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      06-22-2013 03:54 AM #76
      The only thing that irks me about vented seats is the perforated leather. I don't know how long it would last before cracking, and debris can get stuck in them.

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      06-22-2013 04:04 AM #77
      Quote Originally Posted by 20aeman View Post
      The only thing that irks me about vented seats is the perforated leather. I don't know how long it would last before cracking, and debris can get stuck in them.
      just hope your dog does not **** and then run around the car in it.

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      06-22-2013 04:05 AM #78
      Quote Originally Posted by Impeccable View Post
      HAHAHAH I agree
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      06-22-2013 04:22 AM #79
      Awesome. I nearly swore off leather interiors until they came out with this technology.

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      06-22-2013 04:32 AM #80
      Had them in a MB rental and they were faaaaantastic!

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      06-22-2013 11:15 AM #81
      Sounds great in concept, and then when experienced it's even better then you'd imagine.

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      06-22-2013 11:28 AM #82
      My '13 CC has passive cooling/ventilated front seats- and "massage" on the driver's. Thought these would be gimmicky, but the ventilation really works and I use it everyday when it's warm. The massage is merely a cycling of the lumbar support air bladder, but that is still nice on long drives.
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      06-22-2013 05:49 PM #83
      I would love to know how many of you have leather seats and how many are cloth. I have a ventilated cloth recaro style that you cant even notice is doing anything.

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      06-22-2013 05:57 PM #84
      I don't think there are any OEM cloth ventilated seats available, are there?
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      06-23-2013 01:21 PM #85
      Quote Originally Posted by Mosbius Designs View Post
      I don't think there are any OEM cloth ventilated seats available, are there?
      The CTS-V has ventilated Recaros, and they have Alcantara inserts. Does that count as cloth?


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      06-23-2013 01:24 PM #86
      Personally, I wouldn't. But I guess that's debatable.
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      06-23-2013 01:30 PM #87
      My mother's car has these and I'm jealous, cooled seats are awesome.

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      06-23-2013 01:52 PM #88
      I recently had a Taurus rental that had them, and the cooling is absolutely wonderful. If I had to pick between heated seats and cooled seats I'd take cooling every time, especially in hotter climates. It takes a long time for the seats to cool down just from the ambient cooling of the A/C in the summertime after a car has been sitting in the sun.

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      06-23-2013 03:50 PM #89
      Both my cars have cooled/heated seats. I also have black leather in both cars so it's a really nice feature in the summer.

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      06-23-2013 05:02 PM #90
      Name all cars that have cooled seats (not just ventilated) AND offer manual transmission? Hmmm. CTSV what else

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      06-23-2013 06:56 PM #91
      Quote Originally Posted by GASDAG View Post
      Name all cars that have cooled seats (not just ventilated) AND offer manual transmission? Hmmm. CTSV what else
      No idea if they're "real" cooled seats, but you can get ventilated seats in any Porsche.

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      06-24-2013 12:20 AM #92
      My CTS-V has them and they are fantastic especially in Vegas heat.

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      06-24-2013 09:49 AM #93
      I had them in my Maxima and now again in my Grand Cherokee.

      The Maxima actually only had a ventilated driver's seat but it was Godly. That car used a cooling device in addition to forced air ventilation.

      With the Grand Cherokee, I now have ventilation of both front seats but I've lost the thermoelectric cooling from the Maxima so it just ventilates at whatever cabin temperature happens to be. This works surprisingly well and I don't really have any complains other than it's lost the "edge" the Maxima had.

    20. 06-24-2013 10:00 AM #94
      Quote Originally Posted by jacobyb View Post
      My CTS-V has them and they are fantastic especially in Vegas heat.
      Quite a difference I bet from your cop car.

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      06-24-2013 10:00 AM #95
      Quote Originally Posted by GASDAG View Post
      Name all cars that have cooled seats (not just ventilated) AND offer manual transmission? Hmmm. CTSV what else
      Lexus IS250 offered them. Not sure about the upcoming predator generation.

      The ventilated seat dials are half hidden behind the key fob here:


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      06-24-2013 10:07 AM #96
      Quote Originally Posted by 2.0T_Convert View Post
      Lexus IS250 offered them. Not sure about the upcoming predator generation.

      The ventilated seat dials are half hidden behind the key fob here:

      Ventilated seats and Mark Levinson system is no longer offered on the new IS =(

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      06-24-2013 11:00 AM #97
      Quote Originally Posted by Zunflower View Post
      Is swamp-ass really an issue for any vehicle with air conditioning?
      With leather seats? Absolutely.
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      06-24-2013 12:26 PM #98
      i examined patent applications for ventilated seats at the US Patent Office. There are MANY for blowers, blowers tied in with the AC system, and peltier devices as well.

      The patents have been rolling out for a LONG time before we have seen them in the market.

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      11-30-2019 10:47 PM #99
      I own a Passat cc with black interior and after owning this car for 2 years i retrofitted ventilated seats because in the summer i drive from stockholm to macedonia where it can get up to 55c and i`m glad that i got these seats because now get out of the car without haveing my shirt coverd i sweat. Now you can turn on the heating and vents at the same time when it`s cold outside to make it blow warm air on your back

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      11-30-2019 11:03 PM #100
      They really are worth it. And even better on German cars where you can turn on both ventilated and heated seats simultaneously as when it rains it dries and warms you. Also helps you get a better seat temp more quickly imo. For some reason the Japanese, Korean and American brands seem to make it one or the other when activating the heated or vented seats.

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