Thought about buying a Z4

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Thought about buying a Z4

Postby L9XSS » Wed Oct 22, 2014 9:13 am

Sacrilege I know........
However the more I researched 2003/2004/2005 model cars (my budget runs to £4200) the more I came to the conclusion that this would not be a wise move.
Joined the Z4 forum to get some insight and ask some questions. Yes they are nice cars, however some issues seem the "norm".
In short, failed roof motors due to blocked drains from the hood. Roof motor could be sat in water for days/months and then fails. This is a very expensive fix.
Sticky steering, notchy steering due to the steering servo giving up the ghost, rectified on 2006 cars.
Run flat tyres, most owners replace with standard tyres.
It's enough to "stop me looking over the fence and wondering if the grass is greener", my view is it's not and I'm now firmly looking for a mk3 sport where apart from the rust issues (not major) is a much more reliable/dependable weekend warier that won't have me losing sleep about when it will fail. :lol:
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Re: Thought about buying a Z4

Postby IanH » Wed Oct 22, 2014 9:41 am

See you knew the correct answer all along :lol:
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Re: Thought about buying a Z4

Postby L9XSS » Wed Oct 22, 2014 10:17 am

Yes, going to have a word with myself for being so stupid in the first place.... :oops:
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Re: Thought about buying a Z4

Postby drumtochty » Wed Oct 22, 2014 4:58 pm

The body shop guy who undersealed both my own and Ian's car was telling me that recently he had a MK3 in and the area around the side indicator at the back of the front wing was rusted away behind the indicator light and needed a new wing.

Budget for a full underseal on the MX5 Mk3 Mk3.5.

So to update my older convertible sports car tax statement.

There is a tax to pay for buying an older convertible sports car and can be around £1000.

Mk1 MX5 rusty rear end and sills plus front wings.

Mk2 and Mk2.5 MX5 as above and plus front chassis rails.

Mk3 MX5 front wing rust and aluminium parts paint lifting.

BMW Z3 lots of rust both front and rear wings.

BMW Z4 roof motors / steering servo.

MGF Head Gaskets, cooling system upgrade, reports of short supply of good hydrogas suspension units.

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Re: Thought about buying a Z4

Postby Scotty Dugg » Fri Oct 24, 2014 10:20 am

drumtochty wrote:The body shop guy who undersealed both my own and Ian's car was telling me that recently he had a MK3 in and the area around the side indicator at the back of the front wing was rusted away behind the indicator light and needed a new wing.

Budget for a full underseal on the MX5 Mk3 Mk3.5.

So to update my older convertible sports car tax statement.

There is a tax to pay for buying an older convertible sports car and can be around £1000.

Mk1 MX5 rusty rear end and sills plus front wings.

Mk2 and Mk2.5 MX5 as above and plus front chassis rails.

Mk3 MX5 front wing rust and aluminium parts paint lifting.

BMW Z3 lots of rust both front and rear wings.

BMW Z4 roof motors / steering servo.

MGF Head Gaskets, cooling system upgrade, reports of short supply of good hydrogas suspension units.

eddie


When I changed my side repeaters, I saw some surface rust, I'd recommend everyone has a check.

For the time it takes to pop out the light it's a must.
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