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1998 BMW Z3 Convertible


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BMW Z3 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.8 L Inline 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 189 hp @ 5300 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/24 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1998 BMW Z3

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    We don't care what other people say, we still think that this is the best roadster in the country. Willing engines, superb steering and brakes, a classic shape, and reasonable price make this car a stand out among the new offerings from Mercedes-Benz and Porsche.

  • Cons

    Limited trunk space means that you will always travel light. Small gas tank means that you will stop frequently for fuel.

  • What's New for 1998

    BMW's excellent roadster is now available with a power-operated top.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (30 total reviews)

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Wow what a car

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Vehicle: 1997 BMW Z3

Truly my favorite sports car!! I have owned many including Corvettes, Trans Ams, Z28s, Mustangs, and MG Midgets, but this one takes the cake. Although I still own a 1970 Corvette (rarely driven these days), I still lust for the fun per mile that my Z3 delivered. My wife and I were looking for a sports car for my fortieth birthday back in 2005 and stumbled onto this Atlanta Blue 2.8 5 speed with tan interior. One test drive and the rest is history! The performance, economy, power, looks, and driving pleasure makes this my most fun since my old MGs (when they were running properly). I owned this car for five flawless years and drove the he'll out of it.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Oldie but fricken goodie

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Vehicle: 1997 BMW Z3

The 1997 Z3 1.9L straight-4 is really a unique find, at a great price. I would not pay more than $8,000 for one with around 80,000 miles on it, which is the car I got for myself. Incredible value for a truly zippy and economical car! Lots of fun to drive, and a real head turner for those of us who are into that type of thing. Dark green with tan interior and top is the way to go. Engine without a drop of any fluid on it. Very tight gearbox for a manual transmission, will get you up to 40 miles per hour as quickly as need be. Perfect commuter car!!!

Still turning heads after 14

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Vehicle: 1997 BMW Z3

Great car. Plenty of zip for a 1.9 l. It begs for acceleration into curves. Very tight build. Low slung. Handles curves with vim and vigor. Fun car to drive, especially on country roads. Never had a BMW but now, the ultimate driving machine motto takes on real meaning.

Gas Mileage


  • 17
  • cty
  • 24
  • highway
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Full 1998 BMW Z3 Review

What's New for 1998

BMW's excellent roadster is now available with a power-operated top.

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