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Old 04-16-2014, 10:14 PM   #1
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Suede Wearing

So I'm curious before I order/lot pick my ZL1, I want to know how the suede is wearing on the shifter and steering wheel for those who have it? My fear is having bad worn spots after a few years and just looking chitty!
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:28 PM   #2
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1.5 years, 57k miles and its holding up ok. Not as good as new, but I figure its easy to replace either if it starts to bother me.
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:38 PM   #3
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Do you have any pics of it. Easy to replace?
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Old 04-17-2014, 12:19 AM   #4
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So I'm curious before I order/lot pick my ZL1, I want to know how the suede is wearing on the shifter and steering wheel for those who have it? My fear is having bad worn spots after a few years and just looking chitty!

My 1LE had the same issue. The suede looked worn. I mean really worn on top of the shifter and on top of the steering wheel.

I took a fairly stiff tooth brush, new of course. I started brushing on the what I thought were wear spots. At first nothing, but after about 3 to 5 minutes the wear started to go away and the suede started to appear again. I did the whole shift lever where it 'seemed' worn, then the steering wheel. It looks like new now. No kidding. Now they have suede brushes for this but I believe the stiff tooth brush is better. doesn't take off much suede and can be used once a week. Still looks like new, 2 months later.

Try it, what have you got to lose.

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Old 04-17-2014, 12:34 AM   #5
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Leather looks perfect still, didn't cost me the extra 500 bucks.
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Old 04-17-2014, 05:29 AM   #6
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Leather looks perfect still, didn't cost me the extra 500 bucks.
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Old 04-17-2014, 05:51 AM   #7
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Not happy with suede kit that came on mine. Shift knob already replaced once. Lord help you if your woman drives it with skin and tan lotions.
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Old 04-17-2014, 06:59 AM   #8
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Mine was replaced around 15K miles but only cuz I knew they would replace it at no charge since they were doing other peoples on this site. I use a horse hair brush that the Adams Polishes use.
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Old 04-17-2014, 07:31 AM   #9
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Leather looks perfect still, didn't cost me the extra 500 bucks.
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Old 04-17-2014, 07:50 AM   #10
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Old 04-17-2014, 07:55 AM   #11
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No problems with mine at all. Love the suede looks a lot better than leather!!! Got 6000 miles on the car.
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Old 04-17-2014, 08:04 AM   #12
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Mine has 12,000 miles on it and last weekend I washed both the gear knob and the wheel with a cloth and soapy water, mainly to get the grime off the gear knob,and it came up like brand new! I was amazed.

I've had many cars with leather shifter knobs and they always wear.
I was massively impressed with how the Alcantara faux suede has stood up.

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Old 04-17-2014, 08:24 AM   #13
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Old 04-17-2014, 08:25 AM   #14
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Old 04-17-2014, 08:26 AM   #15
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Old 04-17-2014, 09:22 AM   #16
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Has anyone's seats started to wear? I'm talking about the suede part.
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Old 04-17-2014, 09:45 AM   #17
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Has anyone's seats started to wear? I'm talking about the suede part.
Negative from me at 22K miles.
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Old 04-17-2014, 10:41 AM   #18
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No problems with mine at all. Love the suede looks a lot better than leather!!! Got 6000 miles on the car.
I guess that's your opinion. I wouldn't say it looks better or worse. My car came with leather, if it had the suede it would not have been a deal breaker. I was just happy to have gotten a car in 2012. The were pretty hard to come by especially in Canada. 99 cars.
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Old 04-17-2014, 11:05 AM   #19
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Anybody using any kind of seat covers to help protect the wear on the suede seats?
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Old 04-17-2014, 12:40 PM   #20
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Old 04-17-2014, 01:31 PM   #21
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the top of my steering wheel is starting to get shiny, under 10,000km / 6000 miles under 1 year old
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Old 04-17-2014, 01:34 PM   #22
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the top of my steering wheel is starting to get shiny, under 10,000km / 6000 miles under 1 year old

It works for real.

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Old 04-17-2014, 01:52 PM   #23
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Gently clean it every now and again with a very mild damp cloth and brush then blot dry to keep it looking new. There's several videos on youtube on keeping alcantara (what we refer to as suede). It will wear eventually, but so does the non-suede. Just keep things clean.

I got a big fat discount on my car to below base MSRP, and it came with suede, so essentially the gas guzz tax and every single option were free. I'll gladly trade free for a bit more detailed cleaning.
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Old 04-17-2014, 01:55 PM   #24
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Check out AMMONYC's YouTube page.

Larry does a whole video on how to care for the alcanterra. His tips will get your suede lookin brand new in no time.

I use his method on the seats and they still look beautiful.
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Old 04-17-2014, 02:33 PM   #25
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