You made the better choice. Once you get it sorted out, you will be very happy.
FYI, Bimmerforums dot com has a seperate thread just for tourings.
I bought my touring in '08, with the primary reason being to haul my two dogs. It is so practicle for a variety of other reasons. I focused my search for a 5 speed sport package. I liked it so much I bought two more E39 sedans.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
2001 530iA STEEL BLUE
/Sand - Sport/Premium/Cold Package
1999 528iA JET BLACK
/Black - Sport/Premium/Heated Seats
1982 Fiat 2000 Spider - BLUE METALLIC
1999 528iT CASHMERE BEIGE/Sand - Sport/Premium Package - 5 speed SOLD