Dwelling on the subject of taxicabs: I appears as though M-Bs' former stranglehold on the taxicab market has loosened a bit over the course of the past few years. One now sees many VW Tourans, Skoda Octavia and VW Passat wagons used as cabs. VW has been heavily promoting cab-spec packages for these cars. I am actually not sure as to whether BMW even continues to offer a taxicab-specification package. I recall them doing so back in the late 70s and early 80s' on the first E12 5 series 524D models, but the venture did not appear to be successful. I believe that Audi continues to offer a taxicab package but keeps extremely low-keyed regarding its' promotion. BMW and Audi taxicabs are very rare sights indeed.