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    Black Leather, too hot to handle?

    So after a bit of research (especially here) I think a Passat will fit the bill for my next car. I'd like to know ya'lls experience with the Passat with black leather in SoCal. The car I'm replacing is an '85 Porsche 928 with black leather and in the summer time that leather can cook you pretty fast. How is the Passat? :???: For that matter, which color interior do you think is the most practical. I bow to your superior knowledge and humbly await your replies :bow:

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    I know that the Black leather in Toronto (during the summer) get's pretty damn hot, i can only imagine what it would be like in SoCal. You could get the baije(spl??) interior, but heard it's a pain to clean...

    I recommed black leather.. looks good and stays cool if you park in shade.

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    If you get a B5 instead of a B5.5 and it has a bleack leather interior I'll trade you for my tan leather. The balck would look sick with my new paint.


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    Does tinting the windows make a huge difference?

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    I think it does. Especially if it has the thermal coating on it.


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    I live in so cal and even though I have tan interior with a blax exterior tinting made a very noticeable difference.

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    Just to let you know, the velour interior sucks, so I heard and noticed (I have leather). It is a lint magnet, a very strong one too.

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    I have a black on black leather, 35% tint and i will say that the tint makes a difference. What I think is the most important is proper shading for the front windshield.

    And close that top sunshade...

    buy our passat through the internet manager at the dealership and you should be able to get your ride for invoice, if not less.

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    I just tinted my windows dark and bought a windshield shade!!

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    Re: Black Leather, too hot to handle?

    I don't think the color black discriminates between Porsche and VW.

    On the other hand, I haven't noticed a huge problem with black leather here in the Northeast. It does peak at about 100 degrees in the summer (few times a year). Just don't park it in direct sunlight all day and you'll be ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atrovent
    So after a bit of research (especially here) I think a Passat will fit the bill for my next car. I'd like to know ya'lls experience with the Passat with black leather in SoCal. The car I'm replacing is an '85 Porsche 928 with black leather and in the summer time that leather can cook you pretty fast. How is the Passat? :???: For that matter, which color interior do you think is the most practical. I bow to your superior knowledge and humbly await your replies :bow:

    P.S. if you see a good deal on a B5.5 give me a shout....

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    I have black leather, no tint, and a windshield shade. During the summer months it will sit in 80-90+ degree weather with the windows cracked and sunroof tilted. It gets hot inside the car, but I wouldnt say the heat is unbearable but it does take a while for the leather to release all that heat.

    I am planning to get 35% tint from the front doors back and I expect that will help a bit.

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    My black leather gets hot...but not that much hotter than grey or beige. If your car is sitting in 90 degree heat, any color leather is going to get hot.

    A little tint will help, and so will wearing shorts, that are a little longer than John Stockton's.

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    I have black leather in my GLX Sedan and grey leather in my wife's Variant. The black is quite a bit hotter.

    I live in Florida and have tinted my windows and use a sunshade religiously in the summer and that seems to help quite a bit. Also, make sure that you keep your moon roof cover closed to keep the noon sun off the seats.

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    Get the beige leather. It looks fantastic, hides ALL interior dust, and is very "cool" in the summer. You might get some scuff marks here and there, but just tell your passengers to not bang their shoes around and purchase some VW Monster Mats to protect the carpet and you are good to go. I've had my beige leather for about nine months now and it still looks as good as it did on day one.

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    I live in houston and it is 95+ May thru september. My black leather is hot as shit all the time...I crack the windows a tad, put up the rear sunshade, crack the moon roof and close the shade on that and put a shade on the windshield...however like u guys up north heat up the car in the winter for about 10 min or so, down here I have to cool down my car for a while. Oh well though I love my black on black 8)

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    color of your car makes a huge difference...white car with black leather...i have black on tan leather interior..it gets pretty hot under the sun...but then...the white car in black leather..it's more bareable

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    There's not a big enough difference in how hot the leather gets/how hot it STAYS between the beige and th eblack to make the temperatue "the deciding factor". You're talking a few degrees, it's not like "an oven vs. the shade".

    Get whatever looks best, and you'll be happy.

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    My black on black is HOT ... and by that I mean hot looking too! 8)

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    I thought the leather would be too hot for me, so i got the Grey cloth. I'm very happy with it, and think it's alot cooler (temp wise) Since there are no trees in SoCal tall enough to provide regular shade, parkng in the shade isn't a very realistic option, for me anyway...

    people say it's a lint trap, but I really have found the cloth interior to be no problem, and I ride around with a big very hairy shedding dog most of the time. Vacuums right up.

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    I'm a stick man myself, but if you get the tip tranny, go for the remote start and let the ac crank before you get in the car. This can be added for $200-$300 and might be worth it if the heat is that intense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by julianfang
    What I think is the most important is proper shading for the front windshield.

    And close that top sunshade...
    I agree 100% - I haven't tinted my windows but I've never burned my a$$ as long as I use a shade in the front. The rear sunshade is always deployed, so that probably helps, too. I usually tilt the sunroof up and crack the rear windows to let some air circulate, too.

    Never had a problem with my black leather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 00dub
    I'm a stick man myself, but if you get the tip tranny, go for the remote start and let the ac crank before you get in the car. This can be added for $200-$300 and might be worth it if the heat is that intense.
    Actually, if you can find a Clifford Intellistart module from a few years ago, meaning before DEI bought the company, you can do remote start in a manual transmisson vehicle. :wink:


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    Re: Black Leather, too hot to handle?

    Quote Originally Posted by Atrovent
    I'd like to know ya'lls experience with the Passat with black leather in SoCal. The car I'm replacing is an '85 Porsche 928 with black leather and in the summer time that leather can cook you pretty fast. How is the Passat?
    Hmm, well I live in Tucson, and I think it's safe to say it get's pretty hot here in the summer (>100°). I was thinking long and hard about the temp issue but still ordered my silver '00 GLX with a black interior. The first thing I did before that first summer was get it tinted at the Specialists using their Formula One thermal tint. All things considered, in the summer using a good front reflective sunshade and venting the moon (or sun?) roof (and keeping the shade slider closed), it's not really bad at all. I've been in other cars here with different types of tint (and even no tint) and there's a real difference. Mine is cooler than say a tan interior with basic (not thermal) tinting, and of course way cooler than a black interior with stock factory tint (my friends black Acura).
    All this considering it's parked in direct sunlight during the weekday at my company parking lot, and this since the beginning of 2000 when I got the car. As a side note, the interior (and leather) is still in excellent shape, and of course I use the (mandatory here!!) dashmat, and also the shadescreen in the rear (I think that probably helps a little, and certainly keeps the rear sunshine down in the summer).

    Happy motoring whatever you decide

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    Tint will help. but like others say, get a windshield shade. I use it and it helps out A LOT :eek:

    Using the sunshade makes all the difference. It makes it bearable and will probably keep you from wishing you hadn't gotten black.

    Get black! It looks so classy :bow:

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    Tint and a sun shade for the wind shield, cause that black leather steering wheel will get hot enough to burn your hands, also on hot days(and we do get them here) I like to use the "turn key in door roll all the windows down" feature and pause a second or 2 before I enter the car.

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    I vote for grey leather, man. It looks really good especially with reflex silver exterior*cough*cough*and doesn't get too hot in the sun. I've noticed quite a few times during the Hotlanta summer that while my steering wheel (black) gets burning hot, the seats (grey) are just warm and still very comfortable to sit on. Granted, the steering wheel gets more direct sunlight but I think there is a significant difference between black and grey. I don't have tint yet but I'm sure it can help quite a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waGner
    I vote for grey leather, man. It looks really good especially with reflex silver exterior*cough*cough*and doesn't get too hot in the sun. I've noticed quite a few times during the Hotlanta summer that while my steering wheel (black) gets burning hot, the seats (grey) are just warm and still very comfortable to sit on. Granted, the steering wheel gets more direct sunlight but I think there is a significant difference between black and grey. I don't have tint yet but I'm sure it can help quite a bit.

    Have you found the grey difficult to keep clean?

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    I love my black leather interior, it looks so sporty and sharp.
    Yes it gets really hot in the summertime, but I got 32% tint and it helps a lot (and also using a reflective windshield sunshade).
    I also always keep my rear window shade (on the GLX) up which helps too and also makes the tint look darker from the outside.
    I also suggest getting the Alien remote, which allows you to open all your windows a crack when you park, and open all the windows all the way as you approach all at a touch of a button from your key fob.

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    My W8 is only two months old so I haven't had my black leather in summer yet, but I suspect it would get pretty damned hot if you let sunlight at it. I always use a reflective windshield shade in every car, and plan to keep the rear shade extended. As with the others, tilting up the sunroof (and keeping the shade closed) and cracking the windows an inch or so for ventilation helps. Try to park where the sun will rise/set from bumper to bumper instead of side to side. This will let the shades work instead of all the light coming in the side windows.
    I haven't tinted - but I keep thinking about it. I'm worried about the law here which doesn't allow front windows tint. Also, my car is Pacific Blue Pearl which is a great color but fairly dark... I expect it will get pretty hot in the car.

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    Mine burnt my cheeks in the summer in mission viejo :eek: . Once I threw on the LIMO TINT(highly recomend it in cali!) The overall temp from the car/seats was cut in half! Unless of course the sun is shining right through the front winshield. :roll: If you have the tint and the sun shade in the front, your car will be that much cooler!
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