Welcome to Bimmerfest -- The #1 Online Community for BMW related information! Please enjoy the discussion forums below and share your experiences with the 200,000 current, new and past BMW owners. The forums are broken out by car model and into other special interest sections such as BMW European Delivery and a special forum to voice your questions to the many BMW dealers on the site to assist our members!

Please follow the links below to help get you started!

Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > Z Series > E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)

E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
E36/7 Z3 Roadster, Z3 coupe, Z3 M Roadster and Z3 M Coupe talk with our gurus here.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 01-19-2015, 02:14 AM
laurenzed laurenzed is offline
Registered User
Location: orange county
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 1
Mein Auto: 01 z3 roadster
really want a hardtop, HELP

hey guys im Lauren! i just joined this forum. im really hoping some of you could help me out with building my zed. first im looking for a hard top thats not over priced

im also open to any other cool modifications you would like to share to get me started on my project zed
Reply With Quote
Advertisement
  #2  
Old 01-19-2015, 06:58 AM
vintage42's Avatar
vintage42 vintage42 is offline
BMW CCA 1405
Location: Louisville, KY
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 1,753
Mein Auto: 1997 BMW Z3 1.9 5MT
Quote:
Originally Posted by laurenzed View Post
... looking for a hard top thats not over priced...
They seem to be $1500 plus shipping. Sometimes the mounting hardware has not been removed from the old car to go with the top, and must be bought. There's also a defroster switch involved. Read up on tops to be prepared...
http://realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?...04&hg=54&fg=20
http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewt...87ab088b57694d
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=251055
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...46&postcount=7
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...2&postcount=21
http://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/sh...435-Z3-hardtop
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-21-2015, 02:24 PM
badolboy badolboy is offline
badolboy
Location: RHODE ISLAND
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 29
Mein Auto: M ROADSTER
you should buy it as local as possible.
very heavy and hard to ship. you need two people
to move it.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-22-2015, 02:59 PM
KBH22102 KBH22102 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Mclean, VA
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 503
Mein Auto: 1997 Z3 2.8, 2002 M Coupe
Local would be great, but if you really want a top, be prepared on short notice to drive about 500 miles to get one. Increase that to 1000 miles if one turns up in your color. Painting an HT costs about $400 so it's worth the extra fuel cost. As badboy suggests, packing and shipping. A top is a major pain for the seller so don't count on that. Look around Z3 sales for cars thatalready have a hardtop and see if they are willing to deal the top separately. The main advantage there is that the mounting kit will be there. Most loose tops for sale don't have the mounting hardware.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-23-2015, 10:53 AM
wrench13's Avatar
wrench13 wrench13 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Long Island NY
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 126
Mein Auto: Y2K 2.3 blk; 01 3.0 Cp
LOL, there were 3 for sale in the NJ/NY area in the Fall. When I was looking for mine, it was nada. A tip: try looking on Ebay and craigs for car sellers WITH a hard top and offer to buy it separate. That's what I did.
__________________
Y2K Roadstar, w/60K ( motorcycle)
Y2K Z3, 2.3, w/66K, now 92K in 2-1/2 years
2001 Z3 Coupe, 3.0 w/55K - new for me - WHooHoo
Astro 1990 w/290K

Suck, Bang, Blow, that's what it's all about.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-27-2015, 03:17 PM
mark_m5's Avatar
mark_m5 mark_m5 is offline
Overly Intellectual
Location: Where the money is.
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 4,891
Mein Auto: 2002 M5, 1999 M Roadster
Hey Lauren - there's a So Cal Z enthusiasts group on Facebook that I belong to... I'll ask them. I think it might be cool to get one too.
__________________
Mark

Grammar: The difference between "knowing your sh*t" and "knowing you're sh*t."
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-28-2015, 11:49 PM
captainronni captainronni is offline
Registered User
Location: Long Beach Ca
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 6
Mein Auto: 2000 & 1996 Z3
Hi Lauren ,
I read your post along with the responses and agree....
First of all let me preface that have several Z's and several hard tops ......
Tops are all over the place. Have seen a couple new old stock from dealers sell for about 3,000.00 without mounting kits. And as low as 750.00 for one that had been repainted and was chipping with some overspray on the weather stripping and minor fiberglassing needed. (Not counting one that a member luck'd into and practically stole for 200.00). They generally average between 1500 - 2100.00 depending on condition and color (one sold for 1675.00 in El Cajon yesterday on craigslist ..and they were asking 1700.00). And found one had shipped from Florida here to the OC for 1600.00. But most sellers don't or won't ship due to expense and possible DAMAGE. It all depends on what color and condition.

Mounting kits (brackets) are another story since last year when BMW discontinued and ran out of stock in Germany (US was out of stock for over a year) originally new OEM kits were about 400.00. A used kit sold on EBAY for nearly 700.00 a few weeks ago. A guy in the UK (gilknockiehouse) had made one he touted as nicely machined and skillfully crafted an the only alternative to OEM. We actually bought one for 375.00 for one of the cars. When received it was so badly hand made with what looked to be a hack saw and or a really dull butter knife, that we returned it and I made my own version of it just to show the guy the way he could and should have done it...
There is a guy on ebay and he has his own site that copied the OEM and it is almost identical to the BMW part (a member Chuck got one of the first ones made and I helped him install) I it's very nice. (And Chucks car is first rate )
What color are you looking for?

Last edited by captainronni; 01-28-2015 at 11:53 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01-29-2015, 07:20 AM
someguy1313 someguy1313 is offline
Registered User
Location: Tennessee
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 35
Mein Auto: M-Roadster
captainronni is correct regarding the hardware kit from the UK. it's crap.

if you are serious about a hardtop, one option is to install the mounting kit now and when the right top comes along, you simply drive the zed and put it on and drive home... (you will rarely find a top with a mount kit)

Mounting kits are made from unobtanium and factory kits are nearly mythical in availability and pretty spendy when found.

I took the same journey you are taking two years ago, and went to the trouble to actually meet a man who is making mounting kits in Tennessee. his work is exceptional. his price is unbelievable for the quality o the work. buy the basic mounting brackets from him, get them installed and you are ready! all the minor bits of the kit can be sourced over time and with his guidance (the parts are becoming extremely rare). as far as just mounting the top, he's the best source I know of in the US

http://z3hardtops.com/

get the basic install set for $440. a bargain once you understand what's out there.

search this and the other forum for reviews.

good luck in your search.

Last edited by someguy1313; 01-29-2015 at 07:35 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 01-29-2015, 10:52 AM
mark_m5's Avatar
mark_m5 mark_m5 is offline
Overly Intellectual
Location: Where the money is.
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 4,891
Mein Auto: 2002 M5, 1999 M Roadster
I'd like an Imola Red one if they're available.
__________________
Mark

Grammar: The difference between "knowing your sh*t" and "knowing you're sh*t."
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 02-03-2015, 09:01 PM
carprep carprep is offline
Chuck
Location: Fountain Valley, CA
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 81
Mein Auto: 1997 Z3 Roadster 2.8
Here's one in San Diego...

http://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/cl...hardtop-161230
__________________
Cheers!!

Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 02-04-2015, 04:55 PM
mark_m5's Avatar
mark_m5 mark_m5 is offline
Overly Intellectual
Location: Where the money is.
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 4,891
Mein Auto: 2002 M5, 1999 M Roadster
Quote:
Originally Posted by carprep View Post

Saw that posted on my thread in Facebook. Thanks!

I wonder if it has mounting hardware. I didn't see that in the ad.

Lauren - are you taking this one?
__________________
Mark

Grammar: The difference between "knowing your sh*t" and "knowing you're sh*t."

Last edited by mark_m5; 02-04-2015 at 04:56 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 02-04-2015, 05:11 PM
carprep carprep is offline
Chuck
Location: Fountain Valley, CA
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 81
Mein Auto: 1997 Z3 Roadster 2.8
I wouldn't be too concerned about the mounting hardware, maybe he has it. This is a pretty good deal on the top. The mounting hardware can be dealt with later.
__________________
Cheers!!

Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 02-06-2015, 11:22 AM
mark_m5's Avatar
mark_m5 mark_m5 is offline
Overly Intellectual
Location: Where the money is.
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 4,891
Mein Auto: 2002 M5, 1999 M Roadster
Quote:
Originally Posted by carprep View Post
I wouldn't be too concerned about the mounting hardware, maybe he has it. This is a pretty good deal on the top. The mounting hardware can be dealt with later.
Not if I wanted to install it there and drive home with it attached...

Otherwise, I'd have to rent a U-haul or something.
__________________
Mark

Grammar: The difference between "knowing your sh*t" and "knowing you're sh*t."
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 02-06-2015, 11:42 AM
carprep carprep is offline
Chuck
Location: Fountain Valley, CA
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 81
Mein Auto: 1997 Z3 Roadster 2.8
If you want a top bad enough I'm sure you'll figure out a way!
__________________
Cheers!!

Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > Z Series > E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
Today's Posts Search
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On



Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 02:02 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
© 2001-2015 performanceIX, Inc. All Rights Reserved .: guidelines .:. privacy .:. terms