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Old 04-25-2002, 02:39 PM   #1
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Question new car options?

Hi everyone,
I am new to this forum, and wanted to get some feedback from you guys regarding a new car I am buying. I just ordered my first 325i '02 last week with step/PP :smile: and wanted to know what you think about

1: Leather vs. Leatherette.
2: Default vs. Harman stereo system.
3: Bixenon vs. halogen.

Any feedback about pros and cons ?

Thanks a bunch,
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Old 04-25-2002, 02:46 PM   #2
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I really think part of what makes bmw, bmw are its hi-tech gadgets. Xenons are a must!
Leatherette is good, short on cash get lette, got cash get real stuff...simple as that.
Stereo...HK is OK but not THAT good. If you are going to get speakers, wuffers etc, get stock system, if your planning to leave as is, get HK.
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Old 04-25-2002, 02:46 PM   #3
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here's my take...

1. leatherette, it's cheaper, and easier to maintain
2. I have regular non-HK, and it sounds fine, and I've heard HK, and i think it's not worth the extra money. So, no HK.
3. Xenons is a must...I made the mistake of not getting it.
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Old 04-25-2002, 02:50 PM   #4
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I agree with Chase, I opt for Leatherette, Xenon, non-hk.
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Old 04-25-2002, 02:57 PM   #5
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I agree with Chase, I opt for Leatherette, Xenon, non-hk.
yeah I agree...


definitely Xenon.
go aftermarket before you go HK
and Leather/Leatherette depends on your budget. They're both good...
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Old 04-25-2002, 02:59 PM   #6
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Xenons is a definite must. Leatherette apparantly maintains it's look better than

Leather, not many people can really tell the difference. HK I heard it also and it does not sound that much better. When people see Xenons coming from behind they know a luxury car is coming. Save yourself the regrets.
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Old 04-25-2002, 03:06 PM   #7
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OK. Explain to me the difference og Leather vs. Leatherette.
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Old 04-25-2002, 03:08 PM   #8
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1/ get the xenons cause if u later want to swap them for stage two's it'll be much cheaper, otherwise you'll have to get the whole kit and it'll cost u $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

2/ leatherette looks exactly like leather, especially black, i have the tan and it looks the same...........unlike audi with their dotted effect on the leatherette

3/ stick with the stock unless u have the money, stock sounds awsome, i added a dvd player, a 12" sub and all and it sounds amazing with my stock speakers, no cracking nothing

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i have black leatherette. i like it alot because it looks sportier. its also a lot cheaper than the leather. i cant really tell the difference, except that the leatherette is not as soft. but i think it looks better anyway. the stereo system is not much of a difference. i have no problem with my stock system. it sounds great anyway. i wish i got the xenons though!
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Old 04-25-2002, 03:15 PM   #10
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i wish i had xenons. :sad: but i still don't think they're worth $700 just cuz they look better.
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Old 04-25-2002, 03:24 PM   #11
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Biggest difference..

With Leather vs. Leatherette is that Leatherette DOES NOT include the rear armrest..

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Old 04-25-2002, 03:24 PM   #12
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Re: new car options?

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Hi everyone,

1: Leather vs. Leatherette.
2: Default vs. Harman stereo system.
3: Bixenon vs. halogen.

Any feedback about pros and cons ?

Thanks a bunch,
Yogi.

1. Leather is a little softer
2. Default - MY POS HK has rattled from the first day I got the car, and keeps rattling even after they have supposedly fixed it twice. And I think the stock system in my 99 328i was better sounding.
3. Bixenon
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Old 04-25-2002, 03:35 PM   #13
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I have tan leather and HK and no xenons and the only thing I regret not getting(like I had a choice since I bought it used) is xenons. My HK is nice with my 2 12's, because it can maintain at a higher volume without cracking so the subs dont drown out the highs. I like leather because its what I have and havent really seen leatherette, but I mean its a bmw shouldnt it have leather? MUST GET XENONS! Oh God I dream about having them everyday! Dont make the mistake of not getting them! And its your choice, it all depends on the budget, if you got the funds, get it all, and get the sport pack while your at it.
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Old 04-26-2002, 02:23 AM   #14
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I would get the Xenons for sure. I wouldnt get the leather, I got it and I ahte cleaning it. plus I hate worrying about it baking in the sun. I would get the HK if youre not into car audio. I got HK in my 325ci and I work at a stero shop, but I knew I was gonna keep this bmw sound system stock...
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