In Reply to: '96 or '97 1.9L Z3 purchasing help? posted by palo on June 08, 1999 at 15:32:39:
: I'm considering purchasing a 1996 or 1997 1.9L Z3 with the following options:
: Automatic transmission, leather seats, roll bar (if '97), heated seats, and traction control, with preferably low mileage.
: I live in Virginia, in the Washington, D.C. area. Does anyone have any recommendations on what a reasonable price would be, how important getting a 'Certified' vehicle is, and any problems with the 96 or 97 that I should watch out for?
: Peter L.
If you get a 96 model, look for one that is a late 96 model. In other words, the battery should be in the trunk, and the radiator fan cover should be squared off and not rounded. Also, if the paint is metalflake inspect it carefully for swirl marks. On the early 96 models, the buffing compounds at the factory were not perfected, leaving nasty little swirl marks in the paint in some places. Because of the nature of the paint, the average body shop cannot get these out.
With respect to the certified cars, I would not care. If you want an extended warrantee, most finance companies, or car dealerships will be happy to sell you an extended warrantee on a car that you own. Afterall, these warrantes are just a profit enhancement to the dealership. The best certification you can probably have is to take the car you are looking at to a reliable body shop to make sure it has not been hit.