In Reply to: Question Jim posted by Mike on November 27, 1999 at 17:37:33:
: Just curious on why you would go from a M3 to a 328. Just seems to me that when you get a new car, it should be better than the previous(unless the previous broke, etc..). But seeing you had a 97 M3, that shouldn't be the case. Why would you want to downgrade your car? A logical step from a M3, in my opinion, would be to a 540, E46 M3, or M5. Just curious.
: : All 323/328's I think come with a telescoping/tilt wheel. The range was very limited to me. I went with the sport and premium package which gives you the extra thigh support (adjustable) and the power lumbar support. I too used to drive a Honda Accord EX 5-speed (1994). I bought my first BMW in 1995 (325i) and then a 1997 M3 sedan, and now a 2000 328i. Funny, I don't seem to notice Hondas anymore. The Hondas are great cars, but now seem "dull" in comparison. The overall handling, driving, and performance of the BMW makes every drive so much fun. I still never stop and ask for directions (male trait), but now I don't care because I just get to drive the car so much more. As the saying goes: "Take the long way home".
: : The cost is much greater than the Honda, but if you can afford it, go for it...you'll never look back. Finally, as Frank Sinatra said: "You only go around once in life...And the way I live, once is enough".
I almost bought a 99 540i 6-speed just before I bought the 2000 328i. My dealer actually changed my mind with pictures of the new E46 M3. I plan on getting the E46 if/when they hopefully come out in sedan form (they did last model in sedan). I was also very worried when the new E46 M3 comes out that the resale value of my E36 M3 would drop off drastically. As it turned out, a person offered me $38,000 for my M3 which cost me $40,000 new. After 2 years and 10,000 miles, I couldn't refuse the offer. I did want something to "tie me over" until the new E46 M3 came out and decided not to spend $60,000 on a 540i. As it turns out, I like the smaller size of the E46 over the E39 and I am very satisfied with the 328i. No, it doesn't quite have the power of the M3, but it's close. It also corners actually a little bit better than my 97 M3. I've had my E46 twice at Portland International Raceway and I was turning 1:34 lap times whereas my M3 was only turning 1:32 lap times with more power. With my g-tech meter, I've clocked 0-60 in 5.7 seconds in my M3; my 328i has done 6.2, not a big difference. Much like the 323/328 flames of which is better, more powerful. My new E46 328i cost the same as what I got for my 97 M3 and now I have a 3 model year newer car with heated seats, nav system, cd player, tilt wheel, real wood on the dash, power lumbar support, rain sensing wipers, a quieter ride, and fold down rear seats...none of which existed on my M3. A step down...I think of it as a step sideways...until the new E46 M3 comes out. The best thing about my new 2000 328i, is that it's already pre-sold. My brother in Boston wants my 328i as a used car in two years...about the time the M3 sedan comes out???
The E36 models are great but the E46's are still greater (no flames please). Cars get better and better as the years go on. The E30 M3 overall is still my favorite BMW, and will always be the only "true" M3.