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    "baby" turn 14

    So my baby turns 14 this month and it got me thinking about all the miles/smiles/sun/fun/friends/convoys/homecomings. So first a big thank you to all that ever waved back/smiled/responded to a request for help/offered suggestions/sent a prayer my way while battling cancer in '98. I'm figuring after 14 years she is stuck with me as long as I can buy gas to feed her and parts to keep her running.
    Out of curiosity, how many original owners of their first Z3 are still around?

    CJ (LUVZSUN)
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    Re: baby turn 14

    I still have my 98 Z3 that I won in Vegas on a 25 cent slot.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: baby turn 14

    Mine's original, too. It'll be a decade next year.

    2002 Z3 3.0i;black/black;sports package;BMW windbreaker;spoiler guard;LeatherZ armrest;Pinnacle Souveran wax;Whalen Shift Machine;Strongstrut tower brace;Alpine CDA-9847 CD;Alpine KCA-420i iPod converter;Silverstar 9006 bulb;Axxis brake pads;Stewart water pump;Zionville autosport radiator


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    That's amazing, a 25 cent car!!!

    We aren't the original owners but we are the second owners of a 98 Boston Green 2.8 Z3 out of New Jersey. We brought it to the great white north 3 years ago and have never regreted it. Tuck away awaiting salt free roads and warm weather.

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    I'm an original too!

    11th birthday is this month - Feb 2000 build to order, March 2000 delivery.

    I couldn't agree more about the memories, the friends, the trips.... Wow!

    And more to come! Texas spring drive up next!

    Yee Haw!


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    My Zee and I are glad to be part of special group!


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    Another original

    Built to order in December 2001. A car driven pretty much daily in all seasons with a hardtop for Minnesota winters. The phrase "exceeds expectations" is a bit worn out these days, but it perfectly describes my experience with this car.

    Steve
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    Re: baby turn 14

    12 years for my 99 M roadster delivered in Oct 98 about 25k miles sitting under a cover till May. Only drive it about 500-1000 miles per year anymore. To golf and back

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    Mine turns 15 next week.

    I plan on keeping her. I'll let the kids fight over her.
    Fred
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    I should have added.....

    Mine was a repo at the credit union. I was the high bidder by $20 and took her home when she was 1 1/2 years old in Sept 1997. She had 9300 miles then, she now has 198k. Not close to Z3BigDaddy, but getting there.
    Fred
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    11 years and 115K miles

    Still looks great and gets compliments

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    Another 14 year old....

    Though I'm the second owner - owner #1 kept it for less than a year, then traded it (1.9L) in for a 2.8L when they first came out. I wandered along a few months later, took it in and with a few classy upgrades have made it the nicest '97 BMW Z3 1.9 in Montreal Blau in captivity...
    And only 51K miles....
    :-)

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    Gosh I feel bad... Mine was used... 8-(

    But I have bogarted her since 99 and saved her from a life of boredom in Kalifornia... and personally put on almost 300,000 miles...

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    Mine turns 14 this month...

    ...but I'm the third owner. I bought the TexZan in August of 2000, though, so it's really been mine for almost all of its life.

    97 2.8 Arctic Silver - Tanin Red interior with wood console - black top
    Whalen Shift Machine, polished - Type II windscreen (non roll-hoops) - Bilstein HD shocks/struts
    Axxis Metal Master pads - Brembo rotors - Doug Whalen seat bushings
    Passenger Eject (unfortunately non-functional) - OEM Passenger Airbag Disable switch
    Polk Audio all around - Blaupunkt PA amps - LeatherZ Mark II armrest - Strong Strut Trio - AUX input via tapedeck

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    Original Owner Since Aug of 96

    With 53,000 miles. Garage queen. Comes out in April and back to bed in Oct...GaryNJ

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    Late Bloomer.

    Dec of 2002 bought a 2002 factory demo with 9,500 miles. Next stop is Spring Texas Cruize.

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    Low Mileage Garage Queen - Almost a "10"

    We are the second proud owners of a 2000 2.3 which arrived by train from Western Canada to our family in September 2001 with 9,500 Km - 5,700 miles. Almost 10 years later and this year we will break the 50,000 Km - 31,250 mile mark. We have been to 4 or 5 Homecomings, Z Fest in Nashville in 2002 and a 2 week, 5,400 Km tour of the east cost of Canada last year.

    Our baby goes under the blanket in October and comes out to play in early May. Needless to say, it's in great condition and receives a lot of TLC along the way.

    Fred has the right idea, the kids can duke it out over this one.

    Miles of smiles!
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    One of the last ones to the party.....

    My 2002 3.0 was made just for me. I picked it up on 4/15/2002 with all of 14 miles on it. I haven't been driving it as much as I want to these days, but I did take it to Vegas, Maine, Florida and a few Homecomings and a Zfest.

    I'd keep playing! I don't think the heavy stuff will be coming down for quite a while!


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    Re: baby turn 14

    I still have my August '96 build Z3. It was delivered to us in Germany on Veteran's Day 1996 - I was deployed to Bosnia at the time so Lynn sent me pictures. I returned to Germany in February '97 and shipped that Z3 back to the US. SHe's still running strong.
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    Hey Mark, were you stationed in Germany?...

    I'm looking at options for our next base (probably within 1-1.5 yrs from now) and loved my "deployment" to Germany last fall. The logistics of getting the family to/from there might be a hassle but part of me thinks it would be amazing to get the whole family in Europe for a few years. What did you think of it over there? Would you do it again?

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