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'97 Z3
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By beatless
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1997 BMW Z3 1.9 2dr Convertible


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'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.


Favorite Features

The exterior is sexy and the combination silver/black color is nice.


Suggested Improvements

BMW could have done better with suspension considering roadsters are prone to flex and rolls. After market items might improve it without excess weight. Interior could have less plastics.


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Very Fun Car
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By MonteroFan
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1997 BMW Z3 1.9 2dr Convertible


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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.


Favorite Features

Fun to drive. Excellent on gas. Very reliable. Easy to manuever and park in big cities. Great BMW handling and driving feel.


Suggested Improvements

Improve seats, so that you can move them around and so that they don't slide forward a bit when you come to a stop. Seatbelts lock up too frequently. Improve quality of center console.


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BMW Z-3 1.8
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By Dan D
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1997 BMW Z3 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.


Favorite Features

Exterior styling. Interior design (but not quality).


Suggested Improvements

BMW should recall widely known problems with this car (see other reviews). Add the center console, held on by 2 small rubber bands. When broken, BMW has no eplacement.Tries to sell you an xpenive new console. Is that BMW Quality? Take care of current owners, they'll take care of you.


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97 Z3 Value
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By NJMarkR
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1997 BMW Z3 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.


Favorite Features

British racing green, smooth style, decent handling and fun to drive.


Suggested Improvements

BMW should have recalled car for seat issues. To pay $700 to fix a defect common to all Z3 is crazy. They also wanted $350 to replace the power window buttons. Unbelievable!!


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The little Z3
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By Brian
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1997 BMW Z3 1.9 2dr Convertible


Review

Even though my Z3 has the "little" engine it is a blast to drive. It is very reliable and has a lot of get up and go. It is fast, with the 0-60 around 7.7 seconds. Not the fastest car out there, but faster than most. The handling is amazing and it is very easy and comfortable to drive. Get a newer one with the roll hoops if you want people to think it is new. The hoops are the give away that it is a 96 or 97. There are many performance up grades for this engine like a new computer chip, high flow intake, high flow exhaust, and even turbos. But if you need this car to be faster, buy one with the bigger engine.


Favorite Features

heated seats, leather interior, on- board computer. Most people think this is a very expensive car because it is a BMW convertible, but it is one of the best bargains out there.


Suggested Improvements

The factory stereo is horrible. Plan on replacing it with a more powerful one. I think the newer Z3s look better with their fatter fenders, meaner front air dam, roll hoops, and more elaborate interiors.


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