Last post on Dec 24, 2006 at 4:35 PM
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Honda Accord, Sedan
#4 of 36 Re: Leather Questions [stanwelks]
Jul 17, 2006 (7:07 pm)
I ave a 1995 accord ex. It has leather and i live in miami. Yes it will hold some heat but there are some little things to do to prevent cracking ect.
You're buying about a $20-35k car. Spend an extra $10 on a sun shade (discount auto, CVS, Wal*mart, ect) to go across the windshield. This will keep the seats, steering wheel and dash from being able to fry eggs, cook chicken or steam vegetables.
Get your windows tinted. Doesn't have to be the $300 one from honda but the place on the side of the street saying $45 will do great. It'll keep the overall cabin cooler and make it harder for people to see into your car.
Staying about 5-30minutes in a place, vent the sunroof. I'll help keep the stale hot air out and fresh are will be ready for you. Alot longer, Close the roof and sunshade.
Keep a small towel over the seats. It'll keep some heat out. Do this for the rear, especially over the headrests. Cracking causes the most damage there.
Avoid Black cars!! Its seems silly but black attracts much more heat than a lighter color. Personally, a dark green, nice gold, or grey will be nice. Avoid Red (police attention getters), White (dirt shower), silver (strange but is THE hardest color to see in rain) and black (the heat grabber). But thats just my opinion (except for red, black and silver)
These are good tips for keeping a car cooler. Combine all and you beat some serious heat!! Even in miami except for miami Hope these tips help and good luck with the Accord!!
#5 of 36 Re: Leather Questions [stanwelks]
Jul 18, 2006 (9:11 am)
My reason for liking cloth over leather would be longevity of cloth. I've seen many leather seats that were in terrable condition after 5-7 years. I keep a car for over 10 years, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
I guess there is always the option of having them repaired when they need it.
#6 of 36 Re: Leather Questions [mrbill1957]
Jul 18, 2006 (4:37 pm)
If the quality is anything like my 1996, you have nothing to worry about. My car has never been garage kept, and I have no tears to speak of in my cloth, and only minor fading to speak of.
This doesn't look bad considering it's had 163,000 miles worth of butts in the seats, right? (BTW, the lighting is bad, the seats aren't as light as they look in the pics).
#7 of 36 Re: Leather Questions [thegraduate]
Jul 18, 2006 (4:57 pm)
My 88 Accord cloth seats look as good as yours. It's the leather in my 04 that I'm worried about.
#8 of 36 Re: Leather Questions [mrbill1957]
Jul 18, 2006 (8:08 pm)
I've seen leather seats that are 10 years old and still look great. You have to take care of them though. Regular cleaning and a good protectant are a must. I plan on mine lasting for a long time... hopefully it will work out.
#9 of 36 Re Leather Question
Jul 19, 2006 (7:30 am)
In my 06 sedan I have black leather seats. I have used Lexol a couple of times to protect them. We recently returned from a trip to the Raleigh NC area. Temperatures were in the uppers 80s to low 90s. I was pleasantly surprised that the seats were not extremely hot.
#10 of 36 Re: Leather Questions [stanwelks]
Jul 19, 2006 (3:22 pm)
...1. How is the quality of the leather interior? It seems nice, though is it good quality?
2. Are there any reasons why leather may not be a good choice? Example: it retains heat during the Summer, etc.
...Yo, another first time leather dude here......
1. After 16,500 miles no complaints (05 AV6 6M)
2. I try and use some of Autoboy16's guidance......
Sunshade (I park in the shade too)...but were the truth to be known...........the leather just don't seem to get that hot........ For the winter, there are seat warmers. I don't use them here in the state capital.....no need.
..all in all, seems like a good choice so far.....
Jul 19, 2006 (3:36 pm)
IMO, leather seats can last as long (if not longer) than cloth seats. Its the vinyl seats that hold excessive heat and tear easily. The leather is still apart of the car and needs almost as much attention as the engine bay if you want to keep good the leather as least 10 years. Have you ever seen an old Mercedes-Benz 300E recently? The leather in that model stays flawless most likely because of its good quality or because the people took good care of the leather. Honda's leather is of better than average quality. Just wish they'd add some pizzaz to the exterior...