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    D Ramapriya
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    Hey guys,

    I'm about to buy a '97 Z3 that's clocked 66,000 miles for US$ 10,000.
    Money is basically the limiting criterion on a newer model or a Z4.

    Any major issues or general impressions on the Z3 now would be most
    timely and appreciated, thanks in advance.

    Ramapriya




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    D Ramapriya
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    D Ramapriya wrote:
    >
    > I'm about to buy a '97 Z3 that's clocked 66,000 miles for US$ 10,000.



    Well I might not, actually, considering that it's a 1.9-liter engine

    Ramapriya


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    Tom K.
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    "D Ramapriya" <ramapriya.d@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:1161408026.761280.260470@b28g2000cwb.googlegr oups.com...
    > Hey guys,
    >
    > I'm about to buy a '97 Z3 that's clocked 66,000 miles for US$ 10,000.
    > Money is basically the limiting criterion on a newer model or a Z4.
    >
    > Any major issues or general impressions on the Z3 now would be most
    > timely and appreciated, thanks in advance.
    >
    > Ramapriya
    >


    My '97 Z3 2.8 had the following problems and recalls, all taken care of
    under warranty:

    1,500 miles - Instrument cluster replaced
    8,000 - Starter control module (recall)
    26,000 - Fuel Sender & Fuel Pump replaced
    27,000 - Driver's seat track & motor replaced
    45,000 - Crank position sensor (recall)

    The only reason I traded it at 68,000 was to purchase a Z4.

    Tom K.




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    perry lee
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    In article <1161439336.770339.226170@i42g2000cwa.googlegroups .com>,
    ramapriya.d@gmail.com says...
    > D Ramapriya wrote:
    > >
    > > I'm about to buy a '97 Z3 that's clocked 66,000 miles for US$ 10,000.

    >
    >
    > Well I might not, actually, considering that it's a 1.9-liter engine
    >
    > Ramapriya
    >
    >


    In that case, keep looking. You want at least the 2.8 litre. We bought
    a 98 2.8 litre with the 5 speed and 61,000 miles on it two years ago,
    and so far the only problems have been:

    Wiper motor fell out of position, reseated

    Driver side seat belt sensor replaced

    It's the most enjoyable car I have ever owned.

    --
    Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.
    Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.
    -- Benjamin Franklin, 1759

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    Rex B
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    D Ramapriya wrote:
    > I'm about to buy a '97 Z3 that's clocked 66,000 miles for US$ 10,000.
    > Money is basically the limiting criterion on a newer model or a Z4.
    >
    > Any major issues or general impressions on the Z3 now would be most
    > timely and appreciated, thanks in advance.


    I bought a '98 Z3 1.9 about 5 months ago.
    Mine had 100K miles on it, and I paid $8200 from a used car lot.
    It had a noisy throwout bearing, was missing the boot cover and owners
    manual.

    The 1.9 is a bit underpowered. At 138 HP it has less power and more
    weight than a Miata. Still a good ride, but it would be better with
    more torque. As others have said, if you can get a 2.8, or even the
    later 2.3 you will enjoy it more. There appears to be no fuel mileage
    advantage to the smaller engines, they all seem to get about 23/29 mpg.
    But I don't regret buying my 1.9. It was a good car for the money,
    and still is. No problems with it that I did not bring on myself.

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    D Ramapriya
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    Rex B wrote:
    >
    > The 1.9 is a bit underpowered. At 138 HP it has less power and more
    > weight than a Miata. Still a good ride, but it would be better with
    > more torque. As others have said, if you can get a 2.8, or even the
    > later 2.3 you will enjoy it more. There appears to be no fuel mileage
    > advantage to the smaller engines, they all seem to get about 23/29 mpg.
    > But I don't regret buying my 1.9. It was a good car for the money,
    > and still is. No problems with it that I did not bring on myself.



    Appreciate the really nice inputs. Funnily, for all its passion for
    nouveau cars, the Mazda Miata is missing from the United Arab Emirates.
    Looking at its pix, it really is inexplicable.

    Ramapriya


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    adder1969@yahoo.co.uk
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    D Ramapriya wrote:
    > D Ramapriya wrote:
    > >
    > > I'm about to buy a '97 Z3 that's clocked 66,000 miles for US$ 10,000.

    >
    >
    > Well I might not, actually, considering that it's a 1.9-liter engine
    >
    > Ramapriya



    bit of a change from the 7-series you wanted a little while back!


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    D Ramapriya
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    adder1969@yahoo.co.uk wrote:
    >
    > bit of a change from the 7-series you wanted a little while back!



    True It began with a 7-series (not that it's out of the radar) and
    has wandered to a Z3, an Alfa Romeo Spyder half-seriously and a '93
    Porsche 968 that's being quoted $10,500, apart from oohing and aahing
    at every A8 and TT I see

    I'm yet to achieve stability on what I want, but that's probably
    because I know so little of cars. When I bought the used C240 in Feb,
    it was my first ever car in life - and at an age of all of 39, can you
    believe that?

    Ramapriya


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    D Ramapriya
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    adder1969@yahoo.co.uk wrote:
    >
    > bit of a change from the 7-series you wanted a little while back!



    True It began with a 7-series (not that it's out of the radar) and
    has wandered to a Z3, an Alfa Romeo Spyder half-seriously and a '93
    Porsche 968 that's being quoted $10,500, apart from oohing and aahing
    at every A8 and TT I see

    I'm yet to achieve stability on what I want, but that's probably
    because I know so little of cars. When I bought the '01 C240 in Feb, it
    was my first ever car in life - and at an age of all of 39, can you
    believe that?

    Ramapriya


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    adder1969@yahoo.co.uk
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    D Ramapriya wrote:
    > adder1969@yahoo.co.uk wrote:
    > >
    > > bit of a change from the 7-series you wanted a little while back!

    >
    >
    > True It began with a 7-series (not that it's out of the radar) and
    > has wandered to a Z3, an Alfa Romeo Spyder half-seriously and a '93
    > Porsche 968 that's being quoted $10,500, apart from oohing and aahing
    > at every A8 and TT I see
    >
    >


    The 968 *was* one of the best cars money could buy and if your only
    concern is how a car drives then probably is still up there although
    for the money you could get something a lot newer. E38 & series are a
    bit dated now style-wise, certainly compared to an A8. Z3s are like
    toy cars.


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