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Old 14th February 2018, 17:36   #1
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A friend of mine has a VW Polo and noticed that his seats have become rather saggy. He is quite a heavy chap and the car is one of the earliest Polos so it's just wear and tear.

Do VW (and manufacturers in general) sell the entire front seat as a spare part and if yes how much would it cost? Or do they sell just the foam and the fabric cover? There is also a mild desire to get the GTI seats (with the extra bolstering and the red and white seat fabric) but if not, the normal Polo seats will also do.

He is against purchasing non OEM seats from neighbourhood seat and seat cover stores and likes the original fabric look very much. The whole seat would ensure that the fabric finish is perfect which is a big plus for him.
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Its a very common issue with vehicles which have aged, with time the foam becomes softer and its not comfortable for driving, more so if one has a heavy build then it would rather happen sooner than normal wear and tear.

I think any good seat upholstery shop will be able to work with your friend and he can get the new foam added to the oem seats and cover it based on the fabric and design he chooses, will also have better options to choose from stiffer foams to softer ones depending on what he likes - its a more viable and economical option than buying a whole seat just for new cushion unless the seat structure is damaged.

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Atleast Maruti has separate cushions as well as complete seat sets for its cars. I got seat base cushions for my 2000 Maruti 800 last year.

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Ah what I'm looking for is more like the Maruti example. Does anyone know if VW does full seat sets? And leoshahi, does the fit and finish match the factory seats when you got the car brand new?
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Yep, they sag with age just like your mattress at home .

Just get the seat foam, supports & cloth redone at a good upholstery shop. Some might even give you a better end result than OEM if your friend is willing to pay for quality.
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Yep, they sag with age just like your mattress at home .

Just get the seat foam, supports & cloth redone at a good upholstery shop. Some might even give you a better end result than OEM if your friend is willing to pay for quality.
It seems surprisingly hard to find people that do fabric upholstery because leather/art leather is the norm. Any pointers or would you recommend leather instead for which there seems to be a lot of good places in big cities?
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It seems surprisingly hard to find people that do fabric upholstery because leather/art leather is the norm. Any pointers or would you recommend leather instead for which there seems to be a lot of good places in big cities?
Talk to a nearby good upholstery shop and check with them and mostly they would be happy to do the seats in fabric, many do prefer fabrics over art leather as its more breathable during summers and helps for those who don't want to keep the ac on always - you may have seen many using jute style fabric seats which were a rave couple of seasons back.

Art leather seats are good too as you can choose various designs and mix match colors to work and come out with a cool design to your liking, its mostly water and stain proof so easy on maintenance and also has a longer life as the wear and tear is less due to harder material - however on the flip side if you are in a hotter climate it would require usage of AC to keep things cool while driving.
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