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1997 BMW Z3 Convertible


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BMW Z3 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.9 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 138 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 20/29 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 BMW Z3

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    It has an easy to use top and is very fun to drive, with a well-balanced chassis and outstanding brakes.

  • Cons

    The engine is a bit weak, as are the stereo speakers.

  • What's New for 1997

    BMW makes its 190-horsepower six-cylinder engine available in the Z3 2.8.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (20 total reviews)

Cruisin with my z

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Vehicle: 1996 BMW Z3

I love my Z a Jet black on black. I bought this with 100k miles on it, this is one great car. Great looking car and still runs excellent!!! I have no problems with the top because this year it was manual. BMW is the ultimate driving machine. Just cruisin with it... California way

Great value

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Vehicle: 1996 BMW Z3

After having a Porsche Boxter (loved it), I tried a Mazda Miata and was disappointed. When the opportunity to purchase the Z3 came along I grabbed it. It has been a wonderful car and predictably reliable. The rear alignment has been problematic but besides that a great car.

Amazing 2 seat convertible

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Vehicle: 1996 BMW Z3

I've had my Z for about a month now and have had nothing but pure joy. Styling is amazing. So sleek and smooth. No doubt it has aged perfectly and will continue to age much better than the the Z4. People will ask what year it it is and I tell them to guess. Their average guess is 2002 lol. Lots of people complain about performance, but luckily mine came with a supercharger made specifically for the 96' Z3 and boosted the power to 225hp. Yup that's right horsepower more than the 6 cylinder. Handling is perfect, you can go around a curve at 50 miles an hour when it suggests 35 with ease and comfort. All in all a great car that will age perfectly and last forever.

Gas Mileage


  • 20
  • cty
  • 29
  • highway
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Full 1997 BMW Z3 Review

What's New for 1997

BMW makes its 190-horsepower six-cylinder engine available in the Z3 2.8.

Talk About The 1997 Z3

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I'm considering purchasing a used BMW Z3 (1997-1999). I test drove a 2.5L 1998 Z3 and liked the ride and handling very much. What kind of repair and maintenance costs is the Z3 known for? Are parts f...

But I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree concerning bimmer.org. I first started following that board back in 1997 when I purchased my Z3. (It started out as solely a Z3 board, then gradually...

Same goes to the Z3 vs Z4. My wife came this close to buying a Z3 in 1996 when the only engine back then was the 1.9. I didn't quite like the design and with such a weak engine it was easy to walk a...