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Test Drive of S2000 and Z3 (long) (archive)

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Posted by len on November 07, 2000 at 18:25:46:

I have been interested in purchasing a Z3 for a few months so far. I have looked at other "roadsters" but the Z3 keeps me coming back to it again and again.

Today, I drove a Honda S2000 and then took the car to my BMW dealership to park side by side with the Z3. I know this is subjective, but what a difference in looks (my choice on appearance is for BMW).

I drove the S2000 for about 1/2 of an hour, then after returning both salesperson and car, went down the road 1/4 mile and drove the Z3 for about 1/2 hour. What a difference!

The Honda is a "rocket" once the engine hits 6000RPM all the way to 9000RPM. The engine is loudly screaming "race car" to you. The car tracks like my son's go kart and is outstanding on the corners.

However, you sit in the car very tight (I am about 5' 11" and 185lbs), you can not rest your arm on the door (it is too high), stereo is very poor, digital dash looks "boy racer" to me, and I could go on.

The Z3 is so different (although I am sure you all know). You hit the engine and the front of the car comes up, and off we go! That sound from the engine is better than the best single malt scotch, the gauges are perfect retro, I can rest my arm on the door, the stereo (I have heard your issues) is so much better than Honda and I can go on and on...

So, why did I post?

Just to let you all know how much I enjoy reading all your posts and to let you know my opinion of these two cars.

The Honda may be perfect for some (and it is FUN) but for driving all the time, I think I would be uncomfortable and need to run it like the devil. That's not what I am looking for in a roadster. I do not plan on racing my car at a track. I want to "enjoy" that open top experience (must be my age).

I plan on ordering a 2001 2.5i either in Dec or Jan. I want it delivered for next spring. Now to choose between topaz or oxford with beige sport seats in either......that's my biggest concern. Thanks for listening.

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