In Reply to: A4's KICK ASS!!! posted by A4 MAN on October 21, 1999 at 16:33:34:
: : : http://www.edmunds.com/edweb/longterm/99BMW.328i.lt.html
: : : 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?
The A4 is a nice car. But if you want to kick ass in one, you had better pick on VW bugs. Having driven the A4 1.8t, the A4 2.8 and owning a 328Ci, the A4 just does not have the sporting manners at speed when compared with a 328. Not sure what the comments are about E46 floatiness. I drive a lot of expensive cars, and there is nothing floaty about the handling of my 328Ci. Quality on the car has been excellent.