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Reality of owning a Z3 (archive)

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Posted by JoeZaf on October 27, 2000 at 13:14:56:

In Reply to: Long term durability of Z3 posted by Z3 Buyer on October 27, 2000 at 12:36:53:

The Z3 is not nearly as well built as its German made brothers. I used to own italian sports cars, and they literally disintegrated. By contrast, the Z3's don't usually break down they just develop aggravating nuisances that may or may not require repeat dealer visits.

Bottom line-Z3 is not a toyota camry but it is probably the most durable of the german roadsters. Also, even a trip to the grocery store is a vacation. I've racked up 8K miles in 4 1/2 months of ownership on my new Z3 and 50K in two years on my last one. I plan on owning this Z3 until they outlaw gasoline. There may never be another relatively affordable car that is as beautiful or sounds as wonderful- (until Alfa Romeo returns). The car is an orgasm on wheels. You have to drive one to know what I mean. Right now its 72 degrees outside and I'm sitting in my office staring at the screensaver of my Z3 and fantasizing about kicking over the engine and hearing it settle into the muted rumble. Dropping the top, pushing the chrome shifter into first and driving home- under the stars, on a long winding road. Forget durability- she'll last- and the problems you may face, won't mean shit on a day like today.

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