The price on used Z3's has finally reached a level that they are realistically within my reach. My dilemma is do I buy a 1.9 or a 2.8. I owned a 1984 318I and was terribly unhappy with it's 100 hp power plant. I understand that the 1.9's 138 hp is a considerable increase in power. I just don't want to buy my dream car and be disappointed. I am not interested in competition driving or racing, but I want to enjoy the car. I can buy a 1998 1.9 w/ 26K miles for $21K. It would take a least another four or five thousand dollars to find a 1997 2.8 and I'm willing to spend that if it's worth it. I see a lot of you guys (and gals) selling your 1.9's and with the exception of the few with new babies requiring you to trade into a minivan most are trading up to a larger engine. I've read Robert Leidy's article "A Tale of Three Roadsters", which is probably one of the most informative I've found. I would love to hear some feed back, both pro and con on the two models. Any help in reaching an informed decision is greatly appreciated.