In Reply to: Getting the 530 I want (cloth seats & a trunk)... posted by Colin Campbell on July 03, 2000 at 18:27:45:
: One of my pet peeves is the decrease in trunk capacity in the E39. I'm usually carrying a bicycle, and it fits easily in my '95 525i. I tried it on the newer car, and it is a tight fit for my track bike; a road bike might leave grease on the panels. Are the side panels easily removable, even if there is a Nav unit and/or CD changer installed? I'm sure the trunk could actually be used to carry things if they were out of the way!
Your dealer will have the correct info for ordering the cloth seats. Never give them just codes. If a code is wrong you are on the hook. Tell them in language form which cloth and colour you want - it is then up to them to make sure the coding is correct.
For your bike I would suggest 2 things.
Get the fold down rear seats - and if you want you can use a tarp (or custom BMW liner) to protect the trunk and seat lining.
OR - get the custome roof racks and the attachment for holding bikes (arm swings down for easy loading/unloading the bike).
I have the fold down seats and the roof rack (without the bike attachments) - both are great additions for carrying stuff.