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JCN

Dedicated Member
British Zeds
Joined
Feb 14, 2019
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Location
Royston, Barnsley
I confess!! I’m an imposter!

I am not yet a Z3 owner.

BUT all that is going to change in a matter of days.

So I thought I should ask the experts how best to avoid ending up with a turkey.

If anyone can suggest common and/or expensive things to look out for as I start looking at Z3’s with my hard earned cash burning a hole in my back pocket, I would be extremely grateful.

I’m no mechanic, but I’ve replaced spark plugs, alternators and other simple things in my many years on this planet.

Thanks for any thoughts,

Jon
 

Paul Rice

Zorg Guru (V)
Supporter
British Zeds
The M44 Massive
Joined
Sep 7, 2013
Points
198
Location
Doncaster
Model of Z
Z4 2.5
Welcome to the forum Jon
As these cars can be up to 22 years old rust can be an issue but not terminal as most panels are just bolt on. Both 4 and 6 cylinder engines are good. Go for condition more than age or mileage, a well maintained high miler can be a better purchase than a neglected low milage one.
Z3 are as good as it gets for home maintenance for this era of car.
 

Bonzeau

Zorg Guru (I)
British Zeds
Joined
May 1, 2017
Points
95
Location
Aylsham, Norfolk
Model of Z
Z3 2.8 litre Roadster
Try the search for a Z3 buyers guide. I know zroadster.net has a comprehensive Z3 buyers guide on their site.
Best of luck,

:drinks:

Bonzo.
 

Jack Ratt

Zorg Expert (I)
Supporter
British Zeds
The West Country
Joined
Dec 3, 2013
Points
200
Location
TRURO, CORNWALL
Model of Z
2.8i AUTO and 2.8i MANUAL
Hello and welcome to the forum. There are usually cars for sale on the forum and buying from an enthusiast is a good way to go.
 

t-tony

Zorg Expert (II)
Supporter
British Zeds
#ZedShed
Joined
Dec 31, 2013
Points
226
Location
Torksey Lock,Lincoln, England
Model of Z
E89 Z4 23i Auto
@yocky z3 2.0 Tony is near you he might have some time to show you the good and not so good bits ?

Tony.
 

Stevo7682

Zorg Expert (I)
Supporter
The M44 Massive
Scottish Zeds
Joined
Apr 1, 2016
Points
208
Location
Maybole , South Ayrshire
Model of Z
Z3 Individual Dakar / Orinoco Individual
Hi and welcome from me in Scotland :welcome:.
Good luck with the search.
 

Paul Rice

Zorg Guru (V)
Supporter
British Zeds
The M44 Massive
Joined
Sep 7, 2013
Points
198
Location
Doncaster
Model of Z
Z4 2.5
Thank you all for your warm welcome ... From up here in Barnsley :)
Not far down the road in Donny if you need any help looking or after buying happy to help, may even have a Z3 ready soon may fit the bill
 

t-tony

Zorg Expert (II)
Supporter
British Zeds
#ZedShed
Joined
Dec 31, 2013
Points
226
Location
Torksey Lock,Lincoln, England
Model of Z
E89 Z4 23i Auto
Good shout Paul, I forgot about you being fairly local to Jon, along with @Antm72 and @brilie et al.

Tony.
 

2DunnsZ3

Zorg Guru (I)
American Zeds
Joined
Jun 1, 2018
Points
87
Location
Canton USA
Model of Z
Z3 2.8 5 speed roadster
To bad you cant come across the pond to get one. Most of them over here aren't driven year round and have very little rust. good luck and you are in good hands with those guys.
 
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Jjim

Zorg Guru (IV)
British Zeds
Joined
Jul 21, 2017
Points
168
Location
Mansfield
Model of Z
1.9 Roadster
Hi, welcome from Mansfield.

I’ve got a Z3 ‘98 2.8 auto for sale. More than welcome to have a go in it.
 

Nodzed

Zorg Expert (I)
Supporter
British Zeds
M Power
Joined
Feb 18, 2016
Points
221
Location
Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England
Model of Z
Z3M Imola and Z4 (e89)
:welcome: good luck with the search ............... but as ever Buyer Beware, don't rush, look at and drive as many as you can, Look for condition and care of ownership above age and mileage try to buy one off an enthusiast if you can, they have generally loved and taken care of their Zeds :thumbsup:
 

Slam

Zorg Guru (IV)
Supporter
British Zeds
Joined
May 24, 2017
Points
168
Location
North Yorkshire
Model of Z
Zedless. Mini GP 1379
Hi and welcome from London
 

PHILIP BAXTER

Zorg Guru (V)
Supporter
British Zeds
Joined
May 3, 2015
Points
180
Location
Cardiff
Model of Z
Z3 3.0i Roadster
Hi, and welcome from me in Cardiff. Good luck with the search, and don't forget the pictures when you find ' the one '.
 

JCN

Dedicated Member
British Zeds
Joined
Feb 14, 2019
Points
26
Location
Royston, Barnsley
Not far down the road in Donny if you need any help looking or after buying happy to help, may even have a Z3 ready soon may fit the bill
Thanks Paul,
I have my heart set on a grey one. Kind of happy with cruising, rather than tearing about, so happy to start off with a 2.2 or maybe even 1.9.

You guys have certainly done some impressive stuff with yours. - I may tinker just a little, but I do tend to worry... :)
 

JCN

Dedicated Member
British Zeds
Joined
Feb 14, 2019
Points
26
Location
Royston, Barnsley
Hi, welcome from Mansfield.

I’ve got a Z3 ‘98 2.8 auto for sale. More than welcome to have a go in it.
Thanks Jim.

I was aiming for a facelift (2000 onwards?) manual, but a kind offer.

You're all definitely a much friendlier bunch here than the RX-8 guys from a when I owned one of those money-pits.
 
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