Originally Posted by Andre Yew
The trim in my E46 is real wood. I'm not sure how you'd feel it through the thick layer of plastic on top of the wood, nor how you've determined that there are only two or three burl patterns.
I don't know exactly how many patterns there are, but it is only a few. I once saw four E36's with the woodgrain package at a dealer. Three had the exact same "burl" pattern.
One had a different pattern. I wish I had a picture, but that shut down the salesdroid's comments about "real wood" real bloody fast! That simply does not happen in real life. For example, look at old pictures of cars with real burl veneer inside, like vintage Rovers, or even real veneers covered in thick layers of lacquer so that they look plastic, like old Royces. There is considerable variation in real life burl veneers.
Though I suppose if you want to get technical it could be wood with a stock
"burl" pattern painted on it, though that's hardly less dumb than straight-up petrochemical trim.
And Lamo/Jon, I'm quite sorry if someone having automotive taste not shaped by marketers offends you.