Posted by vik on February 16, 1999 at 14:59:01:
In Reply to: It's a myth that the A4 1.8T is cheaper. It's not. posted by Kamal on February 16, 1999 at 14:42:31:
: : I test drove a 323 sedan with the sports package and think BMW has made their new line too refined. Even with the sports suspension the car is still not able to handle fast turns like my 95 Ford Probe(shame on you BMW). I think Audi's A4 is a better bet and at a cheaper price as well.
The key is that you have to compare the two *optioned similarly*. The A4 has several features as standard equipment that you pay extra for on the 323.
If you look at comparably equipped cars, and also account for the fact that the 323 is a new and therefore hotter-selling car, you'll see that the 323 is more expensive. The differential was $3-4K in Philly, which is where I live.