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I tested both today... 323 feels better NT (archive)

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Posted by Alfonso Gutierrez on February 17, 1999 at 23:04:50:

In Reply to: 17" WHEELS BAD FOR DRIVING FAST ON E46 posted by TOM on February 17, 1999 at 16:08:55:

: I took a four hour test drive of the E46 328I with the sport suspension and found it very difficult to drive fast on quiet winding country
: roads at speeds upwards of 80 MPH. I then test drove the E46 323I with the sport suspension and found a dramatic difference, it is much easier to drive fast.

: The E46 328I with sport suspension drives fair on
: smooth pavement and lousy on bad pavement. I mean
: lousy in the sense that it takes a tremendous effort requiring constant steering corrections.
: The faster you go,and or,the more road imperfections the worse it gets.

: What is the difference?

: The 328I has 8" X 17" wheels and P225/45/17 tires.
: The 323I has 7" X 16" wheels and P225/50/16 tires.

: I bought the 323I with sport suspension.
: I strongly suggest that you drive both.
: I am astonished at the difference in feel.

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