In Reply to: Obviously you have never driven a E36. posted by AC on September 27, 1999 at 10:52:08:
I have a 98 323is and would not trade it in for a 2000 323Ci. I agree the E36 feels and sounds more sporty, however, the E46 is all around a better driver's car. I noticed that the E46 is more forgiving than the E36 and clings to the road like it had magnets on its tires! The best combination is a 323Ci with Sport Package and manual transmission (best bang for the buck!) Loving my 323is and hopefully going to own a 2000 323Ci soon so I can enjoy both!
: I drove both, 323ic manual sport package as well as 328ic manual. Both drive smooth. Good cars for women in the low 40’s . The sporty handling and feel of a E36 is missing. Driving a E46 feels like a E39 (5-series), especially the 328ic (no sport package). I am not very impressed with either one...disappointing new successor for the E36. Conclusion: The E46 323ic & 328ic are nothing bad wanna-be sport coupes for wanna-be sporty drivers…I guess the M3 is the only hope left….I will wait.
: Just my $0.02 opinion…
: : Was able to get a test drive at a dealer in NJ on Saturday. The car I drove was probably the least sporting version of the E46 coupe you could possibly buy. It was a 323Ci, non sport, with the auto. And we had the AC on the whole time
: : If this is the worst performing of the coupes, the best may be downright scary. It was very, Very, VERY nice. The engine was smooth, quiet, revvy, and POWERFUL. It stuck like glue when pushed hard on a highway ramp. At the same time the car was never harsh on the back roads we were on.
: : Can't wait to try a 328Ci sport manual.