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Old 10-22-2012, 09:07 PM
dbchuli dbchuli is offline
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Price, model year/mileage expectations....

I've begun to my search for a roadster and narrowed it down to either a z3/z4 or a boxster. I'm trying to stay within a self imposed budget of 10k....this makes the boxster a bit of a stretch as I am leery of the ims bearing issue and would have to factor in a retrofit into my budget for peace of mind. Anyway, the real point of my post, I have a couple questions:

10k budget - what is realistic in terms of model year/mileage? I don't really care much about options - I want a manual and the 3.0 engine? - I found a 2001, 80k miles, manual, premium sound, heated seats etc..$12,999. Kbb shows value ranging from 14.5 to 16.6...I take this worth a grain of salt but what do you all think- what would your opening offer be assuming the vehicle checks out okay?

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Old 10-24-2012, 09:49 AM
Z3Droptop Z3Droptop is offline
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I purchased my Z3 back in March of this year. 2000 2.3 (2.5L) 5 speed, luxury package, topaz blu, 42K babied miles, garage kept, non-smoker, never seen snow, new tires & battery, BMW car cover for 9K.

It has some road rash on the front end and one door ding but overall a 9.5 out of 10

One of the best purchase's I've made the car is big fun!
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Old 10-24-2012, 04:02 PM
BStanton BStanton is offline
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A Z3 does have a maintenance fee factor for items that cannot be done at home. I would estimate a minimum of $1000 maintenance cost annually performed at a recommended shop, not a dealer. In addition to the purchase price, factor in anything that needs to be repaired immediately and an annual upkeep/maintenance cost.

This is my toy. 1998 (2.8)
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:16 PM
dkindig dkindig is offline
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Doesn't answer your question directly, but I bought my '01 3.0 with 48K in September, 2009 for 14,700, just to give you rough idea of some kind. It was 100% for an '01 (9.5 out of 10).

What I can give you is relevant maintenance costs. My car has cost roughly $500 per year in maintenance doing all the work myself. That includes tires, brakes, oil changes, etc.
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:12 PM
William Turner William Turner is offline
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Since the 3.0 was only offered in 2001 and 2002 insisting on that engine limits your options and the chances of finding something for $10k . I think you should consider other versions of the 6 cylinder and older cars. Condition and care is everything and since the newest z3 is a 2002 a car a few years older might be in better shape and cost less, but regardless you increase your options even to include the earlier M's with the S52 if the reason you want the 3.0 is performance.

Regardless, good luck hope you find the car you want, they are lots of fun and very reliable when well taken care of.

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Old 10-24-2012, 08:57 PM
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Thanks for the feedback; I've found a number of decent options in the so cal. Region and probably will consider other trims. I was actually surprised to find some z4's within sniffing distance of my budget as well. I may just end up saving some more cash so I am not settling for less than what I want.
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