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Offline Buzz

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Seat Wear
« on: October 01, 2020, 01:04:18 pm »
Hello folks. :wave:

I'm looking out for a nice car at the moment (a manual, I tried both and didn't like the automatic - the manual was more reminiscent  of the Honda S2000s I had some years ago).

A common issue seems to be wear on the driver's seat bolsters, where the seatback meets the cushion, obviously from entering and exiting the car.  I've seen some bad ones with only 7,000 miles on them. Dealers tend to avoid showing this area in photos if it's worn so I ask them to send close-ups, which has saved me a few journeys to view cars. 

Which bits of the seat are actually leather? I've even had one dealer tell me that the seats are all vinyl. And their definition of "minor wear" is very different to mine!

The S2000s seats suffered from wear if you weren't careful, but that was more creasing of the cushion bolster than the surface being worn off, especially the last couple of years of production when they moved to a lesser quality (thinner) leather.

Thanks for any info.

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    Offline Tony Sim

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    Re: Seat Wear
    « Reply #1 on: October 04, 2020, 09:04:10 am »
    Hi Buzz,

    The Abarth 124 seats are all leather and as you say the side bolsters do wear. I first read about this when I had 3,000 miles on my car which made me check mine. My seat was already starting to wear but now I am aware I take more care getting in and out and have used a magic market to fill in the wear area. It looks fine now.

    Good luck with your search for a 124, you will not be disappointed with it!

    Cheers.




    Offline Buzz

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    Re: Seat Wear
    « Reply #2 on: October 05, 2020, 09:26:39 am »
    Thanks, Tony.

    I had what was supposedly an immaculate grey manual one lined up for viewing this week in Norwich (6 hours away). Turns out it's actually an auto. Maybe I should try another auto one.


    Offline Ponsonby

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    Re: Seat Wear
    « Reply #3 on: October 05, 2020, 11:18:35 pm »
    Hi Buzz
    I picked mine up on Friday. 13K miles, immaculate and no wear on bolster. I also looked at a couple that had wear on the bolster even at only a few thousand miles. If that is the only issue with your perfect car then send a picture to a seat restore and get a quote  they can work wonders. Then negotiate it off the price. Wait for a manual if that is what you want. Mine is only a toy so manual was a must. I could not find the spec I wanted but told my local Abarth dealer and they found one for me - they have access to Fiat group stock. Dealer was Mangoletsi in Knutsford.

    Offline Tony Sim

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    Re: Seat Wear
    « Reply #4 on: October 06, 2020, 08:22:17 am »
    Thanks, Tony.

    I had what was supposedly an immaculate grey manual one lined up for viewing this week in Norwich (6 hours away). Turns out it's actually an auto. Maybe I should try another auto one.

    Hi Buzz,

    I would hold out for a manual if that’s what you really want. Many are coming onto the market at the end of the lease period.

    I have just purchased mine at the end of my two year lease. They had some amazing leasing deals but many ended this year.

    Offline Buzz

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    Re: Seat Wear
    « Reply #5 on: October 06, 2020, 09:41:34 am »
    I've decided to stick with looking for a manual.

    I've contacted one seat restorer, sent a photo of one I've looked at (worn seat cushion side and lesser wear on the seat back, but some fraying of the stiching - I'd say overall towards the botom of the wear scale compared with some) and it was estimated at £200 to £250, so I now have a good idea I think of the cost.

    Some people probably wouldn't even blink at this typical wear but this is my retirement toy so I'm fussy!

    Offline Ponsonby

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    Re: Seat Wear
    « Reply #6 on: October 06, 2020, 11:25:42 am »
    I've decided to stick with looking for a manual.

    I've contacted one seat restorer, sent a photo of one I've looked at (worn seat cushion side and lesser wear on the seat back, but some fraying of the stiching - I'd say overall towards the botom of the wear scale compared with some) and it was estimated at £200 to £250, so I now have a good idea I think of the cost.

    Some people probably wouldn't even blink at this typical wear but this is my retirement toy so I'm fussy!

    No harm in being fussy - I'm a perfectionist regarding my cars too. As a previous poster said, lots coming to market now as they come to the end of their 2 year contracts. Well worth contacting your local dealer with your wish list - they will know what cars are coming back into the system, not just ones they have sold but from the Fiat group in general. Over the last few years I have owned much more expensive, and much faster cars, but already love the Abarth 124. The wait for the right one will be worth it.

     

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