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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 21,593
    plastic window would not bother me on one of these, because I would rarely be driving with the top up!

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  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 5,072
    kyfdx said:

    Yeah, it's bought.. At $5650, he can afford to fix problems. The owner is 75, and seemed like a straight shooter. Has sensation issues in his left leg, and can't drive a stick any more.

    He'll have it into the local mechanic by the end of the week, assuming we get it home in one piece, tomorrow. ;)

    $5,650? The bid said $6,000. Looks very nice, though.
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 9,091
    One of the used cars I had looked at during my last shopping spree....an '05 (at least I think I remember it as an '05) 350Z convertible. In all honesty, just like Mustangs, it's hard to find a Z that hasn't been ratted out with some pretty bad "upgrades" to the exhaust, and some even worse cosmetic changes.

    The one I looked at was a nice silver that was unmolested. Top needed to be replaced. Had 80K miles, but shifted and ran well. Unfortunately, the (one) owner thought it was worth $3K over any reasonable estimate I had run across, and would not budge.

    Sadly, some owners of Zs seem to have this weird and detrimental desire to make sincerely poor modifications to them. Hard to understand.


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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 50,318
    corvette said:

    kyfdx said:

    Yeah, it's bought.. At $5650, he can afford to fix problems. The owner is 75, and seemed like a straight shooter. Has sensation issues in his left leg, and can't drive a stick any more.

    He'll have it into the local mechanic by the end of the week, assuming we get it home in one piece, tomorrow. ;)

    $5,650? The bid said $6,000. Looks very nice, though.
    Yeah.. the guy's wife is a big eBay-er. Not sure if they will try to say the deal didn't go through to avoid paying the fee, or not. I watched him count out the money. ;)

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 53,829
    kyfdx said:

    kyfdx said:
    If the SRS light stays on for around two minutes and then goes out I'd bet that the fault is one of the seat belt buckles.
    The guy said the problem started after the driver's side seat belt receptor had been replaced, so you may be on to something.

    Just got back about an hour ago. I'd say the tires need balanced, and both seats "shift" under hard braking. I think there is some sort of bracket fix for that. Really nice shifter/clutch action. Good acceleration and strong brakes.

    The bumper? If you saw it, you wouldn't bother fixing it.. it's nothing. Car has a boot to cover the top when it's down, and an aftermarket wind screen that fits over the roll hoops.

    I drove it about half the way home (including rush hour traffic, ugh), and it seems really solid. Seemed like a great buy, to me. Plastic windows suck, agreed, but this one is still in good shape.
    Rocking seats are a common problem on the Z3. The seats will have to come out and the rails and brackets replaced. Unfortunately the plastic Windows can't be replaced with glass on those models.

    The price of the car is typical but the mileage might make it a better buy than most. But it'll need sorting.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 38,489
    I saw a nice Z3 M roadster yesterday. As it is a BMW, it cut in front of a pedestrian in a green signaled crosswalk B)
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 50,318
    Turns out they have an aftermarket fix for the seats. Parts are about $30.
    YouTube says you can do it yourself, but I'm guessing he will have an auto trim shop do it. Should be able to get it done for $200-$300.

    As noted, it's mostly a top-down car. He bought it for fun, plus it has summer rubber, so no winter excursions.

    Two owner car, and the guy he bought it from got it in 2007. From service records, I'd say it's needs a brake fluid flush, but everything else is up to date.

    As you say, it needs sorting. I've looked at a lot of old BMWs, and the nice, well-cared for ones are hard to find, at any price. I think he did okay. (but, to be clear, I suck at evaluating used cars).

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  • au1994au1994 Posts: 1,110
    Deferred maintenance is a killer and even keeping the routine stuff up to date can be expensive.  But like every other make there is tons of support out there. Some good YouTube videos that walk you step by step through something if you are so inclined.

    Most of the weaknesses in older BMWs is pretty well known by now.  I.E. If you buy an E46 budget for a cooling system rebuild if it hasn't been documented or the subframe issues dealt with on a couple of models.

    Remind me again why I like them??

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 9,213

    In all honesty, just like Mustangs, it's hard to find a Z that hasn't been ratted out with some pretty bad "upgrades" to the exhaust, and some even worse cosmetic changes.

    Tell me about it; I was fully prepared to buy a clean looking Boss 302 only to find that the idiot previous owner had swapped out the exhaust and driveshaft.
    Moron.

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 9,213
    au1994 said:

    Remind me again why I like them??

    Well, older BMWs(and newer ones, if properly equipped) offer a combination of performance, comfort, and practicality that is very hard to beat. As newer enthusiast cars go, the only cars I might like better than my 2er would be the GT350, Boss 302, and Cayman S.

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  • breldbreld Posts: 2,560
    Been crazy busy with moving - the move itself was just the beginning (and is still ongoing). Wife and I are eager to have everything up and running as quickly as possible, so we've been putting in long days clearing and cleaning the old house, and getting everything ready in the new house to settle in. I've been installing in-ceiling speakers, mounting TVs and running cables (for 6 TVs!), putting together a couple IKEA projects (!!?!!!). I also have to put together a new bunk bed one of these nights.

    The one project that I'm enjoying is our dog kennel/dog run. We have a version of this in our old house, where there's a built-in kennel in the garage with access to the dog run outside. Makes things very easy with the dogs when we're gone at work all day. Since I needed to build this at the current house, I took the opportunity to make a lot of improvements, both in the functionality and structure. Some pics:




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  • breldbreld Posts: 2,560
    Here's another pic that includes our garage floor. We coated it with one of the heavy duty Rustoleum products - it didn't turn out quite as nice as I expected, only because we apparently didn't mix in the metallic highlights well enough. So in some places it's actually more clear. But overall, I really like it. It has a smooth "wet" look to it. We also had the garage painted before we moved in this time, knowing we'd never get to it once we moved everything in.


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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 51,985
    You need to post that dog run on Instructables. I've made several things using projects there.

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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 1,565
    Super cool, Breld!
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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 10,034
    Sounds like fun, breld, despite the exhausting, challenging nature of it all!

    I am not sure I quite follow the dog kennel and run..., but it sounds pretty slick....
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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 53,829

    au1994 said:

    Remind me again why I like them??

    Well, older BMWs(and newer ones, if properly equipped) offer a combination of performance, comfort, and practicality that is very hard to beat. As newer enthusiast cars go, the only cars I might like better than my 2er would be the GT350, Boss 302, and Cayman S.

    Cayman S is an awesome car---IMO, almost the perfect automobile if you could only own just one car. And yes, I know it can't haul a sheet of plywood. B)

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 10,034


    Cayman S is an awesome car---IMO, almost the perfect automobile if you could only own just one car. And yes, I know it can't haul a sheet of plywood. B)

    You get creative when you can only own one car.... :)
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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 39,660
    xwesx said:


    Cayman S is an awesome car---IMO, almost the perfect automobile if you could only own just one car. And yes, I know it can't haul a sheet of plywood. B)

    You get creative when you can only own one car.... :)
    Trailer?

    Roof Rack?

    Heck, Home Depot will rent you a truck - $20 for 75 minutes, IIRC

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  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 4,614
    edited August 9
    Heh - now that I have the ATS, which has a small trunk and, inexplicably, no fold-down rear seat, I have had to get a bit creative in some hauling chores. Recently I have been rehabbing my deck, replacing some rotted deck boards. I have found that 8' or 10' deck boards can be carried quite well through the sunroof - just insert them through the sunroof and rest the end on the parcel shelf. Would not want to go much beyond 10" though. Fortunately the home center is nearby so I do not have far to travel.

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  • henrynhenryn Houston, TXPosts: 1,308
    I was exiting the parking garage at the gym just a few minutes ago. It's underground, and very tight. Cars come from 2 directions and funnel into the single exit. Tonight I was faced head on with a car that has illegal aftermarket headlights, the kind that make you want to jump out with a baseball bat and take care of his problem for him.

    When he turned in front of me, it turned out to be a BMW Z4. Idiot.

    Idiot for having those headlights in the first place. And doubly so for doing that to a Z4.
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  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 5,072
    My 540i looked like that, when the headlight adjustment hardware broke (common E39 problem). Royal PITA to repair the OE headlight assembly (yes, everything was OE). After that, I aligned the lights per the repair instructions I could find, but could never adjust the low beams to provide good illumination again.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 21,593
    had to laugh at my wife yesterday. we were out driving, and (of course) I was discussing cars, and how it can be advantageous to re-lease the same brand, and told her "they did not have anything right now I was really interested in". Her response was that the Sonata we have is real nice, so why not another one?

    replacing a car, with basically the same identical car? Where is the fun in that? Even though I suppose it could happen. But not likely.

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  • suydamsuydam Posts: 2,121
    I've never bought the same car Twice in a row. I think one of the reasons i replace cars is that i have different needs/wants. I'm not opposed to it, just haven't done it myself.
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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 39,660
    stickguy said:

    had to laugh at my wife yesterday. we were out driving, and (of course) I was discussing cars, and how it can be advantageous to re-lease the same brand, and told her "they did not have anything right now I was really interested in". Her response was that the Sonata we have is real nice, so why not another one?

    replacing a car, with basically the same identical car? Where is the fun in that? Even though I suppose it could happen. But not likely.

    Oh dear.

    Had a similar situation in a previous wife-time. Bought a '91 Protégé LX in dark blue for the (then) wife. A month or two later we're in the market for me. Found another LX (light blue, but stick shift rather than the automatic), but I just couldn't see us as a two Mazda family. Ended up getting a Sentra SE instead.

    Shoulda gone with the Mazda.

    And, I'm afraid I may end up in another Hyundai when this lease is over. Though, I'm tempted to upgrade to the Sonata this go around.

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 21,593
    you should. You don't seem to be obsessed by small, and the Sonata really does give you a ton more room (and some goodies) for barely more money on a lease. especially if you aren't delivering with it any longer.

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 21,593
    I also assume that the Hyundai dealer, when the time comes, is going to really make it hard to say no though.

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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 39,660
    stickguy said:

    you should. You don't seem to be obsessed by small, and the Sonata really does give you a ton more room (and some goodies) for barely more money on a lease. especially if you aren't delivering with it any longer.

    Now that I've "retired" from the delivery gig - for the time being, wife is making noises about me working a day or two each week - I'm not as obsessed with MPG, though the Sonata gets decent mileage for a mid-sizer. And, the content level of the Sport is pretty good, as well.

    I'm also hoping to have a slightly larger budget if I get back in the market ... there are a lot of choices I can get and still keep my payment < $300/mo with tax.

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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 39,660
    I also assume that the Hyundai dealer, when the time comes, is going to really make it hard to say no though.
    "when the time comes"?

    I'm getting about 1-2 emails per week, plus the occasional flyer in the mail, letting me know the countdown is on.

    I suppose the closer I get to the termination date, the better the deals are going to get. Especially if I let them know I'm entertaining the idea of switching brands. :sunglasses:

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 21,593
    well, I had 15 months as of yesterday, so probably a little early for me. And in my case, if they get dibs on keeping the car, they are really going to want it with the super low miles!

    one good thing about next time is, if I want, I could expand the budget a little. By then, the big payment on the RDX will gone. and we will be a month away from the last, final, never do it again tuition payment. So if we want to splurge a little, might be the time!

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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 39,660
    stickguy said:

    well, I had 15 months as of yesterday, so probably a little early for me. And in my case, if they get dibs on keeping the car, they are really going to want it with the super low miles!

    one good thing about next time is, if I want, I could expand the budget a little. By then, the big payment on the RDX will gone. and we will be a month away from the last, final, never do it again tuition payment. So if we want to splurge a little, might be the time!

    Nice confluence of events, stick. Gives you lots and lots of options.

    I'm not normally one to peruse CL; but, I chose to do so tonight and what do I see, front and center? This:

    http://denver.craigslist.org/cto/5724997167.html

    Total time machine.

    And, pretty great condition for 35 years young.

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