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What would you buy?

Post by mooney » Sun 28 Jul, 2013 21:53

Bit of background:

I had a Z3 3.0. Sport 2002 year. Loved it, but didn't love it much come winter as it would freeze on the inside of windscreen.

Owned it happily for 18 months and swapped for a TTQS, hated that so sold it a month later for a Z4 3.0 2004 year.
Have owned it 18 months. Love it mostly, but its become a little boring and not very 'special'.

So I am looking for another change.

Considering Porsche Boxter 3.4 S, but budget would need to stretch to about 16k and I have never been a porsche fan before.
However, it gets me away from BMW ownership, which is all I have pretty much owned so far.

Also considering Z4M roadster. But will it be 'special' enough compared to the Z4 I currently have?

However, after taking a trip to silverstone classic today, I fell in love with the Z3m's! Only problem is I can't find any S54 ones for sale.
It will be a daily driver.

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Re: What would you buy?

Post by Badman gee » Sun 28 Jul, 2013 21:55

I'd get a z3m, s50 or s54

Both just as good.

Better than the others you have mentioned!

Daily drive? Hope you own a petrol station or only do a few miles a day! :rtm:
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Re: What would you buy?

Post by Gazza » Sun 28 Jul, 2013 21:59

Jay has his Phoenix S54 on Ebay at the moment.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/181182082689? ... 1438.l2649

I have an S54 so I'm biased but I would have a Z4M over a Boxster.
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Re: What would you buy?

Post by Del » Sun 28 Jul, 2013 22:32

Personal view- I'm a Porsche fan but some of the parts prices can be a bit scary - set of shocks for the standard Boxster are £1,000 plus and that's DIY. I reckon you need a hard top option for a daily driver and so the example shown by Gazza looks ideal.

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Re: What would you buy?

Post by mooney » Sun 28 Jul, 2013 22:37

Gazza wrote:Jay has his Phoenix S54 on Ebay at the moment.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/181182082689? ... 1438.l2649

I have an S54 so I'm biased but I would have a Z4M over a Boxster.
I spotted this one, but I preferably want something OEM and looks like there will be quite a bit involved in getting this one back to OEM.
Otherwise- it looks great
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Re: What would you buy?

Post by Badman gee » Sun 28 Jul, 2013 22:41

That s54 has been for sale for months,

I would go for oem as well.

It gives you a starting point.

And if you want to leave it as oem you can (or make your own mods to suit your taste).

Just a quick question, are you called mooney because you like to moon at people? (show your bare ass)
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Re: What would you buy?

Post by mooney » Sun 28 Jul, 2013 22:44

Badman gee wrote:
Just a quick question, are you called mooney because you like to moon at people? :lol:

Actually its my sirname.

But mooney by name, mooney by nature!
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Re: What would you buy?

Post by mooney » Sun 28 Jul, 2013 22:47

There is a loveley looking Imola red S50 for sale.

But it's at a dealer 170 miles away, and I'm concerned about going for S50 over S54.

People have warned me off them in the past because of Vanos / nikosil? Issues...
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Re: What would you buy?

Post by Badman gee » Sun 28 Jul, 2013 22:48

mooney wrote:
Badman gee wrote:
Just a quick question, are you called mooney because you like to moon at people? :lol:

Actually its my sirname.

But mooney by name, mooney by nature!
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Re: What would you buy?

Post by Robert T » Sun 28 Jul, 2013 22:59

I don't believe the Z3 ever came with Nikasil engines, at least not in the UK. VANOS is more of an issue, though a number of people on here have used Dr VANOS to sort. I'm not sure there is a hard and fast rule about what age of car suffers from VANOS problems, it seems that some do whilst others a fine.

You may have a long wait to buy an S54 roadster, as they are so rare. Plenty of happy S50 owners on here - you can usually tell as they are grinning ear to ear. :wink:

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Re: What would you buy?

Post by Jonttt » Sun 28 Jul, 2013 23:00

mooney wrote:There is a loveley looking Imola red S50 for sale.

But it's at a dealer 170 miles away, and I'm concerned about going for S50 over S54.

People have warned me off them in the past because of Vanos / nikosil? Issues...
Nikosil did not affect them. Vanos is a c£600 refurbished replacement from Dr vanos

. S54s are much rarer and the phoenix for the right price will be a bargain. If the parts don't suit you they are worth plenty off the car, eg schnitzel roll hoops £650+, hardtop and kit etc.......
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Re: What would you buy?

Post by Badman gee » Sun 28 Jul, 2013 23:08

John is right, it's a great buy and you can sell off all the bits you don't like for good money.
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Re: What would you buy?

Post by garyw » Mon 29 Jul, 2013 21:55

I know were on a Zed forum but you really should try the Boxster... at least have a test drive and see what its all about :drive
They really are a superb drive and wonderful to throw around and much more of a on going drivers car, let alone easily a everyday car.

True, May not be as special as the S54 due to the exclusivity but it would be the better vehicle for your needs in my experience.

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Re: What would you buy?

Post by Badman gee » Mon 29 Jul, 2013 22:06

The boxster is the poor relations Porsche

A woman's car,

Go for the 911, a mans car or a z3m
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Re: What would you buy?

Post by Jonttt » Mon 29 Jul, 2013 22:54

Don't hold back badman :D

I agree you should try the boxster, it will help you choose the Z3m :twisted:
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Re: What would you buy?

Post by Z3cade » Mon 29 Jul, 2013 23:33

You cannot beat the one and ONLY.. Z3M 8-)

Don't be put off with an S50.. The original is always the best! :twisted:

And modified even better :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
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Re: What would you buy?

Post by G2JRP » Tue 30 Jul, 2013 19:29

My wife had a 986 boxster and did not like the drive one bit and felt it did not feel as special as the Z3M. We have since upgraded to a 987 3.4s and I must say the car is very different. Nice gear change compared to the last one and I must say as a daily driver I think it is a very good package.

I would definitely try the Porsche. I will still be keeping my Z3M


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Re: What would you buy?

Post by Alfie » Wed 31 Jul, 2013 00:32

Don't be put off the S50 ///MR because of VANOS troubles. The S54 has (other) issues too.
The only real difference is DSC... IMO better to have and turn off than not to have at all, but plenty of folks will disagree with that.

Do you HAVE to take the roof off?
If not, check out the Z4 ///M Coupe.
Gorgeous looking, ///M performance, incredible handling and they definitely have the 'WOW' and exclusivity factors!
They look stunning in Imola or Ruby Black, and an older one will cost you not much more than a good S54 Z3 ///MR.
Probably won't hold their value quite as well though...

Don't go for a Boxster because it's too difficult to tell which way it's pointing.... :wink:

Good luck!
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Re: What would you buy?

Post by Z3cade » Wed 31 Jul, 2013 08:56

Push the boat out.. Buy a 1.9

Oodles of power and you will feel very Special!
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Re: What would you buy?

Post by Badman gee » Wed 31 Jul, 2013 09:05

Z3cade wrote:Push the boat out.. Buy a 1.9

Oodles of power and you will feel very Special!
Yeh yeh! Can you handle it?
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Re: What would you buy?

Post by Z3cade » Wed 31 Jul, 2013 10:40

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Re: What would you buy?

Post by Rafolian » Wed 31 Jul, 2013 13:06

What's a sirname, is that when you have a knighthood and people have to call you sir?

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