SHRS2000 wrote:No one looking to sell?
Zed Carer wrote:SHRS2000 wrote:No one looking to sell?
On Autotrader Rockvale Motors are showing a Topaz Blue 2.2 with blue/black heated sports seats, 57k miles and service history for £7,495
mrscalex wrote:Ouch. £7.5k sounds expensive. I'd be planning on no more than £6k unless it's something very special.
With that sort of budget you want a Sport really. That said this would be my first port of call out of the cars currently on ebay. It's not a Sport but it's got a full Sport spec and has M seats (which at a guess I would say are original). Quite an interesting build really. Why spec all those Sport items (including Limited Slip Diff) and not just get a Sport? It's Titan Silver I know. But it's only done 55k and is £4.5k. If the condition is as good as it appears I think that's a good deal. Especially as I suspect this is a 'San Remo' individual car.
If you've got £8.5k I don't think 2.2s get any better than a Dakar Yellow (this is what I call 'very special' and it's another individual car but I know yellow cars are marmite).
mrscalex wrote:If you pick carefully there's nothing shabby about a 100k car with several owners. In fact that's the norm for most Z3s these days and there are many well loved cars falling into that category. The engines are capable of well over 100k and as a summer car you won't be adding that quickly to the miles. The condition of the bodywork and interior is more critical really although remember that pretty much anything on a Z3 is not difficult or that expensive to remedy.
As you want the car for the summer I presume you're going to run it from April-September (6 months tax) so you have plenty of time yet. If you really want a <60k <5 owner car then stick to your guns. But that type of car is distinctly in the minority these days and you will need to be patient.
If you are running out of time and keen to have a car I'd be tempted to splash a couple of grand so you have something to run around in while you extend your time to look for the ideal car. And you may well find that a £2k car is not so shabby. It will certainly get you a very tidy pre-facelift 1.9 and if you pounce on the ads quickly a useable facelift 2.2
You will find something up north in due course. And because it's so far from the rest of us you might even have a bargain all to yourself. But really, you may have to be prepared to travel.
My next project is a Titan Silver 2002 2.2. I go through cars very thoroughly and a nice, solid, useable car will come out the other end. It's got about 95k on it and it won't happen in a hurry but it should be ready for April. I'm putting a replacement engine in (awaiting PM to determine why the old one died - I bought it like that) and tidying it but there's not too much else wrong with it. I haven't decided on a price but it should be the right side of £3k.
PaulI wrote:I'm a big fan of Dakar Yellow, and went to see this one last week, it looked delicious, and the garage said that I wouldn't be able to tell the difference from a car just a couple of years old.
http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/ ... New&page=1
So, a nice sport spec, and that low low miles, what could be wrong?
Car had been very neglected in its life, only 1 service from new! Lots of rust inside bonnet, poorly dabbed with paint, dent in door, poorly repaired crack in front bumper, no dash lights (checked fuses),
passenger seat not working, rust at end of cills, rust starting in rear wing, gear lever very loose. When I said to the dealer that it had a few issues, he just shrugged and said it was a 15 year old car and looked away, and then said he should be charging more anyway, big response to his ad. So I didn't buy, and set out back for the 240 miles journey back home!
Hope you get better luck.
I also viewed a Dakar 2.2 in Bournemouth last October, it too was just as poor. I'd stick to private sellers if you can, dealers seem to think they have struck gold when they get their hands on any Z3.
lightning wrote:I offered my car but you've not got back to me. It's better than these you've been looking at, in fact l've won prizes at car shows with it. Plus it's the 3.0 M Sport with hardtop. Is it because it's had six owners?
You shouldn't write off a car with more than two owners. These kind of cars often have a few owners....my Ferrari had twelve(!) previous owners in 20 years yet it was the best l'd seen. My Porsche 928 S4 was a superb example again the best l found, with ten previous owners.
Often a new owner will throw money at a car. And if it's a second car it will only come out on nice days, mine has only done 56,000 miles and it's a 2002. So fourteen years old.
mrscalex wrote:On the face of it, you'll struggle to find a nicer car than this one for the money.
lightning wrote:I am sorry you never came to view my Z3 3.0.
It is a near concours standard show winning car. I think it was just what you were looking for!
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