Originally Posted by username79
Holy crap. You are correct. I just priced one up to 47K. Wow, who would be that stupid?
Yes, you can get a base 328 with the faux leather -- leatherette -- which is not very nice.
Pictures above do not lie.
I'm on my third Bimmer in 5 years, so I like them, but a buddy has a G37 and they're quite nice, imo. Then again, I think the BMW "leatherette" is great - feels nice and, like Mercedes-Benz's "Tex" - looks good for decades with minimal care. I was browsing some E30s recently and all of the vinyl interiors look great, while the leather is cracked, split, or frazzled.
As an aside - the "AMEX Dailywish" on Thursday is a 328i for $16k. There are only 3 at that price, but if you're already shopping it's worth a shot...