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Old 03-16-2007   #1
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Leather seat covers or actual 5.5 gen OEM leather seats?

Sup guys, I have cloth seats right now in my 5.5 and I must say they are VERY comfy. When I was first shopping around for a maxima, I wanted leather. But after getting this, I realized that cloth seats and Maxima cloth seats are two totally different things. For those of you who have them or have sat in them, you know what I'm talking about. While I still love my cloth seats, Im looking into leather now. Leather just looks so much more hot and I can get used to the stickiness of leather in the summer and the cold feeling it gives in the winter so thats not a problem.

Heres my problem: Leatherseats.com offers nice leather seat covers (in 1-tone, 2-tone with different designs) for around $700 (approx). Installation would be another $200-$300. So thats roughly $1000 I would spend. I do not believe leatherseats.com offers door panel covers also, so that would not look right. Or, I can try to find a complete leather interior from a 5.5gen. This would be hard because I need tan only so it matches my headliner, dash, etc. I also dont know how much this would cost. Btw, I also have heated seats. Yes, I know, heated cloth seats?!?!?


So Im just looking for some opinions. What would come out cheaper in terms of price? How good is the quality of the seat covers compared to the actual OEM leather seats? Thanks guys

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Re: Leather seat covers or actual 5.5 gen OEM leather seats?

Rahul i had oem leather i love them felt great and very confortable my friend has a 00 se with cloth they are confortable as well but i would settle for leather any day.
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Re: Leather seat covers or actual 5.5 gen OEM leather seats?

Dayo you gotta sit in the 5.5 cloth seats...they are slightly different
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Re: Leather seat covers or actual 5.5 gen OEM leather seats?

wow, is that rare? never really heard of it!

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Re: Leather seat covers or actual 5.5 gen OEM leather seats?

well i will take your word for it.
hey remember the car i told you i was going to get the freaking steaership sold it even though i left a deposit on it so i might be getting a black 5.5 with cloth.

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to bad you wont go with another color check this out:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2003-...94751710QQrdZ1
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wow, is that rare? never really heard of it!
I got heated cloth seats also.
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to bad you wont go with another color check this out:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2003-...94751710QQrdZ1
I think that color would go fine w/ tan... hop on that deal dynamic !
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Re: Leather seat covers or actual 5.5 gen OEM leather seats?

i wish i had the money for the seats maybe by winter time
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Re: Leather seat covers or actual 5.5 gen OEM leather seats?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/OEM-I...QQcmdZViewItem

get this... lol. one at a time. I dont think u'll have a hard time finding the drivers side either.

edit: or blackhttp://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/OEM-I...QQcmdZViewItem

edit 2: or beige sedan seats
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Infin...QQcmdZViewItem

possibilities are endless... go the hard, yet unique route.

edit 3: just in case your wondering... yes its possible. It was done in a 4th gen, dont see why it cant be done in a 5th gen.
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I think that color would go fine w/ tan... hop on that deal dynamic !
For that price he can't go wrong
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theres no such thing as heated cloth seats in a maxima...
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theres no such thing as heated cloth seats in a maxima...
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Re: Leather seat covers or actual 5.5 gen OEM leather seats?

Definately check out Ebay.I got a great deal of tan leather seats off an I30 that are in great condition for less than $300.00 total( including shipping).
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Re: Leather seat covers or actual 5.5 gen OEM leather seats?

I say go with the seat covers. Might as well do it custom at this point. I went from tan cloth to dark leather, and now im swapping in the dash, seat belts, carpet all that. You should go with a 2 tone look if you like that, and get the door inserts custom made.
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theres no such thing as heated cloth seats in a maxima...
thats funny...I have the meridian edition on top of the titanium edition. meridian comes with heated wheel and seats, mine are just cloth. its rare but yes they do exist!
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theres no such thing as heated cloth seats in a maxima...
That's funny...because two people in this thread have them. Would you look at that.
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Re: Leather seat covers or actual 5.5 gen OEM leather seats?

i ran into the same problem... i wanted a white 6 speed with black leather. i sttled for the white 6 speed in the end. over the past 3 months i have slowly been buildin up the part collection. i did a FULL black leather swap. im talking dash,doors,consoles, and finally the black leather seats. i found a full set in almost mint condition for 500 on ebay.. look around long enough and u will find the deal u are looking for
PS the whole job ended up costing my 1000 and i ended up with my perfect car. Glaciar Pearl White Six Speed With Black Leather
so my opinion get oem leather seats. it will save u in the long run
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Re: Leather seat covers or actual 5.5 gen OEM leather seats?

I actually like my seats. I dont knwo if its cloth, kinda feels like suede. I LOVE IT!. But im also thinking about getting Leather Seats for the Spring/ Summer. And then switchn back my suede seats
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I got heated cloth seats also.
no you dont, thats just your engine/exhaust pipes burning up the bottom of your car
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Re: Leather seat covers or actual 5.5 gen OEM leather seats?

OEM leather is not that good of leather, The seat surfaces are part leather, part good quality vinyl.

leatherseats.com has had many Group deals on the replacement leather covers. the covers are 100% leather and Much Better quality over OEM. you can also do two-tone and pick your interior color other than tan/black more like grey, charcoal and many others. My friend has their black/grey two-tone interior on his 97. the look, feel, and quality is better than my 99 factory tan leather.

check out the website, they also work with other materials such as suede.
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I think that color would go fine w/ tan... hop on that deal dynamic !
hmm I actually saw this before but chose to pass on it b/c I dont want to have them shipped. It would be way too much money to ship those. Im looking for something local. I dont know how much a full leather interior costs so can someone guide me? I was thinking not more than $500. Is that about right?
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hmm I actually saw this before but chose to pass on it b/c I dont want to have them shipped. It would be way too much money to ship those. Im looking for something local. I dont know how much a full leather interior costs so can someone guide me? I was thinking not more than $500. Is that about right?

pm Rob at sawmill. Someone here recently bought a black interior from him, but Im not 100% sure who it was. 500 for all 4 seats and the door panels sounds good to me.
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Re: Leather seat covers or actual 5.5 gen OEM leather seats?

found this for you

http://newyork.craigslist.org/jsy/pts/294115548.html

If you need any help swapping them, let me know Rahul; I did it on my 4th gen. Its really easy.
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thanks for the look out bro but its in poconos...too far. Wont have room in the car to bring them.

Rob has been keeping an eye out for me for the past 2 months but no word yet...
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Re: Leather seat covers or actual 5.5 gen OEM leather seats?

hey whats different from your cloth seats than from the other gens? Pics?
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yes u do..... i did it all the way from penn. with a passenger i just have to remove ur rear set b4 u leave and bolt the leather on in when u get there
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thanks for the look out bro but its in poconos...too far. Wont have room in the car to bring them.

Rob has been keeping an eye out for me for the past 2 months but no word yet...
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yes u do..... i did it all the way from penn. with a passenger i just have to remove ur rear set b4 u leave and bolt the leather on in when u get there
It would make anice road trip, chances of finding something local are real slim..
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thanks for the look out bro but its in poconos...too far. Wont have room in the car to bring them.
when you're motivated enough... anything is possible, cant fit? did you even give it a thought? apparently not.
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when you're motivated enough... anything is possible, cant fit? did you even give it a thought? apparently not.

I drove almsot to the end of maryland to get some seats with my brother. by far the most fun I have ever had, just bring a friend with you and youll have a great time.
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Re: Leather seat covers or actual 5.5 gen OEM leather seats?

GUYS ITS CALLED MICROFIBER (SYNTHETIC SUEDE)
and actualy its not as thick as the ones you would buy from levits or any other furniture store for a sofa
anyway I say go aftermarket you already have all the perks asuming heated/powered seats. OEM leather is not as good as the leather from leatherseats.com plus u customize ur own style call them to se what they can do about the doors. When I first joined the big org they sold a complete pkg including door inserts

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I drove almsot to the end of maryland to get some seats with my brother. by far the most fun I have ever had, just bring a friend with you and youll have a great time.
Seriously, people make it seem like driving 100+ miles is the end of the world.
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Seriously, people make it seem like driving 100+ miles is the end of the world.
I simply dont have time these days...so there
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