In Reply to: Long term durability of Z3 posted by Z3 Buyer on October 27, 2000 at 12:36:53:
The major problem with the top is it IS a convertible. Convertible tops have problems as do any removable top. Some say the beige top is the worst so maybe stay away from that one. But convertibles top donít last as long as the rest of the car. There are things you can do to prolong its life but only prolong it, not prevent wear. Because of the compactness of design it will wear out, all convertibles do. On other convertibles Iíve owned Iíve found to wash it every time you wash you car is a mistake. Dust it, vacuum it, condition every 4-6 months, clean and condition the rubber seals often, keep the boot cover and window blanket on when itís down. With the Z3 this really prevents wear marks. Convertibles require quite a bit of careÖnot just the Z3. Almost every convertible Iíve owned Iíve had to replace the top if I keep the car over 5 years. Some were worse than others. The Z3ís top is not the best out there but it is not the worst either. The paint, lots of complaints on this board. I have few chips but my car is only a few months old so the jury is still out for me.
Sum things up the Z3 are not bad cars and not perfect no cars are. One thing you should look into is your local service. Post the name of the dealer where you may purchase and see if people on this board recommend them. When you buy your car you are paying for the warranty service also, this is where the BMW product seems most defective. This board sometimes is more informative than some service departments.
My .02 cents
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