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I always use a sun reflector in my windshield and try to park as out of the sun as possible, however she sits for 7-8 hours from 8 am to 4 pm while I work so I'm sure the heat during peak times is pretty high in there. I seen the thermostat hit 100+ a few times already this summer.

While it's too dark now to take a proper picture of it, I'll post one tomorrow morning but in case anyone has noticed similar issue I figured I'd give the post a head start. My question really is if anyone else has noticed this and if they know of a good way to reverse or replace the damaged vinyl/leather or what're it's made out of!

Thanks for any advice !


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That is the wrinkling I drive with both hand at about 7&5 or left hand on 7 and right on the shifter so I'm almost never pressing weight on the console, but it is what it is

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That is the first posted......strange.......is the car still in b to b?

I guess heat could contribute but then I would think it would be more widespread.

Do you park in the same spot every day?........there was a situation here in Chicago, I think, where one of the new buildings downtown was reflecting sunlight off its windows and it was focusing on two or three parking spots.
The plastic outside mirror housings were melting off the cars......I remember the news interviewing a hapless Jaguar owner that had the driver mirror melt and deform.

Anyways, not a known issue.....if sunlight is involved throw a sacrificial towel over it I guess.

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Honestly it looks like it is vinyl that is separating. If you are still under warranty I would take it to the dealer and get it replaced. The leather interior is typically just the seating surfaces with vinyl everywhere else...
 

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Kind of looks more like the center arm rest than the console, and see you are from New England, Arizona really has problems like this. Major problem with our center arm rest was rattles, took it all apart and separated the plastic pieces with thing weather stripping.

Is item 12 on this parts diagram, Ours is tan, have leather but this one is vinyl, been able to straighten out wrinkles in vinyl with a heat gun, but do this at your own risk. Ours is on its way to the wrecking yard, rear ended and totaled by a drunk. See used ones on ebay for 50 bucks, that tells me our car is worth far more in parts than sitting in a used car lot in perfect condition.



But not seeing anything about different colors.

[ 12 ] BODY HARDWARE / CONSOLE / CENTER CONSOLE / Armrest
Part Number: 95910782

armrest CONSOLE & COMPONENTS, black

PARTS: Part included with console assembly.
MSRPCore ?Online Price
$156.98
$0.00$109.46








 

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That is the first posted......strange.......is the car still in b to b?

I guess heat could contribute but then I would think it would be more widespread.

Do you park in the same spot every day?........there was a situation here in Chicago, I think, where one of the new buildings downtown was reflecting sunlight off its windows and it was focusing on two or three parking spots.
The plastic outside mirror housings were melting off the cars......I remember the news interviewing a hapless Jaguar owner that had the driver mirror melt and deform.

Anyways, not a known issue.....if sunlight is involved throw a sacrificial towel over it I guess.

Rob
No water-resistant for the car is an '11 I only have an extended power train that covers mechanical stuff, I park in the same spot and it's an all black so it gets hot but I park between to large object the inside may only get a few hours of direct sunlight and this was an overnight thing lol I would have noticed it if it gradually happened due to heat.
Honestly it looks like it is vinyl that is separating. If you are still under warranty I would take it to the dealer and get it replaced. The leather interior is typically just the seating surfaces with vinyl everywhere else...
No warranty it's five years old :/

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Not exactly the end of the world, should have seen what the leather upholstery looked like in my 85 Honda SEI when only 3 years old, think they used some kind of rat skin, had large cracks all over the place.

Just ordered a matching color upholstery customed made for this car to make it look like new again from JC Withney, rest of the car was great, but the upholstery sure sucked. Have a pair of hog ring pliers, but you don't buy new hog rings from a upholstery shop, have to go to a vet store, hog rings were made for hogs.

Key reason why I ordered my Supra with cloth. Have a feeling the arm rest cover is also from the fareast, China? But at least it doesn't have any cracks in it.

GM leather always has been bullet proof, starting off with my 65 Buick as was their vinyl tops, with later years the body sure looked like crap, but the interior was like brand new yet. Our 93 Bravada looked like brand new on the inside, but sure didn't want to see the outside.

One low cost solution is to hang a picture on it. Or, lots of pictures.
 

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Looks like something caused by defect. Either in manufacture or by way of hand cleaner / sanitizer / moisturizer or Armor all type product.

Either way, it's not a new car and is starting to show its wear.
 
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Darn that sucks! I've seen a couple other people post about having this issue. Hopefully you can get it replaced or repaired.


Just today I noticed that the leading edge of my rubber tray mat (the one inside the coin tray holder) is already beginning to fade a bit. I'm guessing from either sitting in the sun all day or just poor quality because I never use the coin tray. Either way, I really should use my sun-visor more often. However, I just took a Q-tip with some Pinnacle Vinyl Rubber Cleaner & Conditioner and applied it to the piece. Hopefully it helped and it won't look the same in the morning.
 

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I think I can replace it but idk what the part cost would be, I have to take it apart and find out more from there, just bought a house so kinda time constrained at the moment, but as soon as I start tinkering and getting info I'll post it here so future cruzers can see


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That is the wrinkling I drive with both hand at about 7&5 or left hand on 7 and right on the shifter so I'm almost never pressing weight on the console, but it is what it is

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I also have this problem happening on my 2012 Cruze, currently overseas for another month. Let me know if you find a fix or replacement please.
 

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Ha, wife was surprised she married a guy that owns a sewing machine. Need one that can do six stitches per inch. Just another part of a valuable tool for doing upholstery projects, to me the same thing as measuring wood, metal, clothe and using different fasteners. Thread in this case, welder, nails, nor screws do not very well.

Reupholstered boats, motorhomes, furniture, and cars, long winters are fun projects like this, major problem is finding the matching material.

So you have to replace the entire arm rest just for a small piece of vinyl? Hardly a half of a square foot. Even the cheapest vinyl I have purchased, like under five bucks a yard that is 54" wide was ten times better than the crap they use on this new stuff.
 

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Buy the ebay lid or pull out the six or so screws securing the pad to the lid and either reupholster it yourself or take it to a local upholstery shop and have it reupholstered for you...
 

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I believe there's a post on this forum of taking that arm rest top apart and adding additional padding. Since your happy with the size of the arm rest, I would think it would be easier, and cheaper to just buy the top lid, with the material fabric attached.

NickD posted a dealer parts picture. Right click on it, find the source and see how much the part is. I'm guessing the lid can be obtained under $20.

I guess I should slow down and read. $100+ for just the armrest. I'd be off to a salvage yard or ebay..

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I like where nick is going with the reupholstery idea, I think I'll get a guy around the corner to give me a quote on custom upholstering it


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