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Old 10th November 2007, 12:14   #16
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Originally Posted by swageo View Post
Consider this

Civic V MT with leather seats + fog lamp + etc : 13,08,420
Civic S MT : 12,31,469

Now add good leather to Civic S for 40k
Now add fog lamp to Civic S for 15,577

Total : 55,557

You still save 21k. Is that not a big amount ?

What I am not sure is how well after-market leather fitting fit well.
It is true that car manufacturers charge way too much for leather otion. When I bought my Corolla, I considered the H5 variant which was 70K more than the H2. But the quality of leather was bad. It was a cheap and hard leather. So I opted for H2 and spent 40K for a finest quality Stanley leather. The OEM version(H5) is nowhere near my car's aftermarket leather be it the fit and finish or the luxury feel.

Originally Posted by GTO View Post
Ah, good point. Probably is the foam then.
No...a good quality leather does make a difference. The OEM H5 leather seats feel much harder compared to my aftermarket stanley leather. But the catch is that OEM leather is much more durable whereas the soft leather is very much prone to wear and tear.
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