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      09-08-2019, 09:46 PM   #1
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Full Merino Doesn't Include Lower Doors?

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There are a few X5s on cars.com with full merino and they dont include the lower doors in leather. The only difference I can see from extended is that the lower dash is leather. Anybody else aware of this? Full merino is damn expensive for just the lower dash. Really lame move BMW.
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      09-08-2019, 09:56 PM   #2
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Not sure what else it includes but it also includes the leather dashboard.
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Yeah, there was some debate around whether the x5 would include the lower doors, but it is now confirmed...the x5 doesnt get leather lower doors.

The price differential is
Full: 3,350
Less Extended: 1,000
Less leather dash: 850
$1,500

The cost for the lower dash in leather is a whopping $1,500. Can that be right? Seems to be an extremely poor value relative to leather upper dash and extended merino. I regret ordering it, especially since the stupid full merino delayed my order by several weeks and prevented my build from being modified.

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I believe when you specify full merino, while it may not include the door bottoms, (I was unaware of that too) as far as I know it does include the seat backs for the driver & passenger seats, which adds a nice luxurious look and probably adds to the nice rich smell of leather, if that has any appeal or value.

It may or may not be worth anything to any of us, and it won't make the car drive any differently, but I'm quite certain it will be there.
The seatbacks would be nice. It is hard to tell from the photos of the cars I am looking at whether that is true.
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      09-09-2019, 09:58 AM   #5
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I would've gotten it if they offered the option for MY19 but full Tartfuo would be beautiful
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I would've gotten it if they offered the option for MY19 but full Tartfuo would be beautiful
Me too. My only consolation is the ivory color has matched lower dash in soft touch which most would assume is leather. What I absolutely would not want is a matching ivory alcantara headliner, way too much white up high and becomes overwhelming. You need a little contrast in the interior. Too much of all the same color is too monochromatic.



My last GC had a $5k optional full leather package. Leather was on every surface. Build quality was not BMW standard but the leather was gorgeous and also a PIA on the lower doors as everyone kicked it and left marks.


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      09-09-2019, 10:28 AM   #7
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The seatbacks would be nice. It is hard to tell from the photos of the cars I am looking at whether that is true.
The seat backs on the 2019 X7 that I looked at my dealer in Ivory White/Night Blue were definitely in Ivory White leather, which is what prompted me to order that same color combination on my 2020 X5 M50i that's on order now, and hopefully I will have it by the end of September. I only looked at the seat backs for the driver & passenger seats, and I'm not sure what they backs are made of for the seats in the 2nd row.

Coming from a Porsche 911, the prices for the BMW options seem a little more reasonable. Porsche does seat backs in many materials, but for a big $$ adder.

The Porsche SUV Cayenne Turbo, which is a twin turbo V-8 powered with very similar specs to the X5 M50i is also priced very high and can easily cost $160K or more, and may not have even have everything the BMW has in the way of options.
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I would've gotten it if they offered the option for MY19 but full Tartfuo would be beautiful
Me too. My only consolation is the ivory color has matched lower dash in soft touch which most would assume is leather. What I absolutely would not want is a matching ivory alcantara headliner, way too much white up high and becomes overwhelming. You need a little contrast in the interior. Too much of all the same color is too monochromatic.



My last GC had a $5k optional full leather package. Leather was on every surface. Build quality was not BMW standard but the leather was gorgeous and also a PIA on the lower doors as everyone kicked it and left marks.

I believe anthracite is always an option for Ivory thankfully. I wouldn't want an Ivory headliner either that would be a nightmare
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I believe the full leather on the X7 includes the lower door

Full leather on X7 is $3,700 vs $3,350 on X5
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Full leather on X7 is $3,700 vs $3,350 on X5
Yes you are 100% correct, and that's a good point. I presume that's because there are 3 rows of seats to make out of leather on the X7 as opposed to making two rows on the X5.
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So on the X7, for $350 more, you get an extra row of seats in merino plus the lower doors. That is a good value. The X5 full merino seems to be a bad value. Typically, you can always decipher the rationale behind BMW options pricing, but the full merino price on the X5 makes no sense to me.
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So on the X7, for $350 more, you get an extra row of seats in merino plus the lower doors. That is a good value. The X5 full merino seems to be a bad value. Typically, you can always decipher the rationale behind BMW options pricing, but the full merino price on the X5 makes no sense to me.
I know from exp there is a ton of mis-info from BMW to CA to me. just clearing up the night blue alcantara mis-info. but I believe and I cert could be wrong but if ordering white ivory/night blue Full Marino the dash in leather is blue BUT if ordering just ext marino is same ivory/night blue w/ adding leather dash the dash is black and not night blue. that's one of the reasons I've insisted that the Alcantara headliner is in blue with XD5 option.
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I don't think the X5 gets the seatbacks in leather. I did a VIN decode on a 2020 with full merino, and it says the following...

ONLY FOR G07 Following Items As VA In Leather Merino
- Black Nb 7 975 316 Sun Reflective Technology
- Rear Panel Of Front Seat Backs
- Door Panel Lower Part With Map Case
- And Cover Side Panel Lower Part
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Mine is EU and have back seats lether full merino and lower door panels, if im lucky i will post pics after week. This is from vin decoder
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Are you sure it doesn't say "ONLY FOR G07" above those line items?
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G07 for 3rd row seats, thisnis options 4UB and G07, not X7, options numbers
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No leather seatbacks either for the X5. Confirmed with photos of cars on dealer lots.

So, at a $1,500 upcharge, full merino on the X5 adds nothing more than the lower dash. Full merino will also delay your build and lock your build from any edits.

A very expensive and inconvenient option for X5 buyers. Extended merino is the way to go.
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Maybe European is different because i order full leather merino ivory white, its cost about 4000 euro. On pictures back of front seats is black leather and additional pilows on second row like G12
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Me too. My only consolation is the ivory color has matched lower dash in soft touch which most would assume is leather
So the lower dash with Full Leather is soft touch material, not genuine leather? Regardless, I would still get the extended merino as I prefer the lower dash to contrast.
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So the lower dash with Full Leather is soft touch material, not genuine leather? Regardless, I would still get the extended merino as I prefer the lower dash to contrast.
No, I have Extended Merino and the Leather dash option.
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Extended - lower dash soft touch. Front seat backs are black plastic
Full - lower dash leather. Front seant back are black plastic.

Above for all colors except white where the front back is white too in case of full leather
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No, I have Extended Merino and the Leather dash option.

So then I'm correct that the lower dash isn't genuine leather with full leather?

I too would get extended with leather dash option
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