In Reply to: Make Me Feel Better About My 323i on Order posted by Mark on April 12, 1999 at 18:06:03:
I put a deposit down on a GLX last year and fully expected to have it in a few weeks. I thought it was as close as I could get to a BMW. Well, VW came up with some interesting reasons why they couldn't build the car they advertised and accepted deposits on. My 98 GLX order was "cancelled at the factory" so I became one of the first in line for the 99 GLX.
The story goes on, but I'll spare you VW's "Clintonizing" excuses. When my frustration reached a certain level I asked myself 2 questions:
1) If this is the quality of service this company provides before the sale, how much confidence can I place in what they sell?
2) Which will be worth more in x years, a one-of-a-kind, questionable-quality VW or a BMW?
(BTW, the Passat is 40% Audi parts, so you'll eventually pay Audi prices for a VW quality car)
You noted that the VW has options/features that you don't want. I agree. What BMW enables you to do what VW refuses: Have your car custom built to your specs. (You can't get a GLX with a stick)
BMW also gives you some perks VW doesn't. If you've been reading here a while, you know the dealer can give you the status of the car EVERY step of the way from the Order status in BMW's computer to the estimated time of arrival at the dealer. The info. is so open and available, you can know the ship your car is coming on. VW uses it's "allocation system" where the dealer doesn't have a clue of what s/he's getting until it rolls off the truck.
The critcal point for me became this: yes, I'm buying a car, but in a way, I'm investing in the company behind the car. Their corporate philosphy is reflected in their actions and products. Based on their actions, I lost confidence in the company behind the Passat.
I discovered that BMW's products (and the corporate philosophy reflected in them) is what I'm looking for in a car.
I don't car about the "status" stuff; if I gotta pay the note, I'm gonna get what I want.
I put my money down in Feb '99, and now my 328i will be at my dealer by Friday. Hot d*mn! No rumors, no gas tank follies (an inside joke to GLX folks) my car is real and it's almost here!
Hope this helps...
: After carefully shopping for a Passat optioned out the way I wanted it: six cylinder engine, leather, with an automatic (including the worthless tiptronic feature) I discovered it would be about the same price as a 323i in its standard configuration, so on a hunch I went over to the BMW dealer and test drove the 323i--- and loved it. I assume that the Beamer is just a better car than the VW, so I ordered it. Am I right? I really am not into status shopping so that wasn't an issue for me; in fact I've always been a reverse snob so I'm totally freaked out that I did this. somebody please justify this for me!