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The beige leather in our 2012 S60 is starting to wear. Badly. And the car doesnt even have 40k miles yet! Ive seen cars 10 years older with nicer leather! Is this normal now? My dealer pointed it out but said he couldn't do anything.

Would safe and secure cover this? Should I try a different dealer?
 

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We read about that and confronted the dealer about that here before buying, they said that Volvo has changed the leather being used as this was a known issue. I think it's the heat... I see you are in FL. You might want to try to find some good treatment, so that you can prevent any further damage
 

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We invested in a sun shade for now. But we actually bought this car, and lived in NJ with it for nearly 2 years.

It just really sucks because we love the car. Its just not the kind of quality we expected
 

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Check out this thread: forums.swedespeed.com/showthread.php?224100-Seat-material-quality-problems&highlight=leather+wear

Apparently there is a TJ advisory for premature leather wear and you may be able to get a replacement under warranty.

I recently managed to get my driver side seat base replaced under warranty because some of the stitching had split. I do notice that the new seat base has a slightly different feel/texture than the original seats, and it does feel more durable (particularly the part of the seat base that shows the most wear in your photo).
 

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What leather treatment do you use on the seats?

The wear on the driver side outer bolster can be limited by not sliding or rubbing on the bolster when you are getting into and out of the car. I usually move my seat back a few inches and it makes it a little easier to get out of the car.
 

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The beige leather in our 2012 S60 is starting to wear. Badly. And the car doesnt even have 40k miles yet! Ive seen cars 10 years older with nicer leather! Is this normal now? My dealer pointed it out but said he couldn't do anything.

Would safe and secure cover this? Should I try a different dealer?
Do you condition them? It's important to keep these seats clean and conditioned.
 

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Do you condition them? It's important to keep these seats clean and conditioned.
We use leather care wipes, mostly the Meguiar's Gold Class. Maybe we dont use them as often as we should...
 

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We use leather care wipes, mostly the Meguiar's Gold Class. Maybe we dont use them as often as we should...
Could be the heat. I would recommend a window tint. I had mine tinted this past summer and it really does help reduce interior temps as well as filter UV.

My seats still look very good. I use the Meguiar's leather cleaner/conditioner twice a year when I do detailing. Up until the window tint I only used a reflective windshield screen and always cracked the windows/sunroof if parked in the sun.
 

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Could be the heat. I would recommend a window tint. I had mine tinted this past summer and it really does help reduce interior temps as well as filter UV.

My seats still look very good. I use the Meguiar's leather cleaner/conditioner twice a year when I do detailing. Up until the window tint I only used a reflective windshield screen and always cracked the windows/sunroof if parked in the sun.
Funny you mention that. Tomorrow morning we are getting all 4 windows tinted!

It's been in Florida for over 3 years now. Maybe the crazy heat did some more damage than I realized.
 

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It was the heat... upon taking delivery of my new V60, they gave me some product that they said I should use every 2 months... ouch. I also tinted the heck out of my car.. 40% on the windshield, 60% on the rest..
 

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Sweat and sunscreen residue combined with sun kills leather no matter the quality. Needs to be cleaned bi-weekly if bare skin touches leather.

Volvo's smooth leather variant looks and feels very cheap. Durability is poor for leathers. At 15,000 miles I have some color rubbed off on a bolster seam, and at 7000 miles the leather was bunching / wrinkling on the drivers seat area. Car is parked underground 98% of the time.

Interior care products that promise one swipe clean and condition have no credibility offering only a clean smell and a silicon layer.

Give me Mercedes MBTex seating material any day. Looks and feels like leather and is indestructible.

If Volvo not going to replace that seat cover you can always get one for a few hundred, or just get a whole seat from a recycler like car-part.com and swap it.
 

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I agree with above, that the wipes are garbage. Use the Volvo leather conditioner kit, also sold at IKEA for much less but not lableled Volvo and you will be fine. I will post pics later of our drivers seat with 70k miles on it. We have used the Volvo leather treatment since day 1, and they look great.
 

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While you do need to do a better job maintaining the seats, there is no denying that the Volvo leather is low quality. My C30 R-Design looks like a raccoon lived inside. Scratches on the seats everywhere despite limited sitting time.
 

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While you do need to do a better job maintaining the seats, there is no denying that the Volvo leather is low quality. My C30 R-Design looks like a raccoon lived inside. Scratches on the seats everywhere despite limited sitting time.
After 3 years leather in mine looks nearly brand new. And I didn't take care of it at all. No leather maintenance whatsoever.

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OP: your issues are either lack of treatment or defective leather. I would try to get a replacement if that TJ applies. Pics as promised of ours @ 70k, garage kept at night but not during the day:

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While you do need to do a better job maintaining the seats, there is no denying that the Volvo leather is low quality. My C30 R-Design looks like a raccoon lived inside. Scratches on the seats everywhere despite limited sitting time.
I disagree. Between us and our family we have had several BMW, Merc abd Audis, the Volvo leather is much better.
 

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I disagree. Between us and our family we have had several BMW, Merc abd Audis, the Volvo leather is much better.
If I'm not too lazy, I'll post pics as well.
I'm curious how the new, smoother, sport seats will hold up over the years.

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While you do need to do a better job maintaining the seats, there is no denying that the Volvo leather is low quality. My C30 R-Design looks like a raccoon lived inside. Scratches on the seats everywhere despite limited sitting time.
Hard to make a general statement like this.

Where are the scratches on your seats?
 

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Great job with your seats. They look very close to new.
Thanks! They havent been treated since September. I have to treat them soon. I will post after pics.
 
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