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I wonder if there's intercompatibility between the iM and the Corolla here.

Not that Toyota's parts are exactly inexpensive. I did the math for the heated seats from the Corolla and the parts alone bring you up to a grand.
 

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Ha! And that's Jamie Sloane from my last workplace :p He's the top Scion sales guy in the area and I was the technician in charge of modifying most of the scions bought at the dealership.

Flat rate payout time on these is somewhere between 9-10 hours. It's a bugger to get the headrest leather and leather around the cup holders on correctly sometimes, but all in all, if you're a DIY-individual, totally something you can install yourself. Just need basic tools (driver, wrenches/ratchets, pliers... the one specialty tool you need is hog ring pliers. Think I paid $25 CAD for mine on the Snap-on truck. Also, Katzkin offers heated AND cooled seat options ;) for those who like to drop dollars, lol.
 

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I have a side job working for a seat cover company that I will disclose the name later on. So far we are in the process of making all 2016 models and I'm on the first in line to get one. So I will keep the community informed once we have the seat covers available... and its def less than 700 USD...
 

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Leather is expensive. So if you are buying it after market, it's going to be expensive just based on the cost of the material in the first place. And then they add premiums over top of that base price so that the company makes a profit. And then there is added cost for labor too.

So yea, it's expensive.
 

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I'm really hoping Clazzio will make some covers in the future. I remember several people having good luck with that brand. However they are not cheap as they are made in Japan and then shipped over to the seller then to you. They're seat covers, but they look like the actual seat fabric.
 

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The problem I have with this, while it is a nice idea, leather tends to be sensitive to hot/cold weather, and being a person on the go, giving time for the temperature to normalize can take time.

If I had indoor parking in a temperature controlled garage i'd get this.
 

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If you have kids then that may be something to consider, although there's a chance the iM of all hatches could attract less families, seems more geared towards a younger demographic.
 

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If you have kids then that may be something to consider, although there's a chance the iM of all hatches could attract less families, seems more geared towards a younger demographic.
This is why leather is going in mine. Easy clean-up of a 4 month old. Also, leather just feels nice.
 

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This is why leather is going in mine. Easy clean-up of a 4 month old. Also, leather just feels nice.
Leather may be easier to clean in some ways, but in other ways it is more difficult to take care of. You can't just take a carpet cleaner to it to get it clean. It can't take a rip, tear, or pierce like cloth can.
 

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Leather may be easier to clean in some ways, but in other ways it is more difficult to take care of. You can't just take a carpet cleaner to it to get it clean. It can't take a rip, tear, or pierce like cloth can.
While I see your points, they do seem a bit like splitting hairs. Not that it's a bad thing :D.
If you are using carpet cleaner to get something clean, it's probably stained and I've simply wiped that up with a wet cloth.
If leather does need a proper cleaning, it's usually with leather conditioner and is very easy to use (I've got homemade ones if anyone else has leather ^_^ I'm also a leathersmith for watchstraps, belts and wallets on the side of being a mechanic).
If fabric or leather is ripped, it will be noticeable to the owner, and to be honest, that's really the only person that'll care it's there.
A tear is a synonym for rip, so, same.
As for a pierce, fabric can only really handle a small piercing and still look good to the owner and that's assuming it's the right fabric. Some fabrics, depending on the weave, look out of place or messed up with a piercing. Leather on the other hand, usually will have better pierce resistance and when it does pierce, it's probably not going to be any worse off than the fabric. (both have tricks to filling said piercings, but will still be noticeable to the owner and I then find useless until you trade or sell the car).

For me the only real downsides to leather are subjective. "It's too hot. It's too cold. I slide on it." Same for fabric...well, minus the fact it's a stain sponge, usually. "It holds my clothes when I move around and makes me uncomfortable. It makes me feel sweaty on long drives. I don't like the feel of it."
 

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Even the rivets on your jeans might damage them, leaving little scratches in it, something that clearly won't be seen on fabric. On the plus side, if you have kids, leather can be really forgiving.
 

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So the wife and I went yesterday to go and check out the IM's again....and we saw this on their lot.







 

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Looks like a leather reskin done nicely and I see it says $1895 & Hollywood. Price jack up? Something like that around my neck of the woods with heated seating is roughly $300-$400 cheaper I bet unless things have changed.
 

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Looks like a leather reskin done nicely and I see it says $1895 & Hollywood. Price jack up? Something like that around my neck of the woods with heated seating is roughly $300-$400 cheaper I bet unless things have changed.
I think the real test will be seeing how well it holds up over time with sun exposure and all, but overall there doesn't seem to be much to worry about.
 
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