Posted by Tom on February 18, 1999 at 17:08:42:
In Reply to: comparing the E46 with the E36 posted by DH on February 18, 1999 at 16:22:43:
It's easy to say "has lost the edge of the E36" : but all the E36's owners i know told me clearly that the E46 would be a great car to have, and you know very well that many of actual E36 drivers will switch to E46 without hesitating a while !!
I've a E46-328-Titanium and for me it is very clear : BMW made the right improvements (except perhaps the engine sound, but that is a detail), and not only light improvements : look only at the design of the inner elements and you'll see that even on bigger bimmers you'll not always find such right adjusted and designed pieces !! (for example look at the global design of the front doors from inner, ... : just exactly what is perfect and not in any other car...)
No, really : E36 had the great BMW technologies and driving pleasures, but when you go in an E46 and then return in a E36, you will only say that elegance (especially inner the car, external look is a little more a question of taste..) and refinement is much more better reached in the E46.
Even the quality of materials is better : my E46 (july 1998) look now always like new !!
So : great and right evolution !