'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.
The exterior is sexy and the
combination silver/black color is nice.
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
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.
Fun to drive. Excellent on gas. Very
reliable. Easy to manuever and park in
big cities. Great BMW handling and
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.
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.
Exterior styling. Interior design (but
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.
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.
British racing green, smooth style,
decent handling and fun to drive.
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
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.
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.
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