If the mats that came with our 500's were special, I may want to use them but they are just the generic Ford floor mats and they only give you the fronts (not that anyone would be riding in the back of the car anyway). Like anything else, it is something to improve on, like Jamie's recent caliper stud installation. The Ford mats are a single ply nylon thread which crushes easily and of course does not wear as well. The backing is a cheap rubber and does not stand up to constant washing if you are one to clean your mats regularly.Ok, since the mats that come with our cars are generic to begin with, what is gained from replacing them before being used up? Do we store them away as a collectible portion of the as built condition? I could see this if they were a Shelby brand or show worthy but not so much. Please explain.
Lloyd's mats (and other high quality floor mats) on their upper end model's (Luxe and Ultramat) are 2 ply nylon thread, much better to resist matting and wears longer. Then they have a multilayer polypropylene mesh backing to keep the threads bound to the denser synthetic rubber final backing. They provide more sound deadening (if that is something you are into) better moisture resistant and have a warranty. The Ultimat has a 5 year warranty while the Luxe has a lifetime warranty. You can get them in many different colors plus you can have the binding in different colors and materials. You can also have them custom embroidered. While this may not be your thing, I enjoy opening the door of my cars or trucks and seeing a good quality set of mat's.
One thing that is important to me is the ease of the way they clean up. I have a white lab and she sheds like all labs do, A LOT. When her white hair happens to get into the carpet of any of my cars from my shoes or clothes (she is not allowed in any vehicle except the bed of my truck) it is the hardest thing to remove. That hair just gets into the carpet and unless I have a power brush on the vacuum it is a pain to clean. The Lloyd's mats don't have this issue. The hair just seems to sit on top, never gets wound in between the threads and vacuums right off without the use of a power brush. I wish the entire carpet in the cars was made this way.