I hope it doesn't get that expensive now that Spring is here.
The colour isn't my cup of tea but I believe it's quite a rarity being pistachio green and quite sort after and that interior looks lovely with the leather sports seats plus it's got the James Bond wheels on that green one but check the mirrors aren't broken as these are expensive even second hand and normally snap if they don't get pushed in from time to time. But there is a really good fix for the mirrors though as a German company now makes new mirror bases out of a plastic resin that eliminates the problem.https://www.ebay.co....tm/162435947875
My ex also had the MX5 in the past and although it handles slightly better I find the Z3 better suited for our potholed roads with softer suspension and I find it great fun to drive and you don't have the worry with rust like on the 5 and if it has any it will only be cosmetic as all the panels can be had cheaply secondhand and are bolt on.
My Z3 is one of the first as we didn't get them for another year in RHD and still looks like new and is rattle free it's a 4 pot M44 and it's no slouch with 140bhp as standard I think most of the earlier 4 pots had the M44 but on the early road tests the M43 engined car was used so I imagine 115/118 bhp would be a bit lacklustre.
I bought mine on a wet January 2 to 3 years ago now and I think it was about £1350 but although it was a real goodun with low mileage it has a rip in the roof and a boot full of water and moving seats hence the price which was sorted in no time and all I've done since then is serviced the car and changed the expansion tank which was £10 for a genuine item and a 10 minute job once it arrived.
The seats on yours if you buy it will most probably have some play in the runners as most have but it's a simple fix and the parts are dirt cheap.https://www.ebay.co....tm/152418962290
I would say go for one as I've now had the Mx5 (well ex did) the smart roadster and the Z3 and it really is the best compromise and the most reliable out of the 3 I would say and it's the only one I can't part with plus the cheapest car and I think the best looker and everyone needs a car with side grills.
Also the base model MX5 only comes with between 90 and 115bhp and a sporty 1.8 only has between 130 to 140 bhp so performance wise the 4 pots are evenly matched with an MX5.
Recently I went on a Z3 meet and followed a beautiful late 3 litre Z3 with all the sports upgrades and to be honest around twisty lanes there was nothing in it as the 4pot is nice and light obviously on an open straight road it would leave my car for dust but I wouldn't rule out a 4 pot m44.
When I looked for mine though I just went on condition rather than engine if I'm honest but I like the M44 so much that is why I also bought the E36 Ti compact for my winter car.
If your down my way your more than welcome to take the car for a spin.
The only real downside I think with the Z3 is the tyres are just too wide with the optional wheels and on a badly rutted road it will tramline a bit but my car is on cheapo Chinese tyres so it might be the issue and the suspension etc is all original so it might need a refresh but I bought some lovely 15inch pepperpot alloys and although I've got the James Bond wheels I prefer the early smaller pepperpot wheels but I doubt I will ever get round to putting them on but at £20 for 4 decent alloys I just couldn't turn them down.
Not my car but these are the style wheel I bought.
Or you could always buy one of these monstrosities which I think is a MK1 mx5 with a fibreglass Z3 front and was done when the Z3 wasn't available in large numbers.
When I looked for one I did have one stipulation and it was red leather so it took awhile to find one with that interior in nice condition but looking on here it's now common as muck as us autoshiters seem to have the same spec of black with red leather lol