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Unread 04-27-2009, 02:00 AM   #1
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What do you all think about this series of car? I've liked them for years... well, liked the Z3/Z4's for years, until I found the M roadsters, and the more I read about the M roadsters, the more I wanted one. I personally like the sound of the 2001/2002 series, just because they're lighter than the later Z4-based models, yet still have the same S54 engine. And, as far as I know, it's the fastest 0-60 of any consumer-level production vehicle BMW has ever made. 315HP in a car that weighs 3000 pounds will do that.

On another note, it seems like a good investment. Less than 2000 of the 2001-2002 series (the only years with the S54 and the lighter Z3-esque body) were made... ever. So they're definitely going to be a collectors car. The problem is, if I bought one, I'd want to have fun with it, and probably stack up the miles on it. Still, better than stacking up the miles on a car that will be just about worthless when it comes time to sell.

Anyway, anyone have opinions on the series? Likes/dislikes? Other thoughts? I'm kind of thinking about a graduation present to myself come this fall... right now, the years I'm looking at are going for around $15k at the cheap end. Kinda pricey for my budget, but then again, the original pricetag was closing in on $100k, so I can't complain too much.

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Nice car...as always, make sure it hasn't been beat to hell before you buy it.
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Also, I noticed this car has an oil temperature gauge. Since I'm a car noob, what should I be looking for on this? Overheating? Not warm enough to put pedal to the metal?

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It's no different than any other car...it's just an added feature. If the oil is overheating, you obviously have a problem. It shouldn't be any more prone to it than any other car, BMW just likes having lots of gauges.

(Now if it was an Intrepid 2.7, in which case oil overheating means you've driven at least 15 miles. lol)
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Lol at the Intrepid comment.

I've heard people comment on the oil temperature gauge before (or probably read it in a review), saying that it is "very important" for this car. I hope that doesn't mean that it is prone to overheating, but just that people who have such a car like to keep track of every little detail as much as possible.

Also, would it be a good idea to let the oil warm up some before driving real hard? I've heard that most damage to car engines is done within the first few minutes of starting it up, and I assume that most of that is due to cold or not well distributed oil... is that right, or is it just propaganda to get people to spend money?

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i have wanted one since i was in the 6th grade well until i beat one in my crx about a year ago but i still love them the body is just shaped so perfectly and i love the body lines

GET IT FO SURE lol
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Lol at the Intrepid comment.

I've heard people comment on the oil temperature gauge before (or probably read it in a review), saying that it is "very important" for this car. I hope that doesn't mean that it is prone to overheating, but just that people who have such a car like to keep track of every little detail as much as possible.

Also, would it be a good idea to let the oil warm up some before driving real hard? I've heard that most damage to car engines is done within the first few minutes of starting it up, and I assume that most of that is due to cold or not well distributed oil... is that right, or is it just propaganda to get people to spend money?
I'm not sure about that...though as I'm sure you know, if you use synthetic oil it stays where it needs to be much better than conventional oil, which runs back down into the pan.
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i have wanted one since i was in the 6th grade well until i beat one in my crx about a year ago but i still love them the body is just shaped so perfectly and i love the body lines

GET IT FO SURE lol
You did not beat an M roadster in a CRX. Maybe a standard Z3 1.8l, 2.0l or 2.3l, but not an M. But yes, I agree with you, they are amazing looking. Ageless classic for sure.

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I'm not sure about that...though as I'm sure you know, if you use synthetic oil it stays where it needs to be much better than conventional oil, which runs back down into the pan.
Good point on the synthetic. Getting a little bit off topic here, but I've always wondered, why not use higher viscocity oil compared to lower? It seems that higher viscocity would cover everything better, and I don't see any cons, so what's the deal?

The reason I ask is, I've always had to use really high viscocity oil in my Miata ever since I've had it, just because there's a really back tick otherwise (probably a noisy lifter). If I use anything lower than 20-50, it ticks, and the lower, the worse it ticks. So I use the higher viscocity. What are the disadvantages to using higher viscocity? Why wouldn't everyone want to use it?

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