I love my Z3 M Coupe, but it's a completely different car. In many ways, the Z3 is more fun. It's worth much less so I'm not concerned about it. The suspension is much softer and thus more comfortable for general driving. And as cool and quick as the "clownshoe" is, nothing beats dropping the top in a roadster. As I've said, it's like rolling Xanax.
Back in my "young, dumb, strong and stupid" days, I changed a transmission using only a floor jack and a piece of 2x4, aided by arm strength! Then, I discovered the ease of a transmission jack!! I KNOW that I'm not the only one who's done this (then, NOT NOW!,LOL!) 🙂
A couple of years ago I was on my back under my wife's 2005 Suburban pulling the transmission to get to a leaky rear main seal. I built a wooden platform to go on my floor jack, and used it to pull the transmission back. Then in an instant, the transmission tilted to the side and fell to the ground. Luckily I and the transmission were not injured, but I quickly determined that I could not get the transmission back on my makeshift platform (way to heavy at the awkward angle). I ended up renting a transmission jack, and used the floor jack to slowly raise the transmission on stacked blocks of wood until I could get the rented transmission jack under it. With the transmission on the proper transmission jack, reinstalling it was a snap.
Of course in the end, the rear main oil leak was caused by a blocked PCV orfice and the whole job was a waste of my time.
I see some of the jury rigging in this post and remember when I had to do things like that to get the job done and sometimes the real danger I put myself even foolishly working under a car supported only by a bumper jack. I was severely corrected by my father, who incidentally got smarter the older I got, over that bit of stupidity. So I understand when shortcuts or make do procedures are taken out of necessity. Just remember to take all precautions possible for your safety. I still remember the motto of a former employer that I haven't worked for in 40 years: "No job is so important that all safety precautions cannot be taken." In other words, I you can't do it safely, don't do it. Hire it done if you need to. Your life is well worth the extra money it will cost.
Automotive repairs/hacks that are immediately preceded by "this is how I did it, but don't do it yourself" are ones that I enjoy the most. The Hack Mechanic and a couple of shows on MotorTrend and YouTube are my favorite. I'm not a reader at all - other than some articles here on Hagerty and vehicle specific repair forums. But I did just get a couple of Rob's books for Christmas that had been on a wish list. So far I'm really enjoying the first one I started!
Those weren't available yet, I don't believe, when I bought the mid-rise. If we stay in the house, I might have a look at them, because what I went through with the mid-rise, the platform, and the lift table was pretty miserable.
Reminds me of when a friend and I (in our early 20s!) removed the trans from his four speed Vega in my back yard in base housing. I ended up with the little trans on my chest with the front of the car up on jack stands. Those were the days!!