In Reply to: Drive for the Cure, Scottsdale, AZ (pretty long... posted by SteveGiant on September 22, 1999 at 13:04:39:
This was truly a great event and answered some long standing questions for me as it was the first time I driven the E46 and really put it through it's paces.
Like Steve, I also broke 90 in a couple of spots and since I drove 7 cars (the 323i sport twice)I found the Galvin Parkway and parts of Rio Solado BLVD great places to accelerate, stop, manuever, etc.
I really was curious about the standard vs. the sport suspension and found, yes, the sport suspension is stiffer but not overly so. After my second round in the 323i sport, I knew that a 323Ci Sport was for me. Though that particular car wasn't there, the sedan answered all of my questions.
Also, like Steve, I thought the standard radio was a joke. I really think my standard 4 speaker setup in my '98 Ford F150 XL sounded as good.
This is the ideal event for those considering a BMW because you can give the car a real unsupervised test. Also. it's for a great cause.
My only caution is for anyone who may purchase these cars from BMW. They were licensed in New Jersey so they may or may not be eventually sold there and if others were as "kind" to the car as I was by pushing it to the edge...well, it will be a test to the resilliancy of design.
My only unanswered question now is the steel grey color issue. I've seen it on the Z3 and it looks pretty cool but I really want to see it on the coupe. For those of you who haven't seen a good picture of the topaz blue (it's pretty awesome and my choice for now), click
Anyway planning for European delivery the first week of January.