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'99 328i vs. Lexus GS300 (archive)

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Posted by Ben on November 15, 1998 at 15:36:52:

I know what you're thinking. How could anyone make such a comparison?
Well after test driving the new 328i, I was hooked and decided to put together the options I wanted for purchase. To me the extra HP on the 328i wearing 17" sneakers and a premium package was the only way to go. When I tallied up all the options, the car's price tag tipped a whopping $41,500.
Now all of a sudden, I'm priced within hundreds of dollars of a Lexus GS300. Thinking that such a car would prove unsatisfactory compared to the 3-series, I decided to test drive the car anyway since I'm priced in the ballpark.
After the test drive I can say the Lexus is no "drivers car" like the 3-series.
Now here is my dilemma: To my surprise that Lexus handled and performed pretty damn well, so good in fact, that I'm starting to have second thoughts on the 328i. The GS is a distictive design with greater stature and road presence than the 3-series. In addition, the Nakamichi stereo is hands-down the best OEM sound I've heard yet.
So the bottom line is: Do I buy a top rung 3-series or an entry level performance sedan?

Thanks,
Ben



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