In Reply to: Questions from a newcomer posted by Fed on October 06, 1999 at 18:08:50:
: I am new to the board, and have read a number of posts over the past few days to familiarize myself the general goings on here at bimmer.org. Right now I mulling over the differences between the 323 and 328, and was wondering how much of a difference there is in "usable" horsepower. I live in Indianapolis, and do most of my driving in the city--rarely exceeding 40 mph in day-to-day driving. What I pay for the car isn't the primary issue--but getting my money's worth is--and if a 323 would suit me as well given my driving patterns, then I may as well save the few thousand dollars. For those of you who drive under similar conditions and are familiar with both models, would you be able to offer any subjective comments? Also, is the gearing the same for the respective coupes? Finally, are there any recommendations for pleasant and straightforward dealers withing a hundred miles or so of Indy?
The gearing is slightly different (lower) for the manual but the same for the automatic. I have a 323 sedan, the 328 was nice and does have a little more oomph but I bought the car for the handling anyway (...spent the money on the sport package and a couple of guitars instead) so I don't really miss the extra power. I do wish I had the map lights though....goo