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I have had my Dakar Z3 since April 2011, prior to this I had a 1.9 for three years. I came across my car one night whilst trawling eBay, at the time it seemed cheep and had a low reserve. The only problem was the car was in Pembrokeshire and I am in Scotland some 460 miles away. A few days passed and after a few emails back and forth with the seller all seemed to ring true with the car so in the last few minutes of the auction I pressed the button to buy. The day came to pick up the car, I left the house at 5am to catch a plane from Edinburgh Airport to Cardiff Airport, a train from Cardiff Airport to Milford Haven where the seller met me.
I finally came face to face with the car and WOW, now Dakar yellow is not ever-ones cup of tea but I loved it. We drove back to the sellers house where I checked over the car, all the paperwork was in place, folders neatly prepared with all the cars history, the stereo and air intake were aftermarket but the OEM units were in the boot. Coming from a pre-facelift car I could not get over the hips and how wide the rear of the car looked, and the sound......The deal was done.
My journey home was a joy, I managed from Milford Haven to Cheshire with the roof down just loving the sound of the engine, a couple of things I missed showed up on the way home, faulty thermostat (car running cool), broken heater blower resistor (fan only works on speed 4) and a sticky brake caliper. Nothing too serious and it certainly did not spoil the run home.
First pics of the car when I got it home
My plans are to keep the car pretty standard, I had changed a lot of things on my 1.9 and did not want to go down that route again, If any mods were to be done they would have to be subtle.
The car had 60,000 miles when I got it, it is now just over 75,000. It is not my daily drive but from time to time I can use it for work.
I have now done a couple of BMWCCGB track days, Silverstone, Cadwell Park and Croft. I am by no means the fastest on the track - far from it but the car is really good to drive and it is really good fun. I am learning things about the car and my driving style every time I go to an event, some things good and somethings bad. There are a couple of...