BMW Z3 ROADSTER 1996-2002

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Practicality:

77.14%

Reliability:

91.43%

Build Quality:

91.43%

How it Drives:

94.29%

Running cost:

80%

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Chrizie

Drive with a smile!

BMW Z3 ROADSTER 1996-2002

This car is a total delight, it's like a classic sports car to drive but with modern convenience of power steering which gives a far better 'feel' than any other car , good brakes, modern safety features and a good heater. It is easy to get in and out of, it is comfortable with good vision over the long bonnet and overall quiet on a long journey with a nice bark to the exhaust to let you know you're driving a sports car. It's not the fastest car with only a 1.9 engine but totally adequate on today's roads. The downside for some people would be that it is not a 'chuckable' car and forget the idea of 'drifting' it if that's what you want and the car does suffer from scuttle shake - it's handling is nowhere as good as a MX5. But overall it is a total delight to drive and the pleasure it gives per £ spent, far exceeds any other car available.

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Barrington

BMW z3

BMW Z3 ROADSTER 1996-2002

Really brilliant car I have had 3, first a 4 cylinder 1900, then a 6 cylinder 2.2, then I bought a new z4s which I didn't like and so bought another Z3 2.2 sport . It is a classic and has practically no faults. I got rid of the auto changer to get more boot space. The one to buy is the sport version as it has the wide wheels and extras. The car drives fabulously, just 2nd gear is a bit sticky but this seems to be a BMW thing as they all seem to be like it. I have had a z3 for a total of about 13 years and loved it…..

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Kobra92

Best little I've owned for years

BMW Z3 ROADSTER 1996-2002

Great car to drive loads of fun even at legal speeds .I went to last year's Le Man's 24 hr in her never missed a beet 1400 miles over all only stopped to fill up . When I arrived I got out as fresh as when I started. Not a big boot but I got a 4 man tent plus all the usual camping stuff in with just a small bag on the passenger seat. Top goes up and down at the press of a button does it a lot quicker than an mx5 .as an extra I have a hard top for winter that only takes a few 10s of minute's to fit,my only wish is I would have loved to have got her 10 years ago when new

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Pauljcowling

A great car

BMW Z3 ROADSTER 1996-2002

A bit difficult to get in and out of for a six-footer but well worth the effort. A really nippy roadster, and pretty too.

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AutoEvoke

Z3 2.0

BMW Z3 ROADSTER 1996-2002

What can I say...its a great little car. I hesitate to say its a Sports Car in the truest sense as it is a little bit overweight and this is noticeable when throwing into corners. Compared to the MX5 which willingly throws itself into the bend with very little forward planning, the Z3 is more a case of planning the entrance and if going too fast it is panic stations to recover it on the exit! With stiffer bushes I'm sure that would tighten things up on corners. Saying that....it is an excellent Tourer. Comfortable and great for long distance trips with little in the way of driver fatigue. The interior is very durable and comfortable, everything still works as it should do after 15 years. The engine is typical BMW...very durable and reliable. The 'baby six' sounds great but doesn't deliver too much in the way of performance...'its bark is worse than its bite'. Even with the Twin Vanos system, it's not too bad but you have to rev it to achieve much in the way of a spirited drive. Body wise, my car is superb with no rust issues considering its age. Again, much like the interior, everything does what is should do! If thinking of buying an appreciating 'Modern Classic' I would definitely advise to consider a Z3 of any size engine, facelifted or earlier version, domestic or import...it doesn't really matter as it comes down to personal choice.

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AutoEvoke

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BMW Z3 ROADSTER 1996-2002

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Anonymous

Z3

BMW Z3 ROADSTER 1996-2002

It's a bit tight to get in and out of but once you're in its worth the effort. A really fun car and so easy to drive and nippy. With the hood down, which isn't so often in England, its even more fun to drive. The car is maybe not so practical for carrying stuff but then what sports car is. We do have a volvo estate in the family for such purposes. My car is almost 20 years old although it doesn't look like it and has weathered well. Apart from the MOTs there has been no need to go to the garage since I bought it. Absolutely reliable (famous last words! ) Recommended

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