Posted by John on November 15, 1998 at 11:55:27:
In Reply to: New Model?? Woes posted by Todd on November 15, 1998 at 09:40:34:
: I've been reading this board for a few weeks now and I noticed some concerns about not buying the "new 3s" because they are new models. My question is whether this is really true?
There may be some merit to the argument that any new model will have some "bugs" that will be corrected over time, as the knowledge base of the car grows.
That having been said, the new 3 has had more R & D DM's (Deutsch Marks)than any car BMW has ever built, and it was in development over 5 years. 16 prototypes were built at a cost averaging over $350,000 each.
The 3 has also benefitted from CAD systems which were not available prior to this latest incarnation.
I have read with interest the woes of early adopters of previous designs, but do not think they apply here for the reasons given above. Does this mean there won't be any glitches whatever? Of course not. But balance any stories of "lemons" with the fact that people who have had virtually no problems generally don't say anything.
I'll be an exception to that rule: For the record, I own a 1999 323i, which I have had for a little over 2 months. I have accumulated over 3,000 miles on it and haven't found a SINGLE defect of any kind. The fit and finish is flawless. There isn't s squeak, groan or rattle to be heard.
Granted, it's too early to make any strong judgements about the quality of the car, so far my little 3 has exceeded every expectation I've had.