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Old 02-19-2012, 07:14 PM   #1
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Default 4500 and already see wear on leather on my seat.

Hey, everyone. Just curious to know how durable or problematic the STI interiors are. I have a 2011 STI base with 4500 miles on it. I was cleaning the car few days ago and already see a crease on the side of the seat. The area toward the driver side door on my thigh area.

Does subaru have any warranty regarding this and what products do you recommend for leather care and durability? thanks.
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Old 02-19-2012, 08:03 PM   #2
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Leather seats will crease.

If you don't want this to happen, you need to replace the leather with vinyl.

You could also source custom seats with shell cordovan leather, which will not crease. Keep in mind that shell cordovan adds $300 to the cost of a pair of penny loafers, so I imagine seats would run thousands of dollars.

Just keep the leather clean and conditioned and make sure the dye doesn't come off in a decade or so of use.
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Old 02-19-2012, 08:39 PM   #3
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I cant believe how anal some people are about their cars.
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:14 PM   #4
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Am I being anal? LOL Maybe the term crease was an understatement. I meant crease as in that certain area being a bit flat. As in cars with high mileage, you see the sides of the seats pushed/flattened out.

I made this post just in case there was some things I needed to look out for.
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:38 PM   #5
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The Subaru STi is a car designed to be quick and nippy. Fun to drive. Its not supposed to really have a high class interior or anything like that.
I mean, for what we get out of our cars, they are relatively cheap.

We are paying for A) the name STi and B) the performance.

If you are worried about how your car looks etc to this extent, get a BMW or something with a little more class. You obviously are NOT enjoying your car for what it is meant to be enjoyed for.

I stopped worrying about my car the day I barrel rolled a 1998 STi over a hedge in the UK at 109MPH. Landed back on the wheels without hitting any body work. Broke the front suspension and bumper. That was it. Still drive like a boss after I switched it out.
Go have fun!
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:54 PM   #6
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Am I being anal? LOL Maybe the term crease was an understatement. I meant crease as in that certain area being a bit flat. As in cars with high mileage, you see the sides of the seats pushed/flattened out.

I made this post just in case there was some things I needed to look out for.
The only thing you should watch for are patches of severe wear. Anything else is a normal part of aging and use.
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:30 AM   #7
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Hey, everyone. Just curious to know how durable or problematic the STI interiors are. I have a 2011 STI base with 4500 miles on it. I was cleaning the car few days ago and already see a crease on the side of the seat. The area toward the driver side door on my thigh area.

Does subaru have any warranty regarding this and what products do you recommend for leather care and durability? thanks.
For the drivers seat i use a seat cover, heavy duty cover, it has been my lucky charm for many years, and protects the seat from the abuse of the driver getting in and out, in and out.....

As for protecting the leather, I used Autoglym Leather cream in the UK, and still use it now, (although it is now called leather care balm) I have family and friends bring me out supplies of Autoglym products when they come to visit.



As you might not be able to get Autoglym, just a get a leather cream (not cleaner) from a company you trust, as with everything you get what you pay for.
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Old 02-20-2012, 01:17 PM   #8
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For the drivers seat i use a seat cover, heavy duty cover, it has been my lucky charm for many years, and protects the seat from the abuse of the driver getting in and out, in and out.....
Covers can interfere with your side airbag.
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Old 02-20-2012, 01:31 PM   #9
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Post up a picture of the seat. Its probably just normal wear and tear
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:36 PM   #10
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buy leather cpr, bring color to the crease
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Old 02-23-2012, 03:59 PM   #11
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Am I being anal? LOL Maybe the term crease was an understatement. I meant crease as in that certain area being a bit flat. As in cars with high mileage, you see the sides of the seats pushed/flattened out.

I made this post just in case there was some things I needed to look out for.
....anal? I don't think so. Noticing "wear and tear" on seats with only 4500 miles on the odometer might be a little concerning to me as well (depending on what exactly it is you're noticing). It makes sense that you would be worried about long-term issues especially in those particular areas you are already noticing wear.

Do you have pictures? Not exactly knowing what the damage looks like my first suggestion would be to think about potential causes. ….like how you enter and leave the vehicle, clothing with items that may abrade (i.e. rivets, Velcro, buttons, etc.), items you might regularly carry in your pockets, etc. As for leather care, there probably isn’t much else you can do other than routine cleaning and perhaps the occasional application of a protectant on those surfaces. I currently use Leather Masters products for periodic deeper cleanings/protection but will simply vacuum and wipe down with a dampened towel (either with water or a light cleaner like Meguiars QID or 1Z CP). Cleanliness is key with leather.

Are these the seats with Alcantara inserts and leather bolsters or “all leather” surfaces? I’m not that familiar with the newer Subaru models. I do know that car manufacturers will sometimes state “leather trimmed” for seats that have (for example) bolsters that are vinyl while parts like the inserts are leather. Again, I don’t know what the case is for your application.
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