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323ci Owners - A Few Questions (archive)

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Posted by Mike Owens on October 24, 1999 at 11:31:42:

I'm considering selling my '99 Audi A6 Avant Quattro and buying a new '00 BMW 323ci, with a 5 speed and the Sport package, for use as my everyday driver. For those of you with 323ci's, I've got a few questions:

1) The dealer here hasn't yet received a 323ci with a 5 speed for demo purposes, so I've not yet been able to drive one. Is the performance adequate in your opinion?

2) My choice of color is Topaz Blue. I've seen Topaz Blue with gray interior and with tan interior, but was wondering if anyone's seen Topaz Blue with black interior? How does it look?

3) If I get black interior, is there any way to special order it with the aluminum trim (like on the 328ci) vs. the black trim for the 323ci?

4) We've purchased 5 new BMW's from the local dealer since 1984 (my wife currently drives a white/tan '99 323i with the automatic transmission), so we've been very good and loyal customers. How much over invoice should I expect as a "fair" deal on an ordered car?

Thanks for any help!

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