Hi there, I thought I'd put together a quick intro thread as I'm new to this forum, but may well end up spending a good deal of time here!! I've just bought a 1997 Z3 1.9 in Atlanta blue for my fiancee as a wedding present, but although it's her car I'm the one posting here because she isn't really into forums and I'll be the one doing any work to it anyway... besides that if I asked her to sign up on here it would ruin the surprise!! We're from Swindon although I grew up in Wootton Bassett (ROYAL WB nowadays) I'm a merchant navy deck officer and she's a teaching assistant. My main hobby has always been cars, driving them, tinkering with them, amateur engineering that sort of thing. I'm also a computer gamer although I'm trying to concentrate more on my real-life hobbies nowadays, and my other major hobby is airsoft... you can find me on www.airsoftsniperforum.com under the nick "Tarmageddon" We're planning on going on a road-trip to Italy for our honeymoon, her mum said they did the same thing back in the '70s (although to Sweden not Italy) and she had a little drop-top Triumph Spitfire at the time which made it all the more enjoyable. My partner said she loved that idea and she loves Z3s so it made perfect sense to get her one. Apart from anything else it will use about half the fuel that my Jaguar will! I found this forum through one of your members who sells seat bushings as that is one little job which needs doing before we take the car anywhere. No doubt I'll be on here looking for solutions to the normal teething problems you get when you get a new car. Nice to meet you all, happy driving! Pete.