In Reply to: Follow-up question posted by DS on October 10, 1999 at 22:43:44:
Given all these problems:
1. why did you decide to stay with BMW and the 323?
I have owned many BMWs. I love the brand and the cars they make. I gave them a break- The car had absolutely no mechanical problems, only electrical stuff and fit-and finish problems. I attributetd most of it to first modle-year stuff.
2. did they trade straight out or did you have to pay the difference?
3. did you use the lemon law? If not, why not?
The dealer wanted to buy the car back. They made me happy, they got me a new car, and that is all I wanted. I wasn't going to sue of anything. It made no sense to go through all that trouble and at the end having everyone hate me when the dealer offered to make good with us.
4. based on your experience, would you recommend the y2k 323 to a good friend?
You better believe I would! The car is amazing. I would even recommend a '99 to a friend. They did have a few problems during the first model year, but not all cars are affected. Just ask around here. Many people are happy with their '99s! I knew from previous experience with BMW that my '99 had some defect or something, because there is no way BMW would build a car like that. I was right. My '00 is absolutely perfect. Well, not absolutely. The only problem I noticed in my time with the new car (2 onth tomorrow:) is that the struts that open the trunk aren't as powerful as on the '99 and sometimes require assistance from the hand to open fully. No biggie. My wife likes it like that actually, as she almost hit her jaw opening the ld car's trunk for the first time, as it opens so quickly. I might leave it, or I might wait until the first oil service to change it if it bothers me.
'99 323i Sport (White/Sand)
'00 323i Sport Premium (Silver/Grey)
My two cars, August 12, 1999