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Old 05-16-2019, 10:11 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 z3 forum to.
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Old 05-16-2019, 10:42 PM
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Old 06-04-2019, 11:42 AM
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I agree. Most of the “bugs” worked out and relatively easy to work on.
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Old 05-16-2019, 10:43 PM
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I Second that recommendation...
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Old 05-17-2019, 12:29 AM
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Get both! I have a 1st gen Miata and a 3.0si, both great cars.
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Old 05-17-2019, 08:48 AM
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I had been thinking about a Miata for years. I had a Triump TR6 for about 20 years and wanted to get back into a sports car. The Z4's kept popping up in the used car searches and I kept reading more about them and then a 2006 Z4 3.0si popped up at a dealership where I knew the owners real well. Went and drove it and bought it on the spot for a deal and haven't looked back.
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Old 05-17-2019, 01:40 PM
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Old 05-17-2019, 02:58 PM
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I would say that the post-facelift years (2006 and later) would be the safer choice. The N52 engine has proven to be a good one and a lot of other bugs were worked out.

I had 2 Miatas (a '92 and '04 Mazdaspeed) and if "fun" is what you want, the Miata wins hands down. I have had my '07 3.0si for almost 11 years now and while it is a much better overall vehicle (e.g. long trips in the MIatas were excruciating) and certainly more powerful and comfortable, it's just not as tossable as the Miatas were.
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Old 05-17-2019, 03:28 PM
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Old 05-17-2019, 04:28 PM
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Old 06-01-2019, 04:41 PM
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I have had my '07 3.0si for almost 11 years now and while it is a much better overall vehicle (e.g. long trips in the MIatas were excruciating) and certainly more powerful and comfortable, it's just not as tossable as the Miatas were.
Interesting. My 3.0Si has the M-sport suspension and I don't think I could tolerate a long trip due to the harsh ride. Can't imagine a Miata being any worse but then, I've never driven one.
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Old 06-01-2019, 07:45 PM
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Interesting. My 3.0Si has the M-sport suspension and I don't think I could tolerate a long trip due to the harsh ride. Can't imagine a Miata being any worse but then, I've never driven one.
Miata actually has a pretty forgiving ride, it is the narrow seats that murder your back on a long trip. Also, despite the tiny trunk in the softtop Miata, there is space on the package shelf behind the seats to pack extra stuff, not possible on the Z4.
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Old 06-02-2019, 04:55 AM
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Interesting. My 3.0Si has the M-sport suspension and I don't think I could tolerate a long trip due to the harsh ride. Can't imagine a Miata being any worse but then, I've never driven one.
I have the same set up and I've done several long trips in it. Always surprised how nice it is to travel in. Its not a 3 series but it travels well in my opinion.
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Old 06-02-2019, 07:50 AM
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I have the same set up and I've done several long trips in it. Always surprised how nice it is to travel in. Its not a 3 series but it travels well in my opinion.
If my experience in Sarasota is typical of Florida roads, they are in a lot better shape than the roads in Indiana and Michigan. I agree that on a smooth road, the Z4 ride is ok but it's hard to find a smooth road where I live!
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Old 05-17-2019, 06:03 PM
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And yes, '06-'08 3.0si, but must be 6 speed manual

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Old 05-17-2019, 07:28 PM
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And yes, '06-'08 3.0si, but must be 6 speed manual
ROFL when I was searching for mine the first thing I did was check in the search filters for "manual transmission".
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Old 05-17-2019, 06:29 PM
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I am quite enjoying my 07 3.0i with 6 speed manual. You lose a few horses but still a great roadster.
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Old 05-17-2019, 07:30 PM
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I am quite enjoying my 07 3.0i with 6 speed manual. You lose a few horses but still a great roadster.
I can drive my 3.0si within that power curve and have a blast. In fact since I am without any mufflers I have to around town
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Old 05-17-2019, 08:46 PM
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Old 05-18-2019, 07:19 AM
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Here in the UK the road tax is £250 for the 2.0l size, £500 thereafter, Swmbo has one and it doesn't matter much, she's not heavy on the loud pedal!
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Old 05-18-2019, 07:47 AM
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@006 3.0 si 6 speed. Best money I've ever spent.
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Old 05-18-2019, 03:26 PM
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Old 05-21-2019, 05:35 AM
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I bought my wife a 1997 Miata and we both loved it. Some fool turned in to her and it was totaled. It trashed my lovelys foot as well. She wanted another convertible with stick but I wanted something heavier (substaintial). With limited options on what would fill the desires I researched and purchased a 2006 Z4Si black exterior / tan interior with the M seats and wheels. It was a year ago and we feel great about the choice. Miata was fun for sure but this is much more of a car. Good luck.
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Old 05-21-2019, 08:22 PM
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'06 Z4 3.0i, had one for 6 years, wish I still had it. Got 22mpg around town but 28 on open hwy. 6 speed manual, only way to go
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Old 05-21-2019, 08:31 PM
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If you get the Z4, make sure to remove the drain plugs. I have a third time hydrolift failure and it costs too much to fix it, so my top is just a "decoration" at this point.
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