Posted by John on November 15, 1998 at 17:30:09:
In Reply to: John's 323 posted by Chris on November 15, 1998 at 12:13:13:
: John...do you feel that, despite being a flawless car, that your low end torque and resulting acceleration are lacking or does the car feel strong down low.? My GS-R is geared low and launches quickly but suffers a lack of grunt down low. I have not been able to test drive a 323 E-46, so your comments would be helpful. Thanks.
I drove both the 323 and 328 extensively. My dealer was kind enough to let me spend about 90 minutes in each. My feeling then, as it is now, is that the difference in price between the 323 and 328 was unjustified.
I don't feel the lack of low end "grunt" you speak of. Where I think the major difference can be felt is at the top end--where, quite frankly, I don't need it.
The 323i is a very well balanced car, in my mind. My affection for it grows every time I drive it. I don't miss the extra 23 hp.
I know that others have made the same comparison and have opted for the 328, but I'm happy with my choice.