In Reply to: Is Internet Psycology at work here? posted by DG on April 18, 1999 at 12:40:59:
I bought a new 1986 Corolla FX-16 Twin Cam years ago which had such bad steering shudder when braking from high speeds that if you didn't press lightly to warm up the rotors first before biting in deeply you risked launching the car off the road.
It never even occurred to me to have it serviced, I basically accepted it as a characteristic of the car - and (at least until I started reading this list) I thought I was one of the more pedantic people on this planet. I think the most sensible advice I've seen posted was 'Go rent an Escort (the car variety :-)) for a day', you'll come back to your E46 and see it in a whole new light. Perfect cars have no character, just read any review of the NSX.
Bottom line is if you can get it fixed do so but dont write off the whole car for a problem that many other cars also have. I could write pages on my 911's problems and even my 300ZX TT has it's moments (just try driving this thing on wet roads) but I at the end of the day I think they are both great cars.
And no, I'm not getting an E46 - I ponied up the extra bills for a 540.