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Zach makes sense (m) (archive)

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Posted by Tex on August 03, 2000 at 16:04:53:

In Reply to: What's this Coupe worth? posted by Mike Owens on August 02, 2000 at 22:39:02:

I tend to agree with Zach. There is a real chance that they will have a very hard time selling the car and they probably know it. It seems like in '99, dealers thought the 2.8 Coupe was going to sell well so they ordered more of them. Then a lot of them just hung around, BMW offered a big rebate, and a lot of them probably sold new in the low 30s.

For Y2K, I think it was different because dealers didn't order many and even if they had one, it wasn't even worth their time to give you a good deal as they could be raping someone on a 323i instead.

As for the car, the 2.8 is really great! I have absolutely no regrets about buying mine. Most people didn't even know they made a 2.8 coupe.

Having said that, the 3.0i looks *really* tasty. 0-60 in easily less than 6 sec, standard 17" wheels, *32* more HP and the same low torque peak, yow! I autocross, and the 2.8 Coupe is a really good A Stock car. I'd have to say it seems to be a bit behind the Boxster, but that 3.0i is going to be right on the money (assuming they keep it in the same class). I dunno, that's a tough choice you have. If I knew I was going to autocross, I might get the 3.0i. See if you can haggle them for more off. Otherwise, the 2.8 is plenty quick, and if you can get it for under $30k, that's a *big* difference in price. Good luck!

Peter T
'99 Z3 2.8 Coupe
Boston Green/Walnut

I went in to my local BMW dealership today to drive a 3.0 Roadster, in order to see how much I liked the new engine and its performance, to see if I wanted to go ahead and order a 3.0 Coupe. My dealership will sell me a new 3.0 Coupe at MSRP less $2000, which basically comes out to about $37,500 to $38,000 on a car with the sunroof, aluminum trim, CD, cross spoke 17" wheels and possibly metallic paint.

While at the dealer, they had just traded in on a '99 Z3 2.8 Coupe with only 4600 miles. The car is silver/black, has the sunroof, no CD, and looks like new. Also has the BMW extended warranty for an extra 2 years or 50,000 miles, I believe.

If I can get this car cheap enough, I'll buy it. What do you guys think this car is worth, and/or should I get the new 3.0 instead?

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