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Robert's "wishy washy" answer (archive)

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Posted by Robert on September 29, 1998 at 10:28:08:

In Reply to: Robert, does this mean you support my prediction.. posted by Fred Meloan on September 29, 1998 at 10:03:37:

that the 2.8 model may be dropped starting with the 2000 model year?

Forget the fact that it is two different engines, look at how they are packaging them. The 2.3 model at base is stripped down (which I think is a really good thing). The 2.8 model at base in comparison is very loaded.

I think the packaging difference keeps the two models far enough apart in price for both models to survive. On the one hand someone can get a silver/gray/black 2.3 (only recommended option is indash CD) and probably come in under $30k once the initial "only sold at MSRP" rush is over.

Except the dealers are probably going to screw this up, they are going to order 2.3 models with every option. Then they are going to have a $33k/$35k 2.3 Z3 sitting right next to a base 2.8 in the same price range. Given the same price range I would fall back on my instincts and conclude "bigger is better" and choose the 2.8 model.

But if I was ordering one today, and faced with the 2.3 vs 2.8 decision..... I think a base silver/gray Z3 with an in dash CD for at or under $30k would be headed my way.

Playing that "what if" game again.... "if" my first Z3 was a 2.5 or 2.8 engine I probably would not be driving the MZ3 today.

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