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I noticed the other day that the leather on my steering wheel was scratched at the bottom.. I believe I did this with the car keys or something. After further investigation, I discovered that the material used by Mazda for my Speed6 steering wheel is very low quality and scratches quite easily with a simple nail!

thought you'd like to know. I'll check with my dealer if they cover that under my warranty. the car has 11k only on it.

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I noticed the other day that the leather on my steering wheel was scratched at the bottom.. I believe I did this with the car keys or something. After further investigation, I discovered that the material used by Mazda for my Speed6 steering wheel is very low quality and scratches quite easily with a simple nail!

thought you'd like to know. I'll check with my dealer if they cover that under my warranty. the car has 11k only on it.

'careful.
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Mine's okay, but then I've only had it for 3 months and 3400kms so far.

Regarding the steering wheel leather. Does anybody else find it slightly odd that Mazda used a slightly rough, matte finished leather on the wheel, while most other leather wheels (like on the regular 6) use shiny and smooth leather? I noticed this when we did the group fender lip roll back in August. I helped roll the lips on 4 regular Mazda6s (2 hatch, 1 sedan and 1 wagon) and all had the traditional smooth and shiny leather wheel, with perforations on the 9 and 3 positions. Ours (welll at least mine) is missing those perforations too.

Did Mazda go "cheap" or does the rougher leather give a better grip and that's why Mazda used it?
 

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yeah it does, once it scraches it shows the light color leather.
 

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My '06's leather wheel has a jagged scratch on the bottom, too. Don't know how it happened, but it's pretty noticable, both by look and feel when my hand moves across it. Sucks, but wht can you do other than replace the steering wheel which is insanely expensive. Oh well.
 

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I got my first scratch on it after I dropped it off for some dealer services, those commies. But I figured there'd be nothing I could do about it, so I left it. Now there are a few scratches that I feel every time I take a corner. :swearin:
 

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damn i thought i was the only one with the jagged scratch at 6 o'clock. i think mine is from my metal pen clip. but if that is covered under warranty thats would be great.
 

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Mine's okay, but then I've only had it for 3 months and 3400kms so far.

Regarding the steering wheel leather. Does anybody else find it slightly odd that Mazda used a slightly rough, matte finished leather on the wheel, while most other leather wheels (like on the regular 6) use shiny and smooth leather? I noticed this when we did the group fender lip roll back in August. I helped roll the lips on 4 regular Mazda6s (2 hatch, 1 sedan and 1 wagon) and all had the traditional smooth and shiny leather wheel, with perforations on the 9 and 3 positions. Ours (welll at least mine) is missing those perforations too.

Did Mazda go "cheap" or does the rougher leather give a better grip and that's why Mazda used it?
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The rougher matte leather isn't only for the MS6, it's also on the regular 6. They just changed it for '06, '03-'05 had the smooth perforated leather. My 6s has the rougher leather also. I like the rougher leather and I think it's an improvement on Mazda's part, because this kind of leather doesn't get shiny over use (aka "shiny steering wheel syndrome"), at least not as easily. My old '02 Accord coupe used to have smoother leather and after a short while it got shiny, same as the older 6's, I hated that, grip's not as good and it looks cheap. If you notice BMWs all have the rougher matte leather. This type of leather also looks more durable.
 

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yeah, I was like whoa man... is that a SCRATCH on the bottom of your steering wheel!? People might see that when you are turining and think that you might DRIVE your car... not just look at how pretty the all wheel drive is... p*ssy.
A car that gets driven gets warn in. Get used to it. You want a car you can put in a protective plastic sleeve, buy a Lambo...
 

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yeah, I was like whoa man... is that a SCRATCH on the bottom of your steering wheel!? People might see that when you are turining and think that you might DRIVE your car... not just look at how pretty the all wheel drive is... p*ssy.
A car that gets driven gets warn in. Get used to it. You want a car you can put in a protective plastic sleeve, buy a Lambo...
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is it because its 238am? lol.

actually a scratch isnt part of that getting worn in. and people here likes to keep their cars as perfect as they can. the thread is about the quality of the leather used in wrapping the steering wheel. sure parts gets worn like the shift knob, but this isnt the case. and its not only the speed6's.
 

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Yea...im carefully considering buying a steering wheel cover even though I hate them :sarc:
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same here if i can find a nice one. my uncle has a nice black (leather?) one for his mercedes.
 

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Yea...im carefully considering buying a steering wheel cover even though I hate them :sarc:
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I've installed WheelSkins lace up leather steering wheel covers on several of our previous cars, and on friend's and relative's cars. They were of excellent quality and if installed correctly, very durable and almost factory looking. I put one on our Acura Legend 7 yrs ago and other for some slight dulling and fading of the leather (car was parked outdoors all the time) it still looks and feels great. Here's a link to their site: http://www.wheelskins.com/
and here's one on eBay:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Wheelskins-...1QQcmdZViewItem

They're made of heavy, high quality smooth leather and come with kevlar thread and a big needle to lace them up. There are many colours to choose from, and they're even available in two tone and perforated (as seen on their site). It's a little tricky to get the lacing properly done around the steering wheel spokes, especially if they're wide spokes. Follow the directions and don't be afraid to backtrack and undo some laces if a hole is missed. I'll try to take a pic of one of the cars I did and post it up if you guys are interested.

I hadn't thought of putting one on my MS6, but may as a result of this thread. My only concern would be making the wheel too thick, as the leather is quite thick and will noticeably increase the circumference of the wheel. This is great if the car came with one of those cheap, skinny plastic steering wheels, but the Mazda one is a pretty good size overall.
 

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Yea, I actually like the leather on my steering wheel already, its funny though, Im really careful when Im driving, I always try not to scratch it with my fingernails when Im driving, and when I do....I give it a 20 point inspection to make sure its ok....then spray interior detailing spray on it just to be safe :sarc: :(
 

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Well,

I'm glad I wasn't the only one with the problem. Now I'll just have to pretend that the car is so fun to drive that I get a hard on and that's what caused the scratch on the wheel at 6' clock :nana: ahahah
 

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Mine is also scratched - but at the top of the wheel. I think I did it with keys in hand at some point. I'll have the dealer replace the wheel at next service.

Have any of you addressed this as a warranty item? I know some of you think it's part of normal break-in, but it's not. My wife has an '03 Corolla with a leather wheel that looks almost identical and there's not a scratch on it anywhere with more than 36,000 miles on the car - and believe me, she wasn't careful with it AT ALL.

I found a little bit of leather conditioner makes it smoother and less noticeable, but YMMV.
 

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Scratches on leather can actually be "repaired". I have no idea how they do it, but even deep scratches can be fixed and you would not be able to tell a scratch was ever there. When I was still driving my Accord, I took it to be serviced, but the service guys or the lot boys scratched up the leather wrapped steering wheel quite deeply (likely with the zipper on their coveralls when driving it). We complained and they told us to leave the car there and they will have a leather repair specialist fix it. My dad and I were skeptical that leather could actually be "repaired", but when we got the car back it was good as new, even better than when we took it in to get serviced. They even restored the original matte finish and got rid of the shinyness, but it got shiny again after a month or so.
 

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Mine too! I figured it had to be a strip of dirt, but everytime I turned off the car I forgot to look. Finally I got a look, and to my dismay a scratch. 2006 Speed6. about 7 o' clock.
 
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