I was out looking at the A4 2.8 sport and the 323i sport. Overall, I'm leaning towards the BMW. One thing which would help clinch the deal-- I don't like the BMW 3-spoke steering wheel on the 3-series- it seems kind of thin and flimsy. In looking around the showroom I saw a 528i with a different, meatier, rounder 3-spoke wheel (also had the audio controls). It said "M-technik" on the bottom spoke. I asked the dealer if I could get this wheel on the 3 and he said no. Does anyone know it it's possible to install this wheel on the 3 and how much it would cost? Better yet, could I "special order" the wheel when I order the car?
Another question: If I order the "radio-nav" (the $1000 one- not the one with the big screen), can I get the in-dash cd-player? Note: I'm not talking about the dealer installed nav system. DrBimmer posted a pic of this radionav but it had the tape player.