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Leather, seats, dash, aircon, heaters & strange noises

Post Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:14 pm
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My Rcz is a little over 3 years and the leather has begun to drop at the instrument panel, see picture. Is anyone else who has got the same error as I have, or have I met a few Rcz with bad leather or poor build quality. Could it because Rcz not tolerate the Swedish climate? I would like some advice what to do about it.
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Post Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:21 pm
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I've heard if this happening in the early days of the RCZ, on some cars. Some were in the UK so I don't know if the climate is to blame or whether it's a manufacturing /factory problem that something, somewhere in the process was not doe correctly.
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Post Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:18 pm
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Mine is coming up to 3 years old, and the "leather" dash is as tight as a drum :thumbup:
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NG4 Sat Nav, Latest firmware/Maps/Speed cameras
Interior Sport Kit,
Onyx Black Solstice 19's,
Front RCZ Splitters
Phillips H7's Diamond Vision/Phillips X-treme vision
380/360 Led DLR's
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Post Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:44 pm
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Do you use leather cream? I'll submit my car for leather manipulation. I've put on weight during the night to tighten the leather out there but the one that has come off appears that it has lost the mount. I hope the leather manipulation soften the leather enough. The bad is that there is nothing in the user manual how Peugeot think how to take care of the leather for it to stay in a good way. Putting on weight feels like a temporary solution, want to have it fixed in a good way.
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Post Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:55 pm
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That looks like the faux leather dashboard

Post Tue Jan 07, 2014 9:05 pm
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I use a leather cleaner and protectant kit on my faux leather.

The handbook says to clean with a damp cloth. The kit I use, Furniture Clinic, is water based so is not going to harm it.
On my second RCZ and have used this kit on both without any problems and keeps it looking like new.
Mk 2 Sport 156 Moroccan Red Bespoke Nappa leather
Black Roof Arches Sports Pack Sat Nav K&N Filter Philips Diamond Vision lights


RCZ Sport 156 in Pearl White Bespoke Nappa leather interior with RCZ motif
K & N High Performance Air Filter 360/60 LED DRLs Phillips Extreme +100% Headlights Custom Car Mats

Post Wed Jan 08, 2014 6:41 pm
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I give mine a wipe over with a clean damp cloth, just as advised. :eusa-think:
No problems to date. :thumbup:
RCZ 156 GT
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NG4 Sat Nav, Latest firmware/Maps/Speed cameras
Interior Sport Kit,
Onyx Black Solstice 19's,
Front RCZ Splitters
Phillips H7's Diamond Vision/Phillips X-treme vision
380/360 Led DLR's
Paint & Interior leather protection

Post Mon Jan 13, 2014 10:03 pm
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There can be a number of reasons for this happening:

i) The leather panels will be cut by machine (probably a gurber) the material can move on the machine and is not always a perfect shape. Then when the 2 panels are sewn together this can create a tight point, which during manufacture can be stretched and stuck down with the application of additional heat. Then over time as the moisture and temperature changes affect the leather it looses adhesion and will come away. The glue will have gone off too much now so the addition of heat which deactivates the glue in the early days will not work.

ii) The glue is mixed and only has a short usage period. If it is incorrectly mixed or it is left to long the adhesion strength is compromised. This also over time with changes of temperature and humidity will cause the glue to fail and the leather will move.

iii) The glue must also be mixed and stored between certain temperatures and again if this is not adhered too the same effect is experienced as described above.

iv) The glue is applied to both surfaces and if the operator does not apply it correctly you can get heavy areas and light areas of cover again this can and will cause the same effect over time as described above.

I don't believe there is any other permanent fix for this than re trimming the whole panel. A less scrupulous dealer may try injecting some adhesive through the seam and try with heat to stick it back down. But I doubt this would last long as a fix. But may be worth a try :eusa-think: as the car will now be out of warranty you may want (if it bothers you that much) to take to a vehicle trim shop and see what they can do.

If you are anywhere near Nantwich in Cheshire I can put you onto someone who will fix it for you :thumbup:

Post Sat Jan 18, 2014 9:00 am
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What i think about is whether it will release more in more places if the vehicle is in the sun. It's not always i find a parking lot that has shade. This probably would have happened sooner or later, given that the leather is pushed down and glued. Hope i do not have to replace the entire dashboard after a few years, which can be expensive.
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Post Sat Jan 18, 2014 1:53 pm
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LasseRcz wrote:
What i think about is whether it will release more in more places if the vehicle is in the sun. It's not always i find a parking lot that has shade. This probably would have happened sooner or later, given that the leather is pushed down and glued. Hope i do not have to replace the entire dashboard after a few years, which can be expensive.

Simply put something in front of the window to block the sun :?: :ugeek:
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Post Sun Jan 19, 2014 1:03 am
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I appreciate why you say to "block the sun" .
But WHY should we have to protect against poor workmanship/qaulity in the first place, on a 3 year old car :eusa-think:
RCZ 156 GT
Opal White,
NG4 Sat Nav, Latest firmware/Maps/Speed cameras
Interior Sport Kit,
Onyx Black Solstice 19's,
Front RCZ Splitters
Phillips H7's Diamond Vision/Phillips X-treme vision
380/360 Led DLR's
Paint & Interior leather protection

Post Sun Jan 19, 2014 1:24 am
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jactac wrote:
I appreciate why you say to "block the sun" .
But WHY should we have to protect against poor workmanship/qaulity in the first place, on a 3 year old car :eusa-think:


In the summer I use a cardboard fold-out sun shade for the front window.
The main reason is so that the interior doesn't heat up too much but also so that the UV light doesn't make the colors fade.
I agree it shouldn't be needed though, but for your own comfort in hot days I'd always use a shade.
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2010 Peugeot RCZ HDi 163hp blue tuanake full options
2001 Peugeot 307 3-door XSi HDi 110hp blue recife
1995 Peugeot 306 3-door XNd 70hp rouge analou

Post Sun Jan 19, 2014 11:02 am
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Yes I would agree its a good idea to use a shade on hot sunny days for interior comfort and to protect to dash from fading :thumbup:

I also think that any problem with sagging on the "leather" dash is down to poor quality workmanship at the manufacturing stage , and we not should have to go to these lengths if the problem is down to a manufacturing fault. :thumbdown:
RCZ 156 GT
Opal White,
NG4 Sat Nav, Latest firmware/Maps/Speed cameras
Interior Sport Kit,
Onyx Black Solstice 19's,
Front RCZ Splitters
Phillips H7's Diamond Vision/Phillips X-treme vision
380/360 Led DLR's
Paint & Interior leather protection

Post Sun Jan 19, 2014 10:56 pm
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I would expect if you have a half reasonable dealer they will fix this as a warranty issue. Especially if you bought the car from a dealer. Even though your car may be out of the official warranty period, the issue has clearly not been caused through neglect or abuse by you.

That is certainly what I would be trying. Good luck.

Post Mon Jan 20, 2014 6:55 pm
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There is a 2 year warranty and Peugeot dealer does not want to take care of it if the car is a little more than 3 years old, even if it's wrong from the factory. I will use sun sade in summer.
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Hey guys,
I am JK and I am a newcomer to the forum. I like the RCZ a lot, and now I am thninking seriously about getting the new R. It looks fantastic in pictures and I am sure the real thing is super too!
The only reservation I have about ordering the R, is that I live in Cyprus (..the island southeast of Greece..) and down here the whether half of the year is hot hot hot! I will go over 40 celcius for several days. Although I am planning to have the car parked in the garage, it will have to get out sometimes under the sun ! The problem with that is the leather dashboard of the R. Following the various posts on the forum about possible problems relating to the direct sunlight, I am really having difficulty with proceeding with the order. Is it really inevitable that at some point the dashboard will start having problems and wear out ?? I appreciate all advice I can get !
Thanks!

Post Wed Feb 26, 2014 8:41 pm
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It's only isolated cases where this has happened. Don't let what you read on a forum put you off buying the car. Yours could be and probably will be, perfectly fine :)
Mk 2 Sport 156 Moroccan Red Bespoke Nappa leather
Black Roof Arches Sports Pack Sat Nav K&N Filter Philips Diamond Vision lights


RCZ Sport 156 in Pearl White Bespoke Nappa leather interior with RCZ motif
K & N High Performance Air Filter 360/60 LED DRLs Phillips Extreme +100% Headlights Custom Car Mats

Post Wed Feb 26, 2014 8:51 pm
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YiannosYiannos wrote:
Hey guys,
I am JK and I am a newcomer to the forum. I like the RCZ a lot, and now I am thninking seriously about getting the new R. It looks fantastic in pictures and I am sure the real thing is super too!
The only reservation I have about ordering the R, is that I live in Cyprus (..the island southeast of Greece..) and down here the whether half of the year is hot hot hot! I will go over 40 celcius for several days. Although I am planning to have the car parked in the garage, it will have to get out sometimes under the sun ! The problem with that is the leather dashboard of the R. Following the various posts on the forum about possible problems relating to the direct sunlight, I am really having difficulty with proceeding with the order. Is it really inevitable that at some point the dashboard will start having problems and wear out ?? I appreciate all advice I can get !
Thanks!


12 month ownership in south africa with no problems. Car is garaged at night but unfortunately parked in the sun during the day. We use a sun shield and have had no issues with the dash.
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Post Wed Jun 11, 2014 6:59 pm
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Peugeot RCZ: common problems and solutions

Interior leather sagging

Problem: It is a common problem on the RCZ for the leather on the dashboard to sag, particularly around the air vents. This is caused by the direct sunlight.

Solution: This is a very expensive repair, but may still be covered under warranty.

http://www.breakeryard.com/peugeot-car- ... eugeot-rcz
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Post Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:13 pm
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LasseRcz wrote:
Peugeot RCZ: common problems and solutions

Interior leather sagging

Problem: It is a common problem on the RCZ for the leather on the dashboard to sag, particularly around the air vents. This is caused by the direct sunlight.

Solution: This is a very expensive repair, but may still be covered under warranty.

http://www.breakeryard.com/peugeot-car- ... eugeot-rcz


No it is not a common problem
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