In Reply to: 328ci/Steptronic test drive: disappointing. Why? posted by Randy G on October 21, 1999 at 01:38:44:
While I don't agree with the 'E46 is softer' people--that can partially explain your disappointment. Like others have said a steptronic IS and automatic. However, I've driven Hondas, and would not describe them as neutral handling. All Hondas I've driven were front heavy and understeered in a not so favorable manner. I assume you are talking about integra/civic, which are smaller cars and may feel more manuverable than the larger/heavier 328Ci. I'm somewhat of a fan of a heavier steering feel, so I can't relate to what you said about that. (Reminds me of the 'good ole days' before power steering.) While I don't have any definite explanation--maybe you should go back, and drive a Ci with a manual transmission. I guess it has a lot to do with what you are used to. My BMW feels much better than my preivious car (VW Jetta.) And it reminds me somewhat of the Mustang I had previous to the Jetta.