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Old 09-30-2018, 11:59 AM
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Thinking of a base non-M Z3 for hairdresser wife. What's the market like in 2018?

I've owned an E39 and E46 (330i)
Great cars, and I enjoy some DIY on them.
I like to invest in typical BMW prev. maint (cooling system, etc)

Considering a Z3 as a weekender for the wife.
Stick shift only.

What are prices like in 2018?
Is it worth getting a Z4? Will that cost a lot more?

I've read to stick with 2000 and newer.
Any to specs or years to avoid?

I don't care about engine size, just reliability.
She barely pushes the 330i, but likes the power on tap at times.

1.9L is most reliable? That might be toooo slow.
Yea, it's a sporty BMW. No 4 cyl. i6 only?
I want middle of the road. Sort of like my 330i.

Obviously, I am flexible on specs for the right car.
The best car is the one owned by the right kind of seller.
Condition and maintenance history trumps specs.

Any other tips?
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Old 11-03-2018, 05:46 PM
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What is the word on the 2.3L motor?
Good or bad?

1.9
2.8
3.0

No mention of 2.3
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Old 11-03-2018, 07:23 PM
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What is the word on the 2.3L motor? ...
The 2.3 is just a model, a badge, which has a 2.5L motor.
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I don't care about engine size, just reliability.
She barely pushes the 330i, but likes the power on tap at times.
1.9L is most reliable? That might be toooo slow.
Yea, it's a sporty BMW. No 4 cyl. i6 only?
I want middle of the road. Sort of like my 330i.... ?
The reliabilities are about the same. But anyone who likes power on tap at times, and considers a 330i middle of the road, should not get a 1.9.

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Old 11-04-2018, 05:56 AM
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Just bought my wife her fun car. A 1998 Z3 with the 1.9, superclean inside and out, garage kept it's whole life, 104,000 miles for $5k. I live in east Tennessee and that was on par for one's that I looked at in lesser condition and a bunch more miles. If she is not concerned about HP then that is a good thing cause the low end torque is pretty lame. (My CRX SI will smoke it, handily) The handling is excellent. It is all business there. So if you are looking for a fun car that looks great, she will prob love one. My wife does! She said it her fav car ever and she has had some nice cars.
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Old 11-05-2018, 06:51 AM
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I just paid $4,500 for a 2000 with the 2.8 and 145K on the clock.

I was on my way to test drive a 2.3 when this one popped back up on my radar. I was familiar with the drivetrain and like the oomph it has. I'm sure the 2.3 would have been sufficient, but the fun factor is high with this car.

The interior needs some love and the car has all the typical Z3 problems. Glove box sagging, seats rocking etc. But the history is squeaky clean and the engine purrs like a sewing machine.

It did take me about 3 months to find one that checked all my boxes. Don't rush.

You made it a point to say hairdresser. Is this important? Is there something else we need to consider here? For instance, does it have to have a hardtop to keep her hair looking good, or did you just throw it in there?
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Old 11-05-2018, 01:43 PM
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In my neck of the woods hairdressers typically drive Miata's.
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Old 11-05-2018, 01:55 PM
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In my neck of the woods hairdressers typically drive Miata's.


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Old 11-05-2018, 01:57 PM
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I've owned an E39 and E46 (330i)

Great cars, and I enjoy some DIY on them.

I like to invest in typical BMW prev. maint (cooling system, etc)



Considering a Z3 as a weekender for the wife.

Stick shift only.



What are prices like in 2018?

Is it worth getting a Z4? Will that cost a lot more?



I've read to stick with 2000 and newer.

Any to specs or years to avoid?



I don't care about engine size, just reliability.

She barely pushes the 330i, but likes the power on tap at times.



1.9L is most reliable? That might be toooo slow.

Yea, it's a sporty BMW. No 4 cyl. i6 only?

I want middle of the road. Sort of like my 330i.



Obviously, I am flexible on specs for the right car.

The best car is the one owned by the right kind of seller.

Condition and maintenance history trumps specs.



Any other tips?


Looks like you’re well on track. I researched “regular” Z3s before I bought my M Roadster about a month ago. Nice non-M models selling for around $5-6k.


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Old 11-09-2018, 04:18 PM
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1997 bmw z3
gas saving and sporty 1.9 motor, 5 speed for fun,
with only 64,000 garage kept miles, time for my pet to go. This one has never seen a raindrop, has all service records since new, run only with chevron high octane and mobil one synthetic oil. In addition, there are new michelin tires, new shocks and struts, new clutch, just a total joy to cruise in. These cars are designed to go for hundreds of thousands of miles, this one is barely broke in. Sticker price was $37,000, you can have this today for $7399.
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Old 11-10-2018, 05:24 AM
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1997 bmw z3, gas saving and sporty 1.9 motor, 5 speed for fun, with only 64,000 garage kept miles, time for my pet to go. This one has never seen a raindrop, has all service records since new, run only with chevron high octane and mobil one synthetic oil. In addition, there are new michelin tires, new shocks and struts, new clutch, just a total joy to cruise in. These cars are designed to go for hundreds of thousands of miles, this one is barely broke in. Sticker price was $37,000, you can have this today for $7399.
There is a Classified section at https://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=8. This is the Discussions section, so to discuss...
From the photos it looks like a previous owner was an enthusiast who painted the calipers red, The glovebox sag has not been fixed, which means the seat bushings are probably unrepaired as well.
I have a similar car in red and beige, with similar history and 50,000 miles. It was built in Oct 96 as a 1997, and would have cost around the $32,000 of this 1996 sticker. I would be pleasantly surprised to get $7400 for it.
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Old 11-10-2018, 06:44 AM
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You are correct, as soon as I find the proper screws for the glove box it won't sag anymore.
Actually they are dust covers over the rotors, pretty neat. Fixing those bothersome seat bushings are a pain, cheap fix but still a pain. I believe the original sticker was 37K but the precious owner got it for 32k after extras. As far as the price, I guess it's somewhat negotiable, I don't take it out of the garage often but when I do it's a really great ride. I probably don't have a problem keeping it another 20 years, not sure. I've been looking at a vette but Mommy says one toy at a time.
Sorry about posting in the wrong spot.
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