In Reply to: Another vote for black plastic! posted by John on March 01, 1999 at 15:50:05:
: I have the black leather option on my Titanium Silver 323i. The total list price with all the options I ordered was over $34,000 and I just didn't feel I wanted to go any higher so opted, reluctantly, to live with the black plastic trim.
: Strange thing, even though I was prepared to dislike it, I think it looks better than the wood trim. The wood trim, in my opinion, looks a little pretentious (no flames please, wood lovers) and out of place on a high-tech car like the Bimmer. I think the black plastic provides a nice contrast in color and texture to the rest of the interior. I'm very happy with it, and haven't found any problem with scratches or other marks near the gearshift or on the dash.
Glad to hear you haven't had any problems with the black plastic. Like you, before I saw it in person I was prepared to dislike it. I don't care for the way the wood trim looks on the dashboard, especially where it gets thinner just above the radio/climate control system. With the gray and sand interiors there seems to be too many different colors melded together for my taste. Between the black upper dash and steering wheel, then wood strip, then black radio/climate control unit, then gray or sand lower dash . . . You get the idea, I personally like the monochromatic look of all black. Once again this is just MY personal opinion, no attack meant for those who feel otherwise.
I am anxiously awaiting the sale of my '87 325 since that is the day I am placing my order on a steel blue/black 323i.