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First two week impressions (Very Long) (archive)

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Posted by Mark on June 12, 1999 at 18:39:35:

I’ve enjoyed this message board immensely for the last month while waiting for my Y2K 2.3 Z3 Bright Red/Black/Black to arrive. In particular, I liked the first time owner comments so I will share mine with you. Picked it up June 1st and began a 2000 mile road trip June 7th. My wife, Marilyn and I live in Wisconsin near Holy Hill in Richfield township and our vacation plan was to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway from the southern end in Cherokee NC to as far north as time would allow. I can state for a fact that the car is a dream to own and to drive; it’s everything that I hoped it would be! That being said, let me share a few Z3 experiences…

Left the Milwaukee area at 3:00 AM during a torrential rainstorm. No leaks but the car did hydroplane around a corner with about 1 or 2 inches of standing water. Near the completion of the curve was a bumper and complete front end of a car in the road which I was able to avoid since I had slowed to about 30 MPH. Apparently, the other car hydroplaned a lot more than the Z3.

We stopped at a fireworks stand in Kentucky and it was staffed by three teenagers who were grouped at the door looking at the Z3 as we left. After ascertaining that I was the owner, they had one question, “How fast does it go?” My first Z experience!

Made it to Tennessee the first day and checked into a motel and ordered a pizza to be delivered. The young lady delivery person wearing very tight, short… well, you get the picture, asked if that was my car parked by the door and I answered yes. Her single question was, “Can I have it?” No! My second Z experience.

Drove through Tennessee to North Carolina on day 2 and drove lots of miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway. What an outstanding road! Excellent condition, 45 MPH speed limit with zillions of sharp twisting turns with perfect camber. The rhododendrons were in full bloom and the weather was perfect. Driving the Z on the Parkway through the Great Smoky Mountains was the most fun I’ve ever had with my clothes on! Got off the Parkway looking for lodging and took a road toward Waynesville. That road was unbelievable with hairpin turns every few feet. I was putting the Z through its paces when I looked in the rearview mirror to discover a pickup truck trying to put its front end in my trunk. Where did it come from? I was pulling G forces in the curves and finally managed to elude the pickup. I hit 60 MPH on the short straight sections of road which had a 30 MPH speed limit and the damn pickup was once again on my tail. I finally pulled off the road to let it pass and thought that I was lucky to be alive! That evening, I met a local in the hotel lounge and asked if everyone in North Carolina with a pickup truck drove like a maniac. He stated matter of factly that owning a pickup was not a qualifier.

Took the Parkway to Fancy Gap, Virginia where our time ran out since we were still two days from Wisconsin and there were chores to do before going back to work. We got lots of nice comments from people when we stopped for gasoline on the way home. The car definitely attracts attention and I saw lots of people rubber necking in the opposite direction.

Driving the expressways through Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio, we went through swarms of locusts. They do their schtick every 17 years and this was their year. Do you have any idea what locusts do to a car on the expressway? Besides the locusts, there was some minor rock damage to the front end and windshield, nothing to worry about since this car will be a daily driver for the next few years. I intend to enjoy the car to it’s fullest and not get upset with a ding here and there. Gave the baby a bath when we got home and it looks good as new! Oh yeah, the standard seats were quite comfortable for the duration of the trip!

I have some nice digital pictures but don’t know how to post them. One more comment… I always thought that Midwest people spoke the correct English. I now think that we are in the minority!

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