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Sophisticated fun
By promethius on 01/25/06 23:16 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 BMW Z3 Convertible 2.8 2dr Convertible

Review

This car is absolutely a joy to drive. It has almost zero body lean in high speed turns and the automated traction control keeps the tires sticking to the road. Its got that solid and sophisticated german road feel... like drinking a fine wine or smoking a good cigar. The sport seats are comfortable, and provide just enough room for me (6 feet tall). Being a 2.8 and weighing 2,600 pounds, its got alot of jump from the get go, and mine came with a custom exaust that puts me up to speed a little bit faster. The controls are pretty obvious and close to hand. While limited in cargo space, if you're shopping for a z3, that isnt the main concern. Awesome
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Silver Bullit
By oldcarguy on 09/21/05 17:20 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 BMW Z3 Convertible 1.9 2dr Convertible

Review

Great ride and handling with a strong grip. Engine is a bit thrashy for a four, but the car is quick when need be. Great value for the money with good reliablity. One of the greatest styles ever.
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zooooooom
By wheaties99 on 04/23/05 16:34 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 BMW Z3 Convertible 2.8 2dr Convertible

Review

This is truly one of the most fun cars to drive. Excellent acceleration. You definitely need manual transmission for the true driving experience.Is there road noise? yes! That is what makes this car fun. Not only do you feel the road but you hear it as well. You have to drive one to know what I mean. Step on the gas and feel the rear end squat and the front end raise!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Incredible!
By Jim on 01/14/05 15:20 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 BMW Z3 Convertible 1.9 2dr Convertible

Review

This car drives really well. Great suspension, great handling. Plenty of pep but not a high performance vehicle.It is without a doubt the nicest designed car that I have ever seen.
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'97 Z3
By beatless on 07/20/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 BMW Z3 Convertible 1.9 2dr Convertible

Review

'97 1.9 Z3, silver and black top. I think is the best color combination for this car. The 4cyl eng from the 318 is expectedly not powerful but enough for cruising. Fairly good on fuel but my accord is better. Somewhat cheap interior but otherwise its nice. The exterior is what shines on this car, it is pretty with top up or down. The short throw 5-spd and good brakes makes it easier to drive. The suspension could be tighter, at times it wanders esp. on rough roads. Wood interior is classy but the LED clock is almost useless topdown at daytime.
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Very Fun Car
By MonteroFan on 06/24/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 BMW Z3 Convertible 1.9 2dr Convertible

Review

Even with the smaller 1.9 litre engine this car is an incredibly fun little car. I don't mind the manual top at all it takes 15 seconds to put it up or down at the maximum and it's really easy to do. The optional subwoofer is a must - otherwise you just can't hear music with the top down. My complaints are that the seats move around a bit and one got jammed after a small piece of plastic got caught in the rail. BMW removed the plastic, then told me that I shouldn't move the seats completely to the front, back, top, or bottom as there are known problems with them. Also, the center console cupholder and storage feels cheap. Other than that, I love this car.
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Completely awesome!
By evopanop on 10/15/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 BMW Z3 Convertible 2.8 2dr Convertible

Review

Atlanta Blue with Tan interior, and Automatic transmission. I can't say I've had ANY problems with the car. Well, aside from the whole plastic rear-window on the soft top. Other than that one little annoyance, I can't say there's anything else wrong with the car.
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BMW Z-3 1.8
By Dan D on 07/14/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 BMW Z3 Convertible 1.9 2dr Convertible

Review

All in all, an inexpensive sports car drive for a BMW. Good gas mileage but very weak pick up. Good for cruising, not much more. Build qulity definitely not up to BMW standards. Many problems widely known by BMW on this model that they leave owners hung with to pay. Mine also has a manual convertable top which is a bit of a pain.
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97 Z3 Value
By NJMarkR on 03/17/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 BMW Z3 Convertible 1.9 2dr Convertible

Review

Overall, even with the 1.9L engine, its not a bad cruising car. Certainly great gas mileage. Being a BMW, I expected a better quality vehicle. This car has less than 15k miles, garage kept, never in rain or snow. The seats rock, the power window buttons fall in the console, gas gauge is eractic and BMW dealers want to charge excessive amounts to repair what shouldn't break within 10k to 15k miles.
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Not quite a 'vette...
By Rich O'Connor on 02/15/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 BMW Z3 Convertible 2.8 2dr Convertible

Review

...But the next best thing I could afford to buy. Picked mine up at a Porche owned used car dealership complete with Dinan flow through exhaust and modified thottle body boosting HP to 215 or so from stock 195. Has a deep, throaty sound and definitely can keep up with other pocket rockets. The 17 inch wheels/tires also help keep this pup on rails. Loves to cruise right around 80- 85 and has a great rollover through 110- 115. I love driving this car ! Bright white makes this a head turner too !
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