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Here in NY the weather are up the 80's. How bad are the graphite leather seats when you park and leave the car under the sun for a while? How do you guys handle the unbearable heat on the steering wheel and seats? Is one of those inner windshield cardboards enough?
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by bfavre4:<BR><B>Here in NY the weather are up the 80's. How bad are the graphite leather seats when you park and leave the car under the sun for a while? How do you guys handle the unbearable heat on the steering wheel and seats? Is one of those inner windshield cardboards enough?</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>It's not that bad..my car, today, with the temps approaching 89 or so was pretty good. Did not scorch myself anywhere and I was wearing shorts. I like leaving my sunroof cracked (popped) and always leave about 1" or more open space with my windows. Not bad at all!<P>The only way you may "scorch yourself (and you will have to wear shorts) is if it is EXTREMELY HOT and you leave the sunroof completely open. The sun baking directly on your seats will make them...pretty hot!<P>Yannis<P><P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by bfavre4:<BR><B>Here in NY the weather are up the 80's. How bad are the graphite leather seats when you park and leave the car under the sun for a while?</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>I am not sure what the laws are in NY, but have you considered getting your windows tinted? I highly recommend it because it keeps your car cool, protects the leather, hides your valuables, and just keeps your interior more bearable during the hot summer months. I can't say enough good things about it. Plus, it looks good. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif"><P>-Drew
 

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I have the graphite leather interior and I haven't yet had any problems with the seats getting too hot, but the temps haven't been very high yet. Leather seats have never really been my choice for my cars just because of this reason, but you almost can't buy on of these vehicles (except the T5 maybe) without having to order one without leather seating.<P>I also use a sheepskin steering wheel cover and it keeps your hands from getting cold in the winter and hot in the summer. Most people don't like them; think they're geeky looking, but it does the trick.<P>I did notice that the car does cool off very quickly when the air is turned on which should help also.<P>...dl..<P><BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by bfavre4:<BR><B>Here in NY the weather are up the 80's. How bad are the graphite leather seats when you park and leave the car under the sun for a while? How do you guys handle the unbearable heat on the steering wheel and seats? Is one of those inner windshield cardboards enough?</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>
 

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I had the same concern with getting the graphite leather interior, but judging by these last few mid-80's-and-sunny days, it's working out fine.<P>The car DOES cool off very quickly -- did so in under two minutes (I mean, COLD air blowing, not just 'not-hot', but truly COLD) yesterday when the temp readout said it was 93. At lunchtime I went out and popped the sunroof open, like Yannis said, and I had no problem with the heat inside the passenger cabin (steering wheel, seats, etc. too hot to touch) by the time I left work. <P>I didn't even have my sunshade up on the windshield. (Still have to swap out my ice scraper for the sunshade. Just haven't done it yet.)<P>I only have 3 sample points to go on, but today was the 3rd day we've had heat in the mid-80's, and I've had no problem with my graphite interior being too hot. (The first mid-80's day I didn't pop the sunroof, and it was still okay.) As summer draws out and we get days in the 90's, I'll be sure to pop up my sunshade.<P>Now, I must admit, before I even "took delivery" of my new S60, I feared the worst with the black interior, and I went out bought little black "hand towels" (for you non-Martha-Stewart types, that means they're about 16"x24"). My idea was to just stick them in the corner of the trunk, and if we ever go to get in the car and find the seats to be unbearable, I'll just grab the towels out of the trunk and sit on those. Besides, they'll double as "protectors" if/when we're muddy or covered with suntan lotion, etc., and don't want to get any goop on the seats. Just an idea... Can't say that I've tried it yet...<P>But I have had no problem yet, and I think the salient point of all the above testimonials is that the car cools down far quicker than what you would think! <P>I *am* thinking about someday getting window tinting, but am too busy at the moment to research it and find "qualified" shops around here to do it. Drew is right, I think it looks a tad better than without, but that's not what would move me to do it. I would mainly be getting it because I feel a little like I'm on display, or in a fishbowl or something. This has far less tinting than my prior vehicles, so I'm just used to more. I just don't want to go get tinting put on it and have it be botched or bubbly, so I'm deferring the whole decision on that a while! <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"> Happy motoring...<P>
 

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it seems that volvos keep their cool b/c we have one with the dark grey interior and we live in los angeles. even in the summer, the car cools down pretty quick. even when we're in las vegas it's nice and cool inside. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P>tinting helps some, but when i got mine done on my honda, i just remember that it took a little getting used to driving at night. plus the additional UV protection couldn't hurt.
 

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Hi. What I meant was that the air coming out of the registers gets cool/cold quickly, under 2 minutes or so. I aim them right at my face/neck, because that's what makes you "feel" cool until the passenger cabin really gets cooled down. Then the passenger cabin DOES cool down pretty quick, too, thanks to the quick-to-cool air blowing. You don't need to keep the blower on mid-to-high blowing for very long (at least I didn't). <P>So both -- yes, I mean the air coming right at you gets cold quickly, and yes, the passenger cabin also gets cool quickly, but obviously not in 2 minutes. I meant the stuff blowing at your noggin. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P>
 

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you have a really nice set of Thor wheels...i was contemplating on getting either Thor or Tethys wheels...kinda confused now...any suggestions when u made the decision?<p>btw..i got sapphire black and graphite leather seats too...
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>you have a really nice set of Thor wheels...i was contemplating on getting either Thor or Tethys wheels...kinda confused now...any suggestions when u made the decision?<p>btw..i got sapphire black and graphite leather seats too...<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>Those are standard T5 wheels. I didn't have to make any decision. They came with the T5.
 
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