2004 Camry - Want to upgrade to leather seats!

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Old 26 Sep 2004, 04:30 pm   #1 (permalink)
saaketham
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Default 2004 Camry - Want to upgrade to leather seats!

Hi,

Didn't want to get leather seats when I bought my 04 2 months back. But
now the cloth seats look so plain and ugly I regret not upgrading to
leather. The dealership nearby said they don't sell leather seat covers.

A mechanic I know said it would be cheaper to look for 2004 Camry leather
seats in junkyards instead of getting leather seat covers. He said if I
can locate such seats, they would probably cost $250-350. But the seat
covers would cost $700.

Any advice? Thanks.

Anil

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Old 26 Sep 2004, 08:24 pm   #2 (permalink)
Wolfgang
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Could be a long wait on junk yard seats the right color and no damage.
Takes a pretty heafty blow to total an 04 Camry. Most dealers have a local
company availaable that will swap out the cloth for leather. OEM is better
quality though. $700 probably a bargain price.

"saaketham" <saaketham1@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> Hi,
>
> Didn't want to get leather seats when I bought my 04 2 months back. But
> now the cloth seats look so plain and ugly I regret not upgrading to
> leather. The dealership nearby said they don't sell leather seat covers.
>
> A mechanic I know said it would be cheaper to look for 2004 Camry leather
> seats in junkyards instead of getting leather seat covers. He said if I
> can locate such seats, they would probably cost $250-350. But the seat
> covers would cost $700.
>
> Any advice? Thanks.
>
> Anil
>



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Old 27 Sep 2004, 10:02 am   #3 (permalink)
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I submitted a request on some junkyard mailing list and got 2 positive
replies saying that part was available. Only problem is that both are too
far from my state - 1 is in Cleveland, OH and the other is in Saratoga
Spring, NY. So, these are available, but might not be in my area.

We might go to Cincinnati soon, so I might check the Cleveland junkyard
that replied and see if they have what I want in my price range.

Our local Toyota dealer said they don't even recommend anyone for the
leather upgrade. I have seen several leather seat covers for $700 for the
2004 Camry's. This doesn't include labor, of course.

Anil

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Old 27 Sep 2004, 11:21 am   #4 (permalink)
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"saaketham" <saaketham1@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:<35c9c49066b924384392362d2301aa5f@localhost.t alkaboutautos.com>...
> Hi,
>
> Didn't want to get leather seats when I bought my 04 2 months back. But
> now the cloth seats look so plain and ugly I regret not upgrading to
> leather.


See:

http://www.classicsofttrim.com/

The dealer installed their leather interior on my 1994, and they're
still producing a quality product. At the time, their leather was
thicker than original equipment.
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Old 27 Sep 2004, 11:22 am   #5 (permalink)
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"saaketham" <saaketham1@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:<35c9c49066b924384392362d2301aa5f@localhost.t alkaboutautos.com>...
> Hi,
>
> Didn't want to get leather seats when I bought my 04 2 months back. But
> now the cloth seats look so plain and ugly I regret not upgrading to
> leather.


See:

http://www.classicsofttrim.com/

The dealer installed their leather interior on my 1994, and they're
still producing a quality product. At the time, their leather was
thicker than original equipment.
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Old 27 Sep 2004, 07:51 pm   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: 2004 Camry - Want to upgrade to leather seats!

Just got a reply from a junkyard closer to home - 5 hours drive, not far.
They have 2003 Camry tan leather seats. They're asking for $200 per front
seat + $100 for the rear bench. Total of $500. And I was looking for tan
or taupe interior since my car is salsa red pearl.

Anybody have any idea if this price is reasonable or not?Thanks.

Anil

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Old 28 Sep 2004, 06:10 pm   #7 (permalink)
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I checked the part # of the 2003 Camry seat and 2004 seat and they're
different. The guy at the dealership also said that though sometimes
different part # still work fine interchangeably, the seats on the 2001,
2002, 2003 are the same, but the 2004s are somewhat different.

Damn! Well, hope I can find some 2004 Camry seats sometime soon.

Anil

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Old 28 Sep 2004, 08:26 pm   #8 (permalink)
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"saaketham" <saaketham1@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:<30066b6fe7c17655af28d14f302d8737@localhost.t alkaboutautos.com>...
> Just got a reply from a junkyard closer to home - 5 hours drive, not far.
> They have 2003 Camry tan leather seats. They're asking for $200 per front
> seat + $100 for the rear bench. Total of $500. And I was looking for tan
> or taupe interior since my car is salsa red pearl.
>
> Anybody have any idea if this price is reasonable or not?


Sounds very reasonable, but check for installed price, then compare
with aftermarket new material inlcuding installation as in classic
soft trim.
BTW, hope you mean 5 hrs. round trip. For ten hours driving, I'd be
asking about shipping charges.
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Old 29 Sep 2004, 10:02 am   #9 (permalink)
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Default 10 hours round-trip

I like to take long trips, so a 10 hour round-trip to get these ain't so
bad as it obviously sounds. ha ha For the price of shipping the heavy
items, I could rent a truck, go there, haggle over the price, check the
seats out personally before buying and then come back with them if they're
what I want. Shipping is easy, but I'll have to buy it based on what
condition the seller tells me they're in.

I checked with Toyota and seems the part # don't match between 2003 Camry
seats and 2004 Camry seats. Additionally, the dealership guy told me the
seats between the 03 and 04 look different in some important part, so they
might not fit my power seat system. So, that's out as well.

Anil

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Old 01 Oct 2004, 11:13 pm   #10 (permalink)
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> > Hi,
> >
> > Didn't want to get leather seats when I bought my 04 2 months back. But
> > now the cloth seats look so plain and ugly I regret not upgrading to
> > leather.

>
> See:
>
> http://www.classicsofttrim.com/
>
> The dealer installed their leather interior on my 1994, and they're
> still producing a quality product. At the time, their leather was
> thicker than original equipment.


Dealers do install leather seats. They farm it out to local vendors and add
a markup. Same with window tinting. Obviously, not all dealers offer this
"service."


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