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thijs
07-22-2008, 01:23 PM
Well I pick up the new Madza 3 GT Sport for the wife tonight. It is going to be a sweet little commuter.

It is artic white with black leather. It has heated seats (dont forget I am Canadian), Bose 7 speaker stereo and 6disc changer with Sirrius, 17" wheels. I plan on heavily tinted the glass later.

I will be posting pics later once we get it, but I am curious about leather care. What products do you guys use on your leather. I have a tendency to try to keep things like new and want to start off on the right foot as this is our first brand new car........

bcampbe7
07-22-2008, 01:25 PM
Well I pick up the new Madza 3 GT Sport for the wife tonight. It is going to be a sweet little commuter.

It is artic white with black leather. It has heated seats (dont forget I am Canadian), Bose 7 speaker stereo and 6disc changer with Sirrius, 17" wheels. I plan on heavily tinted the glass later.

I will be posting pics later once we get it, but I am curious about leather care. What products do you guys use on your leather. I have a tendency to try to keep things like new and want to start off on the right foot as this is our first brand new car........

This :

http://www.zainostore.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=Z-9&Category_Code=Zaino&Product_Count=14

...and:

http://www.zainostore.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=Z-10&Category_Code=Zaino&Product_Count=15

dapicatti
07-24-2008, 02:15 AM
griots garage leather care is the least greasy IMHO

jgarner
07-24-2008, 08:39 AM
I personally have never treated leather on any of our cars. I think, so don't quote me on this, that all leather in cards today is treated at the suppliers and you do not have a need for a conditioner. That is why when you apply it seems like it will never absorb into the leather.

c_craig
07-24-2008, 08:43 AM
Could be true about the factory treatment. I had good luck with the Audi Leather Dressing (don't have the Audi anymore). Also worked great on my rather distressed couch in the living room:D

Gonzo
07-24-2008, 08:54 AM
Pretty cool, how many MPG?38097

bigmac
07-24-2008, 09:12 AM
The automotive chemical market, both appearance-care as well as drive train maintenance, is absolutely rife with hucksterism. I've been fascinated by the whole phenomenon ever since it was ushered in by Andy Granatelli (the PT Barnum of the oil industry) when he started marketing STP oil additive.

The fact that there is such an incredible array of products out there should indicate to everyone that there is NO ONE BEST product. Because there are so many, we all seek the advice of others about wax, carpet cleaner, gas treatment, oil additives etc, but all we end up getting is a wide variety of personal opinions. Here's mine:

For leather care, the most important thing (probably the only thing) is to keep it from drying and cracking. In that regard, there is still nothing that beats good old saddle soap, except for maybe mink oil. The problem with that is that those glycerine-based preparations can be a little oily for awhile, so next best IMHO would be Murphy's Oil Soap or Lexol Soap. Most of what you see in the auto care aisle at the hardware store are silicone-based dressings. Most leather care experts would turn their noses up at that. I get this information from my wife, who, between saddles and riding boots etc etc knows a lot about this stuff, and from her buddy, who is an actual harness-maker (he's cool old guy...I didn't even know there were still any harness makers left in the world). Saying the word "silicone" to him will always start a 20 minute lecture.

Bottom line, IMHO...it doesn't matter. Very likely anything you buy at the hardware or auto store that is labelled "leather care" will work just fine. The silicone stuff needs to be applied more often.

bdecker
07-24-2008, 09:36 AM
I think a slightly damp microfiber cloth is the way to go. I know BMW specifically advises against putting any "products" on their leather... Remember when we all thought "Armor All" was a good idea! In my opinion lots of these products likely do more harm than good, or at least have no real benefit.

thijs
07-26-2008, 02:14 PM
Pretty cool, how many MPG?

Making about 600km for the first tank of fuel. Not too bad for 55 litres, also considering that I have been driving it like a race car. It handles sweeeet! Just like rails.

Sorry I only know metric conversions.

jpattigr
07-27-2008, 02:53 AM
600km X .62 will tell you how many miles that is and 3.8 liters to a US gallon.

Too lazy to do the math but it is about 30 MPG

atlfootr
07-27-2008, 03:03 PM
I use this on our leather seats in my 4 Runner
Meguiars Gold Class Leather Cleaner

http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:kmLJtM3cZ4jwgM:http://www.vertar.com/media/meguiars-gold-class-leather-cleaner-conditioner_4_1.jpg (http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.vertar.com/media/meguiars-gold-class-leather-cleaner-conditioner_4_1.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.vertar.com/car-care-interior/leather-care-conditioning/meguiars-gold-class-leather-cleaner-conditioner/&h=200&w=200&sz=9&hl=en&start=5&tbnid=kmLJtM3cZ4jwgM:&tbnh=104&tbnw=104&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dmaguires%2Bleather%2Bcare%26gbv%3D2%2 6hl%3Den)

thijs
07-27-2008, 04:01 PM
Thanks everyone. This is the first new car for me as I have said and I am really sure I made a good choice. We could have gotten a bit better mileage with other cars, but then we loose the pep we like and the luxury.....