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Posted by Bob F on January 16, 2000 at 23:07:06:

In Reply to: considering a Z3 but I have some questions posted by jason on January 16, 2000 at 22:48:30:

Don't let the plastic window be the deciding factor. You have to realize that the window can only do so much, It does require a bit of care.
You cant abuse it and expect it to last, but a few simple steps will keep it looking good.
Use of a blanket will help minimize scratches.
regular use of a cleaner (meguires) reduces haze , etc.
Granted its not a forget about it item like glass. But consider the blind spots in cars with glass versus plastic. generally the glass windows are smaller than plastic leaving a larger than usual blind spot when driving with the top up.
This can be very annoying.
Also even if the window needs replacing down the road, the cost isnt too high to justify. Even glass windows get scratches and can use a replacement.
I say all this even though for years I turned my nose up at the thought of a $40K car having plastic windows.
For me it's not an issue, if I can't drive with the top down, I take my rusty old truck...

: I am considering leasing a Z3 and am interested in some of the pros and cons from current owners. I am also considering a miata and I know the engine is not as big but one thing that concerns me about the BMW is the plastic window in the back. Has anybody had any problems with a plastic window with no defroster? Can anybody help me out with an honest review of the car? Thanks

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