Posted by Jonathan Forbes on February 16, 1999 at 13:13:23:
In Reply to: E46 a 5er clone ???!!!! posted by Nick on February 16, 1999 at 12:04:43:
What bothers me most about the E46 is how cheap and Civic-like it looks in non-metallic colours, from behind or from the side. This is particularly true of the 323i (especially in white) with the black window surrounds.
In metallic colours, though, the car looks really slick. It's amazing the discrepancy there is between metallic and non-metallic.
: Bought my 328-E46 almost a month ago, but traded back last week for a 99-528.
: The E46 was not what I expected. Why?
: Few things:
: Handling: The car driving past the 80s seemed not as stable as I had anticipated. Felt like going "fast". Remarkably, in my old E36 fast was not "too fast". Still had some extra speed miles to go before holding up the pedal.
: Looks: Inside looked bigger than the previous E36, but on the outside for some reason smaller and too toyish. I still believe the E36 has much better looks. This one looked to me like a 5er clone. Not the 3 series ultimate driving machine I was once used to. I asked myself many times the same question, where did it go?
: CD: The stock premium stereo not worth the price, the CD skipped over small bumps. Annoying.
: Air noise: There was some mild air noise coming from the driver's side at high speeds (80+). Annoying too.
: Where is the 3 series kick ass identity? Lost ?
: I personally feel the new 528 changes MOST of that. At least I feel in was getting a true 5er. Not a 7er clone.
: Sorry guys, but THIS IS MY PERSONAL OPINION, I like the 3 series, always will, but I believe I did what I had to. My new 528 worth the extra bucks. Maybe next time.
: Anyone with the same dilema?