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Serge
03-16-1998, 08:09 AM
Hi there, thanks for all your msgs which I find very hepful for a new Z3 owner. I bought this Z3 one month ago for my wife, she loved the car (I preferred the Boxster- it looks like it is true that Z3's are more female+ and Boxster's male+ ?...)anyway, I like the car a lot too. It's a 1.9i, auto, full options (AC, Zwheels, leather, wood, M suspension, differential AB, heated seats, sound system, rack+suitcase, etc. etc.) <br>First comments: <br>1. It takes about 1Kmiles for the car to start "breathing". It now behaves much better than in the beginning. <br>2. The rear mirror is placed much too low and I find it a real design mistake, quite dangerous too. Any possible correction? Also, there is an electrical wire that goes from the roof to the mirror, any idea why ? <br>3. Our car is cosmos black. The paint is incredibly fragile, I have washed the car by hand (with a soft brush and soap), and made light scratches all over the body. I couldn't believe my eyes. I showed the car to the dealer who replied that it was "not normal" and offered to polish it , and eventually to re-paint it. Nice from him but I bet it will come back. Any experience to share in that area ?<br>4.Living in Belgium, any info on a Z3 club around here ? or are there other BE Z3 owners who would like to join this forum ?<br>For the rest the car is really a lot of fun. The auto gear box (I know !) deserves +++, the "sport" mode is really sporty! Thanks for your comments.<br>S

RichC
03-16-1998, 09:13 AM
</I><FONT COLOR=gray><I> <br>2. The rear mirror is placed much too low and I find it a real design mistake, quite dangerous too. Any possible correction? Also, there is an electrical wire that goes from the roof to the mirror, any idea why ? <br></I></font></B><br>You sure you have a Z3? The rearview looks fine to me (US model) and has no wires going to it. Does it have a light in it or something? <p>I noticed a post on the board indicating that someone had moved his mirror "down" to give it a more <i>MGish</i> feeling. You can easily remove the mirror itself by twisting it, but the mount still remains on the window. You could, presumably, get something to get the mount off and put it back on at another spot in the window. If you think the Z3 has a large mirror, try the //M - <i>what a honker!</i></b><p></I><FONT COLOR=gray><I> <br>3. Our car is cosmos black. The paint is incredibly fragile, I have washed the car by hand (with a soft brush and soap), and made light scratches all over the body. I couldn't believe my eyes. I showed the car to the dealer who replied that it was "not normal" and offered to polish it , and eventually to re-paint it. Nice from him but I bet it will come back. Any experience to share in that area ?<br></I></font></B><br>I've got Jet black and have noticed the fragilitty of the surface. Some suggestions - always use clean water and unsized towels (or towels that have been washed a bunch of times); remove the "label" from the towel - they're usually pretty stiff. Rinse often. Get a good, soft wash-mit. Put on a good coat of carnuba wax. Generally speaking, the BMW paint is the most fragile I have ever owned, they tell us it's because of environmental regulations. See any of the threads about chipping (you'll know what that is soon - look at the nose of your car after a couple thousand miles). There are no really good answers here, other than to take very good care of the surface. Another hint from experience - <u>don't</u> wear a jacket or any other clothes with "hard parts" like zippers or dangling cords when you wash - <u>these can cause some serious damage <u> <i> (doh!) </i><br></B><br></I><FONT COLOR=gray><I> <br>4.Living in Belgium, any info on a Z3 club around here ? or are there other BE Z3 owners who would like to join this forum ?<br></I></font></B> <br>Try the Heidel-bugers or Frankfurters <A HREF="http://www.qualityparts.com/messages/messages/8062.html">They even speak English!</A></FONT>.<br></b><p><FONT COLOR=gray><FONT FACE="Comic Sans MS"><FONT SIZE="6">Welcome!</FONT><p><A HREF="http://members.tripod.com/~chic_digger/richcmanx.gif"><IMG SRC="http://members.tripod.com/~chic_digger/richcmanx.gif" ALT="Black Manx" BORDER=0 HEIGHT=150 WIDTH=150 ALIGN=LEFT> </A></FONT><BR CLEAR=ALL><BR><P><BR><P><BR><P><BR><P><BR><P><BR><P><BR><P>

Tropi
03-16-1998, 12:21 PM
<br>: </I><FONT COLOR=gray><I> <br>: 2. The rear mirror is placed much too low and I find it a real design mistake, quite dangerous too. Any possible correction? Also, there is an electrical wire that goes from the roof to the mirror, any idea why ? <p>The rear mirror seems ok to me but then again I'm 5'4". The wire you are referring to is for the overhead light (My Z 1.9 is Euro-spec).<p>: </I></font></B><br>: You sure you have a Z3? The rearview looks fine to me (US model) and has no wires going to it. Does it have a light in it or something? <p>: I noticed a post on the board indicating that someone had moved his mirror "down" to give it a more MGish feeling. You can easily remove the mirror itself by twisting it, but the mount still remains on the window. You could, presumably, get something to get the mount off and put it back on at another spot in the window. If you think the Z3 has a large mirror, try the //M - what a honker!</b><p>: </I><FONT COLOR=gray><I> <br>: 3. Our car is cosmos black. The paint is incredibly fragile, I have washed the car by hand (with a soft brush and soap), and made light scratches all over the body. I couldn't believe my eyes. I showed the car to the dealer who replied that it was "not normal" and offered to polish it , and eventually to re-paint it. Nice from him but I bet it will come back. Any experience to share in that area ?<br>: </I></font></B><p>Yep. I have a Boston Green and have already suffered two chips. Washing isn't easy no matter what you use, the paint just seems mighty fragile.<br>Just enjoy the car and try not to obsess on the paint!<br>: I've got Jet black and have noticed the fragilitty of the surface. Some suggestions - always use clean water and unsized towels (or towels that have been washed a bunch of times); remove the "label" from the towel - they're usually pretty stiff. Rinse often. Get a good, soft wash-mit. Put on a good coat of carnuba wax. Generally speaking, the BMW paint is the most fragile I have ever owned, they tell us it's because of environmental regulations. See any of the threads about chipping (you'll know what that is soon - look at the nose of your car after a couple thousand miles). There are no really good answers here, other than to take very good care of the surface. Another hint from experience - <u>don't</u> wear a jacket or any other clothes with "hard parts" like zippers or dangling cords when you wash - <u>these can cause some serious damage <u> (doh!) <br>: </B><br>: </I><FONT COLOR=gray><I> <br>: 4.Living in Belgium, any info on a Z3 club around here ? or are there other BE Z3 owners who would like to join this forum ?<br>: </I></font></B> <br>: Try the Heidel-bugers or Frankfurters <A HREF="http://www.qualityparts.com/messages/messages/8062.html">They even speak English!</A></FONT>.<br>: </b><p>: <FONT COLOR=gray><FONT FACE="Comic Sans MS"><FONT SIZE="6">Welcome!</FONT><p>: <A HREF="http://members.tripod.com/~chic_digger/richcmanx.gif"><IMG SRC="http://members.tripod.com/~chic_digger/richcmanx.gif" ALT="Black Manx" BORDER=0 HEIGHT=150 WIDTH=150 ALIGN=LEFT> </A></FONT><BR CLEAR=ALL><BR><P><BR><P><BR><P><BR><P><BR><P><BR><P><BR><P><p>

Greg Hudson (Melbourne Australia)
03-16-1998, 05:30 PM
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Serge
03-17-1998, 03:41 AM
<i><Hi Rich,<br>FYI, they polished the car yesterday (at no charge). They did a good job and it looks new again, I wonder for how long... I'll keep your advices in mind when washing it in the future. They also invoked the new paint they use, but it is not an excuse, the paint is supposed to be protected by several layers of coating (U.V, corrosion, impact resistence, etc.) so I guess the coating is useless. This is unacceptable and should be escalated. I will log a complaint to the BMW importer in Belgium. <br>From the pictures I have seen on the documentation over here, the //M mirror seems smaller than the one on the 1.9 and 2.8. I can tell you that ours is BIG! I am 6'1" and so is my wife and we have to look UNDER the mirror to check if there is no car coming from the right. Even with the seats on the lowest position the 1 to 2 o'clock sight is masked by the mirror! <br>The wire doesn't make any sense to me, I'll ask the dealer, just by curiosity. <br>Thanks for your feedback.<br>S><p></i>


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