Hey Fritz, I did the same thing: Test drove a Miata, loved it, but realized
it was just too cramped for my large-sized frame. Then I test drove a Z3,
and forgot all about the Miata! I found a beautiful 2000 Z3 Roadster (2.3)
with 77k miles on Ebay for $13,600 (plus truck freight and tax) from a
wholesale dealer in TX, and I could not be happier (that's below wholesale,
and no dings).
The Z3 is a magical car. I've never had a car that drew so much attention
from the opposite sex. The 2000's seem to be a good model year with very
few problems, nicer looking rear fenders, better speakers, chrome trim
upgrades, etc. Get heated seats - women love 'em and you will too.
If the dealer is sitting on some surplus inventory, you should be able to
cut a sweet deal. You might also try Ebay. I bought from Lone Star Cars in
Plano, TX, and they were square dealers, no surprises.
Let us know what you end up buying.
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