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g9att
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newbie from stoke on trent

Post by g9att » Fri 02 Jan, 2015 11:25

hello all and a happy new year.
i'm not yet a z3 owner but hopefully that will change in the next few weeks/months.
i'm after advice on which model to get?
before I go any further my budget is 3k max so I know it will be an older z3,but its not going to be my daily runner,more of a sunny weekend toy.
so i'm after a convertible but which is best, 1.9 4cyl or 2.0 6cyl?
also anything to avoid or equally is a must?
do they have an a/b or major and minor service and roughly how much are they?

sorry for all the questions (but there will be lots more)
just trying to gain as much info as possible so a cheap z3 doesn't turn in to the most expensive car I ever buy lol

cheers dave

leach62
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  Z3 roadster 2.0
Location: Chatham

Re: newbie from stoke on trent

Post by leach62 » Fri 02 Jan, 2015 11:34

Hi G9att

Happy New Year and welcome. I have had a 2.0 6 cylinder for nearly 15 years so I would recommend it, in my opinion sounds great and pulls really well. That said I have heard the 2.2 and that sounds even better. That is only my opinion and as you will see opinion varies widely.

Regards Jim

Country Boy
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  Z3 roadster 2.0
Location: Burwash

Re: newbie from stoke on trent

Post by Country Boy » Fri 02 Jan, 2015 12:20

Saw this one on ebay - Mora Metallic!!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/321602001708? ... EBIDX%3AIT

It'd be worth stretching to the extra £900

billz
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Re: newbie from stoke on trent

Post by billz » Fri 02 Jan, 2015 12:26

You should be able to pick up an older 2.8 for that, which is what i would go for.
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gookah
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  Z3 roadster 2.8

Re: newbie from stoke on trent

Post by gookah » Fri 02 Jan, 2015 14:49

Towreet duck?
cos kick a bow?
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Z3 2.8 Progress Journal (Mine)
Z3 1.9 Sport Progress Journal (Wifey's)

I have an element of 'M-styling' on my car, If that's a good enough reason for the manufacturers to adorn a 320 with the M badge, then its certainly a good enough reason for me..

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  Z3 roadster 2.8

Re: newbie from stoke on trent

Post by roadvoyager1 » Fri 02 Jan, 2015 15:34

Take a look at this article from the knowledgebase. Excellent advice for someone in your position.

http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopi ... =18&t=9788

I started looking for a 2.0ltr thinking the bigger engines would be much heavier on fuel, however, after a bit of study all of the 6 cylinder engines have similar fuel consumption stats; so don't be put off the bigger engines. The 4 cylinder engines are more fuel efficient and somewhat slower. As a weekend car I would go for a 2.8ltr which with your budget you should be able to get a good one. Check that all of the warning lights on the dash go off quickly (if any stay on for a short time longer that the rest it may indicate that there are stored code - check them out before buying).

Happy hunting.

g9att
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  Z3 roadster 2.0

Re: newbie from stoke on trent

Post by g9att » Fri 02 Jan, 2015 16:08

gookah wrote:Towreet duck?
cos kick a bow?
ayup nah
are you a stokie then

g9att
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  Z3 roadster 2.0

Re: newbie from stoke on trent

Post by g9att » Fri 02 Jan, 2015 16:10

Country Boy wrote:Saw this one on ebay - Mora Metallic!!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/321602001708? ... EBIDX%3AIT

It'd be worth stretching to the extra £900
that does look a tidy car,
strange how the screen price is £3795 and the ebay price is £3995?

Country Boy
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  Z3 roadster 2.0
Location: Burwash

Re: newbie from stoke on trent

Post by Country Boy » Fri 02 Jan, 2015 16:13

Didn't notice that - guess it makes it even closer to your budget!

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Country Boy
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  Z3 roadster 2.0
Location: Burwash

Re: newbie from stoke on trent

Post by Country Boy » Fri 02 Jan, 2015 16:18

More pics on their website.................

http://www.handpickedcars.net/used-cars ... 1279268180

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Topperz
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Re: newbie from stoke on trent

Post by Topperz » Fri 02 Jan, 2015 19:02

Ay up n welcom me duck from south Derbyshire

2.0l here and it's the 6 cylinder sound track that makes ya grin

I wanted an individual so it narrowed the options down when I was looking

That moira on eBay is an individual if I am correct

Topperz
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gookah
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Re: newbie from stoke on trent

Post by gookah » Fri 02 Jan, 2015 19:27

g9att wrote:
gookah wrote:Towreet duck?
cos kick a bow?
ayup nah
are you a stokie then
Yes I am from Biddle looksthee.
More jugheads here, mey and mar son G8JKA.... :D
Aaht geen on then?
Thee hast gorra gerra Z thray soon marrer.

Its another language...


By the way for the uninitiated, Derbyshire is 'me duck',
Us Stokies are just 'ducks'.... :D

Welcome on board,
you will not regret getting a Z3 no matter which model you go for. We all tell each other how our own model is the best one to pick.
By the way get a facelift 2.8 ...they are the best, especially in Silver.
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Z3 2.8 Progress Journal (Mine)
Z3 1.9 Sport Progress Journal (Wifey's)

I have an element of 'M-styling' on my car, If that's a good enough reason for the manufacturers to adorn a 320 with the M badge, then its certainly a good enough reason for me..

g9att
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  Z3 roadster 2.0

Re: newbie from stoke on trent

Post by g9att » Fri 02 Jan, 2015 23:10

gookah,
good to read some friendly words mate and am geen on owrate
biddulph eh, I used to have a small plant nursery up park lane.

i'm in clayton Newcastle so not too far away

dave

gookah
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Re: newbie from stoke on trent

Post by gookah » Fri 02 Jan, 2015 23:31

g9att wrote:gookah,
good to read some friendly words mate and am geen on owrate
biddulph eh, I used to have a small plant nursery up park lane.

i'm in clayton Newcastle so not too far away

dave
Not Knypersley Garden Centre was it?
Lived on the estate just off Park Lane, but in Telford now, not too far if your ever passing.

Excuse us (the rest of the forum members)
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Z3 2.8 Progress Journal (Mine)
Z3 1.9 Sport Progress Journal (Wifey's)

I have an element of 'M-styling' on my car, If that's a good enough reason for the manufacturers to adorn a 320 with the M badge, then its certainly a good enough reason for me..

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Davejue1
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  Z3 roadster 2.8
Location: Mansfield

Re: newbie from stoke on trent

Post by Davejue1 » Sat 03 Jan, 2015 06:52

Hi and welcome :wave. I opted for a 2.8. It to is a sunny day car only and I am more than happy with my choice. Plenty of go if you want it, sounds lovely and it returns excellent mpg for an engine of its size. But as others have said, whichever you end up with there great fun and I'm sure you'll be more than happy. :)
Cheers
Dave
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g9att
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Re: newbie from stoke on trent

Post by g9att » Sat 03 Jan, 2015 12:00

gookah wrote:
g9att wrote:gookah,
good to read some friendly words mate and am geen on owrate
biddulph eh, I used to have a small plant nursery up park lane.

i'm in clayton Newcastle so not too far away

dave
Not Knypersley Garden Centre was it?
Lived on the estate just off Park Lane, but in Telford now, not too far if your ever passing.

Excuse us (the rest of the forum members)
no mate it was midfield nursery,half way up park lane
dave

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Location: woking

Re: newbie from stoke on trent

Post by spurs fan in a coupe » Sat 03 Jan, 2015 14:23

If you can stretch your budget a bit

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MarkAP68
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  Z3 roadster 1.9
Location: Swadlincote

Re: newbie from stoke on trent

Post by MarkAP68 » Sat 03 Jan, 2015 19:18

I have a 1.9 and find it plenty quick enough on the country roads around the peak district

Del
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  Z3 roadster 1.9

Re: newbie from stoke on trent

Post by Del » Sat 03 Jan, 2015 22:56

I've got a 1.9 and find it fine but I'd recommend you getting one with the biggest engine your funds allow. A 6 pot 2.0 litre is a nice car to drive and on UK A & B roads, typically driven in the 30 - 70 mph zone, it has more than enough speed, BHP and torque to satisfy most.

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Re: newbie from stoke on trent

Post by bertiejaffa » Wed 07 Jan, 2015 13:20

I got my 2.0l first and love it - and to be honest, when driven hard it is more than powerful enough for some very fun driving...!! and the MPG is good at around 33mpg.

However, after realising that I was going to be keeping it for a long time I began to wish that I had known more about them when I first bought it and gone for one of the bigger engines.... hence the Z3M sat next to it. Shop around... there was someone on here selling a Z3M for around 5K not long back - check through the stock exchange
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