Hello! Welcome in this first video review Today we visit AB-motors near Nyon Alexandre, the owner let me try a bunch of their cool cars Classics, sports and collector cars My aim for these videos is to share with you my encounters with people from the industry And of course my impressions of the cars To see if they are nowadays still cool to drive basically First an introduction of today’s car by Alexandre himself Welcome Julien Today Let me introduce you this BMW Z3 It’s a facelift model from year 2000 There has been two versions of the Z3 The first version from 1995 to 1999 And the second from 1999 to the end of production in 2002 The second generation that you see here There are a few details that changed Especially the body, the rear wings are more rounded the headlights are chromed The rear is a bit widen The rear lights are drawn to go with the wings They modified the third stop light And added a hook to open the trunk Technically it’s almost the same car A couple of aesthetic improvements inside too A revised dashboard Chrome here and there The top is most often electric and made of triple fabric It’s an individual “Dakar” edition In this dakar yellow colour With the piping on the seats The soft leather And it’s equipped with the 2.8 liter engine wich in BMW is the classic 6 cylinder n/a Codename M52, with 193 horsepower
and 280 newton meter of torque Wich is very honorable It’s a very reliable engine It’s flexible, powerful, torquey What we can ask from an inline 6 cylinders from BMW And well now you’ll have to try it That’s it! the Z3 The car I’ve always wanted to test Well I’m seating behind it’s steering wheel And I’m not disappointed It’s very pleasant to drive I was expecting something harsher And actually it’s very supple Changing the gears is like butter It’s an hydraulic steering so you feel more connected Friendly handling It’s not nervous, the power delivery is very progressive Perfect for this little roads So everything is very soft but still feels engaging And I have to say it’s very pleasant The gauges are surrounded by chrome The small detail that is nice to watch The visibility is excellent The wing mirror is very close so you can see perfectly Hop! the back is just there It must be convenient to park Well, I’ve driven much more powerful cars It’s not that kind It’s more a wander ride. Engaging wander Still, it pushes not bad at all It’s really a sports car With those characteristics and driving sensation But very soft I wonder This will be missed, not having cars like that anymore Who discover a car like this in comparison with new cars nowadays Very disconnected to the mechanical aspect They try a car like that and I just love it I did not think that I thought I was gonna be introduced to a myth A legend from my childhood anyway And I’m gonna be disappointed Well I’m not Speaking of myth or legend You have to know that the Z3 was not built in Germany But in USA In the city of Spartanburg, in South Carolina It was the first BMW plant to build an entire car outside of Germany BMW has chosen that place for the proximity with Charleston Port To send it’s vehicles around the world But also for it’s advanced university and colleges in the area With numerous technical programs And the great reputation for a strong work ethic in this state Today the plant employ 11’000 people And produce the SUV X models X3 X4 X5 etc. It’s also a car that was introduced in the James Bond Movie “Goldeneye” It’s probably why I had a crush But really Goldeneye I mostly played it on Nintendo 64 And for who’s looking to buy a Z3, here are some advices from Alexandre to what to look for You have to be careful with body parts That can be expensive to buy Or costly to repair or adjust These cars are around 20 years old now And some parts are considered as collector parts by BMW And the prices comes along Mechanically there’s not much to be afraid of The engines are recognised for reliability, longevity and ease of use Of course one should privilege examples with few kilometres Today there is an interest to buy it to enjoy but also as a collector item So it’s best to look for a fresh example They have few known default A couple little things The airbag warning can be capricious It’s because of the sensors located under the seats Other known default The seats have a tendency to have a little play on their rails thanks to the plastic guides The parts are inexpensive to replace But needs a bit of manpower to remove the seats Watch for the general state of the interior The leather, the plastics, again those cars are close to 20 years old The general care of the car Part of its value is the service book It’s better to have a well documented car With its service book well filled To attest the kilometres and the maintenance of the car Also privilege the cars as originals as possible Avoid tuning, modifications, all those stuff It’s a classic car that start to establish in the market of collectors It’s a very popular category The good examples start to be rare That’s why the rating is going up A few years ago, 5-6 years ago, it was the hollow The transition from old used car to maybe a futur in collections Today we’re past this point and the rating is going up The price to pay depends of the version Is it a pre-facelift or a facelift And go together with the engine We’re gonna pay less for a 4 cylinders single cam And more for a 6 cylinders, 2.8 or 3 litres Also privilege the options, like all German cars Nice colours, a car well equipped will impact the price The Z3 has been a big success when it was introduced in 1995 In total, they sold approximately 280’000 cars in roadster Only 15’000 were facelift models with the 2.8 engine So it’s a pretty rare car, moreover being a special order That’s it! It’s the end of this first video I hope you enjoyed it I really liked this Z3 But I have to say it could be a bit more powerful to my taste The good news is that this version exist, it’s the Z3M! But it costs twice as much We’ll continue this serie of video reviews With other sport cars, classics, collectors A bunch is coming that I am shooting already But also different kind of videos more like documentaries Some encounters with cars restorers, collectors Passionate people, brands, pilots, etc. Don’t hesitate to tell me in the comments below
if you have some suggestions Or some cars that you’d like to see in futur videos And I’ll do my possible to make it happen See you in the next video!