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    Leather Vs. Vinyl Dash (Looks? What if L. scratches?)

    That double stitch line along the dash front and down the ctr console, kinda bothers me, it's like an addional line interior doesn't need.

    The non-leather dash is mfgr'd without this line; I believe this is correct.

    Makes me favor _not_ getting a full leather interior

    Got a couple questions:

    1. does anybody think of what happens if something cuts into or scratches this somewhat vulnerable leather dash? What DO you do when the fine leather gets mangled?

    2. The "plastic" version, I hear this is nice looking material wise, it i.e. very difficult to tell the difffernce between Porsche's pigmented (or "painted") leathers and these vinyls. What do you guys think of the plain ol' vinyl dashes as seen in the 997?


    It's just toooooo easy to order full leather and not think about these factors.

    I'm about to conclude that the option of "leather seats," insted of full leather is probably a good way to go.

    Re: Leather Vs. Vinyl Dash (Looks? What if L. scratches?)

    I saw both on Thursday. The full leather looks very sharp, but the vinyl version really looks quite good. If you combine the fact that full leather is a $3,000 option that has no effect on the way the car drives it really makes you think.

    My build has full leather and I do think it looks better than the vinyl one, but if someone needed to cut the budget this would be a good place to start (the second place would be the Bose stereo). If money is no object get the full leather, its traditional and look great.

    I don't think the leather dash will ever get mangled, because nothing is ever put there. Leather seats get far more abuse and most people have no worries there (or at least accept them).

    Re: Leather Vs. Vinyl Dash (Looks? What if L. scratches?)

    Thanks for the report; makes sense to me.

    BUT:

    What do people do _if_ the leather dash gets an ugly prominent scratch in it?

    Seems like you're stuck with it for the life of the car.

    The vinyl stuff seems far more scratch resistant than leather.

    Re: Leather Vs. Vinyl Dash (Looks? What if L. scratches?)

    Max, I have the same dilemma. I found the vinyl dash quality quite good. If I choose full leather, I would probably go for the Adapt. sport seats as well... If I go for non-leather, I can probably save $5000, but I feel that I might regret later.... what to do???

    Re: Leather Vs. Vinyl Dash (Looks? What if L. scratches?)

    There are companies that repair leather if just scratched. Most dealerships can find someone that repairs leather. If done properly it has good results. We have bigger problem with leather in the Southern U.S. If car is exposed to sun for long periods of time, it shrinks the leather. This looks terrible. If undercover and out of the heat it is not a problem. The same problem with wood interiors and carbon interiors, they curl up and loose the lamination.

    Re: Leather Vs. Vinyl Dash (Looks? What if L. scratches?)

    I think the standard dash is Audi quality, meaning its quite good, probably the best out there. It is soft to touch and doesn't have that plastic sheen to it. $3K is a lot for basically trim, but it sure looks good.

    What I'd like to see is the roof liner in a contrasting color. Like on a black interior, it would be nice for the liner to be grey.

    Re: Leather Vs. Vinyl Dash (Looks? What if L. scratches?)

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    colonel said:
    Max, I have the same dilemma. I found the vinyl dash quality quite good. If I choose full leather, I would probably go for the Adapt. sport seats as well... If I go for non-leather, I can probably save $5000, but I feel that I might regret later.... what to do???



    Yeah, what's with this issue?

    Seems like an awful material for a dash. All it takes is one brush with a somewhat sharp object (like a CD holder) and you're marked for life.

    I'm NOT getting full leather, just the leather seats with "crumpled" (soft leather) option.

    The car's supposed to be practical, I can't see yelling at my passengers, "Watch out for the leather," but I can sure hear myself thinking it.

    Re: Leather Vs. Vinyl Dash (Looks? What if L. scratches?)

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    dan996 said:
    There are companies that repair leather if just scratched.



    This would definitely be something to research locally. Glad to here it's _possible_.

    Re: Leather Vs. Vinyl Dash (Looks? What if L. scratches?)

    I have had full leather on all 4 of my 996s. I would not have the car without it. I haven't had ANY scratching or cracking problems. Just don't throw things around in your car!

    Really, a car of this calibre should have a rich interior, and the leather adds a lot. It smells good too. At first I didn't think I would like the stitching either, but after seeing other beautiful cars with top-notch interiors, I realized how classy and beautiful that stitching is. -Ray

    Re: Leather Vs. Vinyl Dash (Looks? What if L. scratches?)

    A good windshield sunshield will help keep the dash cooler and avoid the direct sunlight on it when parked. I use one called Heatshield made by Canvas Works in Sunnyvale, CA. (800-777-6405) It fits well, is light weight and it rolls up into a nice tight package for storage. It does a very good job of deflecting the heat in a parked car. It costs about US$30.00. I have used this same make sunshield in the last several cars I have owned. All are made to fit the individual car model windshield.

    I love the look and the smell of the full leather interior.

    Re: Leather Vs. Vinyl Dash (Looks? What if L. scratches?)

    Unless things have changed here is what will most likely happen;
    Scratches are a non-issue
    The double stitching looks good and is very tough
    The leather smells good and looks rich
    Full leather is highly valued
    The dash leather has a reputation for cracking and pulling near vents. But it adds character.
    My full leather interior in my 928 still looks, smells and feels awesome. You should treat the dash regularly and keep it out of the sun as much as possible.
    Tom

    Leather smell

    "Guido's (Griot's) Garage" sells this Leather Scent spray. It is really interesting. I don't like junk and false pretenses, BUT this stuff is worth a try, just for fun if nothing else. Smells like the real stuff.

    Re: Leather smell

    Apart from that I really like the full leather and find the standard plastic switch panel just awful (much worse than the plastic in my Mercedes), you won't resell a car without full leather interior, at least in Switzerland.

    Leather vs slush technology dash

    Interestingly the slush technology dash has a cleaner look since it is completely smooth on top in front of the passenger area, where as the leather dash has a trap door outline/lid exposed in front of the passenger for airbag deployment.

     
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