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Tristarboarder 04-27-2013 02:04 PM

Bad Vinyl Years
I have heard a variety of years where MC's had poor quality vinyl, that often failed after just a few years. Which year range exactly was the premature failing of the vinyl? I have heard 03-04 or 05. Some say early 2000's....

JohnnyB 04-27-2013 08:55 PM

04 for sure....

Bob B 04-27-2013 09:44 PM

2002. MC replaced mine because of red
spots. Replacement cracked.

Tristarboarder 05-08-2013 11:36 PM

So very recently, as of the last few days, I have seen more threads regarding MC and other manufacturer's bad vinyl years....definitely '01 and '02? When do you think they fixed whatever the problem was (bad material, stitching product, or otherwise) 03, 04, 05 etc seem to rid of the problem? Looking at an '02, so looking for more info.


MC25 05-08-2013 11:52 PM

Isnt it to bad we cant comment on your original post about that 02 star? good luck with your search. i had a 2000 205V for 10 years, no splitting.

BriEOD 05-09-2013 06:01 PM

2000 for sure....

JohnnyB 05-09-2013 08:50 PM

04 was bad vinyl and stitching

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Ryan 05-09-2013 09:31 PM

Here's my recollection.
'91-93 heat stamps left vinyl vulnerable to cracking and discoloration, thread wasn't UV coated and would pull apart at seams
'94-'97 vinyl was great, quite durable
'98 first year of some visible cost cutting (ahh the dot-com bubble) vinyl went to only one accent color in the prostar line and design was simplified, Maristar went 2-tone beige/lux some had one accent color, and interior grab handles went to plastic (MS basically stayed that way till 01)
'99 seemed to be moderately durable but had little foam padding and looked cheaper (uber cost cutting)
'00 stepped up the luxury level, vinyl seems a little thicker than '99 but pin-stripe stitching left vulnerable perforations
'01-04 vinyl was rather thin, pin-stripe stitching left vulnerable perforations, but the design was sweet at the time and still looks good IMO. From here on, Maristar was virtually the same as ProStar and X, just different monograming. A few of those years had some challenge with a cyanobacteria or fungus turning seats pink.
'05 was substantially thicker and from then on has been more durable. Had a new texture. (cost cutting never to be heard from again)
'06 more new textures
'10 brown vinyl became an option. A Quilted pattern was started and looks great but could be vulnerable down the road.
'11+ a cool neoprene material was added in sections. The stretchy nature of it should help reduce stress on the rest of the vinyl and stitching.

Let me know if I missed a step change.

I only know this for two reasons. I was seriously shopping vinyl styles to borrow design themes for my PS190. And... I seem to retain otherwise completely useless information.

197 TT 05-09-2013 09:31 PM

I've personally seen an '06 with the splitting/cracking at the stitching same as my '03.

Ryan 05-09-2013 09:35 PM


Originally Posted by 197 TT (Post 934018)
I've personally seen an '06 with the splitting/cracking at the stitching same as my '03.

Huh, was it the vinyl or the thread? Anyone know when MC went to UV coated thread?

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