Used 2001 BMW Z3 3.0i Convertible Consumer Reviews | Edmunds
ADVERTISEMENT

2001 Bmw Z3 - Consumer Reviews

2001 BMW Z3 Convertible

Average Consumer Rating

21 Total Reviews

View reviews for a specific Z3 model:
ADVERTISEMENT

Sort by

Most Recent|
Most Recent Most Helpful Highest Rating Lowest Rating
4-Star Car, 5-Star Fun!
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By bullz3
on

Vehicle

2001 BMW Z3 Convertible 3.0i 2dr Roadster (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


Review

I'm the third - and likely last - owner of our Z3. Paid well under the $7,500 asking price (125k miles) when a BMW Dealer pre-sale inspection (do this!!) found $6k in bad rear trailing arms and old/cracked/leaking critical engine parts/seals. A good independent shop did it for $4k. Was it worth it? OHMYLORDYES! This is the Roadster my old Miata always wanted to be. Takes my breath away every time I open the garage, and again every time I open the throttle. The S52 engine is the best of the bunch. Just be prepared to pay a premium to fix all the nits that crop up. Resale values are rising for later models in good repair. If you find one under $10k this looker is definitely worth a 2nd look.


Favorite Features

Oh my gosh, so very pretty. Helps you get over those times when this gal is high-maintenance. A wonderful second car that loves good weather and decent roads. Have driven all manner of Porsches (911, 924, 928, 944), and none handled better. That said, BMWs are tight. This one will rattle your teeth over potholes. Engine/Transmission - Dead stop in 2nd gear to 60 in well under 6 seconds, 80mph down the highway all day long, or rapid jaunts around the block for groceries. No better drivetrain around. A favorite feature of many is the Z3 Coupe. If you find one, buy it. I would like to get a hard top if I could find one.


Suggested Improvements

Read the message boards and you'll quickly discover: - Interior materials are cr@p. Leather is thin and prone to cracking. Lots of breakable plastic parts and hoses that are costly to replace. Seat mounts come loose. Hard to believe this was a $40k car once. - Engine pumps and parts are prone to cracks/leaks. - Rear assembly is prone to separating from the body, a $3000-4000 repair. - Buy winter tires on a 2nd set of 3-Series rims, or plan to park it when it snows. Bad in snow. Before you buy, spend several weeks on BMW message boards educating yourself on Z3s. And spend $250 and have a reputable BMW mechanic do a complete pre-sale inspection. You could save thousands in the long run.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Instant classic
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Bill in AZ
on

Vehicle

2001 BMW Z3 Convertible 3.0i 2dr Roadster (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


Review

Bought my Z3 in December 2009 - have owned it for 8 months. Love the styling, performance, ride & handling. Purchased extended warranty & glad I did. It has already paid for itself. Issue with emissions, front bushings & ball joints, motor mount replaced, 1 window lift, fan clutch, alt tensioner, & water pump. All this would have cost $4500 - only $500 with warr. Key remote has been flaky - will not fail when at dealership. Having said that - it always starts and I drive it every day on my 70 mile commute. Love the car, gets lots of comments - a real head turner. Getting close to 25 mpg with mostly highway driving, some local (80/20).


Favorite Features

On board computer - mpg, miles to empty, ave speed & outside temp. Interior and exterior styling is excellent. AC works well even in Arizona heat.


Suggested Improvements

Higher quality plastic for rear window (foggy/scratched and will not clean) or use glass. Larger trunk would be nice - golf clubs do not fit. Would like better sounding sound system. Muddy base. More sound amp power would help and improved speakers.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Fun to drive
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Bill
on

Vehicle

2001 BMW Z3 Convertible 3.0i 2dr Roadster (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


Review

I bought my 2001 Z3 3.0 a month ago & have loved every minute of it. Very nice ride & comfort for a roadster. The I6 is very quick & responsive. Very tight and solid ride with no rattles. Averaging about 24 mpg mixed highway and city. Very quiet for a convertible. Top is very tight.


Favorite Features

Analog gauges, classic design inside and out. Harmon Kardon stereo has excellent sound.


Suggested Improvements

It would be nice to have more storage space - but what do you expect in a roadster!!


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Fun, Fun, Fun
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By WHOOPZEE
on

Vehicle

2001 BMW Z3 Convertible 3.0i 2dr Roadster (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


Review

This car has been great fun at a low cost. You can find a Z3 in great condition at a reasonable cost. It is a real enthusiasts car, with excellent power, great handling, and smiles every time you get behind the wheel.


Favorite Features

Handling, style, and the "Nice Car" compliments from complete strangers.


Suggested Improvements

Nothing significant.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Great looks & Great drive
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By gatoralias
on

Vehicle

2001 BMW Z3 Convertible 3.0i 2dr Roadster (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


Review

Purchased 2001 Z3 3.0 June 2008. Car is in immaculate condition. Test drove in the rain well. Tight handling, stiff ride (fine with me!), and exciting response. Doesn't blow around on the interstate. Answers the need for speed quickly. The 5 speed manual transmission is great fun. I am enjoying driving it very much even though I have to keep wiping the drool from my friends off the car.


Favorite Features

Convertible top. Easy to use and quick to put up or take down. Love the transmission. The handling is fabulous. And, of course, the look is elegant and sporty at the same time.


Suggested Improvements

Cup holders are too small! But that has been noted before.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

ADVERTISEMENT

Write Consumer Reviews

Write Consumer Reviews

Write a review and rate your own car.

ADVERTISEMENT

New Car Buying Guides

See which cars and trucks our editors recommend

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
Have a question? We're here to help!
Chat*
Chat online with us
Email
Email us at help@edmunds.com
*Available daily 8AM-5PM Pacific
Phone*
Call us at 855-782-4711
SMS*
Text us at ED411