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We've been racking up some serious miles on our long-term 2011 Hyundai Equus. Since its delivery in March, we've added nearly 11,000 miles to the odometer, and after that many miles of commuting, road tripping and cargo-shlepping, the interior of the big Hyundai was starting to get a bit dusty. During the month of July, we treated the Equus to some much-needed TLC.

In addition to an hour-long cleaning session at a local do-it-yourself wash and vacuum station, our Equus went in for its second oil change. After our issues with the valet service in May, we opted to just drop the car off at the dealership this time around, mostly because of timing issues on our behalf. Submitting a request for Equus service with an Apple iPad is still as easy as ever, and the dealership request for an appointment went flawlessly.

11,000 miles might not seem like enough time to accumulate lots of wear and tear on a vehicle's cabin, but upon closer inspection, our Equus is starting to show signs of aging.

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2011 Hyundai Equus

The photo you see above is a detail shot of the lower lumbar support area on the driver's seat – an area that continues to cause discomfort amongst our staffers. Simply put, even in its most un-inflated setting, the lumbar support is still too firm for the majority of our drivers. Now, we're noticing some pretty substantial wear and discoloration on the leather upholstery – something we don't notice on any other seat inside the vehicle. We're not quite sure what to attribute this to, and will do some investigating into its cause and removal.

Other, more nitpicky things of note include the cover for the cup holders in the center console, which often refuses to stay closed and the control knob for the Hyundai's infotainment system. Unlike the MMI, iDrive or COMMAND knobs found in the German luxury barges, the Equus' controller is starting to feel oddly fragile in our hands.

Interior issues aside, things are going swimmingly with our Equus. We're averaging a respectable 20.8 miles per gallon as of 10,731 miles (the EPA label quotes 18/22 mpg city/highway), and lumbar aside, the car continues to be a refined, comfortable cruiser for both around-town jaunts and highway trips.

Next month, our Equus is expected to make a dash to the Eastern coast (about 1,600 miles, round-trip), and the car will be going in for its third scheduled maintenance appointment. We'll even try to keep our calendar clear enough to book the servicing on our iPad and have it picked up by the dealer this time.

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      Renaurd
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not saying this is the problem, but poorly cured leather will not hold dye and the underneath will bleed through. Try a good leather cleaner, it will either come off or get worse, if it gets worse it's the leather.
      Mr. Sunshine
      • 3 Years Ago
      Geez, do you guys sleep? How do you put 11k in 4 months? That's like 33k a year!
      brmintz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now im beginning to wonder what the drivers seats in Jay Leno's collection look like... :'(
      Bruno Nekic
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now, we're noticing some pretty substantial wear and discoloration on the leather upholstery – something we don't notice on any other seat inside the vehicle. We're not quite sure what to attribute this to, and will do some investigating into its cause and removal. You guys must be kidding, it's the dye from your clothing. Investigation closed.
      Making11s
      • 3 Years Ago
      That seat looks like someone ignored the "wash before wearing" tag on their new jeans then put them on and went for a 2-3 hour drive.
      NightFlight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Autoblog, you disappoint me in so many ways recently. In the past few months there has been a steady downward spiral as far as your journalism and general knowledge goes. Does proofreading or fact-checking mean nothing to you? This "wear and tear" that you speak of is nothing more than color transfer from a cheap belt, or some inexpensive jeans that were worn before the dye had completely washed out. There is a reason why they have a warning on some jeans telling you that this can happen. I really am disappointed that you don't know what this is, even though you are around cars day in and day out. I've seen this happen on something as low as an Accent, and even far more expensive vehicles such as a 7 Series. Bottom line? This can happen to any vehicle and you are implying that this is entirely Hyundai's fault which is NOT the case. This article is garbage, and this blog is turning into garbage.
        TMTexas
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        Actually that's only partly true. The driver's sear "wear" is actually called soiling and is indicative of poor finish performance of the leather itself. High quality leather suppliers test for this as premature soiling is explicity called out in leather specifications for most OEMs. I've been out of the business a few years so I don't know who supplies the leather or what Hyundai's spec is, but regardless of the clothes worn by the occupants or how much cheap "leather conditioner" you dump on those seats, it won't make a difference. Something is up with the leather itself.
        cashsixeight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        On top of that, since the car is trading hands every few days, I doubt anybody is cleaning the interior or moisturizing the leather like a real owner would.
      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's that? Quality issues in a korean car? Get out of here, that's impossible! Wait, you paid how much for it?
      legatove
      • 3 Years Ago
      Im biased when it comes to this, the hyudai is an imitation of a Mercedes, but it will never be any more than an insult upon cars with history. "Hyundai is big" Luxury cars are not about quantity, its about quality and appearance of status. Even lexus has a better story, reaching back to the toyota crown. Aside from the price what makes the hyundai special, its emulated looks, the dull interior. Price wise yes it makes logical sense for those like me who can not afford an S,7,A8. but for 50k I'll happily pay for an A6, Its ignorant but i cant imagine myself paying even 30k for hyundai sans an excavator.
        mylz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @legatove
        Dude you nailed it dead on. i cannot stand hyundai/kia because they are nothing more than posers.
        desinerd1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @legatove
        Agreed, $60K is too much for this. I would rather spend $35K for Genesis. For that price BMW, Audi and Mercedes only sell teeny tiny toy cars
        jksss
        • 3 Years Ago
        @legatove
        I just paid $22.87 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $675 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, CoolCent. com
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      They took it to a self serve car wash. lol Exactly what the owners of these Mercedes/Lexus/BMW ripoffs will do. I'm sure fake Rolex's are fine watches, but there not the real thing. Hyundai has a shot in this segment, the car might be decent. The problem is their styling. Find your own direction and style Hyundai then we'll talk.
        Zumreed
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        Very wrong comparison. Most fake Rolexs come from "China - the land of fakery", while the outside appearance is similar with authetic ones, the Chinese-made ripoffs usually break down and stop working within its first day (or a month if you're a lucky one) of use. But Hyundai has proved it can build great/awesome cars like "Genesis" (officially the most awarded car in 2009 including the North American Car of the Year) Like a Toyota boss said, Hyundai is clearly doing something right and far better than "most" German and Japanese counterparts.
      founerra
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hmm, my Elantra is also starting to discoloration in my Driver and Passenger seat, and I have it for only two months.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Our volvo gets discolored on the leather like that. I think it's from my belt wearing right there.
        Zumreed
        • 3 Years Ago
        Belt wearing = Ditto. ;)
        • 3 Years Ago
        [blocked]
      tarmacdaddy
      • 3 Years Ago
      seems like one of your staff has a belt that's cheaper than a hyundai.
        Zumreed
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tarmacdaddy
        What? Most expensive belt, like Selfridges & Co. gold belt, costs about US$32,000 which is far cheaper than this $55K luxury Hyundai. XD
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