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.
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.
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.
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!!!
by TJRoadster on Nov 30, 2010 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.
by PotomacBob on Jun 12, 2010 Vehicle: 1997 BMW Z3
While in college in the late 1960's, I owned an Austin Healey 100-4. The Z-3 I purchased in 1997 had all the elements that I loved about the Austin Healey. The 6 cylinder in a must for the Z-3 and frankly the only color to consider if you are an aficionado is the dark green with tan interior and top. Any one who reports that there is insufficient power or that the top is too hard to put up is not a roadster devotee. Boys, step aside and let the real men tell you what constitutes a genuine sports car. Thank you BMW for bringing back a car that is in the lineage of the Austin Healey, Morgan and MG.
I have wanted this car since I saw it in GoldenEye and the deal I got was just too good to pass up. It had only 29,000 mi on it when I bought it and everything in all the reviews that drivers had issues with had already been fixed (her father owned a BMW dealership) so it was perfect. I am 5'2" so it fits me to a T and I just drove 400 mi this weekend and was totally comfortable. Every day I drive it someone comments on what a beautiful car it is and I agree. It is not for everyone, larger drivers will not be comfortable, but they can buy any other car. It runs like a dream and is very reliable, most parts that I have had to replace were the originals. I intend to keep it forever.
by Frank Armstrong on May 25, 2009 Vehicle: 1997 BMW Z3
After gas went sky high in mid-2008, I started looking for a commuter car, but also wanted fun. After some research, I decided on a Z-3, and looked on Auto Trader and E-Bay for a good one. I was fortunate to find a 1997 with the 2.8 six cylinder, five speed and only 42,000 miles. After nearly a year, I can tell you this was a great choice. Plenty of performance and drop top fun, plus a solid 26.8 mpg. I bet the 4 cyl are even better mileage, but the 6 is awesome. These cars have some quirks, like a sloppy seat track that allows you to slip forward and back on braking, but overall the car is a great value. Unfortunately, you aren't likely to find a good one at the Edmunds price.
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