IMO, I think the E60's are built more poorly than the E39's were. Just like Mercedes did at the change of the century, BMW is doing now. The quality of materials is not as durable and expensive as in previous years. This is an aim for German luxury makes to save money, and more than likely the woodgrain (if it is even real) was an easy item to do it with. I even noticed it moving from my solid-built W202 and W210 M-Bs and my E39 and test driving a newer model W211 M-B, X5 and 535i, the low-grade leather, dash materials, plastic interior door handles (BMW), and wood feels/looks so much more inexpensive in the newer models. Needless to say, the salesman wasnt too happy with the comment I made. So while Lexus and Infiniti's (and even Cadillac and Hyundai) materials are getting better, we are getting worse.