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    Black non-leather dash. How's it look? Pics?

    I'm wary of the getting leather dash (full leather) for two reasons:

    1. the numerous heavy stitch lines seem like added visual confusion to the overall design. Like a formal business suit with the seams accented with heavy stitching. Stitching gives it a casual look, more comfortable look. I like the more serious formal look.

    2. the dash is one part of the car that is exposed to serious wear and tear, like UV, road dirt and dust, and stuff hitting and scratching it.

    BUT I hear that full leather "is the only way to go."

    I plan to spend the requisite $5000 on leather adaptive sports seats, but am avoiding the full leather interior.

    Anybody else do this here?

    What do you think of the simpler non-leather dash?

    Any decent pics of black dash out there?

    Most all of the interior dash shots are of full leather.

    thanks!!

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    For the 996, full leather is the only way to go because the texture of the plastic dash and door panels is not attractive IMHO.

    I sat in a 997 with full leather and one without, and I must say that the texture of the plastic dash and door panels is much improved (looks like Audi quality). Whereas full leather was a must in the 996, it's less of a no-brainer in the 997, but I would order full leather. Just my opinion--I'd suggest seeing one in person before deciding. FWIW, I think the stitching in the full leather interior is a nice visual detail.

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    Personally, I thought the non-leather black dash on several 997's I've seen is of very, very high quality. I too like the stiching, but I'm not sure if it's worth the premium.

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    The leather dash has an exposed trap door for the passenger air bag.
    The slush technology dash is smooth- no trap door

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    full leather is one of the best options in my opinion, right up there with Bose, stability management, tire pressure monitoring... oh wait i like all the options

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    Who's dash gets serious wear and tear? Road dirt? How does the dash get road dirt on it? I wouldn't use that as an excuse not to get it. The only cleaning I do on my dash is a microfiber to get the dust off it.

    I love the look of the stiches too, its like beautiful leather suitcases.

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    in cabriolets, the road dirt is a BIG problem.

    Re: Black non-leather dash. How's it look? Pics?

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    Texas911 said:
    Who's dash gets serious wear and tear?



    I'm just thinking about that one day when you throw something like a bag of dry cleaning into the car, or a passenger tries to swat a bee, or they unthinkingly put their feet up and the dash gets in the way and voila: a nice scratch!

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    I understand the new vinyl/napa material is better. However, vinyl can wear faster and is affected by the sun's UV. Leather should wear better. Properly cared for (but be careful with the chemicals you use - NEVER ArmorAll) bothe should wear OK.

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    MaxErnst said:
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    Texas911 said:
    or they unthinkingly put their feet up and the dash gets in the way and voila: a nice scratch!



    Ban that passenger! Hope it not your partner/wife.

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    crayphile said:
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    MaxErnst said:
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    Texas911 said:
    or they unthinkingly put their feet up and the dash gets in the way and voila: a nice scratch!



    Ban that passenger! Hope it not your partner/wife.



    When you get a passenger just tell 'em "please don't make me kill again!" (kidding).

    Just imagine though, you leave someone in the car while you jump into the store and you come back and they've made themselves comfortable by puting their feet up onto the dash!

    I just HATE the idea of being _uptight_, having to cry out "WATCH OUT FOR THE LEATHER!!! GEESUS!" Is soooo, distasteful.

    Giving people a set of rules before they get into the car, etc.

    Who thought up this leather dash idea? The same guys who put all that varnished brightwork on old boats? "Watch out for the varnish!!!"


    UGH!










    Re: Black non-leather dash. How's it look? Pics?

    If you have friends that put their feet on the dash, then I feel sorry for you! Seriously, if you guys can live with leather on the seats, which get wear and tear everytime you drive it, why the hesitation for the dash leather? (not th mention the leather on the steering wheel, or shift knob or door handle) Which never guts touched except when cleaning it! Its a no brainer to me.

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    Texas911 said:
    If you have friends that put their feet on the dash, then I feel sorry for you!



    Nah, my people are used to having nice things and the ones who are NOT car nuts won't see anything really special about the 997/S. They'll treat it like they treat their own luxury cars: something to be used and abused and fixed and replaced.

    You have to remember most of us here are really obsessed with our cars, and very careful with them. We're a minority believe me!

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    I've got the faux dash and it looks fine. Speaking of being anal one thing I've noticed is when a passenger(female) gets in there is a tendancy to drag shoes against the door sill and paint. I put some clear tape along it that doesn't use an adhesive backing for protection. It looks like shiat but at least it protects the paint. The paint does seem vulnerable in that area.

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    What is the grain like on the non-leather dash? I've seen numerous Audis over the years that do a nice job on this, and was expecting that on the Cayenne given the VW tie-in. To my amazement the grain on the Cayenne non-leather dash was horrible looking, more like some weird elephant or reptile skin than anything else. My '01 Boxster didn't have much leather besides the seats, but the dash cover was decent looking. Anyone have pics that show the grain pattern?

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    Skip said:
    What is the grain like on the non-leather dash? I've seen numerous Audis over the years that do a nice job on this, and was expecting that on the Cayenne given the VW tie-in. To my amazement the grain on the Cayenne non-leather dash was horrible looking, more like some weird elephant or reptile skin than anything else. My '01 Boxster didn't have much leather besides the seats, but the dash cover was decent looking. Anyone have pics that show the grain pattern?



    I had a Cayenne loaner once with the plastic dash, and like you, I couldn't believe the texture. Fortunately, the 997 plastic dash texture is very high quality, like you'd see in a Audi.

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    Skip said:
    What is the grain like on the non-leather dash? I've seen numerous Audis over the years that do a nice job on this, and was expecting that on the Cayenne given the VW tie-in. To my amazement the grain on the Cayenne non-leather dash was horrible looking, more like some weird elephant or reptile skin than anything else. My '01 Boxster didn't have much leather besides the seats, but the dash cover was decent looking. Anyone have pics that show the grain pattern?

    It's a pretty heavy grain but looks exactly like leather.

     
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