In Reply to: First comments on my new 323i sport in Chicago posted by Lenn Hann on November 22, 1999 at 17:28:23:
: Hello, Bimwads. Here's my book report on the new 323i sedan.
: My most-excellent new toy is a 323i with the sport-premium package,
: heated front seats and the split/folding rear seats. It has Orient Blue
: paint, sand leatherette interior, and factory alarm.
: I picked up the new car last Thursday and have about 650 miles on it
: so far (bought the car in Iowa and spent the weekend in Indiana.)
: Bottom line: The car is a jewel. Wonderful. An elegant design in most
: all respects. Note that there is no objective reporting here. I'm biased.
: This is the best car I've ever owned, and compares well with many
: pricier cars I've driven.
: The body is vault-solid. The sport suspension is taut and supple - it
: consists of firmer shocks and springs, thicker anti-sway bars and is
: lowered a bit. The steering is precise with good feel. (Mine came with
: ContiSportContacts in 225/50 ZR 16.) At eighty plus (KM of course), the
: interior is low-conversation quiet with minimal wind noise.
: I'm still in break-in, but the 2.5 liter engine feels torquey and crisp
: to run up through the gears. It does sound a bit muted, but not so much
: that I could mistake the sound for a Lexus. I've driven a friend's 328i
: and can attest to the clever effectiveness of the Dynamic Stability
: Control - ABS for cornering. It should help in rain and winter driving
: and can be switched off to play.
: Chicago-area note: I bought the car from Kimberley Imports in Davenport,
: Iowa. Phone 319-391-8300. The sales manager there is Jeff Vinar. Jeff
: was willing to negotiate price and seems eager to build an Internet sales
: presence for buyers seeking a better deal than the hot Chicago market is
: willing to offer. The buying process was very pleasant there!
: Over the weekend my girlfriend and I took the new Bimmer to Indiana
: and gave her sister and brother-in-law her older Honda Accord. In turn,
: I gave my girlfriend my good-condition VW Jetta GLX VR6, so three
: people got new cars out of the deal. Everybody's grinning.
: Happy Thanksgiving to all,
: Lenn Hann
: '00 323i sport
: new CCA member, too.