In Reply to: '00 323Ci Order CANCELED!! posted by Moshe Levy on September 22, 1999 at 14:17:47:
I previously owned a GTI VR6 (series3) and I must say I love my new 323 and I have been a bimmer man since birth (my father got his first bimmer in 1973) but I miss her. She was a pure car, BMW is a step up but VW's (only VR6) are pure FUN. I had 60k on it when I traded her and she was smooth, the only things you'll notice are that a few pices are cheap and snap on's and they tend to crack or fall off, had a few problems with the wear of the leather also....but if your looking for a bang for your buck...go for it. By the way the suspension on the Golf GTI VR6 & the Jetta VR6 are different (i believe) Golf is tighter and is a better model.....goes to show you why we don't get every model of every car like europeans get cause we buy more Jetta's they buy more Golf's so I don't think they respect the general american car buyer as much.
anyway enjoy the new 328 you are going to LOVE it!
ibBERTO and my thoughts.
: 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