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      05-24-2012, 03:11 PM   #1
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For those of you driving with either the Aluminum or Black trim, how are they holding up? Are you still pleased with the one you picked?

My original thought was that black would scratch too easily, and over time may just come to look like scratched up plastic. Then I remember someone saying the aluminum sometimes throws a nasty sun glare.

I'm leaning Aluminum because I want to go with the black accent instead of the red.
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      05-24-2012, 03:25 PM   #2
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I opted for aluminium, since the black plastic looks cheap to me.

Personal opinion.
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      05-24-2012, 03:29 PM   #3
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Went with brushed aluminum because I didn't want the red strip. The black also picks up fingerprints like crazy.
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      05-24-2012, 03:36 PM   #4
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I'm going with aluminum since the black looks good on the dash, but the black finish next to the idrive controller just didn't look that great to me.
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I have yet to get a sun glare from the aluminum. I love it aluminum with red it looks nothing like what u see in pics

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      05-24-2012, 03:49 PM   #6
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Black showed up too many scratches and finger prints, so aluminium and black accent was the one for me. Personally, I think it brings light into the interior as well. But that's just me

Oh, and nice picture! ^ the big idrive screen is perfect
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my black is holding up very well and I am happy with the choice. fingerprints etc are not a big issue. that's the easiest part of the car to clean and no scratches here. Love it!
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I got both. Aluminum for the top and the black to replace the red.
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I went with the black because I thought the aluminum looks cheap in person.
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      05-24-2012, 04:31 PM   #10
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I went with the black because I thought the aluminum looks cheap in person.
Same here. Specially since i got coral red interior and black saphire exterior. The black diamond trim seemed to flowe very nicely vs the brushed aluminum seemed to clash with the red interior.
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I got both. Aluminum for the top and the black to replace the red.
How did you do that? Pics?
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i liked black the best but went aluminum for fear of scratching or difficulty in cleaning.
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How did you do that? Pics?
It's one of the options when you order a sport line. I decided since my seats don't have any red on them that I'd just delete to
he red accents on the dash. I don't my car yet but I'll post pics when I do.
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Going with that blackened wood over black highlight. No red stripe...
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I have yet to get a sun glare from the aluminum. I love it aluminum with red it looks nothing like what u see in pics

This is my interior as well, other than the manual trans. The aluminum looks great. My E90 had the aluminum trim as well and it looked brand new after 5 years of ownership. The aluminum/red trim combo looks terrific (subjective) in person, as it is matte finish and not as scary bright as pics make it look.
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Brushed aluminum with red trim baby! Not opinion, FACT!
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Brushed aluminum with red stripe here. I had gloss black in our Countryman and it was prone to scratching and fingerprints. I like silver due to the sportiness.

No glare here.
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I was disappointed with the aluminum trim. There were defects in it and it was very plain looking - cheap looking. I replaced it with textured gloss black. I was thinking of replacing it with the M performance carbon fiber trim but it costs $1400 installed.
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I went with the black because I thought the aluminum looks cheap in person.
I had the opposite experience. I wanted black originally. I thought it was made of plastic. Then I saw the aluminum. That's when I figured out it's actually made of metal.
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      05-25-2012, 01:34 PM   #20
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my dealer screw up that in order, I got black instead of aluminium.
dont know how can i change it to aluminium now. Anybody know if its possible?

but black is not bad too, looks shiny and good.
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my dealer screw up that in order, I got black instead of aluminium.
dont know how can i change it to aluminium now. Anybody know if its possible?

but black is not bad too, looks shiny and good.
They screwed up have them order the part and change it for free!
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      05-25-2012, 04:50 PM   #22
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I would lean more toward Al by my personal preference default, but I ended up with the piano black. Not as bad as I was thinking when seeing it in person. Seems to hold up pretty good and doesn't seem to scratch easily. But then it is only a month old. I saw the Al trim at the bimmerfest and wasn't too impressed with it... thought it would have looked a lot better in the mostly black sportline interior. But both have their unique character.

Black is very hard to keep clean... dust, wipe marks, fingerprints, etc.

I would love the M performance trim but wondering if that money wouldn't be better spent somewhere else on the car. If only it was available sooner...

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