In Reply to: Questions from a newcomer posted by Fed on October 06, 1999 at 18:08:50:
If your planning on getting a manual transmission, then the 323 will do just fine. As someone mentioned, it is geared lower, as well as weighing less, so acceleration at lower speeds is equal to the 328 (0 - 60 time is a bit slower, due to the need for a second up-shift). I spent the extra $$ on the sport package (a bit harsh on urban potholes, an absolute blast on twisty backroads) and the premium package. I wasn't intending to get the premium - the dealer had one on the boat so it saved me several months of waiting - but I'm really happy that I did wind up with it. Lots of nice creature comforts. Fold-down rear seats were another unintended option, but they let me throw my bike in the car without having to mount a rack. Really handy.
: 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?