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:
If you spend some time there, you will find that the A4 has equivalent "problems." (Suspension squeaks, bad sunroof switches and other electrical problems, bad wet braking, engine vibrations, high engine oil consumption, airbag trouble lights coming on with no dealer solution, engine power loss with either 1.8T engine or Auto. trans, and on and on.) This is for a car that's been on the road since 96 in the U.S.
Consumer Reports INDEPENDENT reliability surveys show that the 3-series is pretty reliable (thru 98 model only, since that's the only data available). More so than the A4, which isn't that bad itself. Neither is as reliable as Lexus, Toyota, or Honda.
You need to lurk on a Lexus board for a while before you condemn BMW and become even more "livid." (Gee, you get livid pretty easily. It's only a car). Can't find a Lexus board? Well, then don't compare what you find here to a presumed zero level of problems with other brands. They ALL have problems, as others have pointed out. And ALL manufacuters are well aware of what their warranty dollars are going to repair.