Last post on Dec 28, 2012 at 9:38 PM
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BMW Z3, Convertible
#98 of 104 Re: Looking for a car [Mr_Shiftright] Boxster 
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Dec 03, 2011 (11:41 am)
This video explains the problem.
While there were some attempts at rectifying this issue, you can't be entirely safe until the redesigned 987 in the year 2009 I believe.
Not every Boxster will do this of course, but god help you if you don't have any potential purchase thoroughly checked out.
#99 of 104 Re: Looking for a car [Mr_Shiftright] Boxster  [Mr_Shiftright]
Dec 03, 2011 (12:38 pm)
Thanks. You can be sure any potential purchase will be checked out. I assume even if good at purchase, it could happen at any time unless it was just a certain series of bearings that were bad. I can't imagine any responsible manufacturer allowing a fatal problem like this to continue in production without an upgrade to deal with it. I guess the safest thing is to stay with Japan, and I hate to say that, but they earned it. We have an 03 Toyota Avalon that just turned 100k and still drives like new, but with a suspension upgrade by choice at 50k (See 04 and earlier forum), and just read where a guy just turned 200k with his. Kept it because it was the best of any car he has owned.
Maybe the Z3 wasn't a bad choice after all. I will say that the 1.9 seems to be a sweet engine, and sounds like an engine.
BTW, it seems that your Spell Check isn't working.
#100 of 104 Re: Looking for a car [Mr_Shiftright] Boxster  [Mr_Shiftright] 
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Dec 03, 2011 (12:59 pm)
#101 of 104 Re: Looking for a car [Mr_Shiftright] Boxster  [Mr_Shiftright]  [Mr_Shiftright]
Dec 03, 2011 (1:16 pm)
I corrected misspellings myself as I knew they were there when I clicked on spellcheck. It said No spelling errors found, so I fixed myself.
#102 of 104 Is it worth it ?
Dec 26, 2012 (10:55 pm)
I recently wrecked my Jeep and now have a chance to buy a 2000 BMW Z3. It has the power top and a optional hard top and rack. The car truly is mint. Only 30,000 miles from individual who found it to be not a practical car for them so it sat in a garage. My problem is the only other cars i find like this within 500 miles usually have close or over 100,000 miles or more. I would have to pay $3000- $4000 over current book value for this car. $13,000- $14,000 is what I think I can buy it for. Forget practical, Would you pay the "over price".
Any input would help. Thanks, John
#103 of 104 Re: Is it worth it ? [photooo7]
Dec 27, 2012 (5:35 am)
I'd say yes, but it's a tough call. 3 years ago I got a 1999 BMW Z3 Coupe for $16k with 12k miles on it. It's had some work to do from sitting around so long, but otherwise very pleased. Though I think the coupe is worth more for the uniquness factor. I think 13,000 is reasonable, realizing it'll still have some work down the road.
#104 of 104 Re: Is it worth it ? [lhs2miler]
Dec 28, 2012 (9:38 pm)
I bought it. Drove it. I'm in love with it. I'm used to all out American muscle. I have a 1970 Z/28, too nice to drive. A 1969 big block Camaro convertible, too Wild to drive . A 1995 Trans Am. OK to drive. But this Beamer just seems to shout " class " to everyone who sees it. Fun to drive. A different kind of power.