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post #11 of 48 (permalink) Old 06-07-2014, 01:13 PM
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Mine work great! I'd recommend them, esp. for anyone in a hot climate.
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The ventilated seats work great; they help cool you off a lot faster and you don't have to blast the air in the car at the max to get the same cooling effect. In that sense it's probably a bit better on your engine and might equate to a slight improvement in MPG.

I never even gave a thought about the perforations clogging when I bought it. Perforated leather is pretty common, and the little perforations getting clogged isn't something I've heard a whole lot of complaints about. The only things I can think of that would get in there are dirt that happens to be on your clothing (solution: ride around in your Jeep naked?), sand, and maybe leather lotion if you're not careful about applying it when you moisturize the leather. But I mean, what else is gonna get in there to clog up the system?

I vacuum my car on a weekly basis at the very least, which includes a full pass over the seats, so I'm not concerned about anything building up and clogging its pores that would lessen the effectiveness of it. I think that's part of it too; I know some people probably don't even vacuum their cars but once a month, and that's a concept as foreign to me as having a baby.

At the end of the day, I'm very pleased with the ventilated seats, and I wouldn't choose a car in the future without it. One thing to note, my mom's Infiniti M has ventilated seats, and I don't like the feature in her car because it makes a rather audible hissing sound. There is no such sound in my Jeep, and my car was 20k less than hers. I was concerned about the hissing sound when I saw that Jeep offered the feature on the Limited trim, but once I sat in the car and turned it on I was fine because it doesn't hiss, and when I drive I have music on anyway so I won't hear it either way. That was one potential downside for me that turned out not to be an issue. But again as for the system getting clogged up, I never even thought of that; maybe because I consider weekly vacuum part of a car's general maintenance, who knows.
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Well crap...I probably would have opted for them on 14TH if they had em. But alas...I finished a round of golf in 102 temps just a bit ago and my back was stuck to the seat on my way to Five Guys.

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Thanks @mbucklein for the detailed write up. I'm not sure what made me think of them plugging up... I guess I just look at how dirty my TJ wrangler gets with the top down lol.

On a related note: the rear seats of the cherokees with the ventilated seats, are they perforated too or the solid leather?
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Thanks @mbucklein for the detailed write up. I'm not sure what made me think of them plugging up... I guess I just look at how dirty my TJ wrangler gets with the top down lol.

On a related note: the rear seats of the cherokees with the ventilated seats, are they perforated too or the solid leather?
I think it depends what leather package you get. If you get the Limited, and the Luxury Package, that upgrades the leather to perforated Napa leather. only the front two seats are ventilated, but the leather is perforated on ALL the seats, including the rear.

High-quality Napa leather option is only on Limited, so I don't think any other trim has perforated leather. I believe the Napa is the only leather that is perforated. The lower quality leather package isn't.
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I think it depends what leather package you get. If you get the Limited, and the Luxury Package, that upgrades the leather to perforated, ventilated Napa leather. only the front two seats are ventilated, but the leather is perforated on ALL the seats, including the rear. There is no high-quality Napa leather option for any trim besides Limited, so I don't think any other trim has perforated leather. I believe the Napa is the only leather that is perforated. The lower quality leather package isn't.
That's what I figured. I'll be Curious to see the leather options for the 2015 TH with ventilated seats.
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Update on the ventilated seats: I live on the coast, and drove inland to work today. As soon as I felt the temperature rising, I hit the vent button and (after reading & commenting on this thread last night) really paid attention to how quickly the seats cooled me down. It took just a few short minutes and I felt so much better. I was able to arrive at my destination cool and calm, which is a stark contrast to any previous vehicle that I have owned.
I highly recommend this feature to anyone who is considering the ventilated seats.
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I love mine, had the driver side one in my Maxima, and now my limited has both front seats, can't live without them. Other than heated steering wheel there is nothing better.
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Okay...stop rubbing it in. It just wasn't available on Hawk.

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Okay...stop rubbing it in. It just wasn't available on Hawk.

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I feel your pain, @Jethro
I had to make the choice between Limited & TH. Finally went with the Limited for the vented seats and headlights, but still pine every once in a while for the TH
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