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Zed 3’s rapidly disappearing!

Discussion in 'General Banter' started by EnthuZiaZT, Nov 29, 2019.

  1. EnthuZiaZT

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    Looking on the club postings on Facebook, I’ve noticed quite a few of the Zed 3’s on them are being broken or sold as spares or repair. I’m not sure why, perhaps they’re just at the end of there usable life, or perhaps, unlike people on Zorg these people can’t or won’t bother to repair them and keep them on the road.
    I find it quite sad that this is happening, especially to such a fine driving machine like the Zed 3.

    what are your thoughts?

    Mike
     
  2. GazHyde

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    Facebook groups really aren't a good indication of the real world, you get all sorts of weird people on there :D
     
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  3. Redline

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    Happens with every make and model of car Mike. They are essentially a commodity. Only the very core lovers will keep faith with them. For everyone else the joy is transient and then they find something else to occupy their increasingly fragile and limited attention span.
     
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    Zed 3's rock. Long live the 3.
     
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  5. Nodzed

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    Personally I find the Zed FB pages a total waste of time and effort. Some very odd people and views on there. I'd much rather come on here to offend and annoy people. :whistle:;););)
     
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  6. t-tony

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    To the vast majority of people who don't see the appeal we're probably the oddballs.

    Tony.
     
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    Speak for yourself! =))
     
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  8. EnthuZiaZT

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    Well me and Gaz are on them so that’s Odd.

    Mike
     
  9. Nodzed

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    Say no more :whistle: =))=))
     
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    It's hard to describe how Facebook groups work, think of it like being a member of 10 different forums and getting an amalgamated news feed with random threads from each. Because there are so many Z groups on there (probably at least 100 as a conservative guess) you don't feel part of any one in particular. Add to it that people join as many of them that they can, you find that they post the same thing to all of them; so you have 3 identical threads started, with differing responses from no replies at all to a completely off topic mess.

    Then because you can create a group in half a dozen clicks, you get new ones created almost daily. Some will be generic, such as specifically for Z3's, but others will be Z3 & Z4 or anything with a Z. Then you'll have model groups based on geographic locations, even down to a specific town. Because people like to feel their own model is super special, you'll even find groups as specific as a particular engine size (yeah, there is a group exclusively for BMW Z3 3.0i owners which I can only guess what goes on in there!).

    There are also group specifically to suit the style of your ownership, purist groups, tracking/racing groups, ///M owners groups, modifications groups and so on. Some are super nice & helpful, some are horrendously toxic...

    .....and, finally because this is Facebook all of this is filtered in between your "friends" posting pictures of what they had for tea, what there kids are up to, bizarre cat memes, and their latest Candy Crush high score.

    How you are supposed to feel part of that I'm not sure. We are incredibly lucky here that toxicity doesn't ever get chance to get a foot hold, and we really are all like minded towards each other.

    For my own sins, I run 2 UK focused Zed groups. One for Z3's and another for Z4's. It's a thankless task, and I have a much tougher time moderating them than here, but it does give me the opportunity to post links back to here to boost our numbers!
     
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    I have yet to find a forum that I would rate anywhere near as highly as I do this one Gaz. As for FB, I use the local Market Place to my own ends but for little else. Keep up the good work here.

    Tony.

    ps. Good to hear you did get Sasha back.:)
     
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  12. Ianmc

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    Going back to the original question, Z3s (1996/2002 cars) are currently in a similar position to MGBs (1965 to 1980 cars) in the late 1970/80s. Good MGBs now command over £10K. Good Z3s will start to appreciate slowly in coming years, but never be valuable, which to my mind is a good thing.:)
     
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    Well said Ian my apologies Mike I took this off topic. :rolleyes:
     
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    They are a commodity if they are beyond reasonably priced repair as there is a lot more value uf the car is broken,
    Just to give you an idea, I had a reasonable 2.2 that I bought for a few hundred quid, it had a 102k miles and most panels where either scratched or damaged, I could have done the work and sold it for about £2000, however I broke it and made far more and the beauty is there is no cost in breaking
     
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    I reluctantly stripped my Z3, i would have preferred to have sold it for someone else to enjoy but it just wasn't financially viable.
    At least i know where all the bits have gone thanks to this forum
     
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    At the end of it all we'll have a lot of very nice Z3s, a lot of very well modified Z3s and a few that are being pushed to the limit on track but all of them will be turning heads, drawing eyes and the 'ooo what's that, that looks nice'
     
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    It's not just MGBs and the like, Morris 1000s and Triumph Heralds were being scrapped in their hundreds a while back, anything that survived is now a "classic" and worth loads. Just a matter of waiting and the Z3 will attain that status. Just got to hang on to it for long enough.
     
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    There are two Morrie thou's in our village of 5000 souls and they have their original number plates on. Also, a black Z4 has begun lurking around. Zeds here are as rare as chickens teeth.
     
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  19. EnthuZiaZT

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    I think that because the Z3 has become incredibly cheap, people are buying them that have no real interest in the car, just the idea of owning a convertible. When they realise the expense of repair then they just write the car off and break it. To me this goes against the grain, I have always found a way of repairing my cars and making them better than when I purchased them. Modern people don’t think like that. To be honest Zed 3s are still too numerous to climb in value and bring into the world of the serious restorer. That’s why I like this forum. I am at least among like minded people.

    Mike
     
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    You are flat out getting any Z3 in Australia for less than $8,000, about 4200 English pounds. There be 28 for sale in the whole country at present and the cheap ones are all on the other side, about 3000 miles away.