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      03-11-2015, 08:40 AM   #33
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Originally Posted by Billfitz View Post
It's getting better. With the '14 models most were overloaded with options and packages, and what wasn't white was black or grey. Now the more attractive colors are showing up, as well as those with fewer frilly options and packages. Maybe BMW finally figured out that the average GT customer is interested in utility, not bling. IMO the only must haves are nav and rear view. I ended up with heated seats and enhanced USB as well, but that being only an additional $1,000 it wasn't a deal breaker, and I do like the heated seats. The only other option I would like is intelligent cruise, but the only way I could get it was packaged with $3k to $5k of other stuff that I didn't want. I'll live without it.
BTW, I've found that Midnight Blue is almost as bad as black where showing dirt is concerned. It's gorgeous, but be prepared to wash it weekly. I also had scratches show up just behind the wheel wells within the first 200 miles. Mud flaps are a must. You can't get them as an option in the US, but you can get them from BMW of Mt.Laurel New Jersey and put them on yourself. PN 82-16-2-333-951,82-16-2-333-951
Thanks, yes I just love Midnight Blue, and yes I did order it specially. I have always ordered my BMWs well in advance and spec them the way I want them. Going through all the options can take quite a time, but really that's half the fun.

I agree with Bill about mudflaps and have mentioned them in another thread.
My previous BMW was an E92 325 in Platinum Bronze and that suffered a little from stone chipping around the wheel arches and along the sills. However my dealership were very good (I've had 5 cars from them, so we get on well), and they arranged to respray the affected areas and fit mudflaps.
With that in mind, when I ordered the 328i GT, I spoke to the dealership about mudflaps and said that if I paid for them, would they fit them for free, and of course they agreed. I really wouldn't want to be without them, especially on some of our roads in The Highlands.