I heard it's faux wood so it's fake. Correct me if I'm wrong.
I know that many people don't care about wood trim in a VW, but personally I like it as long as it is not the crappy wood grain plastic trim you find in many Japanese or domestic cars. Is the Passat's wood trim similar in construction to the trim in the CC VR6 Executive, for example? i know that even real wood trim is made of a very thin layer of wood encapsulated by a glossy finish layer. I am OK with that, but I am hoping that the cost cutting for the 2012 Passat does not mean that the wood trim is of the cheap patterned plastic variety you find in an Accord or Camry.
By the way, in addition to the main wood or aluminum trim pieces on the dash, is there a thin matching strip running along the base of the windshield? I saw an interior picture of an SEL showing the A-pillar Fender tweeters and it looked like there was a thin strip of wood trim there. Is that strip made of aluminum (real or otherwise) on lower trim levels?
Last edited by Ali B; 11-10-2011 at 05:43 PM.
As for the brushed aluminum trim, are you sure it's not silver painted plastic? When I got my 2010 CC R-line, I thought my dash and door trim was aluminum but it is apparently painted plastic. I have a hard time believing they would put real brushed aluminum in a lower trim Passat and put faux wood trim in the SEL. I have no complaints about how my CC's faux aluminum trim looks, though.
Does anyone have any photos of the carbon fiber look on the Canadian Highline?
2012 VW Passat TDI SEL | Black/Black | Current
2004 Audi A6 Avant | Dolphin Gray/Gray | Gone
1999 Audi A4 1.8T | Melange Gold/Black | Long Gone
1972 VW Beetle | White/Black | Really Long Gone
Sorry for venting in public.
"Passat's superior versions of similar features. Its 18-inch alloy wheels and genuine wood trim surpass the Accord's 17-inch alloys and poorly rendered simulated wood trim."
Had a friend that is a big BMW enthusiast that owns a 6-series hop in my car last week. Funny thing is that when he sat down the first thing he did was touch the wood. The first thing he said was "this is really nice"
2012 Tiguan SEL
2013 GLI Autobahn Nav
2012 Tiguan SEL
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It's great to be back on vw vortex I just purchased my black on black tdi SEL. and after 4 days I really like it. The funny thing to me, is that if you have to ask while your in the car (I know some posters have not been) then it shouldn't matter....regardless.
The trim is not real. From 10' away you may believe it is, but up close it looks fake. That's okay with me because the price point of this car does not justify real wood. IMO.
Me & the other half are considering a B7 Passat, and the UGLY wood trim is the only thing keeping us away from the SEL! Neither of us like it at all.
We have test driven the competition -- while other brands also have wood on high end, it doesn't look quite so bad... the 2012 Passat wood reminds me of the wood in my mom's 1984 Pontiac Parisienne, ha! Nissan has done a nice job with their wood interior in the Maxima -- it is a grey color and more of a bamboo/horizontal line treatment rather than burled grandpa wood.
Anyway, we have decided to stick to the SE simply to stay away from the wood ... well, and the Dynamica ... and the slow radio. Usually you pay more to stay away from the crap!
I understand your need to rationalize not getting the SEL, but you're missing out on far more than just faux wood and slow radio. I'm sure you'll be happy to pay out the wazoo to get the missing features you end up wanting after the fact, but no need to insult those of us who had presence of mind to get the SEL features out the gate. Less to do later!
I might add that it's not 100% confirmed fake either. The backing is reasonably plastic or composite, as are all molded laminates that are made for crazy temperature swings like car interiors.
how can anybody find wood on cars attractive after watching national lampoon's vacation? it's a joke, people. wood paneling had its day, it was called the 1970s.
I too like the modern lines of the brushed aluminum (I actually have a terrible affinity for a decent amount of chrome to boot, so sue me), but I think wood (look) as an interior upgrade has its appropriate place today too. It's just about execution.
Cute. Nobody is talking about exterior panels. We're talking car interiors. When I want a good hoagie preserved, I'll look for some aluminum...
I used to work for Lincoln, and at the time they had released the "Blackwood" truck. It had the same Burl Wood interior, that I know was real, so if the VW is fake they've done an excellent job making it look real.
2012 Passat 3.6
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2003 GTi 1.8t
Hey, as long as it doesn't look like the crap they used to applique into US cars in the 70's & 80's, then I'm good. The woodgrain trim on our SEL lends just the right amount of warmth to the cabin.
Partner: 2012 Passat SEL 2.5L, 2000 Audi A6 (non-Quattro), 1996 Audi A4 (non-Quattro)
Me: 1995 Passat GLX VR6, 1987 Jetta GL, 1985 Jetta GL
the interior trim pieces (there are 9 parts total) cost around $500ish if i recall correctly, and yes i bought them from the dealership.
i was able to install 7 of the 9 pieces myself, but the last 2 pieces involved the wiring around the push button start and the gearshift, so i had the dealership do those. (for free!)
Sorry to belabor this subject, but I thought potential buyers should know the truth about this trim. Upon my purchase, I assumed that the trim was fake wood, considering the price point of the Passat. I've owned several vehicles with real wood and this trim didn't seem to have the "depth" character that other woods have. A few days ago, I noticed that the light caught an area of the trim that gave it that appearance of "depth".
So now I wanted to know for sure and I contacted VWOA directly to get the truth. Here was their response. "Congrats on your new Passat! It is real wood. The ordering guide states so, we would not be able to say that if it were anything otherwise."
So if anyone is NOT going to purchase this car based on the fact that the wood trim is cheap plastic, and not REAL wood, you should reconsider your decision.
i OWNED the trim, i HELD it in my hands as i replaced it. you can literally see the BROWN PAINT on the BLACK PLASTIC once you remove the pieces. not to mention the pieces were just as light as the "brushed aluminum" (also fake) pieces i replaced them with.
if it IS real wood... it must be a RAZOR thin piece backed with plastic, and painted and glazed to look nice. but i seriously, seriously doubt it, from hands-on, eyes-on personal experience.
by the way, the official name simply says "autumn nut burl"... it NEVER says the word "wood". look at vw.com.
Last edited by teknokrat; 05-16-2012 at 06:41 PM.