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      10-26-2021, 05:36 AM   #1
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Any other Z3 owners here?

I bought a 54000 mile 2001 2.2 Z3 back in April. Condition is pretty much perfect. Not even any rattles (though it does have a "characterful" squeaky steering wheel). It's a very well made car no matter what certain Internet "personalities" will tell you. Like any BMW it just comes down to how much it was loved and cared for in the past.

I was one of those guys that filed themselves under the "I will never buy a convertible" label. If you are currently self filed under this label, just try it. It's a whole new world. I'm putting it down to "roadster" instead of convertible. So try a "roadster". It changes your perspective on all sorts of things.

The little m54 2.2 spins like a sewing machine, makes some glorious sounds, pops and crackles and makes you feel like you are going really fast even though you aren't. For context it's about the same pace as a modern MX5 / Miata.

And that's the thing about this car. The gearing is so short you are changing into 5th at 80km/h (50mph) when cruising. And at that speed you genuinely believe you are going very quickly.

It's such an analogue experience as well as being so connected to the elements. It makes you question how much more enjoyment you get from today's super capable insulated cars. Isn't the point of driving just to have fun and feel like you are going fast?

I also think the car has aged spectacularly well and looks better now then when it was released.

Any other Z3 owners on here please chime in!

Finally, this video is nicely produced and pretty much exactly matches my thoughts.

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Gorgeous color combo. I don't have a Z3, but have an E36 M3 and Z4M Roadster, so I get where you're coming from. I used to have an E30 325i Convertible which I sold for peanuts, but really missed the top down experience. I ended up with the Z4M Roadster after that and have pretty much sworn I'll always have something similar in the garage.

Being able to drive with the top down on a nice Fall day is absolute automotive joy IMHO. It doesn't matter how fast the car is, it'll be a fun drive. Pair that with a manual and I personally will take this over a car that's too fast for its own good any day.
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I love the modern contemporary Style 5's wheel. know the mfg?
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I love the modern contemporary Style 5's wheel. know the mfg?
Yes I love this style too for older BMWs.

They are Avant Garde M220 17x7.5 square setup. Great quality, good price and 3kg a corner lighter than the 16x7 BMW style 64s that I bought it with. They take a standard BMW centre cap as well.
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There must be more than me here! More Zeds.
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I bought a 54000 mile 2001 2.2 Z3 back in April. Condition is pretty much perfect. Not even any rattles (though it does have a "characterful" squeaky steering wheel). It's a very well made car no matter what certain Internet "personalities" will tell you. Like any BMW it just comes down to how much it was loved and cared for in the past.
Nice video. Have to say, that wheel setup is out of this world.
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We had a 1998 manual w/ the 2.8 that I bought from my parents a few years back. They owned it from new. It was a great little car, and we had a lot of fun with it. I always thought it was a great timeless design. We wound up selling it on BAT when I got the 911. I agree with the video that its one of the best fun cars for the money available.

This was the listing for ours.
https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1998-bmw-z3-23/

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I miss my z3m coupe. Most fun car I have ever had. Some day I will find another.
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Still think the Z3M coupe looks incredible. Hope to get one someday
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      11-11-2021, 10:54 PM   #11
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We were given a 99 Z3 2.8 by my wife's relatives because they couldn't drive stick anymore. Hope to work on it over the winter, already bought a 2000 M Roadster for parts.

Love the extended red leather in yours.
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I have 1 Z3 "2.3" roadster in Alpine White with the beautiful M52tub25 engine and 1 Z3M Coupe in Estoril Blue with the S52US engine.

Both extremely pleasing cars.
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I had 2 Z3's few years ago. Still miss the driving fun they brought. Will their value increase someday?
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