Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2001 18:12:48 GMT
From: "FWills" <>
Subject: Re: Saab 9-5 wagon vs. BMW

"FelixC" <> wrote in message > Four Weis <mweinopsamcom> wrote: > > Why not look for another Classic 900? > The classic 900s are getting too old now to be considered in direct > comparison to a relatively new car. In any event I ended up buying the > BMW. On balance I think the 9-5 is the better all-round vehicle, but a > few small things like the color and trim made this particular BMW > preferable. I hope I don't end up regretting it - I'm already a little > concerned about the way BMW's design forces the owner to buy expensive > custom parts and accessories exclusively from BMW ($300 for a unique > battery?!! $700 extra for a unique CD changer which should have been > standard in the first place?!! You have to visit the dealer to reset > the "Service Overdue" warning on the instrument panel?!! Only the > dealer can program the key remote functions?!!). And they complain > about Saab's key on the centre console...! FelixC, Don't despair. I own an older BMW as well as 2 Saab 9k's and I don't feel that the BMW is any more restrictive or proprietary than many other manufacturer. There are aftermarket batteries that will no doubt fit your car. There are probably more places to buy replacement OEM and aftermarket parts for BMWs than nearly any other make. There are other CD Changers that can be installed (though not as easily) and you can easily reset the service reminder lights yourself with only a piece of jumper wire. You just need to figure out which pins to short together on the maintenance connector. Search around on a few BMW web sites or in past issues of the roundel magazine (BMW CCA's club mag.) and you will find the details that will put your mind at rest. PS - You still might want to go look for an old classic 900 for the winter months depending where you live. RWD stinks in the snow... Fred Wills Londonderry, NH

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