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Hi, the alfa 4c that I am planning to buy has cloth seats in it, wanted to know what people thought of these - are they better worse than the leather ones and in what ways? Thanks
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Everyone has leather who has specced their 4C themselves. Unless looking for a track toy, most looking for a 4C to buy will want leather too. You can always get them retrimmed in leather so it’s really no big deal, just more ammo for you to negotiate a larger discount.
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I have both.
The leather (with microfibre insert)seats are much nicer looking.
The cloth ones are, well, more basic. I was pleased that they still had the stitched logo in the headrest, but I fear they may be hard to keep clean. Treat them with Scotchguard when you get the car. You can likely replace them at some point, or have them covered with leather or Alcantra.
I do find the cloth to be quite grippy. Moreso than the pure leather for sure, and maybe even more than the microfibre ones. And they breathe a bit. Plus, not being black, they aren’t as hot.
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Scotchgard them (fabric protection) and they'll last.

I have 30-year old cloth seats in a car and they look new, with 100,000 miles (160000 km - which I rounded, just to annoy the metric police), and they've simply been Scotchguarded from a spray can.

Keep 'em clean, by protecting them, and proactive maintenance will prove to beat reactive maintenance.

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Hi, the alfa 4c that I am planning to buy has cloth seats in it, wanted to know what people thought of these - are they better worse than the leather ones and in what ways? Thanks
I have cloth seats with no regrets whatsoever. Leather may or may not be good on resale, jury is out on the dashboards, or maybe jury has spoken. I bought mine off the lot, one of two available, and I liked the coupe over the spider. If my car had leather, and a leather dash, for the price I offered I would have bought it. But again, no regrets and I still get front row in Newport RI cars and coffee events. Good luck!
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I’ll admit that in Oz they all come with leather seats so someone would question a car with cloth seats here. We’ve no choice, except to say you could get them retrimmed in cloth but can’t see it happening. I actually think cloth would be the more practical choice in Oz with our heat. Better grip on your body too. Looks wise though, it’s hard to beat leather. Val, just say how disappointed you are that it doesn’t have leather, whether you are or not, and use it as a negotiation tool. Just saying..
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Leather = looks and smells better.
Cloth = grips better.
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Anyone spray their microfibre with scotch guard or some other protectant spray?
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Microfiber, such as Alcantara and the related odd imitations, is best left alone in areas where you grab it alot (wheel), but some do apply fabric protection to it when used on seating and other surfaces. It's a weird synthetic... and it seems no matter what you do to it, it just gets gummy and weirder.

303 brand convertible top protectant is recommended for such materials as microfiber. https://www.autogeek.net/32ozsize.html?channelid=BIZRA


303 is a big time fave among those with boats, convertibles and campers. They have a range of products. Linky to specific one:

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Quote: 303 Fabric Guard protects all new or cleaned “outdoor” fabrics from water, dirt, grease and sun damage. Outdoor fabrics include canvas convertible tops, cloth automobile seats and carpets, biminis, and boating enclosures.

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Microfiber, such as Alcantara and the related odd imitations, is best left alone in areas where you grab it alot (wheel), but some do apply fabric protection to it when used on seating and other surfaces. It's a weird synthetic... and it seems no matter what you do to it, it just gets gummy and weirder.

303 brand convertible top protectant is recommended for such materials as microfiber. https://www.autogeek.net/32ozsize.html?channelid=BIZRA


303 is a big time fave among those with boats, convertibles and campers. They have a range of products. Linky to specific one:

https://www.autogeek.net/32ozsize.html?channelid=BIZRA


Quote: 303 Fabric Guard protects all new or cleaned “outdoor” fabrics from water, dirt, grease and sun damage. Outdoor fabrics include canvas convertible tops, cloth automobile seats and carpets, biminis, and boating enclosures.
good stuff. Thanks @Philster
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