BMW Z3 Roadster Review from Mexico

2000 BMW Z3 Roadster M 2.3

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.3 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired48000 kilometres
Most recent distance62000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 850

Summary:

Aerodynamic car that is very confident

Faults:

Water pump went out. Easy to change, it's not powered by the timing belt like my Volvo and Audi are.

Heated mirrors were on all the time, even at 50 degrees Celsius. Does not have a off switch, it has a temperature sensor. I tried pulling the fuse; it was linked with climate control system, just one of those idiosyncrasies you have with a car.

General Comments:

Very nice power curve with a 2.3 inline six.

Handles very well, only on dry roads.

Nice passing gear for passing trucks on mountain roads, with a five speed manual transmission, only a very sensitive clutch; valet parking people would kill the engine all the time when they tried to park it.

Large trunk for a roadster convertible.

Not much ground clearance. Bottoms out on rough roads, especially at high speeds.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th January, 2010

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 1 review