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Old 09-08-2014, 04:11 PM   #1
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BMW Z3. I know nothing.

A guy has one on CL he wants to trade for a sport bike. 1996 with 170 k on the clock. Got more info on it and he gave a long list of new stuff and work done. Tell me the good and the bad.
I've got a '01 Hayabusa with 35K on it. Worth near the same according to KBB.
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Old 09-08-2014, 04:37 PM   #2
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Don't leave the top down and/or the windows open!

Have a buddy who's wife left it by the curb with the top down. Wasn't supposed to rain, but the automatic sprinklers came on. Soaked the interior. Apparently, everything electrical runs on a bus through the infotainment system (not totally unlike recent BMW m/c's). Well, guess what failed. And guess what's costing nearly a grand to fix.

Fun as heck to drive and ride in, though!

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Old 09-08-2014, 04:49 PM   #3
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Should be a fun car but try to find a m-roadster and you will not be dissapointed at all.
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Old 09-08-2014, 05:27 PM   #4
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The Z3 M with the E52 , 3.2 is the one you want. Check the anti freeze, it should not be green. The green stuff will rot the plastics in the cooling system.

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Old 09-08-2014, 06:06 PM   #5
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The M, either version is a lot more car, but the standard Z3 isn't too bad. I liked the 2.8L I had....until I got the M, but it was a great car. Cramped as hell for my 6'5" frame, but I made it work. The Z3 had a very dated suspension on it, a gen behind the 3 series of the time, so lots of body roll, but it was also back when BMW still made cars that were fun to drive.

Hassles are things like the back window, which is plastic, and gets folded when you put the top down. It get scratched with any grit that's on it. If you are good about cleaning it, and stuff a rolled towl back there when you put the top down, it helps keep it in shape. I would leave the top down for weeks at a time here, but then, it never rains.

Spendy to get anything fixed, so know what you're getting into. Something that sounds relatively simple can easily be a $900 job at a dealer.
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Old 09-08-2014, 07:36 PM   #6
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Thanks! That's more than I had.I'm somewhat familiar with quirky German engineering. Owning a R100rt, I sometimes think:'What were they thinking?' Or what was I thinking.?
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Old 09-08-2014, 07:59 PM   #7
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I believe that's the four cylinder. Keep the Hayabusa it will be more fun.
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Old 09-08-2014, 08:10 PM   #8
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Sort of like a small sports car built as a hybrid between the e36 and e46 in mechanicals.

Even if antifreeze is Blue - many of the cooling system parts will probably still crack - ever since the e46 I own a radiator pressure testing kit, but mostly SOP is to replace any part that isn't already replaced since they will overheat and cook the head long before the low antifreeze light alarms you.
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Old 09-09-2014, 03:22 AM   #9
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The owner says all the hoses , belts and "gaskets" have been replaced recently. Oddly,the CL posting had five pics but none of the engine bay. Interior looks nice. I'm not a car guy as in I just don't get excited about them. Are these German Miatas? Not trolling I swear!
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Old 09-09-2014, 08:19 AM   #10
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I've never driven the convertible but I have driven the coupe version. I really didn't care for it too much. My S2000 did everything better. I'd just get a miata and save the money and maintenance costs if you really want a cheap fun to drive convertible.
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Old 09-09-2014, 10:34 PM   #11
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I had a '99 2.5L for a year or two, liked it OK but it was kinda bland and did not excite me for long....had hoped it would be a modern take on a 6 cyl. British sports car but that was not the case. FWIW am currently driving a Triumph TR6 and like it waaay better though on paper it is inferior to the Z3 in every way.
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Old 09-10-2014, 09:23 AM   #12
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I've never driven the convertible but I have driven the coupe version. I really didn't care for it too much. My S2000 did everything better. I'd just get a miata and save the money and maintenance costs if you really want a cheap fun to drive convertible.

I don't know how tall the OP might be, but I can fit in a Z3. I can't fit in a Miata. The Z3 doesn't have a lot of room, but it's a better fit for long legs and torsos.
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Old 09-10-2014, 12:43 PM   #13
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Hassles are things like the back window, which is plastic, and gets folded when you put the top down. It get scratched with any grit that's on it. If you are good about cleaning it, and stuff a rolled towl back there when you put the top down, it helps keep it in shape.
Don't know if it would work as well on the Z, but I used a cut length of foam swim noodle to roll the plastic window over on my Miata.
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Old 09-10-2014, 12:56 PM   #14
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Pretty sure they are known for having shitty electrical systems. Poke around about it.
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Old 09-10-2014, 01:09 PM   #15
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I don't know how tall the OP might be, but I can fit in a Z3. I can't fit in a Miata. The Z3 doesn't have a lot of room, but it's a better fit for long legs and torsos.
+1, that is partly why I bought a Z3, at 6'1" 200lbs. was not comfortable in gen 1 or 2 Miatas when I test drove them but was in the Z3 (FWIW a gen 3 Miata was a good fit for me)
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