BMW Z3 2.8i Roadster E36/7 Orinocco Edition (1999)

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by SERGIO

Price: 15.500

Fantastic Z3 Orinocco Edition

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Engine

M52TUB28 – 2793 cc – 6 cylinder naturally aspirated

Power

192 hp

Transmission

Manual, 5 speed

Location

Murcia

Kilometres

171.000 km

Owners until now

Four owners, current and three previous

Body Style

Roadster

Seller

Private

Warranty

No

Visitable

Yes

The Story

Historically, BMW released different special versions to show the world what their “Individual” product line could offer in personalization and exclusivity of their models.

Following this idea, and for the first generation of Z3 models, BMW launched a series of special editions on the market, one of which the so called “Z3 Roadster Individual Orinocco”.

This edition consists of an exterior in an exclusive green colour with grey touches called “Orinocco”, which could not be chosen separately, and which came combined with the comfort seats in cream colour, the trims of the stitching in dark green and interior plastics in beige. The five spoke alloy rims are 17 inches in size and the hood was offered as a beige or a black option.

The unit we offer on sale today here on DeliCARtessen as a Direct Sale is part of this limited series. It is equipped with one of the most reliable engines produced by BMW, the M52TU of 2.800cc and 192 cv which combined with a manual 5 speed transmission, fits perfectly with the philosophy this two-seater convertible provides.

The car was manufactured in the Spartanburg manufacturing facility (South Carolina, USA) and delivered to its first owner in Germany in the year 1999, who had the car until February 2010, when it was imported to Spain and registered on the name of its second owner in Valladolid.

In September 2015 the car passed to its third owner which hold on to it until November 2017. At that moment its forth and current owner acquired the car who now puts it on sale due to recent parenthood.

During all these years and the 170.000 km run by the car, the four owners that enjoyed the car have passed all maintenance service in official BMW dealers, so the maintenance book is adequately stamped except for one service check that has not been registered.

The list of options of this car is abundant and as far as we were told no additional extra could be chosen. The car equips:

  • Electro-hydraulic hood in the colour black
  • Green band on the windshield
  • Heated windshield washer
  • Radio BMW Business RDS
  • Frontal and lateral airbags on driver and passenger side
  • Hard-top with same colour original storage bag
  • Heated seats
  • Electrical adjustable seats on both sides
  • Limited slip differential set on 25%
  • On board computer
  • Original deflector and roll bars
  • Original back window cover
  • Complete tool kit
  • Steering wheel, shift stick and suspension ///M Sport
  • Velour floor mats
  • Non-smoking kit
  • White turn signals

The exterior of the car is in excellent condition, with an exceptional paint finish which shows completely original. In the interior, as can be seen in the photos received from the owner, we can see some minor defects in the state of the seats, but in general the state is exceptional. All the features on the extensive list work perfectly, there are no defects and the car doesn’t show any sign of excessive wear on any panel or part.

Mechanically, the current owner performed the following service tasks which can all be demonstrated with their respective invoice:

  • Checking of the chassis, which doesn’t show any cracks or rust.
  • Dismantling and changing of all engine gaskets as well as the clutch and transmission joints. In this same service job, rear and central diffusers were changed, as well as installing a new clutch kit, bearings, spark plugs, service belt, oxygen sensor and an oil, filter and liquids change.
  • Revision of the cylinder head, changing joints and lip seals including those of the differential.

And of the interior:

  • Fixing of the seat washers, a known defect in these first series models. As can be seen in the photos, they used this moment for thorough cleaning of the interior carpet.
  • A new shift stick was installed.
  • The rear window of the hood was changed as well as the servomotors of the central locking mechanism, using the opportunity to oil the electric windows and new boot cylinders.

The fine tuning of the car was completed installing new DUNLOP tires on both axles, of the size 225/45 R17 and a complete detailing.

Reading the reports of the DGT and Carfax one can confirm that the history provided by the owner matches the records of both reports and different mileage entries can be found which indicates km count has not been manipulated.

Legally, the car is perfectly suitable to drive, it has ITV in effect and no records or indication of charges.

This Z3 is an excellent unit with a perfectly clear history record, few owners and correctly maintained, to which we should add the fact that it is a special edition with a limited production count. The BMW Z3 is a more and more sought-after model, especially with the 2.8i engine for its excellent compromise between performance, fuel economy, reliability and maintenance.

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