Mechanical Maintenance June 2012 to the present, other than oil/filter:
(a) a new grommet for the antenna was installed. The old one had apparently rotted away.
(b) had the car gone over by the BEEMER CLINIC, in Fletcher, NC and later at GERMAN AUTO WERKS of Asheville, independent garages, for belts, hoses, fluids, etc.
(c) new water pump, new top radiator hose, new fan belt idler pulley, new gasoline filter.
(d) engine management software was upgraded. My mechanic explained that the software had been upgraded by BMW in 2003. This Z3 still had the original in 2012...
(e) the top apparently was left open too often too many times by its previous owner, so the passenger-side window seals were defective, resulting in a defective impact sensor under the passenger seat. The new top is leakproof, and in order to keep the rear window clear and wrinkle-free, I'm placing a fun noodle wrapped in a microfiber cloth in the fold.
On the WWW, Route 129, our local challenge: The "Dragon",
an 11-mile, 318-turn twisty run down the Smoky Mountains near
Deal's Gap between NC and TN is a fantastic ride in a sports car.
The video comments re the TN police are a hoot.