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Posted by Matt on November 15, 1998 at 16:50:00:

In Reply to: '99 328i vs. Lexus GS300 posted by Ben on November 15, 1998 at 15:36:52:

I guess it comes down to how much of a premium you're willing to pay for performance. The Bimmer is the drivers car. The Lexus is more of an isolation chamber than a true performer(although not as bad as the old one.) Plus, the $41,500 is MSRP which is thousands over invoice (and what you should pay.) Both cars have their place, you just have to decide what you want and how much you're willing to pay for it. I agree though, the 3 series (especially the 328) should come loaded with more standard options for the price and class it competes in.

. : 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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