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The leather drivers seat on my '04 Turbo just showed it's first tear. It's small but I can see that it's the beginning of the end. I had the seat cushion replaced a couple of years ago so the foam is like new, it's the leather I want to replace.

I'm 74, single and rarely have a passenger so the rest of the seats are literally like new. Anyone know of a source for getting original leather replacements? I'll buy the whole seat if I have to but the leather is really all that's needed.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks and have a good day.
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I guess, it depends, on which way you want to go with repairs; some places, make new upholstery. could replicate your old seat cover and then there is getting the leather material by itself. You might check with a local upholstery shop, for a quote and see if they can match the stock leather. If you want to save money; you could remove the leather seat cover yourself and have them section out. the torn leather portion and install new leather, where it is needed. Then, reinstall the cover, back on your seat and save money that way. I have removed the seat covers before and it takes some time, it can be done. It does require hog ring pliers and hog rings; you have to cut them off with pliers and reinstall them, to get the cover back on correctly.

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=vw+automotive+leather+replacement+material&atb=v140-1&ia=web

hog ring pliers/ring: (available at hardware stores or online):

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=upholstery+hog+ring+pliers+and+rings&atb=v140-1&ia=shopping

there are some original/oem; leather replacement seat covers on ebay:

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=vw+new+beetle+leather+seat+cover&_sacat=0

As noted, getting a good used seat or a good undamaged seat cover; to swap out on your existing seat or just installing a whole new seat, could be a possible option.

You might check with local junk yards and get quotes from a upholstery shop; then, decide, what is the most cost effective way to go. Let us know, what you decide to do and we can go from there. Thanks.
 

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thanks for the suggestions billymade. Actually I was hoping to find the entire original vw leather cover but your suggestions are appreciated in the event I can't find originals. thanks again.
 

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I would take it to an upholstery shop and see if they can repair the leather. Won't cost anything to ask, and they may have a source for replacement, pattern and color matched leather. I like supporting local businesses.

The left bolster on my drivers seat is worn, thinking I might have it fixed. A lot cheaper than buying a new skin, and the drying and cracking in the leatherette can be treated with cleaning, moisturizing, and even a dye job.
 
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