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Softex Durability

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by DC_7222, Feb 20, 2021.

  1. Feb 20, 2021 at 7:19 PM
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    DC_7222

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    So all the older 5th gen ORP (or Trail Premium) models I see used online seem to have Softex seats in fantastic shape. They seem to hold up really well over time/miles. Is that everyone's experience that have put some real miles in the saddle, or am I just seeing dealer detail magic?
     
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  2. Feb 20, 2021 at 11:27 PM
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    dosomeplowin

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    Our 2016 softex seats looked brand new when we sold it. It wasn't super old, but with decent use and two kids I expected it to show some sort of wear.
     
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  3. Feb 21, 2021 at 4:57 AM
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    65k on my 16TP seats look new with crumbs and a small rub rash on driver seat....I'll post a pic later
     
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  4. Feb 21, 2021 at 5:08 AM
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    Chris In Milwaukee

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    I sure hope so. Dogs prints and road salt (from the dogs) are all over mine right now!
     
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  5. Feb 21, 2021 at 5:54 AM
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    50K on mine and they still look good. The driver's seat gets the most abuse by far, and I don't see a wear mark from getting in and out yet.

    Please ignore the sand on the floor mat. :D


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  6. Feb 21, 2021 at 6:56 AM
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    Along with the durability, does anyone with the Softex find the seats to get hot or not be very breathable? I'm trying to decide on my purchase and choosing between Softex and cloth. I am leaning towards Softex, but I do live in Northern NM where temps are cold in winter, but can be pretty hot in summer. Any insight would be appreciated.
     
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  7. Feb 21, 2021 at 7:10 AM
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    Ignore it..
    Pshhh...
    Envy it!
     
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  8. Feb 21, 2021 at 7:22 AM
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    69k on mine and they look brand new.
     
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  9. Feb 21, 2021 at 8:44 AM
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    I would not call them breathable. Heated seats are a perfect solution in cold temps, but in the summer you'll likely just have to find a way to keep the sun from shining directly on the driver's side at least haha.
     
  10. Feb 21, 2021 at 10:31 AM
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    I have 40K+ miles in mine and they look good as new still. As for breathability, I regularly park under the hot socal sun during summer and haven't really noticed a difference between softex and leather. Granted, I have ceramic tint in my 4R so that might be playing a role.
     
  11. Feb 21, 2021 at 11:23 AM
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    Follow up, and not trying to get off topic..
    what do y’all use for treatment to help them look so good for so long?
     
  12. Feb 21, 2021 at 11:30 AM
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    I've been using Meguiars VLR and Turtle Wax Lux leather.
     
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  14. Feb 21, 2021 at 12:38 PM
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    I use sweat and farts
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    Also mind the dirt...been nasty out here in TAXES
     
  16. Feb 21, 2021 at 12:53 PM
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    Considering these are technically plastic seats you can use just about anything except acetone or adhesive removers on them. Leather conditioners are harmless yet pointless as leather has pores to absorb the conditioners. You can use water and dish soap in a spray bottle and get the about the same effect as any overpriced specialty cleaner.
     
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  17. Feb 21, 2021 at 1:18 PM
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    Assholes call travel "overlanding"
    Yes, they don't breathe very well. I'm no fan of them (although they are durable). My wife's SR5 base fabric seats are more comfortable IMO than my Softex.
     
  18. Feb 21, 2021 at 1:19 PM
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    Assholes call travel "overlanding"
    I use nothing...

    When they get really dirty because I have gotten in with mud smeared all over my back (it happens!) I wipe them off with a wet rag.
     
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