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E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
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Old 12-02-2014, 10:05 AM
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There are fewer and fewer of us on the roads

This past summer I noticed a significant drop in the number of Z3's on the road. The ones that I saw were either in pristine condition, like mine, or trashed. I suppose that is because our cars are getting pretty old.
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Old 12-02-2014, 10:17 AM
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I agree. Sad. My brother saw a Z3M identical to mine at a store the other day and texted to see if it was me. My F30 just blends into the crowd.

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Old 12-02-2014, 12:19 PM
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My 2002 Z3 2.5 in Dakar Yellow just turned 45 K miles.

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Old 12-02-2014, 01:18 PM
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I just hit 70,000 on my 2000 Z3M before it was put away for the winter.
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Old 12-02-2014, 01:39 PM
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My 1997 2.8 Z3 has 28,000 miles on it. I retired this year so I put more miles on it this year than any other year.
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Old 12-02-2014, 03:44 PM
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my 2000 m roadster in silver is 65k
just put hard top on for winter in New England.
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Old 12-02-2014, 06:14 PM
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2002 2.5i with 40,000 miles going into hibernation tomorrow. Already had one plowable snow in CT.
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Old 12-03-2014, 06:03 AM
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My Cosmo Black 2.5 Roadster has 92,000 ( of which I put about 30K on in 3 years)
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Both are in 8.5/9 out of 10, and I intend for them to stay that way
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Old 12-03-2014, 06:58 AM
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I've had mine for about 6 weeks now, and I've only seen two or three other Z3s of any kind on the road. One was a hardtop vert; we gave each other the nod of mutually acknowledged good taste. The others were soft-top convertibles.
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Old 12-03-2014, 10:33 AM
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My suggestion would be to join a z-roadster club (or create one). I found one on Facebook through another Z3 owner when we started chatting at Supercar Sunday. It's a lot of fun to gather with a group of roadsters. I think you're right that there are fewer on the road, because the people who don't want to maintain them are going to exchange them for a newer car. So now the people driving them are doing it out of love for the car.

Mine turned 144,444 miles on the way to taking my wife to a yarn store last week. It has a few more since then. I've gotten many compliments on it, being that it's one of the pristine ones.
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Old 12-03-2014, 11:45 AM
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Keep the faith guys, its a neat car and fun to drive. I've had mine now for about 3 years and am keeping it in good shape. My Z has about 110000 miles at this point.
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Old 12-03-2014, 11:42 PM
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I bought my 1997 2.8 Roadster in Dec 1996 ... it turned 18 years old this month. Yes, that's an old car. Only 49k miles when I tucked it away last month for the winter. Its still a great car to drive and I still get thumbs up from people when I drive it around town.
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Old 12-04-2014, 08:21 AM
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Between this past Spring & Fall I easily saw 20-25 Z3s during that time. Maybe it's location?
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Old 12-04-2014, 12:04 PM
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Between this past Spring & Fall I easily saw 20-25 Z3s during that time. Maybe it's location?
You may be correct regarding location. The Chicago area is not a great location for a top-down sports car. The winters can be brutal.
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Old 12-04-2014, 08:44 PM
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Between this past Spring & Fall I easily saw 20-25 Z3s during that time. Maybe it's location?
Anyone else remember when we has 20 or 30 Z3s in convoys heading for Homecoming in South Carolina? Got lots of attention as we went by.
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Old 12-06-2014, 04:43 PM
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I know of at least 5 z3's in our local area in central Idaho, for a small area that seems to be quite a few, JMHO
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Old 12-07-2014, 10:00 AM
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My 2002 Alpine White 2.5i has 220K and was my DD for a number of years. I am in the process of re-leathering the seats & door panels while it is hibernating this winter. I have removed the console and repaced all of the faded wood trim and replaced the shifter & brake boots. All of the leather work is being done by Leatherseats.com in OKC. I ordered this car in late May 0f 2002 and it is one of the last 500 Z3s produced. The car is in great condition and will be even better with the new leather!!
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Old 12-08-2014, 12:06 AM
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Anyone else remember when we has 20 or 30 Z3s in convoys heading for Homecoming in South Carolina? Got lots of attention as we went by.
Or Cindarella (Cindy Reller) leading a convoy of up to 130 Z3s & Z3/Ms from Ohio to HC.

One year, Kenn Sparks agreed to meet the convoy @ Deal's Gap, if she had a hundred (100) cars, and roll into Greenville en masse.

Good times!

We've had the black car just over fourteen (>14) years, the gray one for over thirteen (>13) years, and the blue (1999) M Coupe joined the fleet this past February. While they don't get driven a lot anymore, since I'm only fourteen (14) STEPS from where I work, they do get driven all year 'round (the black always did, even in Ohio)!

I don't see Z3/Ms every time I go out, but I do still see a fair amount of them__on the road, that is, my house is littered with them (4 Coupes here right now...)!
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Old 12-08-2014, 11:29 AM
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I saw a black Z3 in Palatine last Saturday. It looked like it had not been washed in months, one wheel was missing the hub cap and the rear plastic window was all glazed over. What a shame.
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Old 12-10-2014, 06:50 PM
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I live near Rochester NY. Just bought an '01 3.0 last month, of course it needs work. I'm excited about my winter project!

It is a truism that as the cars get older, the fewer you will see and the wider the gap in condition. Until this summer, we owned three E30s : two convertibles and a. 325ix -all wheel drive. Got rid of the worst example convertible, rolled the money into that Z3!

See more late model 3 series and Mercedes than Z3s and E30s combined.
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Old 12-10-2014, 11:43 PM
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My 2002 Alpine White 2.5i has 220K and was my DD for a number of years. I am in the process of re-leathering the seats & door panels while it is hibernating this winter. I have removed the console and repaced all of the faded wood trim and replaced the shifter & brake boots. All of the leather work is being done by Leatherseats.com in OKC. I ordered this car in late May 0f 2002 and it is one of the last 500 Z3s produced. The car is in great condition and will be even better with the new leather!!
Would you please post pics and impressions with new seat covers when possible? I'm at that point on my '97 2.8 and their site looks pretty interesting. Did you ship the seats? Cost? Thx.
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Old 12-11-2014, 12:34 PM
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If there are only a few Z3 on North American roads, just figure it out how rare is a little Z in Central America, where I live. As far as I know there are only two Z3 coupes around here!
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Old 12-14-2014, 12:35 PM
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Anyone else remember when we has 20 or 30 Z3s in convoys heading for Homecoming in South Carolina? Got lots of attention as we went by.
I remember a street in downtown Greenville being blocked off and Z3s being parked for multiple blocks during the 1999 Homecoming dinner event.

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Old 12-14-2014, 01:08 PM
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If there are only a few Z3 on North American roads, just figure it out how rare is a little Z in Central America, where I live. As far as I know there are only two Z3 coupes around here!
May I ask, what country in Central America are you in?

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Old 12-14-2014, 03:39 PM
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I started a BMW CCA chapter here in the early 1980s. I began with leaving cards on windshields of BMW 2002s. After a year, enough responded to start a hand -typed hard copy postal mail quarterly newsletter. After another year, that led to a BMWCCA chapter. I tried the same approach after I got a Z3 two years ago, but nobody seems interested. The ZCCA club wanted me to be a rep, but I don't even see the value in keeping a membership here. The Zs are either ragged out used cars, or nice Ms whose owners don't respond to a 1.9 owner. Times have changed.
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