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#1 of 105 Ever popular BMW tailpipe trim
Jan 30, 2001 (5:01 am)
For all you "old timers" (like Jimmy), you know this part number by heart, but all you newer folks should go to your local BMW parts department and ask for part number 82 11 9 413 967. For not much money, you will get a very nicely made chrome tailpipe finisher that taps on with a rubber mallet and really makes the back of the car look great. Legal disclaimer - this part fits the 2000 ZX3 tailpipe perfectly, but I've not checked the 2001 cars to see if Ford changed the rear muffler (I'd be surprised if they did).
#2 of 105 "01 white mods
Jan 30, 2001 (3:53 pm)
I've added a chrome tip to my Z. I bought it at a local parts store for $6.99. It is a 2-1/4x9" tip. I had to cut it down and re-tap the screw holes. I positioned it so the screws are on top of the exhaust pipe out of sight. The tip really completes the back of the car, Ford could have put one on for about $2.00 a pop, but thats asking too much.
I've also added the HyperWhite bulbs (www.kyotousa.com). Those really dress up the front of the car and give it a more european look. When I first put them in, they were BLUE!!! I was quite angry. But I left them in and now they give off a super white light, just like the Mercedes and BMW's do.
#3 of 105 Sick of brake dust on your alloys?
Feb 01, 2001 (7:21 pm)
Another worthwhile mod to consider is ditching your factory brake pads for a non-metallic aftermarket set like the Kevlar pads available from EBC. Known as "Green Stuff", these pads will give you quiet, clean brakes, and will significantly out-perform the stock pads in hard driving situations thanks to their Kevlar composition. EBC also offers gas slotted and dimpled high quality replacement brake rotors too.
#5 of 105 Supercharger
Apr 08, 2001 (11:24 pm)
I just got a new 2001 ZX3 a few day ago..I LOVE IT !!!!
I keep seeing aftermarket superchargers for this car. Has anyone installed one?
Any info would be greatly appreciated!!!
#6 of 105 silver windows
Apr 11, 2001 (7:26 am)
I was driving to work the other morning and saw a CD silver ZX3 with silver-reflective windows. Anyone else seen these or know what the window treatment is or how to get it? It looked really sweet and although I'm driving a twilight blue, I would love to get it for my ZX3. Do you think it might be like the tints (which if you go too dark are illegal)? Liverpool, NY police are eager beavers in the ticket department and I'd hate to get a ticket for windows being non-compliant with NYS law.
Any help would be appreciated!
Apr 16, 2001 (11:48 am)
Well, My 2001 ZX3 is CD Silver, and my windows are sort of "silvery" under really bright sunlight. However, you are probably talking about "mirror" tinting. Instead of being black, it looks mirrored from the outside. Any professional tining place can do this HOWEVER depending on where you live, it may not be legal. I live in NJ, and you can only have a certain "degree" of tint...basically it can only be very light and you still have to be able to see through it from the outside. Mirror tint is not legal here. Check into that before you do it, the ticket here in NJ for "illegal" tinting carry a very heavy fine..
by the way, anyone have any news for me on the supercharger yet (see above 2 messages)
Apr 16, 2001 (1:16 pm)
Vic, except for a few hardcore crazies, I'd guess not many folks on a ZX3 budget are going to want to shell out another $3K+ for one of Oscar Jackson's supercharger kits. Personally, I'd be wary of doing a mod like this without carefully upgrading the rest of the drivetrain and brakes - and now you are talking A LOT of money. I would also be careful about listening too closely to anyone who wants to sell you one of these set ups - hasn't Sport Compact Car mag done a test on this kit?
Apr 17, 2001 (9:24 am)
Hey, Silver....I haven't read anything on it yet. I too am very wary of doing this, that's why I was asking. I'd like to talk to someone who has actually done the modification to their Zx3 and see how the car performs, and if it blew up or not...HAHAHA. Being that my car is new (I just picked it up on April 4), I probably would not do anyting other than the air intake and MAYBE the SuperChip. Both of these things can easily be swapped back out if needed (SHHHH don't tell Ford).
I wouldn't exactly say that I'm a "hardcore crazy", BUT....I LOVE THIS CAR !!!! If I'm still this happy with it after a year or so, I wouldn't think twice about spending the money.....or maybe get the SVT instead. I would have waited for the SVT, but I had to trade my old car in before it fell apart. (it was a 99 KIA Sephia, don't ask, I still don't know why I bought that car).
Anyway, thanks for your opinion......and if you happen to actually get your hands on any printed reviews of the kit, let me know..........
Apr 17, 2001 (7:02 pm)
I'm looking to get a "high-performance" air intake for my zx3. I can't decide which one to get though. Has anyone installed one or know anything about which ones outperform others? I was especially curious about the FocusSport cold-air intake. Thanks for any information or any links where i can find some.