BMW 323i Sedan (1999)

  BMW 323i (1999)

BMW's 323i is the less expensive sibling of the newly-redesigned, 3-series sedans, the higher end being the 328i. And, it's also one of the nicest-handling small sedans a person could own.

Overall comments

Check out our testdrive notes for the 328i, and you'll have a pretty good feel for the 323i. The cars are, after all, essentially identical. The 323i and the 328i have the same body... the same suspension... the same-- well, the same everything else. The only significant difference is the engine. Instead of the 2.8-liter six cylinder engine in the 328, this model comes with a 2.5- liter engine. So, why didn't BMW call it the 325? Because then people would know that there's only a lousy 0.3 liters of difference between the low end and the high end... and then who in his right mind would buy the 328i? So, those Bavarian marketing geniuses made the spread sound bigger than it is.

As it turns out, the 2.5-liter engine is just fine. There is nothing underpowered about this car at all. In fact, it's the same engine that was used on the high end of the BMW 3 series for years, where it performed admirably.

With a list price of $26,970, and a target price from cars.com of $25,422, we think that the 323i is a deal. A price of $25,500 for a 3-series BMW with a 6 cylinder engine? That's pretty damned good! At that price, the 323i is only $3,000 or $4,000 dollars more than a Camry or an Accord-- a sweet deal, for an extremely nice car, in our humble opinion.

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