I went to the BMW dealer yesterday in order to pick up the registration for my dad's new (pre-owned) 740iL, and I saw a silver / black 328i (4-door sedan) there on the lot, with every option I wanted (Premium package, Sport Package,
Harman / Kardon Stereo, Nakamichi CD player, Xenon lights, Heated Seats every option available but the auto transmission, the GPS Navigation System, and the fold-down rear seats). I went in and started kicking around the idea of going for the 328i, which was attractive to me
because of the additional power, especially in light of the fact that no additional power would be available through chips and mods, at least according to Car & Driver last month! So, I wound up canceling my order for the 323Ci coupe and going for 328i sedan - the car will be ready on Friday!! I'm excited, because I've been waiting since July and now finally it's here!
In other car news, my SO is going shopping for a new car this weekend. She likes the new Jetta Series IV GLS VR6. It has an AMAZING amount of features for the money - almost everything my mom's 528i has, but the Jetta is only $23k! However, upon driving it, I was disappointed with
the handling. it was soft and sloppy, and didn't feel German at all. It wasn't even close to my friend's old Series III Golf VR6 in terms of handling - I suspect that they "Americanized" the suspension for this market, where everyone loves a soft, cushy ride instead of good
handling. Ahh well, it's a nice car anyway. The only concern now is reliability - maybe you guys can ping me offlist and tell me any experiences you or your friends have with VW (or even Audi) reliability? TIA!
-MKL '00 328i