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Old Wed, Jun-09-2010, 08:17:11 AM   #1
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Looking to get a z3 M coupe... but what year should I get?

Looking to boosted it...

any advice wat to look for? or does different years have any recalls?
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Looking to get a z3 M coupe... but what year should I get?

Looking to boosted it...

any advice wat to look for? or does different years have any recalls?
Any year.
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Wat yu shd look for is one yu can afford. 1998-2000 go for $20k or so. 2001/2002 have the S54 engine and go for $26-30k or so. Have the differential mounting points checked before purchase - just like the M3, this is a weak point on the car (about the only one though..) Adding boost without reinforcing the mounting points is asking for problems.
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Any year.
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Wat yu shd look for is one yu can afford. 1998-2000 go for $20k or so. 2001/2002 have the S54 engine and go for $26-30k or so. Have the differential mounting points checked before purchase - just like the M3, this is a weak point on the car (about the only one though..) Adding boost without reinforcing the mounting points is asking for problems.


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Ive been reading and see that the subframe is a issue with these cars..
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There is actually no "subframe" on a Z3 chassis. There are mounting points that are part of the car for the differential - pretty much like the E36/M3, but a bit less sturdy.
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Any year.
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Wat yu shd look for is one yu can afford. 1998-2000 go for $20k or so. 2001/2002 have the S54 engine and go for $26-30k or so. Have the differential mounting points checked before purchase - just like the M3, this is a weak point on the car (about the only one though..) Adding boost without reinforcing the mounting points is asking for problems.
These prices are a little high, these cars are available for less now.

The diff mount points are a weak area, I needed to enforce my old m coupe after boosting it. You can readily hear the rear creaking if you are in a damaged coupe.
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You can readily hear the rear creaking if you are in a damaged coupe.

That's not necessarily true. There are lots of owners that have not noticed a problem with their cars, but have had failing subframes.

To inspect for the damage, look for cracks in the ears/tabs that the differential bolts to. Follow these tabs up to the beam in the unibody they attach to. Follow this beam left to right looking for cracks and/or buckling. Although it takes time, I would also remove the floor panels in the trunk and just the spot welds there. You also have to remove the tool tray and storage tray to see all of them.

My recommendation is to find a car with low mileage and good service records. Have a pre purchase inspection done by someone familiar with E36 and E30 BMWs. The wear issues with a Z3 are very similar to these cars.

There are lots of debates on the S52 (1999-2000) cars vs. the S54 (2001-2002) cars. I like the S54 better, but the S52 has a lower cost of ownership. If you get a car with an S54, replacing the rod bearings is a must! It's not a cheap maintance item, so budget some extra cash for it.

Just for a pricing reference, I picked up my 2002 M Coupe 18 months ago with 36k miles for $24k.

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In NC at one dealership we have 4 m coupes 2 '99s 1 '00 and 1 '01... all are under 20k the '00 and '01 are 16.5k with a sport exhaust on the '01... the '99s are stock, in pretty good shape, one is 12k (havent seen it in person yet) and the other is 15k was in for a test "ride" ... dayyumm and was solid... cept the driver was a sh!tty shifter... the 15k one had imola and black interior... also the '00 was imola... also they had all just been serviced and checked out except for the 12k which i dont know about since i havent seen it in person yet each car had less than 100k miles on them.... shame my dad doesnt like the way they "look" gahh!! yeah those prices are def high we have an '08 m coupe with 31k miles for only $32k and its an '08!

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I'm not sure I'm understanding, there is an '01 for 16.5k dollars? How many miles?
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