, I AM aware of this so am careful not to scuff it up on entry/ exit.

For the record, I believe it is a design flaw and should be corrected under warranty. Not repaired (that's a bandaid) but a fix should be applied that stops the problem from happening.
 

Lou in SoCal

Member
Nov 12, 2012
61
0
SoCal
I applied Skuff as well which gives my black leather a shine even though I used the matte version. It's somewhat noticeable on the front driver/passenger sides because it's more open. The rears are not as noticeable. I don't know how well it works yet though.
 

carrerascott

FUEL FTR
Nov 15, 2012
906
10
Charlottesville, Virginia
I looked this morning and it did leave it looking a bit darker and shinier, thought certainly not bad. Best solution is to put it on the whole leather piece so it doesn't stand out so much. Whether it works or not? Only time will tell...

I applied Skuff as well which gives my black leather a shine even though I used the matte version. It's somewhat noticeable on the front driver/passenger sides because it's more open. The rears are not as noticeable. I don't know how well it works yet though.
 

Kaivball

Member
Jan 6, 2013
664
-1
Kalifornia
I looked this morning and it did leave it looking a bit darker and shinier, thought certainly not bad. Best solution is to put it on the whole leather piece so it doesn't stand out so much. Whether it works or not? Only time will tell...

Keep us posted. I am torn whether or not I should use it on my black leather when I get the car on Saturday.
 

Zapped

Model S - PURE EV
Aug 8, 2012
1,191
214
Work<->Home
I looked this morning and it did leave it looking a bit darker and shinier, thought certainly not bad. Best solution is to put it on the whole leather piece so it doesn't stand out so much. Whether it works or not? Only time will tell...
It's almost 2 weeks. How is the SKUFF holding out ? Appearance, photos ?
I just bought some but only put it on my golf shoes for now.
 

NigelM

Recovering Member
Apr 3, 2011
13,386
555
Northern Virginia
For newer cars it's worth noting that the design (front and rear entries) has been changed and the "corner" that was there has been cut back and rounded (my description). I don't know when the change was made but noticed it on VIN ~4800 when I was at the service center; was confirmed to me by the manager that the design had been modified at some point.
 

Ohms.Law

Member
Mar 28, 2012
94
1
Baltimore/Washington
@NigelM

That's huge news. While it may not be quite so welcomed by current owners, it sounds like an overall improvement. Now we need before and after pics. Anyone? I'd offer to start but, ahem, I need my (red) car first.
 

gsxrex

Member
Oct 6, 2012
140
2
NorCal
I can offer up after pics (P05718) tomorrow when I get my car back (I'm sure somebody will beat me to it though).

I do have to say that I'm 6', and like to drive with the seat farther back, and I've not had any issues touching the entrance leather on either the front or the rear. So either I'm doing something wrong, or something has changed.
 

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