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    new z3, road trip advice

    I just acquired a beautiful 1998 2.8 Z3 roadster and plan to baptize it with a solo road trip in August or September of about 5000 miles: Cape Cod to Chicago, Memphis and New Orleans via Highway 61, through the Blue Ridge Mountains, over to the Chesapeake Bay islands, Baltimore and back to Cape Cod. Any words of wisdom, advice, warnings, stops?


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    About one month ago my wife and I did the Skyline drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Toward the bottom quarter of the Blue Ridge there were closures off the road that dumped you off in the middle of nowhere. This led us to one of the curviest twisty that I have driven in Little Switzerland NC. Be sure to check the Blue Ridge website for road closures close to the time you are leaving. Both roads are beautiful drives, but there was hardly any traffic because we were so early.98 Z3 1.9 ; HMS strut tower brace, antisway bars, and roll bar; Supersprint cat back exhaust; Dinan chip; Whalen Shift Machine; Strong-Strut Butt strut; FOGGED air box, Downing Atlanta Supercharger.

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    Re: new z3, road trip advice

    Other than hitting the tail of the dragon between North Carolina and Tennessee, I'd suggest keeping the top down, being prepared to respond to everyone who says "Nice car", taking and wearing sunscreen, packing light, and clipping your hats on so they don't fly away.

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    Check your spare!..etc...

    be sure it holds air..and be sure you know the r/r procedure..do a good pre-flight on your Z3(check the guibo,fluids,brakes, belt conditions,BATTERY!,tires,top condition, etc)..Don't start off with issues...I'd also bring some spares(fuses,light bulbs, 2 qt oil)if you have room..stretch your mpg and your tires by adding some extra air(at least 2+lbs)..Don't forget to bring some favorite tunes, too!.........Happy Z3 Trails! dk '97 2.8 bg R

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    Re: Check your spare!..etc...

    Check your spare and also have the valve replaced. Also carefully check the inner edges of the rear tires. These will wear drastically because of the high camber and can cause a tire failure. This is exactly what happened to me on a trip. I replaced with the spare and had the valve on the spare blow out. Put a garbage bag and bungee chord in the trunk. You'll have to put a blown tire in the trunk and bungee it down. Bring a tire plug kit (a quality one). Have fun.

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    Not that I would even think of breaking the law, but I have a 12 yr old BEL540i radar detector left over from my Saab 9000 Aero days. I suspect its wicked obsolete. Any suggestions for a replacement, or is the antique still suitable?

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    Luggage rack

    I would suggest a removeable luggage rack. Gives you plenty of space to keep the warden happy. The tail of the dragon is worth going out of your way to drive. 11 miles 318 curves. Have a great trip.

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    Not to worry

    We are on day 21 of a road trip around the country in my 2000 2.3 roadster. Before we left NC, I made sure my car was in good condition, which I always do anyway, and I keep an eye on oil and tire wear.

    So far, we have been thorugh 11 southern states, presently in California, will work up to Washington state then east along Route 2 to Michigan, then south to NC. Their are two of us on this trip and everything we need fits in the trunk. We are both tall so we have very little room behind the seats. We do laundry about every 5 days, have used Marriott points for some free night and also used their discounts when possible. Buy a national park pass to save money on park entrance fees. We drive no more then 4 or 5 hours a day with only 2 exceptions. This is a great land, don't worry, just be prepared and enjoy.

    I bought a Tilley hat because worn properly, it won't blow off, even at speeds of 85 or so out west and use good sun protection too.

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    WTH? Pictures and updates????



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    Nice pictures on your blog...

    When will you be coming thru the PNW?

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    This shot looks straight out of. . .

    a sci-fi landscape! VERY cool. Would love a chance to shoot some pics there!


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    Re: new z3, road trip advice

    I don't know about replacements but years ago i had a detector mounted behind the plastic in the hatchback of my mazda rx7. I ran the power wire to a switch on the center console. This allowed me to easily power up and down to avoid the detector detectors. As it was I rarely exceeded the speed limit by five or ten mph but it was a neat setup.

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    Check the cooling system beforehand...

    Fellow Beantowner here...Since this is a weak point on most all Z3s, I'd make sure the cooling system is in good shape. Last thing you'd want to do is spend a couple days in the middle of nowhere trying to replace the cooling system.

    Along with the hat Classic Don has recommended, either have the windscreen to buffet the air turbulence, or get a cheap pair of earplugs at the drugstore save your hearing.

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    Re: Luggage rack

    This is a great suggestion and it proved to be a benifit when I got a flat and needed all the space I could get for trip luggage.Kostverloren

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    Re: This shot looks straight out of. . .

    I took a lot of photos inside Antelope Canyon but didn't find one I thought really showed its beauty. My digital camera does not give me the flexibility, or maybe it's my lack of expertise, so I found this one shot on Google Images. All the other photos are mine.

    Nevertheless, you have to go there to really appreciate it. Maybe when that little girl grows up some.

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    Re: When are you passing through Northern California?

    Since nothing is definite and subject to other's schedules, we have tentative plans for Monday night in Mendocino, and maybe Tuesday in Eureka. The holiday and room availability may change that. After Tuesday, uo to Oregon, Medford, then Crater Lake then north.

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    Crater Lake rim drive is not open yet but...

    You probably can make it to the lodge.... The road will be cold, wet and full of gravel.... You will not be able to pass thru it will be up to and then back down.... Don't forget Z people live in the Valley of the Rogue's...




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    Before you go: Change the oil, check the tires, check the spare, the cooling system, air conditioner, all lights, the tool kit and jack.

    Pack lightly, bring a hat, suncreen, sunglasses, extra quart of oil, tire pressure gauge.

    Have a great time!- - - - - -

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    Too bad that you are not passing through...

    the Central Valley. I would have met up for a bite.

    Have a great trip and as you head up to Eureka, stop at Trees Of Mystery. It is way cool.

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