In Reply to: THANK YOU posted by alex on February 14, 2000 at 00:34:31:
I really wonder the ages of some of the people on this board. There seems to be a substantial amount of macho/macha that drives the "My car is faster than yours, syndrome". So many of these young hotheads are consumed with ultimate speed, ultimate handling, ultimate, ultimate, ultimate. Ok, sobeit. But I think BMW hit the target pretty square with the original Z3 and it's new sensible "little 6 cylinder" replacement. I don't want heavier steering on my car--indeed, after owning a 325IS, I feel the Z3 steering is almost too heavy for all day wheeling about town. I don't want stiffer shocks and a rougher ride, or a lowered profile that jams in a gravel driveway, or a loud muffler that drives me nuts on long drives. Even the least expensive Z3 handles well beyond my capabilities, and years ago I took a driving course, so I'm probably a better than average driver. I believe you need some race car training to ring out a stock Z3 to the limit of its abilities--which is something only a fool will do on a public road.. Yes, the Miata handles better than the Z3. But the Z3 is a kinder more gentler ride, especially long haul on the highway in high winds and when passing big trucks.
Buy what you like and enjoy it, but please, lay off the "I smoked Smokey" garbage. People like that need to grow up.Those that don't belong in jail. Let's focus on ways to improve and enjoy our cars more.