Used 1997 BMW Z3 Pricing


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1997 Highlights

BMW makes its 190-horsepower six-cylinder engine available in the Z3 2.8.


Pros

  • It has an easy to use top and is very fun to drive, with a well-balanced chassis and outstanding brakes.

Cons

  • The engine is a bit weak, as are the stereo speakers.

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Features & Specs

2.8 2dr Convertible1.9 2dr Convertible
MPG2023
SeatingN/AN/A
Transmission5-speed manual5-speed manual
Fuelgasgas
Horsepower190 hp @ 5300 rpm138 hp @ 6000 rpm

Safety

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    0
    0

Top Consumer Reviews

Read what other owners think about the 1997 BMW Z3

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Consumer Rating


WOW What a Car
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.
Oldie but fricken goodie
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!!!
BMW Z3 2.8 - one of the best roadsters
I bought the '97 Z3 2.8L with the M body style, wide tail and tires, the first year of this style. I think this body is a classic. The Z4 is a bit crisp for me. I have owned my car for 10 years and have had no problems other than a minor driver's seat rail play (seat slid back/forth) which I got fixed under warranty. In 2000, I compared this vs. my neighbor's Porsche 2.5L boxster he wanted to sell me and this vintage of the two cars didn't render a big difference. I felt the BMW 2.8 had more power than the Boxster and handled as well when I pushed both on a very windy back road. There is a huge difference between the 4 cyl and 6 cyl BMW. Once I drove the 2.8L, I said no to the 4 cyl.
Used 1997 BMW Z3 Overview

The Used 1997 BMW Z3 is offered in the following submodels: Convertible. Available styles include 2.8 2dr Convertible, and 1.9 2dr Convertible. The Used 1997 BMW Z3 comes with rear wheel drive, . Available transmissions include: 5-speed manual, .

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