1997 BMW Z3 Consumer Review: A Classic in all Respects

1997 BMW Z3 - Consumer Review

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

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A Classic in all Respects
By PotomacBob on


1997 BMW Z3 1.9 2dr Convertible


While in college in the late 1960's, I owned an Austin Healey 100-4. The Z-3 I purchased in 1997 had all the elements that I loved about the Austin Healey. The 6 cylinder in a must for the Z-3 and frankly the only color to consider if you are an aficionado is the dark green with tan interior and top. Any one who reports that there is insufficient power or that the top is too hard to put up is not a roadster devotee. Boys, step aside and let the real men tell you what constitutes a genuine sports car. Thank you BMW for bringing back a car that is in the lineage of the Austin Healey, Morgan and MG.

Best Features

The well-designed cockpit; the tight shift; and the classic design.

Worst Features

Too late now, but the car never should have been sold in anything but manual transmission. If you can't drive a "stick shift" then buy a Honda Accord and wear your cap with the initial "B" for boring.
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