Just noticed this board my self. I have to agree w/ Mpire. If I didn't own a 96 Z3 and or a 97 M3 wouldn't be able to own a BMW. Both cars are about as simple as BMWs can get. We don't even have power seats in the M3. With basic tools and a couple of Peake code reader/reset tools I have been able to do 95% of all repairs. I have owned the Z3 since 97 and there is very little I haven't heard about them or found out on my own. I love the Z3, she has 198k miles on her and we driven her to all but 13 states in the lower 48. She's got a Downing Atlanta Super Charger last Christmas and is getting a hardtop this year.