1996 BMW Z3 Consumer Review: Truth about the early Z3

1996 BMW Z3 - Consumer Review

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1.9 Convertible (1.9L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Truth about the early Z3
By MikeInDallas on


1996 BMW Z3 1.9 2dr Convertible


Had Z3 2 years now, bought
used. Door handle
pulled off/common defect. Light switch
is a pull
switch, but the snap-on cap that covers
the screw-on bolt is also snap-on. Duh.

Location of window controls
in center console results in shorts
because it's next to shifter and gets
dirty. Windows sometimes don't roll
up/down. Cat. Converter bad, rattles
like mad. Top rattles too. Trunk

This was a factory approved used car.
I've talked to others who have cited
similar experiences. Maybe an older
model you buy will have these things
fixed, maybe not.

Best Features

Lots of fun to drive. Only car I've owned that is in a game (XBox).

Worst Features

Test the product internally and don't let the consumer do the testing. I've had BMW before and this was a big disappointment.
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