Posted by John on December 21, 1998 at 06:59:29:
In Reply to: 323 comparable to PASSAT? posted by Mark on December 21, 1998 at 00:44:11:
: Hello 323 Owners,
: I'm nearing to be in the market for my first new car and would like to find the best value out there and was wondering if any of you test drove any Passats before deciding to by your BMW? And how comparably fun each car is to drive? and any other considerations or opinions would be appreciated? Thank you.
: P.S. I am also concerned about getting to the ski slopes in a rwd car?
Your question implies you haven't driven a BMW. My suggestion is to drive one, and of course, also drive the Passat.
These cars are both excellent cars, but for different reasons. But they are NOTHING like one another.
The BMW with DSC is better than Passat's FWD for accellerating the car. As far as safety once under way, you'll find that the 50/50 balance of the BMW is as big or bigger advantage in handling on snow and ice as it is on dry roads. If you're really concerned about this, get a set of good snow tires on all 4 wheels.
My $0.02 for what it's worth.