In Reply to: Replacing GSR with 328i posted by Jon on March 05, 1999 at 10:19:29:
: I currently have an Integra GSR which I'm replacing with a 328i (stick and sport). The 328i was ordered in early Jan and is expected (according to my dealer) in early April. My test drives of the E46 were fairly limited so I'm interested to find out from readers of this group who are familiar with both the GSR and the 328i what sorts of driving/performance differences I should expect. I know about the torque differences, and I'm really looking forward to to the 328i for that. On the other hand, it's really fun taking the GSR up to 8000rpm before shifting to the next gear. This was a problem I had on my E46 test drives. I shift primarily by sound and feel and found that I was hitting the rev limiter like crazy on almost every shift on a very low mileage E46. Thanks for any help/advice.
I've driven the GSR and own a 96 328i. My car and the new 3 are totally different than your car. The GSR is actually more fun to drive in certain ways than the bimmer. The GSR gives you much more feedback as you were alluding to. I too have trouble shifting my car if the radio is too loud as I too shift to engine sound. The new 3 series is even quieter making it almost impossible to hear the engine so I understand why you hit the rev limiter. Your GSR is a lot noisier than the BMW giving a lot more feed back to help in shifts. I've had my car over 3 years and I still don't feel like I've become a perfect shifter. Part of it is the great torque in the 2.8 l bmw engine. If the shift rpm's arent't just matched perfectly, you will get a lurch.. The GSR has much less torque so the shifting is a lot easier. The bmw is a much more solid car(weighs about 300 lbs. more) and feels glued to the road at all times. It's a heavier car and it will take you a while to get used to this but well worth it. Have fun.