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    Default BMW Z3 2.8 advise pls

    My dad is thinking of buying one. Found a 1998 2.8 auto. Mileage is lowish at 68k.

    Anything to look out for on these?
    Anyone know when the tining belt is due?

    Cheers

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    No belt as it's a chain. I believe you need to check the rear subframe bushes as it's an expensive job to have then changed.

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    Thanks, will do.

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    Check here too - http://www.bmwland.co.uk/talker/viewtopic.php?p=175066

    There was a problem with Naskil liners in the engines dropping but I believe that was changed in march 1998. If it has a naskil engine, personally i would avoid it.

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    I think they took the rear suspension from the old E30? You'll be getting about 20mph around town and 25 on a run

    My mate had one and they are heavy on the steering, but apart from that it was relaible and I use to often use it and they are a well made solid car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Sig View Post
    Check here too - http://www.bmwland.co.uk/talker/viewtopic.php?p=175066

    There was a problem with Naskil liners in the engines dropping but I believe that was changed in march 1998. If it has a naskil engine, personally i would avoid it.

    It is a 98 that he is looking at. Well actually I'm looking at it for him tomorrow. Will double check.

    What is Naskil (or from the link Nikasil)?? Forgive my ignorance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_wave_rider View Post
    I think they took the rear suspension from the old E30? You'll be getting about 20mph around town and 25 on a run

    My mate had one and they are heavy on the steering, but apart from that it was relaible and I use to often use it and they are a well made solid car.
    Odd, my 328ci was averaging 30 and 36 on a run. mush better on fuel than my gsi was.

    Quote Originally Posted by wardy View Post
    It is a 98 that he is looking at. Well actually I'm looking at it for him tomorrow. Will double check.

    What is Naskil (or from the link Nikasil)?? Forgive my ignorance.
    I saw that so I double checked for you. I think it was a material used in the engine manufacture that caused problems. You need to find out if it has one or not and I don't know how to tell although I believe its id'd by a stamp on the engine or something similar. (I probably spelled it incorrectly )

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    Just looking to find out how you tell, so far : "I thought there was only one method and that is if there is no tab/plug in the hole above the starter motor its a nikasil"

    See here - http://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/forum/...il-328-t40432/

    Hope ypu can see the thread as its got pics of what to look for

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    cheers.

    Looks easy enough to spot, even for a non-mec like me :-)

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