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i vs s: seats

Hi everyone.

A quick question... Does anyone know if there is a difference in the seats between the 2012 i and s models? I'm asking in terms of new upholstery. I've been looking at pictures, and they seem the same.

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Going from memory here, the "i" seats are a type of synthetic leather or some sort of plushy fabric, some of the lower "s" models had similar seating materials, however, I believe all of the "s" GT models had leather seat faces.

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Well, my i seats are cloth/fabric. I've been looking at some full replacement leather and wonder if there is any difference in the profile, mechanisms, or other finishes between the i and s.

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Well, my i seats are cloth/fabric. I've been looking at some full replacement leather and wonder if there is any difference in the profile, mechanisms, or other finishes between the i and s.
Haven't specifically looked, but it is an odds on bet the power leather seats from a Mazda3 s GT will be inop if you bolt them into a Mazda3 i model. Your best bet for a leather conversion is to contact a local upholstery shop and have them convert the car for you. There are some companies which make replacement seat surfaces which literally replace the fabric with a leather or fabric of your choice, but so far at least, the once I've seen don't fit too well and aren't all that much cheaper than using a local shop.

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Thanks, shipo.

Actually, I found some new Katzkins on ebay for cheap. I was studying those pictures until I figured out that the rear seat of the s has an arm rest while the i does not, so that's the difference. Fortunately, I found another set made for the i, so I jumped on it for $94.99!

I don't want to go through the expense of swapping out whole seats. It would be nice to have power seats, but I'll do without. I'm just trying to make some nice improvements for little $$$$.

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