In Reply to: SHOULD I CANCEL ORDER? posted by DN on October 08, 1999 at 22:38:16:
Cancel before you notice that the magazine that crash tested the the 3er found the car
tested so well that it would be hard to imagine how BMW might improve it. And I did
detect a thread in the Edmund's long-term road test, problems with the HK system. Yep,
the number one item on any BMW driver's list of important items is the stereo. Nothing
to match the excitement of putting your car into a corner with flawless stereo sound, dropping
down a gear or two and listening to the sound of those woofers and tweeters and when the bozo in front of me suddenly does something stupid and unexpected, letting the resonant bass and station capture accuracy bring me to a safe stop. Yep, I'd cancel that BMW right now. The car you've order is probably already falling apart.
: With all the complaints and stories about part failures and part replacements and the uncertainty about safety (go to the E46 archives of bimmer.org, type "crash test", and review the info--the BMW UK site highlights the virtues of the side head airbag but buries information on full frontal), I'm having serious second thoughts about cancelling my 323 order. Further, the www.edmunds.com long-term road test sounds like their views of the car are changing month by month, becoming less favorable as systems continue to fail. The Volvo T-5 turbo is a nice runner up, has about 55 more horses than the 2.5 BMW engine, handles well, and is one of the safest cars on the road.