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Who likes Plastic Wood ?

Post by Machloop on Sun Oct 02, 2016 2:52 pm

When we ordered our Kingham the showroom had only one FIAT on show and it had faux polished wood panels like some British Leyland from the 80's. We made sure that our FIAT avoided that fashion disaster but a recent trip to the showroom revealed quite a few new FIATs and Pugs with plastic wood cab interiors.  So my question is, just who orders this wood trim and why ?

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Re: Who likes Plastic Wood ?

Post by repoort on Wed Oct 05, 2016 8:21 pm

....I, for one, like it !
The dash itself was standard in AS VW's at the time - I've added the wood gear knob and steering wheel cover...and a light leather gaiter.
Why ? because it takes away the "industrial" grey bland cab that van drivers have to put up with, and makes it feel a more pleasant place to be.
Nobody is pretending that it's genuine wood...but if it makes me feel better I can't see any harm in it.

 

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Re: Who likes Plastic Wood ?

Post by Wargenwolf on Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:07 pm

up!


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Re: Who likes Plastic Wood ?

Post by Wargenwolf on Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:08 pm

My Bolero had a few faux walnut inserts in the dash, but AFAIK that's just how it came. If there was an alternative, I wasn't aware.

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Re: Who likes Plastic Wood ?

Post by PLOUGHLIN on Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:31 pm

Carbon fiber in my MB

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Re: Who likes Plastic Wood ?

Post by daisy mae on Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:34 pm

My VW came with it from new I guess, I like it , lifts the bland look.
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Re: Who likes Plastic Wood ?

Post by richardstubbs on Thu Oct 06, 2016 6:49 pm

I don't mind plastic wood - I had an 80s Mercedes car with it and it was fine.

Years ago I had an 80s British Leyland car (Maxi 2 1750HL) and I can assure you that the wood was real and not at all plastic. The rest of the car was absolute rubbish, but the wooden dashboard was a real sheet of veneered ply. With the varnish peeling off. It was only £220 though.

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The dash in my 1850 Dolomite was the same but curved. Oh, the luxury!
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Re: Who likes Plastic Wood ?

Post by Machloop on Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:59 pm

Thanks for that everyone, though nobody has said that they actually specified it on their van. I don't actually have anything against it exept that (for me) it just looks wrong. Each to their own.

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Re: Who likes Plastic Wood ?

Post by Wargenwolf on Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:05 pm

Machloop wrote:Thanks for that everyone, though nobody has said that they actually specified it on their van. I don't actually have anything against it exept that (for me) it just looks wrong. Each to their own.

It would be a boring old world if we all had the same tastes smile!

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Re: Who likes Plastic Wood ?

Post by Mike187 on Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:16 pm

Probably came as part of the "Premium Pack" or whatever it was called at the time.

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