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I thought this was unusual, but when I checked out the Pilot at the dealership, the texture didn't feel like the leather that was in my Accord. Also, it didn't have the "leathery" smell to it either.

With a kid coming my way, would it be more practical to get the "leather" or plain cloth? I hear that leather is easier to clean but I'm afraid it might rip with the abuse from kids and dogs.
 

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We have had our Pilot for a year with our 2 year old who is now 3. It has held up fine and although we have not had the issue, some people say it is easier to clean up "barf" with leather.
 

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Leather & Vinyl

My understanding is:

The front seats and the second row seats are leather, and the third row is vinyl.
 

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Blue_Chameleon said:
...With a kid coming my way, would it be more practical to get the "leather" or plain cloth? I hear that leather is easier to clean but I'm afraid it might rip with the abuse from kids and dogs.
Leather is usually easier to wipe off than cloth, but the Pilot leather is perforated, so it's hard to say - it will wipe off easily, but I think fluids might go into the holes quite quickly.
 

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You know, this raises an interesting issue. The leather in as lot of cars these days is quite bland and characterless. Honda, VW, anything GM. The all feel less like leather than a good vinyl as can be seen on some euro-market BMW, Audi, Mercedes Benz etc. It's kinda pathetic.

Seems to me that it would make a lot of sense to offer a durable vinyl for a vehicle like the Pilot that has a good chance of being soiled by kids, dogs etc. Maybe even a touch of mud should it ever make it off road ;)
 

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I Think...

I think that the thing that made us choose cloth instead of leather was, there was no fantastic, take your breath away leather feel and smell like in a Mercedes. We test drove a Pilot with leather and the feel and smell...the whole leather karma was not there.

Maybe it will come around in a future upgrade or option.

Don
 

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Zaino leather cleaner/conditioner

Will Zaino's leather cleaner/conditioner give the Pilot a "leathery" smell? Anybody use this stuff yet in their Pilot?
 

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I currently have a car with leather interior with two kids and there are pros and cons with both leather and cloth. The leather is easier to clean up food, spills, etc. but takes a beating with car seats and just the overall roughness/not caring-ness of kids. I have had my leather for 3 years and it is really showing signs of wear (creasing, fading). When I get the Pilot at the end of July I will be getting cloth.
 

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Guitarman -

I just used Zaino's Leather-in-a-bottle on Sunday. I think this is the best product for leather on the market. The inside of my Pilot now has that nice leather smell.
 

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Guitarman -

I just used Zaino's Leather-in-a-bottle on Sunday. I think this is the best product for leather on the market. The inside of my Pilot now has that nice leather smell.
How long till you can sit in the seats after you "leatherize?"
 

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We just purchased the Pilot a month ago with the cloth and we are having the leather installed after market for $1,295. It will be a smooth leather all hand stitched. My wife and I did not like the factory leather because of the perforated holes and it looks like vinyl. I would suggest getting the cloth interior and for the same price have leather installed after market. Don't let the dealer tell that it can't be done because of the side air bags. They can work around it when installing the leather.
 

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ck55 said:
Guitarman -

I just used Zaino's Leather-in-a-bottle on Sunday. I think this is the best product for leather on the market. The inside of my Pilot now has that nice leather smell.

I used the Zaino Leather-In-A-Bottle yesterday and my car too has that nice new leather smell....as did my hands for the rest of the night.:D

To Jet-Pilot-64:
It seemed to dry immediately.

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NYCPilot -

Don't you love the leather smell? Not bad on your hands either, in fact I'm thinking of using it as an aftershave, I like it so much.

Yes, it does dry fairly quickly.
 

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Mark said:
We just purchased the Pilot a month ago with the cloth and we are having the leather installed after market for $1,295. It will be a smooth leather all hand stitched. My wife and I did not like the factory leather because of the perforated holes and it looks like vinyl. I would suggest getting the cloth interior and for the same price have leather installed after market. Don't let the dealer tell that it can't be done because of the side air bags. They can work around it when installing the leather.
That price sounds low. Is that leather for all seats, even thrid row?
 

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Not too sure what you guys are talking about re; stock leather. Mine had a strong leather smell when new, and still has a good leather smell at 11,000 miles. :)
 

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91Octane said:
Not too sure what you guys are talking about re; stock leather. Mine had a strong leather smell when new, and still has a good leather smell at 11,000 miles. :)
My son-in-law bought a new EX-L a few months ago (sigh!) and it still has a nice leather smell to it. Maybe some VIN's got special treatment due to this site. :D
 

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How much of the leather is leather?

I presume that all the material that you touch when sitting down in the 1st and 2nd row seats is leather, but is any of the other leather-like material actually leather? For example, the armrest for the front seats is vinyl, but what about the perforated material on the doors? Leather or pleather? Any ideas?

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91Octane said:
Not too sure what you guys are talking about re; stock leather. Mine had a strong leather smell when new, and still has a good leather smell at 11,000 miles. :)
My primary reason for using the Leather-in-a-Bottle is for the conditioning qualities of the product....the scent was secondary benefit, but not really needed yet as the original leather scent is still strong.

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Cajun Pilot said:


That price sounds low. Is that leather for all seats, even thrid row?
That price is for all seats, even 3rd row as well as the panels on the doors. The dealer originally told us that they would charge us $1,995 to do the install through the company I got a price from. I found out who did the installs for the dealer and that is who gave me the price of $1,295. I just skipped the middle man. It just takes a little research to save big $.
 
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