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Old 04-07-2018, 07:16 AM   #1
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Alcantara manufacturer can't keep up with demand

Is this the material on the 1LE steering wheel and shifter?

I like the feel and look of it, but did wonder about the long-term wear. Hopefully it lasts...

http://www.motortrend.com/news/alcan...-use-material/
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Old 04-07-2018, 07:26 AM   #2
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I had an alcantara steering wheel, shift knob, and shift boot in my 2014 1LE and have experience with long-term wear and tear. I put 40k miles on my 1LE over 1.5 years and the material was basically worn out after 20k of those. They sell cleaning kits that work wonders on alcantara but at the end of the day it's an extra wear item in the car. The material used in my 2017 feels nearly identical. I'd go into it asking if you are willing to spend an extra $200-$300 every 20-30k miles to have the alcantara. It does look and feel great. I ended up swapping to a leather steering wheel and shifter which was really easy to do in my 2014 1LE.
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Old 04-07-2018, 08:58 AM   #3
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I still have my 2015 Camaro 1LE (42k miles) and the steering wheel and shifter look as new as the day I bought it. The main reason for that is how easy it is to clean it, all you need is a damp cloth and a spot of soap and it looks new each time. I never use a brush on it.
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Old 04-07-2018, 11:17 AM   #4
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I believe our cars have a knock-off Alcantera. Same synthetic suede material....just not the name brand “Alcantera”.
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Old 04-07-2018, 01:53 PM   #5
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They need to breed more Alcanteras, Peru, I think.
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Old 04-07-2018, 03:13 PM   #6
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They need to breed more Alcanteras, Peru, I think.
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Old 04-07-2018, 03:37 PM   #7
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They need to breed more Alcanteras, Peru, I think.
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Old 04-07-2018, 04:22 PM   #8
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I heard that the GM ultra suede is a more durable, less soft variation of alcantara that's made by the same company.
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Old 04-07-2018, 04:29 PM   #9
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GM uses a microfiber suede. It looks just as good. A lot of this stuff is very similar, ultrasuede for example is just a branding of microfiber suede, it is the same stuff. It is all Japanese fabrics from the 1970s that caught on huge three decades later.
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Old 04-07-2018, 08:21 PM   #10
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Perhaps some fine Corinthian Leather should be used!
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Old 04-10-2018, 05:13 PM   #11
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I have a 2015 STI with 66,000 miles and alcantara seats, and they still look brand new. However, the leather bolsters definitely show wear.
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Old 04-10-2018, 05:28 PM   #12
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yup same thing that is happening at my work lol we make oem style f150 lighting that uses that and they arent going to sell to the aftermarket anymore just oem guys
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