age vrs. milage

10

Asked by Feb 18, 2009 at 10:10 PM about the BMW Z3

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

Looking to purchase a 1999 Z3 w/ 37k miles.  Or a 2003 z4 w/ 112k miles.  Priced similar  What is better miles or age?

3 Answers

2,205

I don't think this is a mileage vs. age consideration, the Z3 and Z4 are completely different vehicles! You probably would like one or the other, and that should be your primary concern. Drive them both and it should be quite apparent to you. Both cars, if not abused, should have plenty of mileage left to be enjoyed. Since you did not post the specifics of each vehicle, that's all the suggestion I have to give.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
10

I agree they are 2 different cars, however, there is a large difference in milage. Can I expect the same life span (assuming systematic care). I really like the amenities and upgrades of the Z4 but the excess milage scares me. I plan on driving it for 3 yrs. and then giving it to my son, who will hopefully get another 3+yrs. out of the car.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
75

Neither, as there are too many variables. The biggest is care/service. Why does the '99 have such low mileage & how was it stored all these years. Keep in mind lack of use can be worse than higher use because it may have received less care when it should have had more. Parts rot & fluids break down over time, so more care not less is needed. Most Z3 owners are fanatical about their cars, but it is a love/hate relationship. While cars today, especialy BMW's, are built to last the miles add up. I'd want to see full service records before consideing it & I'd want a full inspection from a local BMW dealer. If it has had superior service than I wouldn't let the mileage scare you away. Z4 owners are a little different, but many traded up from Z3's. THese are both very different cars and the choice needs to be based on which one you really love from a model perspective. Just make sure you have detailed records of service on the one you finally decide on.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Z3

Looking for a Used Z3 in your area?

CarGurus has 281 nationwide Z3 listings starting at $2,450.

ZIP:
Get More Money for Your Car
Be seen by 20 million shoppers. Create Your Free Listing

BMW Z3 Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    410
  • #2
    Kelly Mayo
    Reputation
    250
  • #3
    Sleveillee
    Reputation
    230
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used BMW Z4
38 Great Deals out of 1,025 listings starting at $3,700
Used BMW Z3 M
105 listings starting at $7,795
Used BMW 3 Series
1,081 Great Deals out of 34,169 listings starting at $1,000
Used Mazda MX-5 Miata
61 Great Deals out of 4,334 listings starting at $2,995
Used Porsche Boxster
53 Great Deals out of 1,258 listings starting at $5,786
Used Chevrolet Corvette
175 Great Deals out of 18,599 listings starting at $3,941
Used BMW M3
30 Great Deals out of 2,092 listings starting at $6,599
Used Ford Mustang
565 Great Deals out of 36,992 listings starting at $2,595
Used Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
63 Great Deals out of 1,274 listings starting at $1,991
Used Porsche 911
158 Great Deals out of 5,088 listings starting at $11,990
Used Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
72 Great Deals out of 3,443 listings starting at $3,875
Used Audi TT
42 Great Deals out of 886 listings starting at $1,996
Used BMW 5 Series
508 Great Deals out of 15,805 listings starting at $1,500
Used BMW Z4 M
60 listings starting at $17,911
Used BMW X3
246 Great Deals out of 9,454 listings starting at $3,100

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.