In Reply to: Why I'm probably not going 2 posted by buy a 328i (WAY LONG) on October 21, 1999 at 08:26:06:
The E46 328i is an absolutely superb car.. Being the first year model year, yes, it has it's share of problems.. (me personally, I'm waiting 'till they get the kinks out before I buy..) "Steering Floatiness??"- hey mack, ever driven an A4 or A6?? Loose steering,, Mediocre brakes, softer handling, and rubbery shifter, clutch.. Now have you driven the Lexus?? You mean AKA Japanese Cadillac?? (except for GS300/400) "the lousy HK sound"?? Ever heard the Audi's Bose?? For $1,500 extra what a piece of crap.. and the standard stereo really stinks.. Well, actually we have a 93' 525i and the'99 A6 Avant (non 2.7 turbo).. But in terms of quality the BMW is superior.. If you were comparing the 328i to Porsche's Boxster, I can understand your complaint about steering floatiness.(but then youre comparing apples & oranges). Yes I admit Bmw's play second fiddle in quality to mercedes or even Lexus,, but to call the es300, and A4,A6 close to perfection w/o having owned or driven these cars is both an ignorant, and unfair observation.. Yes, I think the A6 is a superb car for the money- $8k cheaper than 528i touring, quattro AWD, decent quality & ride.. Now do I think the A4 or A6 is better than the 328i?? NO.. But then you get what you pay for...
: I'm just livid. I love driving the cars, but I can't bare the agony of ordering the car because I'm too worried about what I'll feel like a year from now.
: The link above is just another example. How can BMW be so incompetent with the design/build of their cars? Let me get this straight. BMW NA has known about window "screeching/creeking" sounds, chronically warped rotors, lousy HK sound, steering floatiness, spontaneious engine power loss, etc., by lurking on this board. Even the Edmunds long-term test 328i has many of these problems. I have yet to hear any kind of a response from BMW to either the owners, or the board (even via the "back door" sources out there (you know who you are)).
: Do I expect a lot? You _bet_ I do! I expect _perfection_ for just under the $40K I'll be spending on a loaded 328i . . . I can get very close to perfection from Lexus (IS300) or from Audi (A4 or new A6 Bi-Turbo, 6-speed, Quattro).
: Okay, done with the venting, but for now my order is cancelled until I test drive the new Audi.
: Note to BMW: GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER! The Internet changes EVERYTHING it comes to customer satisfaction. Problems, even rare ones, becomes known globally in minutes. If they're out there, then you've got to address them quickly and thoroughly by letting us (owners and potential owners) know what you've done or are doing to correct them. Got it?