In Reply to: Buying a new 323i posted by Johnson on October 06, 1999 at 14:13:57:
You can probably find a used 528i for about the cost of a new 323i. I was actually going to buy a 2 year old 528i nicely loaded that had 15,000 (it was a corporate car, I had the service history and previous owner all checked out), and it would have ran me about $36,000 after taxes, but when I went back to the dealership, someone had already bought it. Oh well. I think I'll be happy with the 323i I ordered and will get next week.
About what options are important, you have to ask yourself that question. Mine will be white with the sand leatherette interior, steptronic automatic tranny, sports package, power seats, and xenons. I didn't get the sunroof because I never use it on the car I drive now. The sports package has a slightly stiffer ride than the standard one, but rolls less. The premium package is nice, but might be a little too expensive. Leather is not necessary per se, but is a nice addition if you can afford it or if you want it. Power seats are by no means necessary, but I really like them- I gave up leather for them- so that's why I got them. Xenons are probably the most contentious issue on this board. Do you drive a lot of rural? Then you should consider them. If not, they might not be worth it for you. Apparently the standard halogens are really bright as they are. Also, if you don't get any of the packages, but get the xenons you have to get the foglamps.
One other thing that the dealer told me- if you are going to carry children even occasionally, don't get the rear airbags because they pose a risk to the little ones. I was surprised- a dealer telling me to forego an option!
: I am considering buying a new 323i. This will be my first BMW. What options are most important? Also, I see a lot of used 328i's around. I usually like to buy a car two years old with low mileage. However, for just little more money I can have a new 323. What are the pro's and con's of each?