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Old 09-26-2012, 10:03 AM
leathamd leathamd is offline
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Advice, input or suggestions sought.

Every year as winter approaches and I look into storage I have the same nagging question.

Q: Why do I still have this car?

The car - no major mods:
2000 Z3 M Roadster 42000 miles
Dinan Stage 2
Dinan CAI
Dinan high flow throttle body
Strong strut and Strong Butt
Plexi wind screen
OEM wheels
New stereo head and speaker set from Crutchfield

The drawbacks:
Only able to drive on weekends (2 kids that need pickup every day from school)
Additional annual insurance cost
Wife doesn't particularly like being a passenger
The thought of my kids asking for the keys when they are old enough to drive

The positives:
The sheer pleasure of spirited driving -obvious point I know
Doesn't hand like my Toyota
Convertible
Older style/less refined than Z4 - for me a positive having grown up with MGBs

So why do I still have this car? Should I just sell it and be done with this chapter? Keep it for another five years or so and keep adding to the modification list?

It's so impractical and so damn fun to drive!
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Old 09-26-2012, 02:51 PM
smayo964 smayo964 is offline
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LOL Sounds like you have it right where it needs to be. BTW, impractical is only to those that don't have a clue what practical is. LOL
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:29 PM
JimCameron JimCameron is offline
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You shouldn't still have it. You should sell it to me.
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Old 09-26-2012, 05:04 PM
BStanton BStanton is offline
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Keep it. Like you, I too was brought up in the MG era. I had always wanted an MG. In 2006 I picked up a 2006 Z4 on an incredible deal. I gave up the Z4 in 2008. I was aggressively looking for an MG, but I could not pass up the Z4 deal. I now have a Z3 and love it. Just like the MGs, it is not perfect which is why I love it.

Keep the Z3, don't give it up. Drive it. Even in the winter. There are days in the winter that you still can drive it. Even possibly one day a week to work. Think of it as therapy. If you still have that thrill feeling when you drive it, you miss it if you give it up. When your kids are able to drive, let them too feel that thrill of driving it. If the Z3 is not a financial burden, have fun with it year round.
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Old 09-27-2012, 02:45 AM
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Originally Posted by leathamd View Post
The positives:
The sheer pleasure of spirited driving -obvious point I know

It's so impractical and so damn fun to drive!
Any questions????
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:27 AM
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Dude, let me guess she refers to it as "your little toy car" and she prob. drives an SUV.
She probably has never shown interest in driving it, and you two never go out of town alone. And if you do, she doesn't want to drive it, and as we all know it is not a comfy ride for the passenger. She probably wants to pack a ton of stuff in a huge suitcase if you go out of town....

I am pretty much describing my case. She is just refusing to let me teach her to drive a stick, because she knows if she drives it once she'll be wanting to drive it all the time!

The solution: teach her to drive a stick, go out of town alone for like a night only so she has to pack lite....and every time we go somewhere take turns driving so she learns to love it.
I KNOW IF I CAN GET MY WIFE TO DRIVE IT ONCE, JUST ONCE, SHE WILL NEVER SAY ANYTHING NEGATIVE ABOUT IT AGAIN (I know she'll love it because she has always wanted a corvette).
Now I just need to get her to drive it.
As a matter of fact, she said she didn't care when I said our 15 year old daughter was going to learn to drive in my Z4. The kid had a priceless smile.

I (we, my friends who identify with this situation) need to just make my wife get behind the wheel and have some fun....and the kids, well teach them how to drive it....I just don't know about letting them drive it very often. We are responsible for this particular situation taking place. We just need to take action.

I know I kind of deviated from the original topic but just wanted to give more perspective to the issue/question.

Don't sell your car. Keep it. Get your people to love it.
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:56 AM
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Alternative answer.

Keep the car, get rid of the wife.

MY wife MADE me keep the Roadster when we got the M3. It was supposed to be an interim car, but we still have it, over 10 years later.

For the single people, pick WISELY when you pick a spouse.
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Old 09-28-2012, 05:04 AM
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Old 11-17-2012, 09:55 AM
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keep the car, I have the same problem, store the Z3 in the winter then drive my 325XI around. With 3 cars, the insurance on the Z3 and 325XI is a lot cheaper than a new vehicle, multi-car discount, small amount of miles driven on each vehicle etc etc etc.
I've done all the updates on the Z3 so enjoy the fruits of your labor as well ! I just have to keep an eye on the Z3 over the winter for those small critters......................
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