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E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
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Old 08-02-2012, 07:56 PM
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Just dumped $3500 into my Z3

It's been in the shop for about a week. Started out as a diagnostic check for a rumble and shimmy in the rear end at 90 to 100 mph, and my air conditioner blowing warm. Replaced drive shaft, all control arm bushings, muffler hanger, rear rims remachined, entire a/c system replaced, alignment, and front bank oxygen sensor replaced. Not happy about the cost, but since all that stuff was original, I'll never have to replace it again in my lifetime, and she rides like new. A/C so cold I leave it on 1.


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Old 08-03-2012, 02:57 AM
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That is a lot of money ! But, It was money well spent ! Enjoy !
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Old 08-03-2012, 04:47 AM
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That's a pretty penny, but still loads less than a new a car (unless you count the Nissan Versa, yuck!)
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:30 PM
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$3500 for a piece of mind, I guess it's worth it.
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:37 AM
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It was just bad timing. My wife wanted me to get a newer car, but I wanted this one to rebuild. So it just got up to the price of the newer one. Even though I'm happy, and love the car, any time I spend even $100 bucks on it now, she gives me her look.

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Old 08-04-2012, 01:10 PM
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As I'm sure you know, financially you did the right thing. Fixing what you currently have is almost always cheaper than buying a newer car - less depreciation, no selling and buying expenses, smaller taxes. Plus you have a car you love.
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