Posted by mark on January 01, 1999 at 03:31:40:
In Reply to: Re: Need some advice : A4 2.8Q and 323 (Very Long) posted by ab on December 30, 1998 at 19:45:50:
Get a VW Passat. Just as fun to drive. And a lot less expensive.
: : 1. BMW 323 is too expensive for me. After all the basic options (Sports package just cost way too much! $2400! compared A4 which is $400!). The price is comparable to an A4 2.8 well equipped!
: The acceleration of this two vehicle are practically the same. They have the same 0-60 times and the engine discplacaement difference is much closer than a 1.8T vs. 2.8T. The 323i is more than adequate in power and you will not miss the extra 0.3L displacement differnce.
: : 2. E46 does feel more plastic/spartan. I have to pay $500 for the wood trim and still the interrior doesn't look as nice as A4.
: BMW does better resale than Audis. You get what you pay for my friend. You do not have to get wood in your 323i. You can get the gloss trim at no charge.
: : 3. I wanted a top of the line model(i.e. BMW 328 and A4 2.8Q) and it looks like I have to settle with 323 but 328 is over my budget, close to $40K(yes, I can save up for few more months, but I really shouldn't as I am trying to save money to buy something more substantial, like a house). I really don't care much for 0-60 time and 323 seems fast enough, but the thought of having another model (328) with faster speed kind of bugs me.
: If that really bugs you, get the A4 2.8 instead. Look, if you buy an M3, another guy next to you could be driving an M5. If you get an M5, the next light, you will be next to a 99 Turbo,...... ........ Just gotta get the car you like and do not worry about the car that you could have gotten.
: > 4. If I order, it will be a 323 with a sports package, manual, Xenon light, leather with NO sun/moon roof(I hate it when my hair start rubbing on the ceiling) and a couple other minor things(metallic paints ,etc). I am afriad that noone will buy this when I decided to sell it. It seems like EVERYONE that I know drives 328 with a premium package, a sunroof and an automatic! (to me that makes a BMW a over priced car as you no longer have a advantge of BMW hanlding). Well anyway since everyone seems to want that option(premium package, sunroof, automatic), I really think I will have hard time selling it if I decided to sell later on (remember, all of you guys are only a very very small part of the American BMW buyers who doesn't buy BMWs for statues symbol but for performance).
: Who says if you buy a 323i fully loaded, no one will buy it from you? FYI, over half of all E46's sold now are 323i's, so when it comes to selling it, you will have no problem.
: : Well anyway, would you buy a 323? I've been reading the newsgroup and it seems that if you don't have a 328 or M3, they think you are not even worthy of talking BMW.
: Nonesense. If anybody is so arragant to say that the 323i is not worthy of having a BMW badge, does not deserve to own a BMW.