Go Back   986 Forum - for Porsche Boxster & Cayman Owners > Porsche Boxster & Cayman Forums > Boxster General Discussions

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-06-2015, 10:45 AM   #1
Registered User
Finnegan's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Oregon
Posts: 429
Leather interior question

Are there any differences in the quality of the leather interior of various years or colors? Do they all wear about the same?

Finnegan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2015, 11:53 AM   #2
Registered User
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 7,240
I don't know about wear, but the quality of the leather on the dashboard and doors on full leather optioned cars seemed to get better from 97 and 98 compared to the 2004 models.

One thing is for sure. The leather used on the dashboards is paper thin. It can't handle abuse, and it wrinkles if you use the defroster and don't keep it dry.

The seat leather on all the cars I've sat in and viewed is pretty much the same. Thick leather hide that's quite durable.

Now if the owner parks the car with the top down in the blazing sun on a regular basis, you can kiss any quality of leather goodbye.

As to the color question, the red fades into a dark pink, but the carpet fades to a really bad pink so at least they match. The tan holds up well, the dark blue fades. Black shows the least amount of fading in my opinion.
'97 Boxster (Black Hole for 42,000 Dead Presidents and counting) - 122k
New motor, transmission, suspension, and on and on and on it goes...
RandallNeighbour is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2015, 12:27 PM   #3
Registered User
Steve Tinker's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Queensland, Australia
Posts: 1,522
There was an leather quality article in the British car magazine "911 & Porsche World" a year or two ago, basically comparing the earlier Porsche cars interiors with the later 996/997 models.
The general consensus that the earlier model leather was of better quality - but with the proviso that even the cheaper 996 leathers can last longer & look good as long as they are maintained correctly.
The 997 interior leathers were judged superior quality than 996 leathers.
IIRC the problem child seemed to be the grey coloured leather in the 986/996 models which tended to crack and lose colour for some reason.....
2001 Boxster S (triple black). Sleeping easier with LN Engineering/Flat 6 IMS upgrade, low temp thermostat & underspeed pulley.
2001 MV Agusta F4.
Steve Tinker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2015, 02:41 PM   #4
Registered User
kk2002s's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: S. New Jersey
Posts: 1,239
My 02 has the full leather interior, Grey. It is wearing great after 12 years. I keep it dry and treat it with basic conditioner a couple time a year
I hear from others the poor quality look of the plastic interior. The Full leather must really be an improvement as I think my interior's fit and finish looks very good

I do need to do a good cleaning before treating this spring as it does get a bit dirty
2002 S - old school third pedal
Seal Grey
kk2002s is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2015, 02:48 PM   #5
Registered User
BIGJake111's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Greenville, S.C.
Posts: 2,664
I have full leather and the side airbags and doors are in a very nice black leather that has worn very little, the dash is in a thin leather that's basically just a step above plastic though, and I have supple leather seats which are very lush and considering the car has 90k miles have held up great! The perforated regular leather seems to crack on drivers outside bolster, but the supple is still in good shape (despite showing wear.)
BIGJake111 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2015, 03:39 PM   #6
Registered User
Luv2Box's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Pacific Grove, CA
Posts: 494
I've got the full leather Boxster Red on my '99 and, if anything, it has more orange in it after 116K miles. I rarely drive with the top up and leave the top down at most events so it has gotten a lot of sun exposure since I've owned it.
As mentioned the dash leather is very prone to dents in it but I've had no problems yet from exposure.
Luv2Box is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2015, 04:12 PM   #7
Registered User
RayW's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Chicago
Posts: 39
I've had several leather interior cars over the years, all colors and quality. The key is conditioning, the best leather will look like crap in a couple years if you don't maintain it, and conversely a lesser quality will still look good with care. I just picked up a 98 with 112K on it in Metropol Blue. The seats were in good shape for the age, showing a little fade and wear. An afternoon of work armed with a re-dye kit from LeatherWorld and they're like brand new. The color match was spot on. I've attached before and after pics.

RayW is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 06:18 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page