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Old 05-16-2019, 09:10 PM
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need advice on which z is best

I am looking to purchase a z3 or z4 would like to know which year or years which are good to buy and whats good mileage? I was going to get a miata but think a z will be more fun and just as reliable if not more? Thanks for the help am posting this message in z4 forum to.
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Old 05-17-2019, 07:31 AM
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I am looking to purchase a z3 or z4 would like to know which year or years which are good to buy and whats good mileage? I was going to get a miata but think a z will be more fun and just as reliable if not more? Thanks for the help am posting this message in z4 forum to.
It really depends on your desires. The Z4 is newer and more refined. The Z3 is more old school and doesn't have all of the newer amenities. I think my 2002 M Roadster is great and wouldn't want to replace it with any Z4, but I'm sure you will find people who think just the opposite. Also, the Z3s are older and will require more maintenance, but the Z4s are newer, will cost more and have more electronics to go bad.
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Old 05-17-2019, 07:49 PM
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Thanks I like old school also I think will keep on searching when I find one will post what it is and get some more feedback thanks for the help
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Old 05-18-2019, 03:20 PM
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Many people prefer the old school roadster look of the Z3. And I have to admit I am one of them. Of course I am biased somewhat having a '98 2.8L Z3 Roadster.
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Old 05-18-2019, 10:19 PM
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you think z3 would be better than a 2005 z4 ? I saw a z4 with 64 000 miles for 5800 that a good deal?
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Old 05-19-2019, 03:58 AM
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you think z3 would be better than a 2005 z4 ? I saw a z4 with 64 000 miles for 5800 that a good deal?
Some might prefer a Z3 over a Z4 for its looks and lesser refinement, and some might pay more for a Z3 with the same miles.
$5,800 for either car with 64,000 miles is a low price. Whether it is good deal depends on the condition. This post on buyer's advice applies to any Z.
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Old 05-19-2019, 07:41 PM
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Am calling dealership tomorrow to find condition will post when I find out thanks for the help Chris
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Old 05-20-2019, 09:52 AM
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The search goes on sold one was looking at its fun though looking for one cant wait to finally have one and enjoy the ride
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Old 05-21-2019, 10:57 PM
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I have a 2005 Z4 with a 2.5 litre engine. I have owned it for most of that time and it is great fun. Minor electrical issues developed with the brake monitoring system, which in Australia coast a fortune to fix but were cheaper when I found a parts supplier in the US. Since new my Z4 has covered only 98,000km so for someone there is a low mileage car soon to be offered for sale.
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Old 05-22-2019, 07:34 PM
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I purchased my 2000 Z3 in 2017 after researching roadsters for six months. Thought about a Miata but the reviews indicated it was a bit tight inside compared to the Zs. The other criteria used was would the trunk hold two golf bags.... it does but there is some re-arranging required. I test drove 6 Z3s and Z4s. I almost purchased a 2003 Z4, but after reading of hundreds of on-line complaints about "sticky steering issues" in the early Z4s, I opted for the 2000 Z3 I found with 33k miles.

I like the Z3 interior, especially the wood grain around the center console stack. The Z4 appears to be more plastic. The Z4 has a glass rear window, while the Z3 has plastic.

I've put 10k miles on the Z3 and have no complaints. Nice and solid drive. I've driven it 400 miles in one day and other than wind noise (it's a convertible so that's expected) it's a great ride. I'm 6'1 and feel comfortable in the car.

No unexpected maintenance issues to date (new tires and battery but they were old). Planning a Chicago to Arizona trip this summer.

If I were to pursue a Z4, I would try for a 2006 or newer... no posted issues with sticky steering.

Both models are great cars and the in line six motor is probably one of the best ever built.
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Old 06-01-2019, 05:49 AM
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When I first got my Z3, I let one of my friend drive it and he fell in love. He decided to go buy one. But instead of the Z3, he went for a Z4, thinking it would be even more fun to drive...
But everytime we go for a drive, he always want to drive the Z3 and every time, he regrets not having gone for a Z3. Nothing drives like a Z3...
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Old 06-01-2019, 04:59 PM
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Z3 v 4

Many years ago the same debate ranged about the MGs. Many thought that the MG'A" looked like a classic sports car and shunned the 'B', but the B became the most popular car in the world for many years. Similarly the lines of the Z3 looks more classic. I have ridden in a Z3 but never owned one. I have owned both MGs and prefer the B. I love my little Z4 too. Maybe I should try a Z3 to compare.
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Old 06-01-2019, 08:44 PM
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What are you planning to do with it? Leisurely or aggressive driving? That is what do you want to do with it?
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Old 06-01-2019, 10:55 PM
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Aggressive driving can be very expensive here (Perth West Aus) as behind too many light poles lurks a copper with a speed camera and invoice book. Sometimes the invoice arrives in the mail weeks after the "offense" I now prefer just cruising with what's left of my hair blowing in the breeze.
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