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BigAl
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Another Newbie, Questions

Post by BigAl » Tue 11 May, 2010 19:37

Hi All

Another newbie to the Z fratenity here,first question is concerning colours, I'm going to look at a Z3 tomorrow its a lovely red colour but not the usual bright red colour,its darker and I think metallic the dealer says its called Sterene red but as I cannot find any listing of this colour is he mistaken, second question for now at least is regarding the sound a Z3 makes as I'm not overly concerned with outright performance I'm sure a 1.9 would be OK but I'm looking to get a six purely for the aural accompiment, as I'm finding it difficult to locate a 2.2 it looks like I'll end up buying a 2.0 do they sound just as "fruity"

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  Z3 roadster 1.9

Post by groove65 » Tue 11 May, 2010 20:06

2.0 is the worst as a motoring proposition in my view. Fuel consumption pretty much the same as a 2.8 with no more useable power than a well maintained and sorted 1.9.

in fact given the choice between the 2.0 and 1.9 (and i did have the choice when i bought mine) I would take the 1.9 any day - its more nimble than the ruddy great lump of the 2.0

if you want the noise of the 6 pot, go for the 2.8.

2.2's are facelift models and command a price premium

test drive whats out there and make up your own mind on what sounds best. personally, over 40mph on busy roads you wont be able to hear much of the 6 pot in the cruise as there is a lot of wind noise - at least thats what i found when i was doing my research and test driving the 12 or so i went to see over a 4 week period. if you can get a decent 2.8 with headlining though they have better soundproofing with the hood up so you would be able to hear the 6 pot better.

oh and unless you're buying a car with £1K's worth of decent audio fitment you really wont want to hear the standard stereo anyway - even if it is a harmon kardon setup :lol: :lol: :lol:

if this is going to be an occasional car and you have another for work etc bear in mind your insurance will start again at zero no claims...

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Post by Zed Carer » Tue 11 May, 2010 20:23

groove65 wrote:2.0 is the worst as a motoring proposition in my view. Fuel consumption pretty much the same as a 2.8 with no more useable power than a well maintained and sorted 1.9.

in fact given the choice between the 2.0 and 1.9 (and i did have the choice when i bought mine) I would take the 1.9 any day - its more nimble than the ruddy great lump of the 2.0

if you want the noise of the 6 pot, go for the 2.8.

if this is going to be an occasional car and you have another for work etc bear in mind your insurance will start again at zero no claims...
IMHO I agree about the 1.9 vs 2.0 comments but I'm not sure that some of the 2.0 owners will :lol:

The 2.8 is a very useable engine capable of very relaxed cruising through to very spirited driving with reasonable consumption across the whole range. Its also available pre- and post- facelift with the models produced between Sep 98 and Mar 99 having the pre-facelift body and the later M52TU twin Vanos engine. AFAIK all the facelift models have the later M52TU engine.

I was in the same position with the insurance but my wife has been a named driver on both our other policies. Direct Line gave her the 60% discount but she has to build up her "official" NCB from scratch. This helped as we have to have all the cars insured for Class 1 business use and commuting for work.

Have fun on the test drives :D'
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Post by Jonttt » Tue 11 May, 2010 20:39

The colour is probably Sienna Red as per this listing

http://users.belgacom.net/bmw_z3/bmw_z3_colors.htm

It should say on a sticker on the suspension turret under the hood (but it will be in german :wink: )
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Post by rgf » Tue 11 May, 2010 20:46

Mine is sienna red. Not many about!
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Post by indizee » Tue 11 May, 2010 20:46

Go for a Z3M, you won't regret it.
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  Z3 roadster 1.9

Post by groove65 » Tue 11 May, 2010 22:14

think i'll get my tin hat on ready for the 2.0 owners - i can already hear the cries of "burn the heretic" :lol: :lol:

seriously though - get what YOU like and what gives you the most pleasure

if thats a 2.0 go for it !! life's too short and all we can give you is our opinions - you will instinctively know when you find that "right" car for you
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Post by whiteminks » Tue 11 May, 2010 22:18

Sienna red is one of the most gorgeous colours.............. next to steel grey and ............................... and silver of course! :D
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Post by Diamondj » Wed 12 May, 2010 20:14

whiteminks wrote:Sienna red is one of the most gorgeous colours.............. next to steel grey and ............................... and silver of course! :D
You forgot Estoril Blue :D

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Post by Guest » Wed 12 May, 2010 20:23

Diamondj wrote:
whiteminks wrote:Sienna red is one of the most gorgeous colours.............. next to steel grey and ............................... and silver of course! :D
You forgot Estoril Blue :D
and Boston Green :D

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Post by Titan » Wed 12 May, 2010 20:31

whiteminks wrote:Sienna red is one of the most gorgeous colours.............. next to steel grey and ............................... and silver of course! :D
Never mind blues and greens, you forgot PINK :!: :!:

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Post by Guest » Wed 12 May, 2010 20:33

Titan wrote:
whiteminks wrote:Sienna red is one of the most gorgeous colours.............. next to steel grey and ............................... and silver of course! :D
Never mind blues and greens, you forgot PINK :!: :!:

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Titan.... I think that is ni-on impossible !!!!

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Location: North Yorkshire

Post by Titan » Wed 12 May, 2010 20:36

Snoops wrote:Titan.... I think that is ni-on impossible !!!!
That's almost a subliminal typo..
Did you mean "neon" impossible ? :lol:

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Post by Guest » Wed 12 May, 2010 20:39

Titan wrote:
Snoops wrote:Titan.... I think that is ni-on impossible !!!!
That's almost a subliminal typo..
Did you mean "neon" impossible ? :lol:
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Location: Burlington

Post by amancuso » Wed 12 May, 2010 20:45

What about Chameleon?
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Titan
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  Z3 roadster 2.2i
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Post by Titan » Wed 12 May, 2010 20:57

Whoops - I must apologise to BigAl
His thread is being hijacked and I'm partially responsible.
To answer your question, pink ones certainly get you noticed!
You will enjoy any engine size but I would recommend creating a "wish list". Test drive the 1.9 and 2.2 and decide which engine size you want.
When you've decided on the engine size, then you can start targeting your search for a car that ticks as many of the other boxes on your list as possible.
Inevitably it will be a compromise since it is rare to find two Zeds with identical specifications and colours.
I would advise patience and perseverance (if you can manage it!)
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