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Old 01-27-2005, 09:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hi guys, new to the forum and even newer to the world of BMW.

I am looking at buying a 1998 Z3 1.9. I was hopeing that anyone would have some advice on things I should look at and consider when test driving this car. I am a big guy, 6'4" and have been in love with this car since I saw them. I checked out the front seat dimensions and they are similar to my car now so i am thinking this will not be an issue.

Also, I have heard maintenance is no fun with these cars. Do I have to go to BMW for a $100 oil change or can i do it myself or even a jiffy lube type place.

Thanks guys in advance and any help/info would be appreciated! I look forward to being part of the community after i get my Z3
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Old 02-11-2005, 03:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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first off i wouldnt buy the 1.9 id go ahead and upgrade at least to the 6 cylinder and second of all the oil change i just had done on mine was $80 but i only have to do it every 16000 miles
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Old 02-15-2005, 09:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Dont buy the 1.9. Buy the 2.3 or 2.8. The 1.9 just doesnt have quite enough power, at least for me. I am 6'2" and it is a little uncomfortable in the car but not to bad. I wouldnt want to take a road trip in it because my head hits the top and I do worry that if it were to flip, the roll bars might not 'save' me. Check the condition of the soft top and rear window. The rear window on a '99 probably needs replacing. The oil change you can do yourself or carry to a local BMW garage. I wouldnt go to the dealer for something like that. I have found a great shop near me and both my wifes Z3 and my 328iS go there and only there for service. That said, some things have to be done by the dealer, like rear window and top replacement. We only use Mobil1 synthetic oil in the cars and change it every 6k miles. Runs me $75 every 6 months per car. Brakes are a different story. I am going to need brakes in about a month and it will most likely cost me @ $400. I am going to upgrade the rotors and pads but that is only going to add about $75 to the work. Some things are more expensive to fix than others but it is a well built vehicle. Buy it!!!
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You may be a little tall for this car. It would be ok for short trips but you sure wouldn't want to go for long trips. The Maint. you can do yourself as long as you keep track of it. They don't tell you this at dealerships but you can actually do it all dealerships.

The oil change is synthetic so you don't have to do it every 3000 miles but over 10,000 is pushing it. You can do this yourself pretty easily for about $40.00. The lights that go green, green, greeen, yellow, red in most BMW's have to reset after maint. You might want to take it in for these types of tune ups but again you can do it yourself and by the reset tool yourself also.

These types of maint. can be expensive. Especially for M series BMW's. They can run at least $400 at dealerships and little less at BMW tune up shops. The brakes and stuff seem to ware out pretty fast. Like brakes at 25,000. That can add up.
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I have a "96 1.9 and love it. But MORE POWER is always good. You'll really see it in the very short 1st and more squat 2nd gears, then 3rd will just power out quick to 6500rpm. But the 1.9 is quick & nimble. Have Bilsten lower sport shocks & H&R lowering springs, tight as ever. Then on the highway- downshift to 3rd at 70'ish and you are where you want to be before any other car thinks about moving. After 4 - 6 months you really get used to the small feel. After a year or so it becomes a very initimate car, the feel you get after time can't be beat, you will always have a smile on your face when you arrive.

Then the summer comes! Top down cruising and road trips to the INDY 500 and USGP can't be beat. And the small boys always stare as you go by and say "Cool car!". most all others look longingly- you'll just smile!

Early 1.9 are cheap but a 2.3 ot 2.8 would be an absolute gas!!

As others have said DEALER maintenance can be expensive, hook up with a BMW/MINI mechanic doing side work or by yourself if you have the space, it is a very basic uncomplicated car. No room to stuff anything absolutly not required.
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