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Old 01-07-2013, 06:05 PM
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Convenience package vs. Premium package

I am looking at 2 cars. One car is with convenience package and the other one is with premium.

From convenience package, I love comfort access and the rear-shade. But without the premium package, this car won't have leather - but leatherlette.

Never had BMW leatherlette, but I think it doesn't matter much. I'd jump all over the convenience over premium...

But wanted to hear if other people feel the same way?
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:21 PM
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I would pick the car with Premium, if I had the choice.
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:29 PM
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I would pick the car with Premium, if I had the choice.
Can you share your reasoning? For myself, after getting used to comfort access, I think I can live with leatherlette instead.
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:44 PM
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Can you share your reasoning? For myself, after getting used to comfort access, I think I can live with leatherlette instead.
By premium i mean:

"Premium package ($2,650) – Interior mirror with compass, BMW assist with Bluetooth, lumbar support, auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors, universal garage door opener[34]"

In particular BT is a fundamental for me, the auto-dim on mirrors for nighttime, and daily use of the UGDO.

BMW Leatherette is ok. I vastly prefer leather. CA is ok but no big deal.
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"Leatherette" is a fancy word for "vinyl." And, although opinions differ here, I find that the "ette" cheapens the entire interior. You basically would have upholstery that is not as nice as the cloth interior I once had in my '97 Accord.

Without premium, you would also not have the lumber support in the seats, which makes a big diff in comfort.

Comfort access is a really, really nice feature and I enjoy the heck out of it. But, ZPP comes with too many goodies to pass up.
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"Leatherette" is a fancy word for "vinyl." And, although opinions differ here, I find that the "ette" cheapens the entire interior. You basically would have upholstery that is not as nice as the cloth interior I once had in my '97 Accord.

Without premium, you would also not have the lumber support in the seats, which makes a big diff in comfort.

Comfort access is a really, really nice feature and I enjoy the heck out of it. But, ZPP comes with too many goodies to pass up.
For some people, that's no great loss. I have mine set all the way back and it still makes the lower end of the seat uncomfortable. If someone gave me the option of paying to yank the damn thing out of the seatback, it'd be gone in a heartbeat.
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The Leatherette looks just like the leather, and wears significantly better. I've sat in the base leatherette seat in my E93 for several hours on a trip and it always felt great. Regarding the auto-dimming mirrors, had them on my previoius Audi and the main review mirror crapped out after several years and I had abunch of the dark liquid pooled at the bottom. If you plan to keep the car for any period of time, the leatherette and non auto-dimming mirrors would be better IMO.
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:43 AM
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Does the car have a stand-alone moonroof option in the convenience-only car? I thought the premium package also included a moonroof-- and I wouldn't take a care without a view of the sky. I feel too closed in without glass above my head!

Other than that, I stream pandora from my phone via BT (without BMW apps), which is also something that would be hard to give up.
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The Leatherette looks just like the leather, and wears significantly better. I've sat in the base leatherette seat in my E93 for several hours on a trip and it always felt great. Regarding the auto-dimming mirrors, had them on my previoius Audi and the main review mirror crapped out after several years and I had abunch of the dark liquid pooled at the bottom. If you plan to keep the car for any period of time, the leatherette and non auto-dimming mirrors would be better IMO.
While recognizing that your opinion is just as good as mine, I will respectfully disagree. First, I don't think the leatherette wears all that much better than leather. Leather if well treated holds up great. I have seen it looking great in cars with 150,000 miles. It does tend to get beat up on bolsters though, if you have sports seats. Vinyl also has wear issues, BTW. It will accumulate micro scratches over time.

I also don't think ette looks like leather to the extent people say. It takes me 30 sec to tell the diff. And, in any case, the ette certainly does not feel or smell like leather.

The argument about the electronic mirror dying can be applied to any aspect of the car. Why not just spec roll down windows, for example?
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:40 AM
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I am looking at 2 cars. One car is with convenience package and the other one is with premium.

From convenience package, I love comfort access and the rear-shade. But without the premium package, this car won't have leather - but leatherlette.

Never had BMW leatherlette, but I think it doesn't matter much. I'd jump all over the convenience over premium...

But wanted to hear if other people feel the same way?
I went from a car with leather and comfort access to one with leatherette and no CA. I did enjoy the CA but I don't really miss the leather. It looks better and it raises the value of the car, but after a few years, it will show it's age. It've seen 15 year old cars with leatherette and it looks like new.
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