Cracked Leather Seats

I remember a discussion here at SU about the contrasting leather in the OG 9-5 seats was not real leather, but vinyl. This is something that got very real to me 2015. I generally take good care of my car, but I have not done much to the seats. I like to think that leather seats get a nice patina over time, if it is real leather, that is.

Summer 2015 the light colored fake leather in my driver seat cracked. I thought it was a shame, since my car is in good condition. I decided to mend it. I looked around the internet and found a solution called “Color Glo”. Color Glo is specialized in fixing damages in both real leather and vinyl. They can also imprint different leather patterns to mimic the original look.

It turned out that cracked fake leather on Saabs was quite common and that the rip could not be too large in order to fix it. Mine was ok to mend. Unfortunately, the leather pattern could not be imprinted because the cushion beneath the rip was too compressed (gap between the cushion and the vinyl). It seems that the cushions gets worn quite fast.

My driver seat before mending the cracked vinyl.

The mending looked ok, but not by any means perfect. Still, the seat was in once piece again. The mending got lightly tainted by my blue jeans quite fast.

Just before this summer, a piece came off the mending and I am back to square one again. It seems that it is not possible to get a permanent solution for this issue. At least not with the method I chose.

The current state of my seat.

I think Tim mentioned that if you chose the all black version of the seat, you got all real leather. That was probably the correct choice to make. I also discussed this matter with my previous boss who used to be employed at Saab. He said that Saab had pure leather all over the seats for a long time. In competition, Saab was the only one to keep leather all over and scaled down to specific parts of the seat to keep price on par with competition.

Has anyone tried any other method? Please write a post and share your experience!

A handful museum Saabs for sale

Some interesting cars have shown up on the Swedish auction site “kvarndammen”.

First up is “the millionth Saab”. Manufactured January 22nd 1976. The description mentions “some corrosion”.

“The Millionth Saab”

This limo was used by Saab’s management. A little bit of corrosion… And two seats were never equipped with seat belts, so Swedish authorities deems it unfit for public roads.

Limo Saab 9000

Or how about an all electric Saab, batteries not included? This car is what remains from a project dating back to 2011 when Saab Automobile AB partnered up with Electroengine, Boston Power, Innovatum Teknikpark and Power Circle. Minor damage to the rear bumper but otherwise in perfect condition.

9-3 ZE SportCombi — another one of a kind

Last, but not least, a genuine Saab 92 from 1950! 680km on the odometer. Some damage on the left side. Proper green.

Saab 92

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