Roadfly.com         Roadfly Home | Features | Car Review Videos | Car Reviews | Cars For Sale | Used Car Parts Classifieds | Forum | Car Review Archives | Forum Archives Index



PDA



Jason
03-18-1998, 12:11 AM
I love this car. <p>I picked up MZ3 (pronounced "Ms. 3") at the dealer last night. She is silver with a solid black interior and top. As I drove her home, an M3 was pacing me on the DC beltway (65 mph at the time). The M3 came up on my left; then circled around to my right. Ridiculously caught up in the moment, I tapped the gas for a brief instant... then glanced down and realized I was going 103mph! As I quickly decelerated to a more reasonable beltway speed, I realized I needed to be very careful with this car. Unless you are a professional driver, I'm pretty sure you will be astounded by how quick it is.<p>As it is cold and rainy here at the moment, I have not yet taken the top down. Still, there is much less highway noise than I expected. My perception may be thrown off by the bass rumble of the pipe organ mounted under the car. Simply saying this is a "more powerful sounding" exhaust does not do justice to the beautiful song MZ3 sings.<p>I'm still getting used to the clutch. I've been driving an automatic for 2 years now, so maybe I've just momentarily lost my touch. It seems to be fairly sensitive. <p>Like everyone else in the US seems to so far, I have a blank round plate where the oil temp or airbag switch is supposed to be. The chrome only accentuates the void. Someone give me a part number for something that will fit that chrome frame. My wife is threatening to put a picture of herself in there so that I'll remember her every now and then.<p>The tape deck is certainly not what I had hoped for in a $40K+ car... but it will do for now.<p>Under the trunk mat, I have 4-5 unfilled tool spaces. At a minimum, I seem to be missing a wrench that fits to the left of the screwdriver, a hazard triangle, and the jack/lug wrench. I guess the logic on the jack was that--since the car does not have a spare--no one would need to change a tire on the side of the road. Bad logic. It seems highly likely that at some point in this car's life, I'm going to want to take off one of the wheels myself. Maybe to have it repaired without having to tow the car, maybe to service the brakes... who knows? I want my jack. Other MZ3 owners... did you also have these vacancies under your trunk mats?<p>I definitely need to buy locking lug nuts. These wheels scream "steal me."<p>I'm going to go take some valium now to try to get over my excitement. I love this car. Not that you care, but my vanity demands that you'll see pictures soon.<p>-Jason<p><img height=171 width=353 src="http://members.aol.com/jason/images/plate.gif">

larryk
03-18-1998, 02:19 AM
<i>: I love this car. <p>: I picked up MZ3 (pronounced "Ms. 3") at the dealer last night. She is silver with a solid black interior and top. As I drove her home, an M3 was pacing me on the DC beltway (65 mph at the time). The M3 came up on my left; then circled around to my right. Ridiculously caught up in the moment, I tapped the gas for a brief instant... then glanced down and realized I was going 103mph! As I quickly decelerated to a more reasonable beltway speed, I realized I needed to be very careful with this car. Unless you are a professional driver, I'm pretty sure you will be astounded by how quick it is.<p>: As it is cold and rainy here at the moment, I have not yet taken the top down. Still, there is much less highway noise than I expected. My perception may be thrown off by the bass rumble of the pipe organ mounted under the car. Simply saying this is a "more powerful sounding" exhaust does not do justice to the beautiful song MZ3 sings.<p>: I'm still getting used to the clutch. I've been driving an automatic for 2 years now, so maybe I've just momentarily lost my touch. It seems to be fairly sensitive. <p>: Like everyone else in the US seems to so far, I have a blank round plate where the oil temp or airbag switch is supposed to be. The chrome only accentuates the void. Someone give me a part number for something that will fit that chrome frame. My wife is threatening to put a picture of herself in there so that I'll remember her every now and then.<p>: The tape deck is certainly not what I had hoped for in a $40K+ car... but it will do for now.<p>: Under the trunk mat, I have 4-5 unfilled tool spaces. At a minimum, I seem to be missing a wrench that fits to the left of the screwdriver, a hazard triangle, and the jack/lug wrench. I guess the logic on the jack was that--since the car does not have a spare--no one would need to change a tire on the side of the road. Bad logic. It seems highly likely that at some point in this car's life, I'm going to want to take off one of the wheels myself. Maybe to have it repaired without having to tow the car, maybe to service the brakes... who knows? I want my jack. Other MZ3 owners... did you also have these vacancies under your trunk mats?<p>: I definitely need to buy locking lug nuts. These wheels scream "steal me."<p>: I'm going to go take some valium now to try to get over my excitement. I love this car. Not that you care, but my vanity demands that you'll see pictures soon.<p>: -Jason<p>: <img height=171 width=353 src="http://members.aol.com/jason/images/plate.gif"><p></i>

Matt F.
03-18-1998, 09:25 AM
I can imagine you "decelerated" fast. Or was it more like "Oh, Sh.." panic braking? :-) <p>Big Congrats and watch out for that "Aggresive Driver Imaging".<p>Matt F. (Z-Less till Friday)

Another silver/black M in DC
03-18-1998, 06:10 PM
Can't believe there's already another Silver/solid black M in greater D.C. Picked mine up from Fairfax Monday night. So was that 103 within the 5500 RPM break-in period restriction? ;)<p>I'd second just about everything you said (although I haven't checked my toolbox). It's scary quick, corners flatter and is noticibly stiffer than the Z3 2.8. I'd agree that the clutch on the M seems to engage a bit quicker than with the 5-speed on the 2.8. Also, my car came with Dunlops, which for some reason don't have the low-speed squeal I had with the Michelin Pilots of the same size on my old 2.8.<p>I have a call into the dealer to see if there's any truth to this rumor that a voltmeter can be made available for the black hole in the console. For what it's worth, I'd take oil pressure if available.<p>I think this was mentioned, but golf clubs that would fit in the 2.8 won't quite make it into the M trunk.<p>Cute plate. See you on the beltway.

MarkV
03-18-1998, 06:19 PM
I went to Fairfax BMW on Saturday with Mike Whitley after spending some time at the local BMW CCA's autocross. Yht intent was to find an Mroadster - and there was a beautiful silver/black one. I drooled and gaped - and even sat in it for a few minutes. It really is a beauty! I still love my 96 1.9, but there's always a dream.....<p>Enjoy! Hope to see you at our local Z3 get togethers. Drop me an email if your interested in getting on the email distro for our group from VA/MD/PA/NJ and you'll be notified when we plan the next drive.<p>Mark<p><i>: Can't believe there's already another Silver/solid black M in greater D.C. Picked mine up from Fairfax Monday night. So was that 103 within the 5500 RPM break-in period restriction? ;)<p>: I'd second just about everything you said (although I haven't checked my toolbox). It's scary quick, corners flatter and is noticibly stiffer than the Z3 2.8. I'd agree that the clutch on the M seems to engage a bit quicker than with the 5-speed on the 2.8. Also, my car came with Dunlops, which for some reason don't have the low-speed squeal I had with the Michelin Pilots of the same size on my old 2.8.<p>: I have a call into the dealer to see if there's any truth to this rumor that a voltmeter can be made available for the black hole in the console. For what it's worth, I'd take oil pressure if available.<p>: I think this was mentioned, but golf clubs that would fit in the 2.8 won't quite make it into the M trunk.<p>: Cute plate. See you on the beltway.<p></i>

Jason
03-18-1998, 06:42 PM
<i>: Can't believe there's already another Silver/solid black M in greater D.C. Picked mine up from Fairfax Monday night. </i><p>What <b>time</b> Monday night? Did you beat me? I drove off in mine at 9pm from Passport. The salesman told me the car arrived Monday, but the warranty book shows it was received and serviced by Passport Thursday 3/12.<p><i>So was that 103 within the 5500 RPM break-in period restriction? ;)</i><br>Actually... I think it only hit 4700... but I'm attempting to stay under 4000rpm/80mph during the break in period... so I broke my own rule.<p><i>: I'd second just about everything you said (although I haven't checked my toolbox). It's scary quick, corners flatter and is noticibly stiffer than the Z3 2.8. I'd agree that the clutch on the M seems to engage a bit quicker than with the 5-speed on the 2.8. Also, my car came with Dunlops, which for some reason don't have the low-speed squeal I had with the Michelin Pilots of the same size on my old 2.8.</i><br>I checked. I have the Dunlops. Bummer... I think.<p><i>: I have a call into the dealer to see if there's any truth to this rumor that a voltmeter can be made available for the black hole in the console. For what it's worth, I'd take oil pressure if available.</i><br>I'll take anything.<p>-Jason<p><img height=171 width=353 src = "http://members.aol.com/jason/images/plate.gif">

Jim Stockman
03-19-1998, 12:00 AM
<p>: : Can't believe there's already another Silver/solid black M in greater D.C. Picked mine up from Fairfax Monday night. <p>: What <b>time</b> Monday night? Did you beat me? I drove off in mine at 9pm from Passport. The salesman told me the car arrived Monday, but the warranty book shows it was received and serviced by Passport Thursday 3/12.<p>: So was that 103 within the 5500 RPM break-in period restriction? ;)<br>: Actually... I think it only hit 4700... but I'm attempting to stay under 4000rpm/80mph during the break in period... so I broke my own rule.<p>: : I'd second just about everything you said (although I haven't checked my toolbox). It's scary quick, corners flatter and is noticibly stiffer than the Z3 2.8. I'd agree that the clutch on the M seems to engage a bit quicker than with the 5-speed on the 2.8. Also, my car came with Dunlops, which for some reason don't have the low-speed squeal I had with the Michelin Pilots of the same size on my old 2.8.<br>: I checked. I have the Dunlops. Bummer... I think.<p>: : I have a call into the dealer to see if there's any truth to this rumor that a voltmeter can be made available for the black hole in the console. For what it's worth, I'd take oil pressure if available.<br>: I'll take anything.<p>: -Jason<p>: <img height=171 width=353 src = "http://members.aol.com/jason/images/plate.gif"><br>Also agree that is a great plate. I take delvery on a silver/red M Z3 next month. I already put a vanity plate on the car that is being traded ( a mercedes 400E), which looks a bit strange with a North Carolina plate now reading: ///M Z3<p>

Jason
03-19-1998, 10:39 AM
<i><br>: Also agree that is a great plate. I take delvery on a silver/red M Z3 next month. I already put a vanity plate on the car that is being traded ( a mercedes 400E), which looks a bit strange with a North Carolina plate now reading: ///M Z3<br></i><p>Awww... durn. That's cooler than mine. We don't have slashes as an available character on our plates.<p>-Jason<p><img height=171 width=353 src = "http://members.aol.com/jason/images/plate.gif">

arlington
03-19-1998, 01:52 PM
Ain't it great?<p>I guess I picked mine up around 5:30. It actually had been sitting on the floor for a few days so all the other waitlisters (and Mark V) could look at it. That's the price I had to pay to get #1.<p>By the way, I'm hearing that the electric air pump/sealant unit in the trunk is defective. My dealer's asking me to come in to have it sent back to BMW, although a retrofit apparently isn't ready yet. As some compensation for this, BMWNA is offering lifetime emergency road service for flat tires on the M. Hmmm... that jack's looking like more and more of a good idea. By the way, he had no update on a gauge to plug the hole, but promises to check it out.

J stockman
03-19-1998, 10:55 PM
<br>: <br>: : Also agree that is a great plate. I take delvery on a silver/red M Z3 next month. I already put a vanity plate on the car that is being traded ( a mercedes 400E), which looks a bit strange with a North Carolina plate now reading: ///M Z3<p>: Awww... durn. That's cooler than mine. We don't have slashes as an available character on our plates.<p>: -Jason<p>: <img height=171 width=353 src = "http://members.aol.com/jason/images/plate.gif"><br>North carolina allows anything on a plate that is not offensive ...all letters, symbols etc from the complete QUARTY keyboard<br> - Jim Stockman

nobody
03-20-1998, 12:08 AM
<i>: North carolina allows anything on a plate that is not offensive ...all letters, symbols etc from the complete QUARTY keyboard<br></i><p>QUARTY? That's one odd keyboard! Outside of NC, we all use QWERTY keyboards.


Roadfly Home | Car Reviews | Forum Archives Index