We finally bought of these retro-looking beauties. The price tag was just too high originally but we found a nice ultra-low mileage model for half the original list. This 3.0 liter steptronic is everything it is said to be. Just excellent performance, especially the handling. It didn't hurt that we bought some new Goodyear F1 all-season tires. The interior is just classic w/everything laid out quite well. The gas mileage is OK, not great, but 225 HP will do that. Comparing this car with a Miata is a joke. No way! Maybe because they are both roadsters I guess. The Z3 is more in the Boxster or Audi TT class. Grab a Z3 before the low mileage ones are all gone! The Z4 changed too much.
Bought this roadster new and it has
been a thirill to own. Great handing
if you can find a curvy, open road.
The gearing is very low, even in 5th
gear, so there's always plenty of
torque without downshifting.
Brakes and steering are first class
Lots of strangers admire it.
I really can't say much bad about the
car...I love the looks and the
aggressive style. The 3.0 is the way
to go. Everyone who is an enthusiast
wants the 3.0 over the 2.5 The motor
is great, tranny superb, and the
handling is out of sight. I have
noticed fairly quick wear on the
tires. But, I do drive it with
authority..If you can find one in good
shape get it..The car is gonna be a
Bought it used with 19,000 miles [now has 47,000]. Has been great on gas mileage, about 23-24 MPG. It must have highest octane or it coughs alot! Back window seems fragile; scratched despite putting a towel in the fold when I open the top. BIG problem however with the radio code; replaced battery, and radio locked. Got code from BMW dealer; have never been able to reset and get radio/CD to work, despite following all instructions. Also door metal seems fragile; gets tiny dents so easily that I now park far away from other cars. Glove compartment is badly designed; stuff falls down and out when opened, no edge on it. Otherwise good looker with great performance! So fun with top down!