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Old 05-30-2001, 09:17 PM
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on my 300D I am looking at redoing the front seats. How do I tell if I currently have leather or MB tex. I will say that the drivers side has some "cracks" in it.
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Old 05-30-2001, 09:41 PM
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As far as I know, Mercedes didn't use the Tex until the C220 of 1994. I may be wrong. Anyway, I have the C220 w/ tex and there is no way it would crack. If you think its leather, it probably is b/c I can really tell mine isn't.
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Old 05-30-2001, 09:53 PM
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MB tex has been used for a long long time

My 84 300D turbo is mb tex. You can tell because its not real leather. The smell, feel, touch, looks, etc. MB tex is kind of like plastic/vinyl type texture.

MB tex usually does not crack, although I did make it crack in my 92 300D. Another way of telling is on the piece you plan on replacing, take a terry cloth and some dye removing solution and rub vigorously and if it comes off then its leather. I wouldnt really recomend that method.
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Old 05-30-2001, 10:22 PM
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If the seating surface has 10 perforated pleats that are about an inch wide it is MB tex. If the seating surface has 4-6 big squares it is leather.
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Old 05-30-2001, 11:05 PM
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CJ,

On my 86 190D 2.5 (that i wrecked and sold recently), anyway, it looks just like my other ones, but it is leather and not squares.

It was also a limted edition too, so it might just be an exception.

On the older models (82-85 300D's), I have never seen them in squares so far.
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Old 05-30-2001, 11:35 PM
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another way is to get ur VIN number and run it by the dealer, they will pull all the info off your car and options, etc.
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Old 05-31-2001, 07:35 AM
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thanks for the replies everyone

I will call the VIN in to the dealer today and see what they say.
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Is it MB...

Easiest way to tell? Take a spot you don't care about, and see if it melts. MB Tex does, leather doesn't. Also, if you can see the back of the material, MB Tex looks like cloth.
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Old 05-31-2001, 12:47 PM
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85 300d? definately Tex. Never saw one with leather.
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Old 05-31-2001, 05:12 PM
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As far as I know, Mercedes didn't use the Tex until the C220 of 1994. I may be wrong.
Whoops, I thought I was wrong, maybe I read that it was going to be the last car to use, I don't know. Sorry!
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Old 05-31-2001, 11:41 PM
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My W116 300SD has leather seats with 6 pleats that run all the way from the front to the back. It's definitely leather because it's so ripped I can see the back of the hide.

Does anyone have a source for just the bottom replacement covers? It seems they always want you to buy them in sets, and my backs are perfect.

Thanks, Patsy
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Old 06-01-2001, 02:01 AM
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Call Express Automotive @1-800-940-0123. They will sell you any peice you want. Their quality is as outstanding as their prices.

Also, TX BILL has the right answer regarding how to tell leather from MB TEX. The channels run all the way to the front of the seat cushion, leather stops about 6" from the edge of the seat.
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Old 06-01-2001, 10:23 PM
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Thanks Bill for the lead, also my leather pleats go all the way to the front and rear edge. I guess the W116 has different seats. Just wanted to reiterate that. Thanks again!
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Old 06-02-2001, 06:59 AM
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havent they been using mbtex for ages? i remember my uncles 1971 280SE had black mb tex, it wasnt leather thats for sure. mb tex is the best, outdoes leather so much more, id consider redoing the interior of our 450 from leather to mb tex


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Old 06-02-2001, 07:16 PM
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My '84 300D has black leather, and it was in bad shape when I got it about a year ago. Shortly thereafter, I heard about Leatherique. I ordered a few of their products and rejuvenated my interior, and I don't regret it. MB-Tex has its advantages, but a supple leather interior is a far cry classier.

(Just an opinion. This post is not an endorsement of the fine line of Leatherique products...but it should be)
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