January was not a busy month for our long-term 2011 Hyundai Equus. It did ferry one of our editors between auto company cocktail hours and dinners during the week of the Detroit Auto Show, but for the latter half of the month it wasn't driven all that much. But that's good news, because our Equus spent quite a bit of time at LaFontaine Hyundai, in Dearborn, Michigan, receiving a long-awaited repair to the driver's seat.

As we wind down its year in the Autoblog fleet, we also saw fit to address some cosmetic damage to the front fascia and have our 22,500-mile service completed. While the service was free, the "minor" scrape on the lower corner of the bumper skirt set us back some $669.25. Our time with the Equus ends in just a few weeks, which means we'll only have limited time to enjoy the now-comfortable seat. This has been one of our biggest issues with the car, and to have it finally fixed after all this time is so wonderful that some editors are grumbling that they won't have the chance to get back in the car again.

We do wish, however, that the seat bottom wasn't made to look even more worn by the contrast of the brand new seat back. At least we don't have to look at it while we drive around enjoying the comfort of the now-working back massager.


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      caddy-v
      • 3 Years Ago
      Attention Women of WalMart, your genuine luxo shopping cart has arrived.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      Our friends' '03 S-class has tan leather in much better shape after 9 years than this knock-off has after 9 months.
      scriber72
      • 3 Years Ago
      I look forward to a long-term review of the 2012 La-Z-Boy Rialto recline-Rocker for further scintillation.
        Jim
        • 3 Years Ago
        @scriber72
        I can give you a review of the 2011 La-Z-Boy Riley recliner! :-)
      redgpgtp97
      • 3 Years Ago
      Uhm, what's up with the leather seats here? My 97 Grand Prixs seats, besides some rips, don't look as bad as this after 169,000 miles. Must be the light color or cheap leather!
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Darius
        • 3 Years Ago
        That must be a nifty time machine you're using going all the way back to 2002. Check the resale values from 2012 Kias and Hyundais are at or near the top. Nice try though.
      thedigitel
      • 3 Years Ago
      If someone would properly clean that seat bottom, it'd look just as good as the new piece. Come on people. Leather has to be cleaned regularly.
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @thedigitel
        Shhhh, people around these parts just like to bash and not use common sense.
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        methodman420
        • 3 Years Ago
        You're right.... You don't get what you pay for... You get more included is a long warranty, available four person seating with a very practical center console, head-turning looks and just about every luxury amenity you could want
          merlot066
          • 3 Years Ago
          @methodman420
          Settle down. Hyundai still isn't there with the actual quality of their materials and features. From far away it looks nice but up close the materials are a far cry from the competitiors that Hyundai is trying to take on. And while the discoloration of the seat *might* be cleaned with leather cleaner, the the worn and mishapen cushion can't be fixed unless it is replaced.
      Ernie Mccracken
      • 3 Years Ago
      That grill makes me throw up a little in my mouth every time I see it.
      Peter
      • 3 Years Ago
      That seat base doesn't look like it will make to the end of the payment schedule without replacement...
      transam
      • 3 Years Ago
      I still say this looks like an old Lexus LS, just not as nice, and I still cant figure out who is buying these things. I completely forgot this car existed until seeing this post. Come to think of it I dont think I've seen one on the road yet.
        masonperegrine
        • 3 Years Ago
        @transam
        I haven't seen one on the road. The only time I've seen one was at the STL Auto Show, and I didn't even take the time to go actually look it at.
        Jonathan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @transam
        haven't seen a transam in forever either. talk about crappy cars you wouldn't know how to judge a proper luxury sedan if you were given on for a week
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