Model 3's Non-Leather Steering Wheel

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#41
After repeated emails and unanswered phone calls, I was finally able to speak to someone at Tesla today about the material used to make the steering wheel on my order. I was told that the current VIN assigned to my order was removed, indicating that the car I ordered did indeed have a leather steering wheel. (My salesperson did this without updating me on the order’s status.) I’ll have to — gladly — wait weeks for a new order with the “100% leather-free” interior, including a vegan steering wheel.

PS The lack of transparency, for many things, not just the steering wheel issue, at Tesla sales is atrocious!
 

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#45
Well, I had mine changed.

It was $602 + tax but I had noticed some wear at the folds of the original steering wheel and figured, while I had it in for other stuff and a little economic stimulus couldn't hurt Tesla (just got my tax refund so spend, save, or donate was on my mind). I kept the original in case I ever have issues or decide to sell the car and the buyer wants leather (or I want to transfer the vegan wheel to new car if it's another pre-dater).

Gotta say, it's a pretty nice steering wheel. My initial thought was that it was hard plastic like my old Integra but it definitely has enough give to make me think it is a wrap. That said, while the circumference stitching may or may not be real, the 2 and 10 seams appear to be simulated. It really does feel good and has some texture which, while I fear may trap dirt, keeps it from feeling slick like the leather did right after I cleaned it.

Here's hoping it wears well (if not better than the original). Didn't save any animals or reduce grazing lands with this swap out but I feel a little better about not touching leather; next comes shoes and belts.
 

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#46
I wonder if there are any cattle raised for leather? I had assumed all leather is the leftover from meat harvesting, disease, and old age and therefore a by-product that would require disposal. No?
 

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#47
I wonder if there are any cattle raised for leather? I had assumed all leather is the leftover from meat harvesting, disease, and old age and therefore a by-product that would require disposal. No?
I don’t think it much matters to vegans as they do not eat the meat either.