BMW may not have been the best car company on the planet, but it’s hard to think of one that turned out a more consistent string of winners.
The new 328i, senior member of the 3-series line, was a good example of how BMW worked its magic: Brilliant vehicle concept, outstanding design, superb engineering and excellent assembly, backed by continuous improvement between major makeovers.
That’s what the 96′ 328i represents. Although it’s a modest update on its predecessor, the 325, modest doesn’t mean that updates weren’t substantial. BMW doesn’t do things for show.
Although the BMW 328 line had some worthy competitors, the new Audi A4 comes to mind, it was still the standard by which other cars in this class were judged.
Its styling was compelling, its quality almost flawless, its list of standard features generous and its handling exceptional, particularly with the sport suspension.
The price of entry wasn’t cheap. But the rewards that go with ownership of this car make it well worth the money.