We finally bought of these retro-looking beauties. The price tag was just too high originally but we found a nice ultra-low mileage model for half the original list. This 3.0 liter steptronic is everything it is said to be. Just excellent performance, especially the handling. It didn't hurt that we bought some new Goodyear F1 all-season tires. The interior is just classic w/everything laid out quite well. The gas mileage is OK, not great, but 225 HP will do that. Comparing this car with a Miata is a joke. No way! Maybe because they are both roadsters I guess. The Z3 is more in the Boxster or Audi TT class. Grab a Z3 before the low mileage ones are all gone! The Z4 changed too much.
Retro-style roadster with modern electronics, engine, etc. Outstanding 3.0 liter performance that gives incredible straight-line acceleration that almost compares with American muscle. Not quite but very impressive for a car of this type. The feel is exhilarating!
I'm sure the Z4 has improvements with things like the DSC (wheel sensors, etc..) and idiot dash lights that stay on. The high cost of maintenance stinks, but it is a BMW. I guess it goes with the territory.