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Richardenigma
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LHD Non-M Z3 Coupe Auto...

Post by Richardenigma » Sun 31 Oct, 2010 19:34

Genuine question for all you Z3 afficianados...and I know this is the Z3 Roadster 'segment' but I think it's the most apt for my enquiry.

As you all probably Non-M Z3 Coupes were only ever made LHD but came in 2.8 (CK28) and 3.0 (CN30) variants...the former had 193 bhp and the latter 231 bhp. I had the pleasure of owning a 2.8 automatic in the Middle East and loved it to bits...

Leaving aside the LHD issue why do we think there are so few non-M Coupes in the UK?

I ask because I'm a gnat's whisker from importing one (Z3 Coupe 3.0 automatic) in from Japan (Albino needs a sibling) and wanted an objective sanity test from an informed group...good idea or verifiably insane?

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Post by Robert T » Sun 31 Oct, 2010 20:06

I guess it depends how much bread you have to deliver. :twisted:

I think you answered the question yourself - driving an LHD car in a RHD country is something only an enthusiast can put up with - the bigger question is why did BMW not produce the non-///M coupes in RHD?

The Z3 coupe (in whatever form) is another marmite car - you either love it or you hate it - and despite not actually liking marmite, I do rather like the coupe. It is quite an aggressive looking car and arguably handles better than the corresponding roadster... however, as I can afford to run two zeds, I chose the roadster option because I'd rather have the wind in my hair (at least whilst I still have some!).

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Post by DAVE P » Sun 31 Oct, 2010 22:06

there is such a model as a RHD Z3 coupe (nonM), but they were not available in the UK, heres a link to a picture

http://www.z3mcoupe.com/forum/showthread.php?t=10592

also there is a LHD Z3 coupe 2.8 for sale at the moment,

http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C188665/

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Post by Richardenigma » Mon 01 Nov, 2010 10:42

Thanks for that Dave P...looks like the RHD version may have been a 'one off' so will be the proverbial 'hen's teeth' to source another one...

...and I have never found a LHD version for sale in the UK (and have checked that site along with many others) so thank you for that find...shame the mileage is so high and its a CK28 as I'd prefer a CN30!

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Re: LHD Non-M Z3 Coupe Auto...

Post by OXO » Mon 01 Nov, 2010 13:15

Richardenigma wrote:Genuine question for all you Z3 afficianados...and I know this is the Z3 Roadster 'segment' but I think it's the most apt for my enquiry.

As you all probably Non-M Z3 Coupes were only ever made LHD but came in 2.8 (CK28) and 3.0 (CN30) variants...the former had 193 bhp and the latter 231 bhp. I had the pleasure of owning a 2.8 automatic in the Middle East and loved it to bits...

Leaving aside the LHD issue why do we think there are so few non-M Coupes in the UK?

I ask because I'm a gnat's whisker from importing one (Z3 Coupe 3.0 automatic) in from Japan (Albino needs a sibling) and wanted an objective sanity test from an informed group...good idea or verifiably insane?
Japan?

I hope you aren't planning to use Bonsai Cars..?

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Post by Richardenigma » Mon 01 Nov, 2010 13:25

I'm not and from the tone of your question I'm guessing that's a good thing?

I have used Mashamoto in the past but their moral repugnancy has ensured I won't use them ever again...it's been over a year and they still owe me £700...

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Post by baretto » Tue 09 Nov, 2010 19:38

There is someone on this forum who has a non M LHD coupe. You can get a decent one for about 6k. I wonder how much it would cost to import one and how much a LHD to RHD conversion would cost. I would love an M coupe, but at 11k for a decent one its not an option at the moment

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