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z3m coupe Vs Z4 3.0Si coupe

z3m coupe Vs Z4 3.0Si coupe

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chrisdurham

Original Poster:

310 posts

51 months

Monday 1st October 2012
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Hi guys,

heres an interesting comparison - both can be had for around the 10 to 11k mark.

which would it be? is there much performance difference now? ive read that the 3.2M engines never really put out the quoted 321 bhp? would there be much in it real workd driving?

Gruber

5,759 posts

119 months

Monday 1st October 2012
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chrisdurham said:
Hi guys,

heres an interesting comparison - both can be had for around the 10 to 11k mark.

which would it be? is there much performance difference now? ive read that the 3.2M engines never really put out the quoted 321 bhp? would there be much in it real workd driving?
What's its purpose? How many miles p.a.?

The M will always be worth at least £10k, but it'll cost a bit more to run (servicing, fuel, insurance). It's a great second car, a modern classic and a more engaging drive.

The Z4C will continue to depreciate for a good while yet but provides a good looking, quick and practical daily driver.

CooperS

3,107 posts

124 months

Monday 1st October 2012
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Gruber said:
What's its purpose? How many miles p.a.?

The M will always be worth at least £10k, but it'll cost a bit more to run (servicing, fuel, insurance). It's a great second car, a modern classic and a more engaging drive.

The Z4C will continue to depreciate for a good while yet but provides a good looking, quick and practical daily driver.
Spot on.

chrisdurham

Original Poster:

310 posts

51 months

Monday 1st October 2012
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hello,

mileage pa would probably be about 6k. I already have a chimaera 4.3 as the fun weekend car and a small economical diesel for all the short trips and shopping etc, but want something in between the two.

One priority would be low depreciation - but want something thats quick and rare enough to keep me interested for some of the work commutes and weekend blasts but not too fragile that it needs lots of work doing all the time.

i suppose looking for the tvr performance with modern reliability :-)

TEKNOPUG

11,375 posts

110 months

Monday 1st October 2012
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chrisdurham said:
Hi guys,

heres an interesting comparison - both can be had for around the 10 to 11k mark.

which would it be? is there much performance difference now? ive read that the 3.2M engines never really put out the quoted 321 bhp? would there be much in it real workd driving?
They were never quoted with 321bhp - it's 321psi which is about 315bhp.

Get the Z3 - far more interesting
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Crackie

1,781 posts

147 months

Monday 1st October 2012
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chrisdurham said:
is there much performance difference now? ive read that the 3.2M engines never really put out the quoted 321 bhp? would there be much in it real world driving?
A good S50B32 is still a spectacular engine and the very best do make the rated power ( 321PS / 316.6bhp ) but 300 is probably nearer the norm for one now; imho a fairly tired one with only 290-295 is still going to be about 10% quicker than a Z4.

Z3 every time.............

Edited by Crackie on Monday 1st October 22:04

Gruber

5,759 posts

119 months

Monday 1st October 2012
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chrisdurham said:
hello,

mileage pa would probably be about 6k. I already have a chimaera 4.3 as the fun weekend car and a small economical diesel for all the short trips and shopping etc, but want something in between the two.

One priority would be low depreciation - but want something thats quick and rare enough to keep me interested for some of the work commutes and weekend blasts but not too fragile that it needs lots of work doing all the time.

i suppose looking for the tvr performance with modern reliability :-)
In that case, Z3MC without doubt. The 3.0 Z4C will be a disappointment to you. It's a great car, but it's no "german tvr".

Also, I see the Z4M roadster is available for £11k these days. That's perhaps worth a look as well?

CooperS

3,107 posts

124 months

Tuesday 2nd October 2012
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Gruber said:
chrisdurham said:
hello,

mileage pa would probably be about 6k. I already have a chimaera 4.3 as the fun weekend car and a small economical diesel for all the short trips and shopping etc, but want something in between the two.

One priority would be low depreciation - but want something thats quick and rare enough to keep me interested for some of the work commutes and weekend blasts but not too fragile that it needs lots of work doing all the time.

i suppose looking for the tvr performance with modern reliability :-)
In that case, Z3MC without doubt. The 3.0 Z4C will be a disappointment to you. It's a great car, but it's no "german tvr".

Also, I see the Z4M roadster is available for £11k these days. That's perhaps worth a look as well?
Without sounding creepy but Spot On again smile

cerb4.5lee

7,538 posts

85 months

Thursday 4th October 2012
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Gruber said:
In that case, Z3MC without doubt. The 3.0 Z4C will be a disappointment to you. It's a great car, but it's no "german tvr".

Also, I see the Z4M roadster is available for £11k these days. That's perhaps worth a look as well?
Thumbs up from me for the Z4M it's a good alternative to a tvr I know you have one already, but the zed is a good drivers car aswell & currently good value, they are quiet though after a tvr.

BuzyG

720 posts

116 months

Friday 5th October 2012
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If you can stretch a few more K, would defiantly take a look at the Z4M. I always fancied a TVR, but was never brave enough to take the plunge, driven a few though. The Z4M is not a TVR, but it's so much more than the Z4 3.0I, completely different car on a track, or at maximum attack and much more special IMHO. Z3M also special, but BMW moved the game on, a lot and in the right direction, with the Z4M. ie It's better put together, a little faster, a little bit sharper and better looking(to me any way).

Good luck searching.

Mr Fix It

412 posts

173 months

Friday 5th October 2012
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The z3m coupe is ok as a daily car. Much more of an event to drive. I have driven both and owned a z3m coupe. ;-).

Mr Fix It

412 posts

173 months

Saturday 6th October 2012
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The only thing I would note is that the seats are quite slippy. I was quite thin at that time and use to slide from side to side when going round corners. Upgrade them if you are thin!