Posted by Kamal on February 16, 1999 at 14:06:36:
In Reply to: Civic lookalike posted by Jonathan Forbes on February 16, 1999 at 13:13:23:
The 99 Civic Sedans and Coupes with new tail lights look great and so is the paint quality.
I own a 96 Civic DX and I just came back from spending a week taking Euro Delivery of my 323i Sport. There are actually quite a few things the Civic does better than my E46. Anyway it's Civic Designers copying E36 styling, not the other way around.
: 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?