1st generation or larger rear?

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1st generation or larger rear?

Post by swabyk » Fri 10 Nov, 2017 16:16

Trawling through the Z3s for sale it seems most sellers put large stock in the fact their car is the 2nd gen body with the larger rear arches, updated rear lights etc...

Im not 100% sure which I prefer, the later cars are more 'squat' and mean looking but I also think the earlier cars had a purity of lines more than the updated shape. What also tends to happen as cars become classics over time is that its the first generation and early cars that are more desired.

What are peoples general feelings on the two designs, preference for the former or latter?

Apart from shape, is there much difference in performance, handling etc etc or is it just aesthetics?

Be good to see what peoples actual preferences are?

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Re: 1st generation or larger rear?

Post by Z3crazy » Fri 10 Nov, 2017 19:43

Firstly, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder". Some go for first gen, some for second. Nothing wrong there.
As far as the technical side is concerned, pretty much the same as above. A Well looked after 1st gen can be every bit as good as the last car that came off the line in 2002.

Just try and test drive both generations a choose the car and engine that feel best for you. The rest is the same for any car between 15 and 21 years old, check, check, double check.

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Re: 1st generation or larger rear?

Post by colb » Fri 10 Nov, 2017 22:26

Personally I like the wide body, just looks right to me.
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