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oh definitely is the E46 smoother/quieter than the (archive)

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Posted by E36, (more) Vic on November 28, 1999 at 21:48:50:

In Reply to: Re: My thoughts... (more) posted by BamaPete on November 28, 1999 at 20:31:56:

But what i meant about the comparison to the 5series is that you wont hear as much roadnoise etc. Overall the 5er might be a notch smoother, but i feel that the cabin roadnoise is much more quieter on the 5 than 3. Not really the same as smoothness, but i suppose the lack of roadnoise add's to one's sence of a silkier ride.

: Vic, I disagree with you somewhat on your statement about the 328's lack of a smooth silky ride. I test drove a 328i with standard tires and suspension yesterday, and I couldn't tell the difference in the 328 and a relative's 528 that I have driven. Admittedly, I've driven the 528 on only two occasions and only once in the 328. Technically, I'm sure that in a side-by-side comparison the 528 would be a bit better, but it sure was hard for me to notice. Everything I've read from the media (particularly Edmund's and AutoWeek) all say the the newest 3 series is significantly quieter and better soundproofed when compared to the oler (pre 99).

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