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I remade my wife's Viggen drivers seat by replacing some of the leather panels of the seat back and side bottom bolsters and other bottom panels with leather harvested from a salvage yard Pull-A-Part 9-5 Aero rear seat bench. I was able to match the color, texture, and finish. The leather was $35 and the repair was $165 as I recall. That was six years ago and included pulling the skins off, sewing in the new panels ,and reinstalling on the seat (not the car). Seat still looks great. The side bolster is a very long strip which exceeds the length of the salvaged arm rest leather-the upholstery shop added on to that at the very bottom of the seat back. It's hardly noticeable. What does stand out is the pebbled finish/texture of the match with the rest of the leather panels. I replaced four "panels" not including the very front thigh piece which is a rather wide; fortunately, her car did not require this. However, if that panel required replacing the rear bench from a 9-3 convertible appears to have panels large enough. Not 100% on that but could measure one out this week if you were interested.
I had, years ago, replaced a 9000 Aero leather panel with a piece sourced from the upholstery shop. It lost its pigmentation after a year and showed poorly with much wear after two. Original OEM leather pulled from a salvage car is the better choice for longevity and dollars. Currently I am sourcing parts from LKQ and Pull-a-Part yards. They have plenty of cars to pull from with online car inventory. In the last 30 days, I have pulled 2 double Y wheels (to complete a set), wheel arch liners, front ground affects kit,a Viggen front bumper (off 2003 vert clone), jack point covers, short nose 2006 9-5 Aero turbo (for wife's Viggen/King Cobra upgrade), drivers side seat belt (for my '08 Sport Combi), an '02 tool kit foam/jack (to replace '08 Combi junk), an ignition cassette, and a 9-5 dog guard. Plus some other crap. I have left a good 9-5 muffler/resonator, two double Ys, a King Cobra, good throttle bodies, four or five black ignition cassettes, plus a perfect '97??? 9-3 "turbo" convertible interior. But I do go on here...its an enjoyable day spent and I always feel like I have "gotten away with grand theft" when I leave.
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