Doesn't look like this board sees much traffic... I'm looking into picking up a new Z3 coupe and would like to get some feedback from people who currently own one. Reliability? Fun factor? How much did you pay for it? Thanks in advance...
#7 of 25 Hi mattdahlgren- Welcome to this discussion!
May 01, 2001 (8:09 am)
This is a fairly new discussion, and I'm working on getting more traffic over here. In the meantime, here's a direct link to our BMW Z3 buying price discussion on the Smart Shoppers message board. Please return here to share your purchase/ownership experience with us. Thanks!
Could it be that people are really getting these things for less than $200 over invoice? I know I hardly ever see them on the streets of Seattle, but at they really that low in demand? According to Edmunds, invoice is $34,735 (incl. destination) and TMV is $34,913. That's a steal! Anyone out there have that kind of luck? I have yet to go see a dealer about the car.
And yes, this car definetly reminds me of the E-type.
I too am considering a Z3, albeit used, as a second car. What have you found out about reliability and maintenance costs? I was considering a Miata. What's turning me off the Mazda is that it is not cheap! For the extra $5K, I'd rather get a Bimmer (even if it is a couple years older).
My concern with the Bimmer is the high repair cost. In particular, how much to replace a clutch, brakes, and so forth??
Those are good questions, I don't have any info on repair costs. But I'm sure they aren't cheap... as with any luxo Euro car. I know my Saab isn't cheap to service, and its an '87. But with proper preventative maintenance, I'd bet the Z3 would have a long life. Plus if you get one that has just come off lease and is a certified used BMW, it should come with some kind of warranty.
Have you checked out the 3 Series board? Easily the most imformative one around, gives lots of good general BMW info (even though the focus is sedans).
Haven't really considered the SLK. New would be too expensive, and the old models only have the weak 4 cylinder.
Can anyone out there tell me about their experiences servicing or maintaining a Z3? How much should I expect yearly? How much more is it than an average japanese import? I love bimmers, but I may not be able to afford them over a period of time. Any advice, please email thebigadhotmail.com
The Z3 is the best value for the dollar considering a number of factors.
1) You could care less about driving in it in the winter.
2) Small cars don't scare you,
3) You have an old pick up truck to grab a load of fertilizer and a half yard of dirt from the Home Depot,
4) You don't like driving American Cars (Unless it's the old pick up),
5) Snob appeal
6) Well engineered compared to MANY other cars in its class and above,
7) Very good maintenance warranty,
8) Fun to drive AND to look at,
9) Cheap to insure,
10) Fits easily in to the palm of your hand!
I expect delivery of my Silver 2.5 with a Red interior by the 23rd of May. I can't wait!