looking at purchasing an extra Atacama cover a member has on sale here which was stamped 2004-09-21 any ideas if this is the newer cover ? or is there some method or mark to discern the 05 + covers. I have an 06 so the 04 cover wouldn't fit . thanks
...and the seller has no idea what year car it came out of? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>Persaonlly I wouldn't bother unless you KNOW it has less than 2500 miles on it
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>vizwiz</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">My 2004 Nordkap seat got a 4" rip on the seam on the outer bolster. Can the seat cover be replaced as a DIY job, or does it require special skills or tools?</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Just a hog ring clamp and some patience.<br>Personally I (and most others) never touch upholstory, that's a specialized area.<br>I've seen dealer work (replacing a cover) and while this is the easiest of upholstory work, if your not knowlegable with the tricks of the trade, re: of installing a seat cover so it's tight and it fits as original, I would let an upholstory shop do it
they got it from Kline Volvo.. my seat is fine and I just had it restored..thought if i could get a cover cheap would do it ,,but not if its an 04... thanks for your input...definitely more than 2400 miles <p><br>
You *can* do it yourself, I have re-upholstered two Volvos and a GMC. The Volvos honestly were easier than the American cars mostly because GM decided to use copious amount of Velcro to hold the covers on. If you are a very patient person, the seat bottom is easy to replace. The seat back is harder, the headrest is a nightmare and the rear seats are somewhere in-between. If you are the kind of guy that is willing to tackle your own belt changes, brake work, handy with tools and don't mind the posibility of this taking hours, then go for it.
I've also found that zip ties are a great substitute for hog rings, if you don't feel like going out and buying a specialized tool.<p>I've pulled upholstery on several of my Volvos to fix miscellaneous things, and they go together very nicely for the most part, if you're patient and careful they look just like new.
I would say that the number you have is the date the cover was QC inspected. as in September 21st 2004. Probably came on an 05, as this date is close to the end of the year. Kinda like how the door sticker on an 05 might list a production date in 04. This is my guess. Good luck!
Also, it's wicked easy to replace the cover yourself. You don't need a specialist. I would however get some hog rings and appropriate pliers. I'm a little iffy about the zip-tie suggestion. I am also 6'4" and 300lbs. So maybe that's why. lol.