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Old 12-19-2005, 06:54 AM   #1
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Default Q: Seat heater + Cloth seats. Good/Bad ?

Just out of insane curiosity, would there be any point for seat heaters with seats that have cloth upholstery instead of leather? Or would that be a really bad idea (@$$ on fire, etc.,)?

I ask more out of curiosity, and not really seriously wanting to do it. It'* just that all heated seats I've seen are leather. Were all of the stock heated seats leather, or were there ever any stock heated cloth seats? Would installing a heater in cloth seats risk setting one'* tush on fire? (i.e., would it be too hot?) Has anyone on here ever done it?

I have an SE with column shifter, no center console, and the split 55/45 cloth seats. My wife'* `01 GP GT has leather with heated driver'* seat. It'* nice, but it seldomly gets very cold here in California. Still, it'* nice when we go skiing in the Sierras. I've always wondered if adding a seat heater to my cloth seats would be possible or not. Not that cloth feels really cold, like leather can do. I wonder if there'd be any point.

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the mid 90'* Volvo 850'* had heated seats with cloth. Saw one in the junkyard while I was there.

The reason it isn't done a lot is cause cloth warms up a lot faster than leather, but that isn't to say they aren't nice on the buns.
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As the official loudmouth and recently added bun warmer of the site...

I'd say go for it, in the right climate. There are temp sensors in the heaters I got from a Caddy. There should be no risk of fire.
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I would do it in my cloth seats, but that'* not a priority of mine right now
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i believe that is isnt common in cloth seats, not because of any hazard, but simply because cloth seats definately dont feel or stay as cold as leather do when you sit on them.. this is one of the reasons alot of people prefer cloth over leather
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I agree with Toasty on this one.. I never felt the need and always had cloth.
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Yeah, I didn't see much point in heating my cloth seats either, because they just don't ever really feel cold. (I like my cloth!) But still, curiosity got the better of me. It isn't a priority for me either, but if I ever have some seat heaters fall out of the sky into my lap, maybe I'll do it!

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I agree with Toasty & Boosty. I've had leather with out the heat, it is very cold & hot depending on season. I now have cloth which is very tolerable on cold 5* mornings, much more tolarable than the leather w/o heat.
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the early Saturn L300'* the around 2000 models you could order heated seats without the leather interior package. most of the time you never find heated seats on the cloth as heated seats are a luxury item, and 90% of the luxury cars have leather. it costs the companys too much to make options for cloth and leather.
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My leather on the 97 is actually pretty good in summer and winter. However... having the heat is great. I get to work feeling like I never got out of bed.
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