It's real wood veneer, but it's got a urethane coating over it that
makes it look plastic and phony. It's a common dilemma - varnish would
look better, but won't last; urethane lasts, but looks fake. Most car
makers go with the latter so they don't have people complaining about
their wood fading, peeling, and cracking.
"Everybody wants a normal life and a cool car;
most people will settle for the car." Chris Titus
2003 BMW 325i Black/Black, 2003 BMW Z4 Black/Black
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