In Reply to: 1.9 vs 2.8 posted by Phillip on February 09, 2000 at 12:24:32:
: 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.
The 1.9 is fine with a manual box. Personally I found the auto version a bit sluggish. Check out this posting (http://www.bimmer.org/z3/messages/archive/msgsy1999w14/70501.html) from the archives for details of European-spec models. Those who have driven the 1.8, which is lower power than the 1.9 or 2.0, say that it is more fun as you need to be more involved (gear changing) than with the higher torque models.