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post #6121 of 15780
my mother picked up a pristine BMW E36 Z3 from 1999 with 22K on it. Any suggestions for maintainence or basic upgrades that one may want to consider?
post #6122 of 15780
^It's your mom's car, leave it stock...
post #6123 of 15780
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^It's your mom's car, leave it stock...
+1. I'd leave it be unless she's into upgrades.
post #6124 of 15780
Air, 19s, shark paint, faux rust (10), honestly tho wouldn't be a bad idea to lurk the mechanics pages of some BMW forums just to check for maintenance issues to be wary of. Nothing but wiseasses over here.
post #6125 of 15780
I mean mostly maintenance issues and not rims suggestions or body kits. And maybe an ipod connector thing, or swapping out the cassette deck with the BMW CD deck.
post #6126 of 15780
+1 on leaving it alone, with respect to upgrades.

If you want to spend money on it, refresh the suspension with factory parts (probably just the bushings at this point), and that car will feel magnificent. At 22k miles, it shouldn't need anything major. Make sure the oil's been changed, radiator's flushed, and brake fluid flushed, and changing the engine and cabin air filter would be nice things to do, too. If not mileage, then the amount of time passed makes those things essential to change. Diff and tranny fluids are coming up at 30k miles.

Maintenance if it's a 6-cylinder is the usual: water pump, radiator bits (neck, reservoir), various dead sensors, thermostat, and the rear shock mounts tend to die early, too. You can upgrade to something like the Rogue RSMs here.
post #6127 of 15780
This is a good resource for Z3 upgrades: http://www.unofficialbmw.com/ronstygar.html

A lot of it tends to be "lifestyle" upgrades, and isn't inappropriate for normal people (as opposed to tracktards).
post #6128 of 15780
great, thank you for this.
post #6129 of 15780
Umm, yes please.

porsche-918-martini-spy.jpg

Porsche 918 testing at the Ring. I like that Porsche went with a disguise cover that has historical allusions instead of the usual psychedelic swirly bits.

More pictures here: http://www.autoblog.com/2012/07/18/porsche-918-spyder-prototype-looks-sensational-in-martini-livery/
post #6130 of 15780
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No clue what this means. My first time attempting such an operation. The AAA guy recommended them after I changed out my battery and the car was still shaking like a leaf.
Ah, good to know.
Art, buddy, this might as well be in German.

 

 

if you have the base car, not the XRS or whatever they call it, you have the 1ZZ-FE engine type

plugs are mfg/part no.

Denso SK16R11

or

NGK IFR5A11

gap is 0.043"

 

 

 
Denso Iridium Long Life Plug 3324 SK16R11 $9.35

 

or

 

 
NGK Spark Plug Discontinued with No Replacement   IFR5A-11

 

 

looks like it's the Denso SK16R11

 

 

looks like

post #6131 of 15780
fuck that looks good
post #6132 of 15780
I like how Porsche stole a 360 modena bumper for their 918 camouflage kit
post #6133 of 15780
its like the child of a 360 and a Carrera GT.



Awesome.
post #6134 of 15780
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I like how Porsche stole a 360 modena bumper for their 918 camouflage kit

stole it and made it better
post #6135 of 15780
Looks dated to me, maybe just because it looks so much like a 360.
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