When you get in this be prepared for a ride like Tom Cruise in Top Gun. Listen to the engine, don't look at the tachometer, and watch your speed. The sound system is okay but not great. In town I don't usually even turn it on unless I'm in 4th gear or 5th gear on the highway. It's a fun car for weekends and road trips but does have limited trunk space.
What a HOOT!!! It's got 160K miles on it. I purchased it as a "toy" and not a daily driver (although I find myself driving it more often than not). I'm 6'3" and about 260 and I have ZERO problems fitting into the car!! Now, I will say that because I'm "long waisted" in that most of my height is from my waist up...with the top up I have to crane my neck to keep from bashing my head on the convertible top...but with the top down? NO problem!! I certainly would recommend one if you find one that's clean. Used prices are MUCH cheaper than Honda S2000's. The performance on the 1.9 is lackluster but it's in essence a motorcycle engine!! Buy you a Bimmer!! The Z3 is fun to drive!! Even with a 5 speed!!!
I bought it in 1998. If I had a choice I would without a doubt do it again!!! when I pulled in our drive, my neighbors ran over and ask if I had won the Lottery! I did not tell them That the total price out the door from the dealership tax etc etc was $30,040.00. l loved the car then and I still do. I am am 81 years old and my Z3 is 19 years old. Pete Hadler Requested Update - I took the Z3 out two days ago on May 7. We had two feet of snow with ten foot drifts several weeks ago! We live in Northern Wisconsin ten miles from the U.P. This was the latest that I every took my first drive of the Spring!! It is so much fun to drive a great handling automobile!! I enjoy driving the Z3 as much as I did twenty years ago! It is a great automobile. It's color is Atlantic Blue and is the same as The James Bond Car in the movie in 1998.
When this car first came out I was in grad school and was smitten by the styling. So once I graduated and got a job, I bought one!!! It's an awesome little roadster. It corners flat and with the 1.9 you don't have enough power to really make it loose it's composure. The 1.9 z3 has adequate power with the manual transmission and very good handling. I'd avoid the automatic b/c the engine does not provide enough torque. Having test drove a MR2 spider and a Miata, I prefer the Z3. It's better looking, better value and is extremely comfortable. Oh and my gas mileage has to be around 35mpg. I drove a 2.3 (slight improvement) and a 2.8 (seriously quick), but in the end preferred my 1.9
The styling still gets a lot of admiring looks even after all of these years. The car is well built and reliable. BMW does a great job with steering systems (it steers a lot like a 3) and it has a solid feel. Great mileage. It's a blast to drive and actually makes me look forward to go into work!
Better cup holders, the power tops all break (the 3 series as well!) and you don't really need them anyway. The interior is a little subpar for a Bimmer.