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Is this kind of wear normal? I have Bordeaux Red Leather Passenger Seat on my 3 month old 2019 Boxster GTS which is the weekend toy. It has 1,100 miles on odometer. I am perplexed because there is no wear on leather seats of my daily car, 1 and 1/2 year old 2018 Audi Q7. In fact, I have never seen this kind of wear on my previous vehicles like Mercedes and Lexus. What do you think?
 

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That’s not normal wear, to me it looks like something scratched the leather. the damage is all the same angle and looks like it was done all at the same time. If it was wear you would see variations that are not so symmetrical. I’ve owned 5 Porsche’s and never seen this kind of wear!
 

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Is this kind of wear normal? I have Bordeaux Red Leather Passenger Seat on my 3 month old 2019 Boxster GTS which is the weekend toy. It has 1,100 miles on odometer. I am perplexed because there is no wear on leather seats of my daily car, 1 and 1/2 year old 2018 Audi Q7. In fact, I have never seen this kind of wear on my previous vehicles like Mercedes and Lexus. What do you think?
Those look like scratches rather than wear, certainly not normal but not sure it’s a warranty issue.


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I am about 6ft tall and weight 175lb. I noticed that my left hip rubs against the left bolster of the seat as I seat. But the leather should be sturdier against this type of abrasion, don’t you think?
 

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I’m 6’2” and 245lbs and I am usually hard on my interior and have never seen scratches like those. However I have see similar scratches from my granddaughter who weighs 80lbs and was wearing a pair of jeans with sequins on the back pocket, she slides in and out of my 911 and put similar scratches. They weren’t as bad, and I was able to hide them by using a few leather products. Some clothes have sharp zippers or other decorations which could do that kind of damage.
 

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That kind of makes sense. However, I don’t see any scratches on my other car, 2018 Audi Q7. Thank you!
You’ll just have to stop wearing sequins - just kidding. Good luck with polishing them out.


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That kind of makes sense. However, I don’t see any scratches on my other car, 2018 Audi Q7. Thank you!
Do you get in your car by putting your right foot in and then sliding in your behind before pulling in your left? It looks like as you are sliding your butt in you’re folding down the side bolster and scratching it with something (a rivet maybe if you wear jeans).

I’m 6’4” so I know it is a little harder for us tall guys to get in and out. Try opening your door, lowering your behind into the seat while both your feet are still outside the car and then swiveling around.

You’re not seeing this on your Q7 because you;re not lowering yourself into it. Anyway, just a thought.
 

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It's at the height of the seat belt buckle. Are you making contact when you pull the buckle?

My leather began falling apart at 4000 miles. In my opinion, it's garbage. Tissue paper. The leather in my 2006 Murano with 125,000 miles is in better shape. Yes, it should stand up better to routine use. And it would stand up better if it was actually leather, but it's not. It's my biggest disappointment in the car.
 

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No, I don’t make contact when I pull the buckle. However, I do make contact with my left hip as I lower myself into the seat. I discovered the scratches in 3rd week of ownership and I wear regular jeans with nothing on the back pockets. I have to find out if it were really leather that I paid for.
 

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Somebody or something has rubbed against that part of the seat, causing the scratches. Certainly not a warranty issue, but may be a dealer or other service provider (such as detailer) issue if you can prove it happened while in their care. Looks to me like it could have been caused by a zipper on a jacket or coat, which is something I did once on a set of GT2 seats I had in a 911.
 

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Have to agree with the others that what you are seeing is damage, not wear. It's minor enough that I bet an upholstery repair person can make it look brand new at a very low cost.
 

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That kind of makes sense. However, I don’t see any scratches on my other car, 2018 Audi Q7. Thank you!
Look, I did the same on my E92 BMW coupe. It (the seat) was at least 4" lower than any normal sedan and possibly 10" lower than an SUV seat. Mine were not scratches, but it wore off the leather on the bolster. I somehow got a goodwill replacement and re-learned to enter the car.

I don't wear jeans when driving my Cayman, but I still devised a very careful sequence of movements to enter it without hitting the bolster.

Others provided points, I enter by placing my right foot all the way in, where it will be when I drive. Then I pivot all the body and sit down skewed on the seat without touching the bolster. Then I rotate while seated and pull in my left leg.

And think ... all of this could be avoided if people were only smart enough to choose cloth on their seats. So some others can have that choice as well. I have the cloth (on purpose) on my daily driver with pronounced bolsters and it shows no signs of anything after almost 3 years of sitting down without the care and hitting it all the time with all type of clothing.

Food for thought.

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Is this kind of wear normal? I have Bordeaux Red Leather Passenger Seat on my 3 month old 2019 Boxster GTS which is the weekend toy. It has 1,100 miles on odometer. I am perplexed because there is no wear on leather seats of my daily car, 1 and 1/2 year old 2018 Audi Q7. In fact, I have never seen this kind of wear on my previous vehicles like Mercedes and Lexus. What do you think?
My business is repairing automotive interiors.
And as others have said, what you pictured is Not Normal wear. Something scratched it.
Odds are dealer will not warranty it because it's fairly obvious it was damaged by something.
But there's a slight chance they may 'GOOD WILL " it.-which means they may pay to have it repaired.
You could try speaking with service manager or sales manager.
They'll have someone like me come in and repair it.
If that does not work, you can ask them whom they use to repair their interiors.
Every car dealer uses someone like me.
If service is clueless and they may be, contact their used car manager.
He's the guy that uses people like me to repair interiors, wheels, exterior damage etc.
If their repair guy is good, the repair will be invisible and last for many many years.
Expect to pay around $150-give or take a few bucks depending on where you are located and the Porsche upcharge.
My charge to the dealer for this repair would be $100 and for a private pay repair at the customer's location it would be $125.
 

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Thanks for the insightful replies. I Just want to know what might had caused what I perceive as an unusual wear. I will try to be more careful. At the end of the day, it is a car to be enjoyed and driven which I enjoy as my 1st Porsche. I plan to get a 911(992) Turbo S in a few years. For now I love how my 718 Boxster GTS drives and am glad that I chose this over 911 4S Cabriolet. I have no plan to have the dealer to repair this wear under warranty. I just want to know this kind of wear is normal.
 

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Thanks for the insightful replies. I Just want to know what might had caused what I perceive as an unusual wear. I will try to be more careful. At the end of the day, it is a car to be enjoyed and driven which I enjoy as my 1st Porsche. I plan to get a 911(992) Turbo S in a few years. For now I love how my 718 Boxster GTS drives and am glad that I chose this over 911 4S Cabriolet. I have no plan to have the dealer to repair this wear under warranty. I just want to know this kind of wear is normal.
I've been to an interior repair specialist in an industrial park about 5 miles from my house called Riggs Brothers. My wife mucked up my Audi A6 interior a while back. It was completely fixed for about $100. Just great.

As for your dream of a Turbo S in the future, just know that it'll suck gas like crazy and the biggest thrill is straight-line acceleration and having others drool as you drive by. It won't have snaky handling like your Boxster has. Yes, ultimate grip is good with AWD and giant tires, but it's just not the same thing.

I had a ship come in recently. I bought a brand new '19 Carrera T after seriously considering a beautiful used '15 Turbo S with high-ish miles for $130k.

The T is the lightest 991.2 911, by a couple pounds. My T was amazing looking, had all the go-fast options, SC, sport PASM, RWS, torque vectoring, 20" wheels etc. Only thing missing was the higher spec motor....but made up for it with a lower ratio diff. It had a great 7-speed stick with sport linkage. It had sport-tex interior...It was a stunning car...Nothing "wrong" with it. However...No 911 has the slot-car feel of a Cayman...or even an older 911. I drove the car for 5 months and went back to the dealer, tried a 718 Cayman GTS for two miles and knew what I needed to do. T got traded within a week for my lovely '18 Cayman GTS.

The 992 is even more of a GT car than the 991.2. Make sure you DRIVE one before you order. It would be very dissappointing to me to spend 200k on a car that I merely "like" when I could have one that I love for half the cost.

To me, the Turbo is too heavy with too much rear weight bias that's been "fixed" with gigantic rear tires and stability systems. All of the newer 911's are very capable, but they feel like cushy luxury cars when I drive them. That's not what I'm after with a Porsche. Sometime, less is more.

Now, if you're gonna have several Porsches, that's different. I'd love to have a Turbo S around for certain special occasions. But if I gotta have just one....and I don't "gotta" but I just don't want more than one fun car plus the sport touring bike, plus the Italian sport bike, plus the normal street car...which ain't shabby either.

"Add lightness."
-Colin Chapman

The Cayman/Boxster, for me is the perfect compromise between the impracticality of Alfa 4C/Lotus Elite type cars and some sort of 911 or BMW M2 type of thing. Since my '06 Cayman S, I'm just hooked on the mid-engine configuration. Cayman/Boxster gives you this combined with "real car" reliability, parts availability and dealer network. Parts and service are not cheap, but at least they're available and mostly of the quality most of us expect.

Don't underestimate the value of Caymans and Boxsters! You can't get that fun factor elsewhere in car-world with the build quality and longevity that Porsche offers...at any price.

Ferrari is nice, but they're so precious and a bit difficult to drive around on normal streets. Lambo even more so. Audi R8 is another possibility but it's a porky Cayman! I just don't see any other choice.

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I will find an interior specialist to fix the scratches in Orange County l, CA. I agree with you and I will keep my Boxster GTS. I just want to get a 911 Turbo S (992) in probably 2 years.
 
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