Get the 6 speed manual. I've got it on my 2008 550i sport package and the short throw-short shifter is the best transmission I've driven. It makes a real high performance sport sedan perform ( that is if you don't have to regularly drive in stop-and-go traffic).
I, on the other hand, could barely tell a difference in the standard vs. Logic 7 stereo systems. I'm honestly not sure that either of them is as good as the Bose system on my Audi, but after listening side by side using a CD I know well, I couldn't justify the additional $1200. It's entirely possible that others have a finer appreciation for these things however, so I'd take the same sound test I did.
I too am use to the bose system in my current car. I'm no audiophile. But, I can appreciate the difference between the bose in my vette and what I hear when I ocassionally ride with someone else. Now, I know bose is not that highly regarded amongst audiophiles. But, are you saying the hifi option for 1,200 doesn't measure up to a bose system. If that is the case I just assume not get the upgraded audio and do some aftermarket upgrade later. Any other comments on the sound quality good or bad?
I think the L7 system is worth it. Some don't like it though - not sure why. I prefer it over the ML system in my wife's Lexus, but other will say the opposite.
You should give it a good listen first and compare for yourself with a CD that you know very well. If you cannot tell the difference then maybe not worth doing - and probably not worth upgrading in any other way since you probably won't hear that either.
And if you plan to mostly listen to Sirius, heaven help you - nothing will make that sound right.
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