One of the early car magazine reviews of the M5 refered to the metal trim as "metaloid" and were not impressed - they said it looked cheap. My impression is that it looks cheap and shows EVERY fingerprint.I am delighted with my Black Leather and dark wood trim - it looks rich. Some previous messages have indicated the availability of Carbon Fiber replacement trim packages which some are opting for. Basically, it boils down to personal taste but my wife said it best - "you'll get tired of the sport trim - the other is classic". Good luck.
Are you people NUTS? You want a wooden trim? Fine go ahead...might as well get a friggin Caddy...Do the rims, the 4 tailpipes, the M wheel, the spoilers, the sporty look of the car mean anything to you? I sure hope so, cause the aluminum trim on the inside goes right along with everything else thats SPORTY about this car. I worked at a BMW dealer and i've seen on the X5, sort of black (non-wooden..dont get that mixed up) trim. Kinda like a black version of the aluminum trim. It looked great with light leather. Anyway...you want wooden trim to go along great with your luxurious sedan...get a lexus!!!! Lets wake up people, the M5 was build for its sporty and speedy look...not to show it off because of the wooden trim!!!! For christ's sake!!!