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Personally, I like the "certified" cars...(more) (archive)

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Posted by MikeinNH on June 08, 1999 at 19:14:06:

In Reply to: '96 or '97 1.9L Z3 purchasing help? posted by palo on June 08, 1999 at 15:32:39:

: Hi,
: 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?

: Thanks,

: Peter L.

..and currently have "preowned" BMW and Mercedes that I purchased through dealers. I think the dealership is a bit more inclined to want to help if there's a problem later - but a '97 1.9 (which I have) is so new that you'll still have bout 2 years of warranty on the vehicle. I like Heishman's in the DC area.
Beware of oddball performance/stereo mods that folks have made, unless professionally installed (or make sure they work and you like 'em). The more stock it is, the less likely you are to have any problems. Try to get one that already has a windscreen. By in large - they're great cars, and you should have no trouble. Kelly Blue Book or NADA can prove a reasonable used value for the cars, and of course, check the Washington Post classifieds...


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