In Reply to: To Dog Owners posted by Mark on April 11, 1999 at 10:55:02:
I was just reading motor trend last week, and they were doing there long term wrap up on a '97 540i E39, I do believe they sad the back seats will fold down. So if you don't mind getting a newer more expensive car, go for an E39 528 or 540, unless you don't like them, or the obvious answer, don't want to spend that much money. There must be some higher mileage '97 models floating around, maybe 50k+ miles, see if you can find one cheap, good luck.
: We have always owned a coupe and a wagon of some kind. I am now considering an E34 to replace the coupe but have one hesitancy with this vehicle (or any sedan for that matter, including the Audis also under consideration)in that, our 50 lb. border collie would evidently need to occupy part of the back seat beside my six year old, which gives me safety concerns. In the hatchback coupes and wagons, she has always existed happily behind the rear seat.
: Has anyone tried different arrangements? Can the rear shelf or a portion thereof be made removeable so that the dog can sit in the trunk but still get light/warmth/cooling? I'd prefer not to go with the Touring version as I really don't want two wagons.
: The Audis at least have a split flip-down rear seat so perhaps the dog can lie half in & half out of the trunk. This might also spare the upholstery.