Posted by tyty on November 17, 1998 at 15:57:51:
In Reply to: Re: Even the 323i is way too much for the gs300 posted by Chris on November 17, 1998 at 02:42:53:
: : : 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
: one thing is for sure... lexus is much more reliable than BMW. You are almost certain that you won't have any unscheduled maintances with lexus.
: ps. it's ultimate driving experience vs. the unparelle reliablity of Toyota.. up to you.