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Vegan seat wear and sagging

Discussion in 'Model S' started by S777, Jun 17, 2018.

  1. S777

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    Hi,

    I'm just about to pull the trigger on ordering a 75D S and the last decision is on the seats and looking for some advice.

    I was previously set on the multi pattern in large part due to cost but my wife really would prefer the "leather" option.

    My concern is that even on low mileage used examples I've seen, the leather looked kind of saggy and worn out. The aren't many used examples with the vegan seats to see if they are suffering similar issues so I'd appreciate hearing any anecdotal evidence one way or the other.

    Also, I'm planning to pick up some arachnid wheels if possible so if anyone in the UK is one referral away from earning some that they want to sell then I'd be very interested in doing a deal...
     
  2. jbooker

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    I have textile and couldn't be happier on my 2018 75D. Prefer them over leather any day. First non leather seats for me in a car in 20 years. They are cool in the summer, look great and will be better in the winter. Can't go wrong either way imo.
     
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  3. morepower

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    I am impressed with the cream vegan option. I have 8200 miles over almost 9 months and they look like the day a bought it. Previous cars have been leather and have all showed a few stretch marks and wrinkles by this point.

    I was a little bummed at first when I found out Tesla went vegan but my experience has changed my mind.
     
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  4. Tes La Ferrari

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    The black textile is amazing... very well done, and no sagging after 10 months. Highly recommend it.

    I haven’t tried the other vegan options so can’t say what they’re like.

    I can say that in a bmw I owned years ago, I ordered the leatherette ( vegan leather) and it wore way better - orders of magnitude better - than the leather versions I had also owned from them.

    The leatherette looked like new 10 years on with no sagging - loved it!!

    It got to the point where I would custom order any bmw I bought as the top model without leather which would require a factory order - as the dealers would always wonder why I would do that... but it tended to result in higher resale values and a much nicer looking interior years later with no cracking
     
  5. S777

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    Thanks, that's really encouraging as I have seen some stertching on cars with just a couple of thousand miles on, which certainly hasn't been the case with BMW's I've owned in recent years
     
  6. Axael

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    I've got the white vegan seats in my MS. It's only about 15 months now, but I drove 30k kilometers. They're like new, except for the bottom of the headrest which has a bit of color transfer from wearing dark hoodies and tshirts everyday. ;)
     
  7. S777

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    White seats is a brave choice with little kids :) Don't trust mine at all, so they'll be black either way I think
     
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  8. Axael

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    Well, I trusted Tesla on the "stain resistant" advertisement of the white interior... :D
    Now, I'm leaving a seat protection between the child seats and the car seats.
     
  9. TSLA Pilot

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    Actually, the Ultra White seats are very, very easy to clean. A "Magic Eraser" type of sponge removes any marks quite quickly. They're really quite impressive.

    We've got two Ultra White interiors in both of our 2017 MS's, intentionally ordered to replace to older MS's simply to reward Tesla when they shifted to GHG-reducing, cruelty-free, vegan interiors. See these sites for more details:

    Facts and Sources

    14 Things the Leather Industry Doesn't Want You to See

    No issues, no sagging, no tearing and we LOVE them.

    We even got the very rare cooled seating up front, which Tesla has FINALLY returned for 2018 (but only for the P models).

    Either way, they show far, far less wear than we found in our BMW leather-ette seats, let alone any car we've ever had (purchased used) that had leather seats.

    You'll be thrilled with them.
     
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  10. Axael

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    Yeah, I've got the cooled front seats as well, and I love that feature. It's definitely not the best cooled seat ever, but it does its job quite well enough for me.

    Thanks for the tip concerning the "magic eraser" sponge @TSLA Pilot , will try that on the only small color transfer I've got on my driver seat.
     
  11. ucmndd

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    My hunch is that many of those seats looked like that at zero miles. Some of the early examples should have never left the factory and they still turn out some duds. There are a few threads on here about it.
     
  12. AnonNJ

    AnonNJ Cooking the battery with max power!

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    Be cautious using the Magic Eraser type sponges. They are abrasive and remove the protective coatings on the seat. A mild dye free dish soap (note dish soap is very different than dish detergent) on a microfiber cloth with get nearly everything out without damage.
     
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  13. Pistol426pete

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    HI, are you still in the market for Arachnid wheels? I have a set in the UK for sale, asking £3500.
     

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