Posted by Barry on February 21, 1999 at 19:56:32:
In Reply to: newbie looking for friendly info. on 323i posted by isaiah on February 21, 1999 at 01:10:53:
You have the usual A4 vs 3 series dilemma. Here's my $0.02
1. Price - look to pay around $1500 over invoice
2. Performance upgrades are not as easy as the 1.8t
3. I have one on order, and don't feel bummed, as the 323i engine in my opinion is infinitely better than the 1.8t engine - smoothness, vibration, and it has a great sound. Also, no matter what is said, a turbo engine will never feel the same as a normally aspirated one, so in this sense the 323i is preferable as well. The 328i will have more power/torque, which I doubt you would really miss it unless you were used to it.
I would drive the cars back to back, and see. I would say the 3 series feels more solid too.