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Post by Mr Tidy » Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:56 pm

Hi and welcome to the forum - loads of useful information (and conflicting opinions) on here! :lol:

My Z4 is a weekends/highdays/holidays toy - but primarily because my elderly mother can't get in and out of it!

So I've got an E91 325i for daily duties.

I'm sure Number 5's will be a good example - he is one of the "hands-on" Forum members who revives and relocates roof motors. So even if you don't buy his car you might want to pay him a visit!

Good luck finding one you like. :thumbsup:
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Gone - Ruby Black, Pearl Grey & 135Ms. Xenons, heated seats and Professional speakers.

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Post by Ewazix » Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:56 am

Welcome to a new new Somerset member, I'm in the Burnham-on-Sea area so just up the road :thumbsup:

The daily Vs weekender question is really down to the mileage you do and whether you occasionally need to carry more people or ferry stuff about? Mine is a third car bought 10 years ago and only do a few thousand miles a year and has been very enjoyable and financially painless. But if you use it as an average-mileage daily drive you have to be realistic and realise that any car of this age is going to require regular replacements and repairs and budget accordingly. If you have the facilities and are handy then most of the regular stuff on the M54 pre-facelift 3.0 is not bad for DIY, but can become eye watering at garage rates and this will be the biggest financial factor. Call one of the local indi BMW places around Taunton for a general quote on servicing and common repairs like complete brake swap, suspension bushings, water pump or VANOS seals, on average you will be doing one at least one or two jobs like this per year at average mileages.

No5's car is tempting and at the least a good one to view and compare with, if you see any cars of interest post it up, I'm sure people will offer an opinion :)
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Post by 2dogs » Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:13 am

Welcome along :thumbsup: hope you find a Z soon :driving:
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Post by rossonr » Sat Mar 17, 2018 10:16 am

Welcome Peter

Mine was a daily driver for the last two years and whilst it could handle being a daily, I felt it lost its special feel. I now have it as a weekend car and I must say after driving the van all week getting back in the Zed feels very special. Mine is a 3 litre too and feels really fast after the van. I know this probably won’t help your decision, but for me the feeling when you only use it say at weekends does make it feel really special
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Post by ErrErrminator » Sat Mar 17, 2018 10:40 am

The more I think about it the more I believe a Z would be better as a weekend car for me. I do 20 miles each way each day to work, but half of that is on fairly poor quality minor country roads. Lots of mud when it’s wet and narrow in places, so hedge scratches down the near side. Added to that I do need to use my car for work sometimes, which also means some mucky minor roads and leaving it parked in remote parts of the countryside at times.

I’m reckoning on spending up to £6k. For me that is a lot of money, so I would like to look after it. I know they’re made to be driven and it will be, but I would feel better about it if that was on dry, decent quality roads and with the soul purpose of enjoyment, rather than the daily grind. Mind made up I think!

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Post by Marlon » Sat Mar 17, 2018 10:50 am

Welcome to the forum, sounds like a sensible decision. If you can afford to run two cars its an no-brainer really :driving:
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Post by ErrErrminator » Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:03 am

To close off my newbie thread then a little update. I am now the proud owner of this 2003 2.5. Ex-digidick, ex-ScoobyR1 car. Picked it up yesterday and had an enjoyable 3.5 hour trip home.

I was originally looking for a 3.0 or 2.5 Si, but this one came up, it looked good, sounded good, the seller (Rich) supplied a wealth of info, photos, videos, etc of the car, so I jumped in. I have to say I am really pleased with it. Ok it gives away a few horses to the 3.0, but it has plenty for what I want from it. It drive sweetly and sounds superb with the ducklakeview exhaust mod.

It's currently sat on 19" rims and sport springs, which I may change back to 18s and SE springs. The roads round here are not good, so the change should help. Other than that I don't intend to do much to it, other than maintain it as it should be and pamper it of course.

Anyway, a happy new (and first time Zed) owner moving on from the newbie section to become a fully fledged member! :D :thumbsup:

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