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E36 /7 Z3 (1996-2002)
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View Poll Results: Which Package
Minimalistic Approach 0 0%
Pricey Package 13 100.00%
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Old 12-31-2002, 07:02 AM
jdblombe jdblombe is offline
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Poll: Which package should I pick?

Yes, I'm capable of making my own decisions, but I do greatly value your input and words of expertise. I'm considering two packages: A minimalistic 2.5 Z4 or a semi-loaded 3.0 (considering all of the extra options the 3.0 brings). Here's the two configurations:

Minimalistic Approach:
Z4 2.5
Metallic Paint
Sports Package
Heated Seats
Xenon
(No cruise, powertop, carver stereo)
~$37k

Pricey Approach:
Z4 3.0
Metallic Paint
Sports Package
Heated Seats
Xenon
Power Top
~$44.5k

Difference = $7,500

So far I have only been able to drive the 2.5 with no sports package. I was very impressed with it. Amazing driving dynamics and superb handling/response. I'm sure the sports package would have even upped the ante

So now the million dollar question is:
Is the extra .5 Liter, Rear vented brakes, Cruise, Carver Sound worth $7,500?

(Yes, if the 3.0 was *that* much better, I could afford it)

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Old 12-31-2002, 10:46 AM
jdblombe jdblombe is offline
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re: package

Wow, so far no one likes the cheap route
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Old 12-31-2002, 11:20 AM
MotorenWerke MotorenWerke is offline
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I think that you would be glad that you purchased the 3.0
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Old 12-31-2002, 11:31 AM
jdblombe jdblombe is offline
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Originally posted by buyme///M5
I think that you would be glad that you purchased the 3.0
fair enough ... anyone else?
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Old 12-31-2002, 11:46 AM
Daver Daver is offline
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I've been down this path a number of times, and it is indeed a tough choice. I ended up test-driving the Z3 2.3, Z3 2.8 and the M-Roadster (year 2000)... based on factoring test-drive feelings and cost for desired features, I ended up with the 2.8. I don't regret that decision.

The additional power of the M-Roadster was nice, but the 2.8 met my needs. Similarly, you may find that the 2.5 will suit you fine.

Looking at the features of the two choices you have, I think the only one I'd have a hard time giving up is the cruise-control. If you don't do much long-distance driving, then perhaps this isn't very important to you.

The power-top is kind of nice too... especially now that they raise and fully latch automatically (right?). I had the power-top on my Z3 2.8 and liked the convenience, but then my top was down almost ALL the time... probably could've lived without it.

Stereo probably shouldn't be much of a factor... so long as you get a CD unit if that's what you're looking for.

I honestly don't know which route I'd go ... you might also want to check with your insurance company and see if there's much/any difference in the coverage costs... then you've got registration fees...
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