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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself!' started by Gigsy, May 9, 2012.

  1. Gigsy

    Gigsy Regular Member

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    Greetings all,

    Picked up a 97 2.8 Z3 in Dragon Green with 80k miles on it at the weekend.

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    My wife has had a hankering for one for a while and as I love a soft-top and like to get my hands dirty with a bit of maintenance/upgrading/modding, a "fixer-upper" Z3 seemed to fit the bill quite well.

    After looking on the usual sites for a while we came across ours. The description seemed to fit the bill for what we wanted (i.e. something that was essentially straight but that needed a little tlc) so we duly bid and won.

    Wasn't 100% sure what to expect when we went to collect it - I was expecting to have to do some work on it but wasn't sure how much. However it looks like we've done quite well for ourselves - the engine runs perfectly and there are no nasty noises from the suspension, the hood is tidy (and works) even the bodywork is in good condition with only a handful of chips and little parking marks.

    The steering seems OK to though I think the bushes are starting to get a little tired as it's a little vague but still reasonably accurate and doesn't seem to tramline so I'll start by replacing the rear bushes on the front arms and work my way from there I think. The only negatives so far are with the drivers seat which has a bit of a rip by the seat belt guide and worn bushes so moves a bit - have ordered a set off the shop here to fix that though :)

    As for me, I'm a reasonably active member on a few Subaru forums, and currently run a subtly tweaked Impreza WRX wagon (no nasty body kits or super loud exhausts I might add!). Having previously owned 2 other Imprezas and a Forester so most of my recent knowledge is with turbo'd flat fours and AWD but prior to Subarus, I ran a few Pug GTis (205, 306, 206) and more recently we've had a Leon FR TSFi and a couple of Mini Cooper S (one hard top, one soft top) - there's a much longer list than that but I'll save it for my footer! :)

    I'll no doubt find a few jobs as our ownership progresses and I'm sure this site will become a mecca for help and assistance.

    Looking forward to learning about the Z3 and having a bit of fun with RWD :)
     
  2. GazHyde

    GazHyde The Gaz Monkey
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  3. z3cade

    z3cade Zorg Guru (III)
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    Welcome! I also have a lil soft spot for the subaru wrx, had a 95 prodrive edition a few years back, great motor.
    You'll love working on the zed there so easy to work on..

    Enjoy it and Post up some more pics! :D
     
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    Big warm welcome to the forum and it sounds like you did well with the purchase :)

    Have you seen the zed fest stuff that's coming up very quickly in July?
     
  5. HornelZ3M

    HornelZ3M Zorg Addict
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    Welcome mate. nice colour and looks well looked after. good find ;)
     
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    Snoops Zorg Addict

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    HI and [​IMG] to Zorg from me,

    Great colour and choice of engine- from one who might be a little bit biased :D

    Have you seen the Zedfest Link it's the place to be this July if you own a Zed and the opportunity to do a parade lap of Silverstone in your new P&J. :-bd
     
  7. Gigsy

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    Thanks for the warm welcome everyone.

    Will definitely check out the ZedFest link and see if I can persuade the other half - we went to the MINI 50th birthday at Silverstone when we had our soft-top Cooper S and she and the kids had a great time so she'll hopefully be up for it.

    Will definitely sorts some extra photos out of the Zed once I get some time to give the car a full inspection / clean & polish.
     

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