In Reply to: Welcome back. posted by Harvster on January 14, 2000 at 14:10:28:
Costco was definitely easier (less fear of door dings and vastly more trunk space). However, when changing lanes and merging, I had to remember that there was about 10+ feet of car behind me instead of only 3! I really hate slushboxes. And the sunroof didn't even begin to approximate toplessness (though the weather was pretty cruddy most of the time I had the 528i).
All the doodads were fun, though. I've never seen so many buttons and controls in a car. The Z3's interior looks positively serene without 3 cruise control, 2 radio, and one phone button on the sterring wheel; more than 8 climate control buttons, 2 3-stage heated seats buttons; a double decker/double wide radio/tape deck (deck hidden under a wood grain thingy); foglight and headlight dial controls; a mileage indicator on the tach; 4 seat position memory buttons on the door; and a lock/unlock button on the center console.
I defintely missed my LeatherZ armrest. The 528i has this strange 2-armrest beast with a center well but no hidden storage.
I would buy a "touring" package 528i before I'd buy a minivan and certainly before a SFV (sport futility vehicle), but not anytime soon thank you very much! The dogs fit just fine together in the Accord or one at a time in the Z3 once the seat is covered with several blankets and towels.
: :I was afraid you would get too used to the station wagon!