Posted by Ali B on December 31, 1998 at 11:49:02:
In Reply to: Need some advice : A4 2.8Q and 323 (Very Long) posted by John Song on December 30, 1998 at 19:28:16:
As you may or may not know, starting with the January production, the A4 is getting a minor freshening up of the exterior and interior. Also, Audi is revising the suspension for improved comfort and ride (this is the official vague language). Perhaps road noise will be reduced too. If you were to order an A4 today, you would be getting the 99.5 model with the improvements. Granted, the 99.5 model won't be in the showrooms until March for you to check out the difference, but your 323i won't be ready any sooner either.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the E46 body will be around for another 6-7 years. The A4 will be totally re-done for the 2001 or 2002 model.
Just a couple of extra things you get on the A4. Fold-down rear seats, center armrest, and floormats are standard on all A4's. The armrest will cost you about $400 (installed) and the folding rear seats will add another $575. This is on top of metallic paint ($475) that you already mentioned.
I would take the A4 2.8 quattro because I don't like the way BMW nickel and dimes their customers for every little thing. BTW, I have driven the E46 328i Premium and A4 2.8Q back to back. The 328i was slightly superior overall (mainly because of stronger engine), which makes me think that the 323i would not measure up to the A4 2.8Q. Just my opinion.