Is Tan Worth The Stains? - 2011 BMW 528i Long-Term Road Test

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2011 BMW 528i: Is Tan Worth The Stains?

January 27, 2011

BMW 528i longterm floormat.jpg This is why you don't buy a car with tan floormats. Ever. Just look at how much grime has accumulated onto the driver's floormat of our 2011 BMW 528i. And we haven't reached 8,000 miles yet.

I don't know why manufacturers even make tan floormats. Here's the thing: Although the interior is mostly tan, there's enough black within the cabin that black floormats would look just fine.

In fact, I think they'd look far better than tan, giving a contrasting color combo. For sure they'd hide the dirt better.

Here's how the front passenger floormat is looking. Not sure how those grease marks got there, but it'll take more than vacuuming to get those out, that's for sure.

BMW 528i longterm front passenger floormat.jpg

The rear floormats are grimed up, too. No doubt a good shampooing will bring them back to looking almost new, but it pains me to think about how bad they'll all look after 25,000 miles. Or 100,000.

BMW 528i longterm rear floormat.jpg Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 7,798 miles

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