From digest.v7.n252 Wed Sep 10 14:26:27 1997
From: Jim Cash <j.cash_at_sympatico.ca>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 1997 14:59:17 -0400
Subject: Availability of Options
For general information, when I researched the order for my E39 car I
did a comparison between features & accessories available in Canada and
Europe (mostly UK).
There are many items available elsewhere that we can not get here - yet.
They are not providing them to try an keep our prices down - which is
nice, but hopefully they will change their marketing strategy and allow
us to purchase these as "non standard" options. Probably would mean a
higher cost for these options, and agreeing that parts would be slow for
these - but hey at least dont't treat us like second class customers.
If you agree you may wish to express you desires, in your own words, to
your local retailer, or to BMW direct.
On the other hand if you compare base prices we come off much cheaper,
and get more standard stuff to boot.
Comparrison list is as follows.
Differences between Canadian & UK 540 series - Standards & options
Does not list those features/options that are available in both
locations (i.e. M sport suspension)
Canada UK, etc.
Comfort seats, with memory standard option
Multi-function Steering wheel standard option
Ski bag standard option
"Business" radio & HiFi Speaker system standard option
CD preparation wiring standard option
Phone preparation & wining standard option
Air conditioning & Sun Roof standard 1 or other
Rear Fog lights NA standard
Manual Headlamp height NA standard
Warning Triangle accessory standard
First Aid kit accessory standard
Drivers side storage compartment in lower dash NA standard
Front centre armrest with interior storage NA standard
- we get sliding armrest with no storage
Steptronic Transmission no no cost option
EDC - Electronic suspension control no yes
Rear Axle Level Control no yes
Servotronic power steering (speed related) no yes
Auto Dimming "Door" mirrors no yes
Rain sensor for wipers (special windshield) no yes
Xenon Head Lights yes yes ?
Heated steering wheel yes yes ?
On Board Monitor - without Navigation no yes (Italy)
On Board Monitor - with Navigation no * yes
Latent Heat reservoir no yes
No Smoker package no yes
Front loading CD - instead of tape no yes
No model inscription no yes
De-chroming (black mat) no yes
"Multifunctional electric ""M Sports"
Steering Wheel with airbag" no yes
Double Glazing no yes
- Navigation available in US now - not Canada
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