In Reply to: Re: Replacing GSR with 328i posted by MelK on March 05, 1999 at 11:21:41:
: I just purchased and received my 328i sport/manaual, and sold my 1996 GSR. I only test drove the 328i one time before I purchased. For one
: week right after receiving my 328i I drove both cars on and off. I
: must say I used to think that the GSR was the best thing, I had
: leather, all the options. But one week with the 328i and it makes the
: Integra feel like a corolla in terms of clutch, interior appointments,
: and just lack of a "solid" feel. I feel like I'm in a tank in the
: 328i. I lowered my integra and I believe my BMW has just as good or
: even better handling than the lowered GSR. This puppy has a lot of
: rigidity, great cornering on the 225/45 R17 tires. As for RWD vs. FWD
: I haven't pushed the BMW 'til it steps out so.... that will have to
: wait until I get past the nervous factor of driving a $40,000 car =).
: But one thing you will notice is the understeer is GONE! I love it...
: no more pulling feeling when you accelerate out of a turn. As for the
: REDLINE, you'll miss it, I do. Nothing like an 8,000 rpm. And
: shifting you have to be careful, not only on the upshift but also
: which gear to downshift to... My problem has been going from fourth to
: third when I really need to go from fourth to second... you don't hear
: the car straining inthird you can only feel it a second later and then
: downshift to second...
: But on the postive side, girls love the new BMW. I'm not being sexist
: or nothing, but I have to admit once people noticed I got a new BMW a
: couple ex's were calling me more frequently...=) go figure. I pray
: you got the xenon option because after 2 weeks, I still get a kick out
: of them when I turn them on.
I appreciate your detailed feedback. Now, let me ask the really nervy question. How do the sound systems compare between the GSR and the 328i? I'm getting the in-dash CD and HK upgrade.