In Reply to: Extremely upset by C&D posted by ROB on March 02, 1999 at 20:27:01:
You're right the A4 was better eqipped, but the idea was to set a price point. Being an Audi person myself ('89, 90Q and '98 A4 2.8QT, but admiring the new 328i Sport), I will not deny that the 323i is a better car in some ways. THe main thing though is that the testers are people just like us, and we all have opinions. THat's why there are so many cars to chose from! If I bought all my cars based on what I read in magazines, I would be one disappointed car buyer, and I've been there. We have to each define what it is we look for in a car, and make our own decisions based on those requirements and test drives, etc. There is no question the 323i with the 17" wheels would have wiped the A4 1.8TQ, but its price would have pushed it out of the comparison altogether. The thing I don't get is that the Jetta came in last. The VR6 alone should have pushed it up to atleast 4th spot, and the new Jetta is a great looking car. I have not driven one yet though. Atleast the BMW and Audi came in on top, and to think the 323i was as close as it was with the wimpy wheels on it, really shows what a great car it is to begin with. Enjoy your BMW's and I'll enjoy my Audi's. Don't count me out though as a future BMW owner!
Wanting an S6 or M3 or a sailboat! Why can't I have all three? :-)
: To think, I have always though that C&D was the best of the American car mags. First motortrend tests a C230K against the 328i, what an insult! Now C&D tests a base 323i with the 15 alloys against a fully loaded 1.8TQMS. Come on!! I'm sure if they spent a little extra and got sport package, they would have rated it best. Come on Car and Driver, Wise up!!
: PS Seriousl;y considering writing a very long, annoying letter (I'll be very kind, however) to C&D.