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Alan Alderson

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Hello all, just a quick note to introduce myself, I am Alan (Aldo to my mates) 52 and live in the frozen backwater called Ashington, not to far from Newcastle. I have a rather nice 2000 2.0l Z3. I bought it last December from a really nice lady who owned a restaurant in York, she has acquired a second restaurant on the Yorkshire moors and needed something that could handle the roads, weather etc. she only owned the car a year or so.
The car began life in Glasgow, it seems it had the same owner for around 12 years, all I can say is they must have really appreciated the car, the VOSA history shows at 12 years the car had only done 62k.
It seems misfortune struck around about this point, the car was involved in a front end collision, I am satisfied the damage was the bonnet and front panel only, I can see both have been repaired to a good standard and there was no other damage, anyway, rather annoyingly the car has a Cat D marker.
In the two years since the accident the car has covered less than 3k, it looks and runs like a new car,I have had no problems with it at all apart from when left locked the hazard lights flash, this isn't all the time and I garage the car so am not to concerned (but any suggestions would be appreciated). Only other thing is I seen to get around 20-22 mpg! Is this normal? All the best to you all. Aldo
 

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Welcome Aldo.

20 to 22 to the Gallono_O Something wrong I would say except if you have an extremely heavy right foot.... Mines a 2.8 and I get 28 to the Gallon 24 when on a Cruise usually thrashing it...
 

Alan Alderson

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Mmmmmm, interest Taffzee, no leaks n runs like a dream, £50 worth of fuel gets me around 220 and thats very careful driving, albeit mostly short journeys, service lights on the last green, will check the filters n whip the plugs out, a y other suggestions are welcome. Aldo
 

Alan Alderson

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Right then, plugs....not good, got a fancy they are the original, I feel a trip to the shop coming on!
 

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Welcome Alan :welcome:!

My 2.0 averaged 27.26mpg over 8,811 miles. Lowest was 25.41 and highest was 30.72mpg. Drove it with a fairly heavy right boot a lot of the time.

Cheers, Gary
 
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Welcome Aldo, the clue may be in the car is from Glasgow, notorious for heavy drinking......:beer
 

Alan Alderson

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Ha am loving the crack. Just ordered a set of plugs from europarts, hopefully that will solve the problem......I also managed to find a redundant mouse nest under the injector rail!,,.....
 

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Mmmmmm, interest Taffzee, no leaks n runs like a dream, £50 worth of fuel gets me around 220 and thats very careful driving, albeit mostly short journeys, service lights on the last green, will check the filters n whip the plugs out, a y other suggestions are welcome. Aldo

Sounds very similar to my 2.0 so it's either normal or mine also has a problem :(

Welcome by the way
 
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I get better economy in the m, that cant be right for a 2.0
 

bruce&kim

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welcome mate got any pictures of your z? don't worry about the fuel consumption the joy of driving a z more than compensates for it
 
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I have never measured mine, just happy to stick the right foot to the floor boards and fill the tank when the old girl winks at me.........:D
 

yocky z3 2.0

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Hi Aldo sounds like it wants a good service ie plugs air filter oil oil filter then you should see an improvement getting around 26 27 mpg local 280 to full tank.
 

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Regarding the hazards flashing it is probably the alarm telling you there is a problem somewhere when you lock it. I would check the bonnet switch as they are known to fail, to check it just disconnect it and see if the hazards stop flashing when you lock it. Replacements aren't that expensive and there is also a thicker rubber pad to go on the underside of the bonnet which pushes the switch down a little further.

Welcome to the mad house by the way.:coolsteer)
 
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