In Reply to: Top Ten Things to Make C&D's 323i any uglier. posted by ks on March 05, 1999 at 18:58:51:
That just shows how much more money you have to spend on things that should come standard on such an overpriced car. This proves that the car had to be that austere and dull in order to compete with the other cars. The E46 is a really nice car but it is way too overpriced. In general the same goes for most german cars regardless of the engineering. This is why the Japanese are making a killing with machines that are equally well engineered and safe. I will acknowledge that there is nothing like a European car for my personal taste- it just has more character (but one does have to be at least a semi-enthusiast to know this). Most people who buy European do it because of cachet. I think that is bullshit although I do have to admit that the Europeanness is kind of appealing.
PS- I think Mercedes is too overpriced too. Audi has the prices just about right for a Europen marque given the high-end Japanese prices. AND I am being objective, I could have afforded a 1999 328i (which I liked very much) but I chose the A4 2.8.