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As I near the point where I can order my 2015, I am faced with the decision regarding whether or not to get the sueded microfiber option. Now I do have furniture made of this and the points of wear (arm rests and where my head hits) have gotten matted down , shiny and dirty. Two different furniture cleaning companies have not been able to get it right again and now i just throw slipcover over it and regret getting it in the first place. So, my question to those with experience in this area with any car you may have this, or if you got the option with your 2014 C7, "How is it holding up after normal use??" Would you do it again?
 

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For the reasons you stated are exactly why I didn't order it. Although, I have no experience with it, I can see these things happening. However, I've read it gives a very rich looking interior. Someone in this forum was talking about how great it looked in very high end sports cars like a Ferrari. Maybe the person will see the thread and comment.
 

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Couldn't get it on Adrenaline red, and I am quite happy with the LT3 trim leather. I DID get the A-posts, visors, and windshield header done with microfiber on my convertible and it looks great! I would have gotten it on the coupe too.
 

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It holds up fine as it's artificial - not real suede.....

but my leather is new/perfect in 5000 miles as I use "Aires Seat defenders" from amazon - on and off in 30 secs....
 

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While at the Ron Fellows school I drove no less than 6 different vets and was impressed that none of the interiors looked worn in any way. These cars all had 5k miles + on them and were in numerous interior configurations. Although we used the AC extensively in the 100+ temps, I expected to see some affect, there wasn't. Sweaty heads, helmets and most wore shorts, still, impressively clean and no obvious wear. Others that attended the school can chime in with their impressions. My Premier has over 5K miles and the interior shows no signs of anything but new. I don't think the materials are anything like your typical furniture material.

Just my two cents on the subject.

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My wife's Audi TT has the suede inserts; In noticing the wear and tear, when I ordered my 3LT, I did not include it.
 

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I had it in my Cadillac CTS-V for 3 years - never had any problems and it was a daily driver - looked great up to the day I sold it. We ordered it in our StingRay as well - really glad we did. It isn't going to be a daily driver, so didn't spend much time considering wear and tear. At the end of the day, I think it's just a matter of preference as I've seen worn leather that can look pretty bad as well.
 

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but isn't that like leaving the clear plastic covers on your furniture and lamps? How do yoiu enjoy it if it is covered up???
 

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If you are referring to my seat defenders, I don't need to "enjoy" my leather when I'm running around town getting groceries and the hardware store. When I'm having passengers, or going somewhere special, they come off in 20 secs....
 

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We're getting the sueded seats for sure. It was one of my top 'musts' as it gets 100+ here too and I didn't want to be sticking to the leather in the Summer. I've seen it on lots of C7s and I've never once seen it look bad. It also doesn't do the full 'strip' top to bottom. I know the end of the bottom seat cushion doesn't have it.

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The different textures just make the interior look fantastic. I wanted something with a little WOW factor. I'll get mine July 15th. Until then I have to stare at photos and visit showrooms I travel past. I'll be adding a Brownstone steering wheel to complete the look.

 

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As "phinman" said, it is a matter of preference and I have a CTS that is all leather and it is 6 yrs. old. There is some shinnyness to the drivers seat area but the other seats are in great condition. I think no matter what we order there will be some signs of wear and tear. It has to be expected. Proper cleaning and regular care can prevent most of the wear from showing. But don't kid yourself, leather or micro fiber will wear. Mine has the added shift boot and steering wheel covered as well. Available with the competition seats. If you order inserts it is automatic done. I think the Micro fiber takes a little more care and cleaning than the leather but both most definately do require proper maintenance. I also like the micro fiber as there is less of it out there. Leather is so popular that it is common spot. It is like Blk on Blk, it is nice but there is too much of it and it takes away from the neatness of it because there is so much of it. Follow? haha!!
 

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My Brownstone interior is my favorite part of my car! It's the only reason I got the 3LT, and I feel like it was worth every penny. I contemplated not getting the inserts, but then saw one in person with inserts and knew it was what I wanted. I would like to get the Caravaggio wheel in Brownstone with the Brownstone horn pad, but $2K is a little out of my budget this year. Maybe next year I'll splurge for it. ;)
 

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The different textures just make the interior look fantastic. I wanted something with a little WOW factor. I'll get mine July 15th. Until then I have to stare at photos and visit showrooms I travel past. I'll be adding a Brownstone steering wheel to complete the look.

A brownstone steering wheel? Wow. Can't wait to see pics of that! Next time you're snapping pics, try to grab the top. I was wondering how far UP the suede strip goes, but none of my pics show the top part either! ;)
 

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Caravaggio does great work, and a suggestion if I might for those going ahead to get a Brownstone wheel of theirs. Instead of having the Brownstone suede on the sides of the wheel (where wear could be affected), do the reverse and put the regular Brownstone leather on the sides, have suede Brownstone on the top and bottom pieces. Know that they have done color reversal for others, so they can clearly do "placement" reversal if you would want.
 

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I can share my 4.5 months of experience with microfiber, but first I have to acknowledge that it seems like I always agree with glen e. Those Aries seat defenders are truly effective.

I happen to have Brownstone Leather with microfiber inserts, but it all looks like new underneath the seat covers. As an added bonus, the seat defenders come in a dark brown color that is (to my eyes) a near match for the Brownstone leather. They are off and on in seconds, do not slip and slide, and they make entering and exiting the seat easier as there is no "rub" as your behind slides on to and off of the leather seat side bolsters on the bottom and sides of the standard GT Seats. Now, one can say, why spend the $$$ on 3LT and then cover up the beautiful leather/microfiber? I covered only the driver's seat, so far, as it gets the most use--so I can still see the passenger seat.

Bottom line for me is get what pleases you. No matter what you pick out, there is always something that you might have a regret about--and then they come out with a Z06, a 2016, or a ZR1 and buyer's remorse is there all over again. Taken as a whole, this is an awesome car.

All of this is IMHO...
 

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Caravaggio does great work, and a suggestion if I might for those going ahead to get a Brownstone wheel of theirs. Instead of having the Brownstone suede on the sides of the wheel (where wear could be affected), do the reverse and put the regular Brownstone leather on the sides, have suede Brownstone on the top and bottom pieces. Know that they have done color reversal for others, so they can clearly do "placement" reversal if you would want.

I'm tempted to go no suede and have perforated brownstone on the sides and smooth on top and bottom positions. Also, I'm I the only one who still likes "round" steering wheels?
 
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