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E36 /7 Z3 (1996-2002)
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Old 01-14-2012, 09:01 AM
Lucky1963 Lucky1963 is offline
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New BMW Z3 owner

I just bought my first BMW z3 I have always loved these cars the lines are vary sculptural.

2002 Red W/ tan inter.
2.5 motor
It has M steering wheel and shift knob With the wood trim package.
Black top.
It had a rear luggage rack but that was the first thing I took off because for me it ruined the rear lines of the car. For those who have racks I don't mean to offend.

I wanted to introduce myself. I am Jack Slentz from Santa Fe NM. I wanted to know what mods you would recommend to do first? And was wondering if there are any santa fe folks here?
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Old 01-14-2012, 10:15 AM
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We like pics and welcome.

I'd take care of maintenance first before mods.
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Old 01-14-2012, 10:45 AM
nfunk nfunk is offline
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Nice Color combination! My 1998 Z3 2.8 has a tan soft top.
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Old 01-14-2012, 12:06 PM
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Welcome aboard! You'll love the car. As to your question, how many miles are on it? (If 60k or more, strongly consider replacing the water pump and thermostat) I would change all fluids, including, trans, differential, coolant, brake fluid.
I changed out my brake pads to low dust Akebono Euros, but then I hate washing my wheels on a weekly basis!
Any other mods depend on how you drive the car...cruising? Autocross?
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Old 01-14-2012, 02:02 PM
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IMHO, after you have caught up on the maintenance, the number 1 best mod is to upgrade the suspension.
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Old 01-14-2012, 02:08 PM
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Chrome on front Grills

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I just bought my first BMW z3 I have always loved these cars the lines are vary sculptural.

2002 Red W/ tan inter.
2.5 motor
It has M steering wheel and shift knob With the wood trim package.
Black top.
It had a rear luggage rack but that was the first thing I took off because for me it ruined the rear lines of the car. For those who have racks I don't mean to offend.

I wanted to introduce myself. I am Jack Slentz from Santa Fe NM. I wanted to know what mods you would recommend to do first? And was wondering if there are any santa fe folks here?
Hey Jack
The front grills of the car on the beemer z3 are usually black but I added the Chrome Grills that you can get at any shop selling beemer additions. It makes the world of difference. The car looks sportier. Just incredible. Also, you can add the M3 package that you can stick on top of the 2.5 emblem. Besides that, there is not much you can do to modify the car to be honest. It is a sexy car all by itself.
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Old 01-14-2012, 02:13 PM
BmwZ3lover BmwZ3lover is offline
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Once you have done the maintenance on the car, start adding some exciting look to it by adding Chrome grills to the front of the car. All BMW grills are black color, which come standard with the car. I got some chrome grills that stick to the original grills of the car. The car looks soooooo amazing. It makes it look so much sportier
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Old 01-14-2012, 03:29 PM
Lucky1963 Lucky1963 is offline
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We like pics and welcome.

I'd take care of maintenance first before mods.
The maintenance is in good shape the previous owner took good care of it.
It has 66,000miles. Not sure about the water pump but I will look in to that.
As far as pics they will be coming soon but I have been sick every since I bought it 4 weeks a go all though I have driven it a few times and I really enjoyed it.
Thanks,
Jack

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Old 01-14-2012, 04:52 PM
E36ic4me E36ic4me is offline
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I have been sick every since I bought it 4 weeks ago

Now that's buyer's remorse!
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