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1996 BMW Z3

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1.9 1.9L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual - (24 reviews )

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Great Value
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By Steve D
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1996 BMW Z3 1.9 2dr Convertible


Review

After having a Porsche Boxter (loved it), I tried a Mazda Miata and was disappointed. When the opportunity to purchase the Z3 came along I grabbed it. It has been a wonderful car and predictably reliable. The rear alignment has been problematic but besides that a great car.


Best Features

Great body design. Great handling. Four cylinder perky enough with great gas mileage.


Worst Features

Rear alignment adjustment.


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Amazing 2 Seat Convertible
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Z3 Man
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1996 BMW Z3 1.9 2dr Convertible


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I've had my Z for about a month now and have had nothing but pure joy. Styling is amazing. So sleek and smooth. No doubt it has aged perfectly and will continue to age much better than the the Z4. People will ask what year it it is and I tell them to guess. Their average guess is 2002 lol. Lots of people complain about performance, but luckily mine came with a supercharger made specifically for the 96' Z3 and boosted the power to 225hp. Yup that's right horsepower more than the 6 cylinder. Handling is perfect, you can go around a curve at 50 miles an hour when it suggests 35 with ease and comfort. All in all a great car that will age perfectly and last forever.


Best Features

Style, performance, handling, and being able to drop the top down at the red light.


Worst Features

One thing that I really wish the Z had was a 6th gear. Sounds like I'm dogging it on the highway, and a easier way to reset the oil change lamp. Other than that she's a dream car


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Fun, fun, fun
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Doug G.
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1996 BMW Z3 1.9 2dr Convertible


Review

The four cylinder Z3's may not have the oomph of the later six cylinder models, but it is fast enough to get one a speeding ticket! On the other hand, I believe the handling is lighter and better balanced without the extra weight of the six cylinder in the front. The four cylinder wants premium gas, but gas mileage is great! And, yes, people do stop and ask about the car or look as we drive by. The BMW dealers are expensive for service and/or repairs. But dropping the top on a sunny day and cruising the back roads makes it worth while!


Best Features

Light handling, great fuel economy, just a lot of fun!


Worst Features

Lousy stock audio system.


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A Really Fun Car
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Bob G.
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1996 BMW Z3 1.9 2dr Convertible


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Now about to turn 9 years old, my Z-3 is just as much fun to drive as when new. I still get "thumbs up" and compliments from strangers (aged from teen to senior) on my "ride." It is a bit underpowered which shows climbing some of our rather steep hills or in the mountains, but that is minor compared to the superbly balanced handling - lost in the front-heavy 6's in my opinion. The interior has a few cheesy touches - especially the center console which would embarrass a Yugo - but is roomy and comfortable. Plus it has a real trunk with room for a week's groceries or a week's worth of luggage (softsided).


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Great Car for a short while..
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By Ingersoll929
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1996 BMW Z3 1.9 2dr Convertible


Review

The car is excillent for getting
noticed and for the looks.However, when
things mechanically go wrong, it seems
like anything less then $500 isn't in
the question.The trunk
does leak, Engine rattles like no other,
and the ride isn't very smooth at all
for being a BMW. Trust me when i say
you feel EVERY bump or rock in the
road.Other then that its a very fun car
and its great to be noticed in!


Best Features

I absolutely LOVE the exterior design on the Z3. It definatly looks like a $50,000 machine, even 8 years old. The wheels are also very nice and slick looking. The over all look of the vehicle is outstanding.


Worst Features

More smooth and not feel every bump. The interior set up and gauges are blah & cheap looking.


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