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Old 01-24-2004, 02:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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After 14 years of driving Miatas, I now have to make room for the Kids....that means getting a new car. I cannot stand front wheel drive so I am interested in the 2000 323 convertible. What features should I look for or avoid? The 1999 had a plastic rear window, so should I avoid the 1999?

What is the real model designation? E46, 323Ci or 323iC?

Thanks for the advice. This looks like a great forum.
1990, 1999 Miatas -Both are for sale :-(
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Old 01-24-2004, 12:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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First off, I think you've made a good choice in choosing a replacement for your Miatas. From a driving enjoyment standpoint, you'll never want FWD again.

Anyhow, I don't know as much about the convertibles as I do the sedans and coupes, so I can't answer your questions about the back window. As for options/packages, if your Mazda is anything like the most of the Japanese makes, it pretty much comes with all the options standard. On the BMW, it's going to be hit and miss on options/packages when you buy used.

Depends on whats important to you, but here's some of the packages/options you'll see for the current 3 series -

Sport Package -
Sport suspension
17 inch wheels
sport steering wheel
12 way power sport seats

Premium Package -
Myrtle wood trim
8 way adjustable power seats
Power moonroof
BMW OBC (on board computer)
a few other items....

Xenon Headlights

Harmon Kardon Sound System

Heated Front Seats

Navigation System

etc. etc. etc.

To answer your question on the designation - I've seen them noted as a 323CI convertible or 323CIC - not sure which one is correct used (it's not a 323ic - the 'ic' designation was used on the previous generation 3 series - the E36)

Good Luck
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