" This will be good news for Mercedes-Benz, which has a leatherette so good that it makes a nice wallet." Not any more, apparently. My wife has a 1985 300D, bought new, that is still perfect in every respect. For the winter, she has a 1992 4Matic, ditto. I have a 2012 E350 4Matic, which I wanted with MB-Tex upholstery because of its observed performance over time. The front seats' MB-Tex developed cracks and were replaced by the dealer three years ago. The driver's seat is now cracking again. Newer MBs are too new for me to know if they have fixed the problem. I hope so; I have no other complaints about the car.
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