I always wanted a DeLorean

My whole life I have wanted a DeLorean, I know it’s something that I won’t be able to afford and I won’t be able to afford repairs for it so I settled for a 2011 BMW Z4, did I make the right decision? I saw this vehicle at a used car lot and fell in love with its design and it drives like a dream, what do you all think about the z4?

If you love it that is happiness for you. I imagine you have considered higher repair and maintenance cost as an acceptable cost for your cool car.

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I cannot relate. My “dream car” is something with 4 doors, a fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engine, automatic transmission, comfortable seats and driving position, decent audio system, decent heater and A/C, and not much else. No touchscreens, no telemetry/communication systems, no power windows/seats/etc, no sunroof/moonroof, etc. Something like the mid-90’s Toyota Corolla/Dodge Shadow/Chevrolet Corsica would be ideal.

Interestingly, this weekend, I saw two very nice cars posted on the local Craigslist, which I’d love to have, but sadly no room to park more vehicles here, and no time to work on more cars than I already own.

The Z4 is a much better car in both performance and handling. I think if not for " Back to the Future" the DeL\orean would just be a mostly forgotten failure.


Z4 is a no less legendary vehicle, I’m just kind of confused how does it compare to a DeLorean – it’s entirely different in both the concept and the execution. Otherwise, it’s a light BMW that is fairly easy to find parts for, so definitely a better deal. I would be curious to drive a DeLorean one day but only for a day, and I wouldn’t own a Z4 either, I prefer bigger cars. Regardless, good for you, enjoy your new ride!

Can’t agree. Even outside the movies, it’s a very interesting piece of history – the stainless-steel body worth a lot by itself. I also really like the design, but I’m unreasonably a sucker for this 60s-90s combination of sleek and boxy.

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Delorean settled for an engine they could get. a very underpowered ,old , joint venture design used by 3 makes.

None of them were put in high performance cars.

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Oh, it’s not a performance car by any means. Commercial failure, maybe, but forgotten, not necessarily at all. Reliant Robin is… how to put this, a very questionable vehicle however you look at it, and it has almost a cult following.

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It will never be “forgotten” as a failure.

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First of all why do you care what anyone thinks about a vehicle that you like ? We buy vehicles that meet our needs whether it is popular or not.

I think the BMW Z4 just looks out of proportion so I don’t want one but a neighbor has one and likes it.

I would much prefer a Z4 to a Delorean. IMO you made the right choice.

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I bought a Miata 17 years ago and still smile when I drive it. If the Z4 does that for you, you’re the big winner here.

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z4 definitely seeems a better practical choice than a classic delorean.

Make sure all the recall work has been done on your z4. On the s-drive 30 version, Fuel pump, pcv system, rear driveshaft, camshaft gear bolts, camshaft position sensing, VANOS adjustment, battery cable, & 9 service campaign topics. Just want to make sure that’s all been done is all.

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couple years ago you could buy all the parts to build your own Delorean for about $25,000. Not sure about that now, especially with them recently announcing that they are going back into production.

We’ll, ‘back’ as a completely different EV.

The left front fender for a Delorean hasn’t been available for several years, most of the other panels can be found, at least at the Texas specialist.

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My impression of the DeLorean when I drove one many years ago was it wasn’t fast, didn’t handle all that well, and was cramped. I’m over 6’ tall and the low ceiling had cutouts for your head to fit. The one I drove was lacking the flux capacitor.

Well there was the whole problem. Everyone knows a DeLorean is completely useless without the “Flux Capacitor “ :rofl:


You have to go to an aftermarket supplier:

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Product Information

  • Gigawatts: 121
  • Material Compatibility: Plutonium
  • Working Speed (mph): 88
  • Maximum Power: 121 Gigawatts

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Detailed Description

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  • Plutonium is required to properly operate the flux capacitor
    • Plutonium is used by the onboard nuclear reactor which then powers the flux capacitor to provide the needed 1.21 gigawatts of electrical power.
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  • Flux capacitor requires the stainless steel body of a 1981-1983 DeLorean DMC-12 to properly function.
    • Once the time machine travels at 88 mph (142 km/h), light coming from the flux capacitor pulses until it becomes a steady stream of light at which point time travel begins!