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    my new $750 dollar z3

    Hello All,
    This is what I picked up a couple days ago for 750 bucks, it runs great and drives good now, (needed a center support bearing) Its does have 200k miles on it, and needs some work on the seats and console, and a/c compressor clutch is shot.If any one has a compressor that is shot but clutch is good drop me a line. Also If any one has a rear upper console door let me know, or know where I can get one let me know, I will drop a few pic of my new project here
    Jim



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    This is where I go somtimes

    for parts that i cant find on my 1.9

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    darn photos are not working

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    Where are you in GA? (Exit 29)


    Nice car, not a bad price. These cars are reaching the end of their design life and can end up costing a LOT of money to repair, if they need a new suspension, oxygen sensors, brakes, tires, top, cooling system, etc. If you are handy (apparently you are) it is not a bad deal.

    Even so, a car like this can swallow a couple of grand in parts alone.

    If not....well, one fellow told me about his "bargain" E36 he got for $2600 on Craigslist. He's put $5500 in repairs to it. So far... Ouch.

    Sounds like a fun project.


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    Im near newnan, sw of Atlanta, Yea the car does need some work but I hope not to much! I can do all the work myself, except machine shop stuff of course, Should be fun.

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    Sounds like fun.


    If you can get 50K more out of the car, it is a good deal. But chances are, it won't go far beyond that (on average), without heroic efforts. Most people in the 300,000 mile club do high annual miles. Age, as well as mileage, is a factor.

    Suspension problems are the most expensive fix - a grand or two in parts, even if you DIY. No front-end shimmy at 60-65? Then you are lucky.

    Don't ever EVER let it overheat - that is the end game for these cars - that, or an automatic transmission blowing up (which is why 5-speeds are better). The radiator neck may crack or the water pump may fail, tossing fan blades into the radiator. Keep an eye on the cooling system if it was not already replaced. I tend to overhaul mine (radiator, water pump hoses, tstat, etc) every 100,000 miles or so.

    If it overheats, you are looking at a $3000 engine rebuild, which is far too much for a $750 car.

    Below is a link to a blog entry about the fellow who bought the Craigs List car. You at least paid the right price for yours!

    Such cars are great bargains for the shade-tree mechanic, but a nightmare for someone who has to hire a mechanic, or worse yet, take it to a dealer.

    I suspect you could find the interior bits from a junked Z3, including a passenger's seat, for cheap, and make it into a presentable driver. The body looks good (most BMWs do, they have good paint).

    Drive the snot out of it and enjoy it. And laugh all the way to the bank. $750? You got a deal, even if it lasts only a year. Mine depreciates by more than that every year!

    FWIW.


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    Ouch! It hurts to see one look so beat up

    Please send pics when you finish bringing her back to life!Read "Through The Esses" on RaceFansTV.com

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    Re: Ouch! It hurts to see one look so beat up

    Yes I agree, The lady I bought it from just let it sit for over a year, will post pics, when I get it done.

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    Body and paint look good, though

    At least from what I could tell.
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    That's the problem with BMWs...


    An older BMW needing thousands of dollars in work (calculated if you have to use a mechanic) can still look really nice - under the florescent lights at the dealership.

    The paint quality on these cars is very good, and they have decent rust-proofing (like most cars made today). And since most were garaged, washed, waxed, and well-tended, they tend to look good long after the mechanicals are shot.

    If you are handy with tools, such a car could be a fun project. If not, a wallet-emptying nightmare.

    A 200,000 mile BMW could need $5000 in work in short order, including, but not limited to:

    Struts
    Shocks
    ball joints
    tie rods
    power steering rack
    front suspension bushings
    rear shock mounts
    tires
    brakes - rotors, pads, calipers, hoses
    center bearing
    guibo
    primary oxygen sensors
    secondary oxygen sensors
    MAF
    intake elbow
    radiator
    water pump
    tstat
    hoses
    Serpentine belt and tensioner (a lot!)
    secondary air pump
    camshaft position sensor
    clutch slave cylinder

    Just to name a few....

    A BMW can run a long time "needing" many of these parts, and then get traded in. It gets wholesaled to a used car dealer, buffed up and sold to an unsuspecting youth who "always wanted a BMW" but is not handy with tools.

    The end result is a very unhappy consumer....

    Unless you are car-savvy, a pre-sale inspection is always a good idea.

    Sounds like this fellow will do OK with his bargain Z3, as he is handy with tools.

    But more and more of these cars are nearing the end of their design life and we'll see a lot of these bargain-basement Z3s on the market. It has already happened to the E36...

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    Even if he spends the $5k he only has $5750

    total in the car which is a bit less than what it is worth. I think he got a great deal and will have fun bringing the Z back to life. Remember it is a 1.9 which is a bit less problematic than 6 cylinder cars. When getting parts remember Max @ oem****************, he has some of the best prices and his customer service is unparalleled.
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    Re: That's the problem with BMWs...

    replaced center support, yesterday and hooked the car up to my laptop via carsoft, and was almost shocked that the only error was a airbag error, on pass seat which cleared and did not come back.
    Car runs and drives well, needs shocks/struts soon, just need to fix a/c, hope to find a clutch for the a/c as I think that is all that is wrong, it worked for a little while but pops the a/c clutch fuse, took the belt off still pops fuse, compressor seems to be good, Anyone know where I can get clutch only?
    I can do all the work myself, so that will save on labor cost.
    Thanks for all the info

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