1997 BMW Z3 Roadster


Best car for maintenance and fun that I ever had


I cracked the wheel bearing.

General Comments:

The Z3 manual 5 speed is very quick and handles excellently. I love this car and wish it had two more seats for the children.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2004

2001 BMW Z3 Roadster 2.3 2.3 litre I6


Great little car for the young at heart AND age


Nothing but minor dings and a chip in the right rear rim.

VERY reliable, more stress on very.

General Comments:

Runs on regular, so very cheap gas (recommended in manual and dealership)

Reaves import motorcars has been a pleasure and if you live anywhere near Tampa bay Florida I HIGHLY recommend going their. We just got a new Land Rover discovery from them and we are getting the new 540 from them.

Car is fast when you want, and docile when you want it.

Engine silky smooth, transmission is short and smooth. Why in gods name do you need a short shifter with shifts this short?!?!?!

Insurance not bad, 600 for every 6 months.

Handling is beautiful, not too fast or slow. Feels neutral in turns, not that rear biased.

Our car is a limited edition red color with cream interior and wood trim with M Shifter and steering wheel.

Stereo system is a charm. Lots of bass and is CRYSTAL clear. BMW hit the interior off well. Stays clean easily and is quick to tidy up.

Only complaint is rear plastic window.

Excellent daily driver. Served as one till the Land Rover was purchased.

No oil consumption, broken in properly.

1st day purchased high school and college girls would follow me when I drove it... obviously they love them.

Little cramped, but I'm not holding that against it. Very hard to get it, I'm 6 foot 230lbs and work out, so legs and shoulders are tight, but I like it like that. FEELS like a sports car, I don't want ample space! I have an SUV for that.

Yes, you see a lot of them. more than 200k produced since introduction. But think of this before you bash BMW. more than a million civics are sold worldwide, compared to little over 1mill worldwide for ALL of BMW, not just one model. Little food for thought.

I highly recommend, buy if possible. Wish I got the 3litre option, but the 2.3 is fine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th December, 2003

2002 BMW Z3 Roadster 3.0 LITER


The car is like a pedigree dog, pretty, but temperamental.


The parking break fell apart causing an intense squeal.

If the car is not driven for more than 7 days the battery becomes too weak to start the car. This is due to the cars own computer drawing the battery down. BMW claims this is a normal condition.

Driver seat squeaks.

The speedometer is 5 mph. slow.

General Comments:

I have to admit, this is one of the most exciting cars to drive. It tracks like it is on rails. The seats are not as comfortable as they could be, but they are not too bad for short rides under 100 miles. The car came the sport package, The tires used in this package hold well in both wet and dry weather, put the car on snow and you have a whole new meaning to the word scary... even worse if you accidentally hit the DSC (dynamic stability control) button.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th February, 2003

1st May 2003, 15:50

We have the same battery problem with a Z8 purchased a few months ago. Just a few days without driving and the battery is dead. I would be curious to know what this person has done about it and if he received any assistance from BMW. Thanks in advance for your help.

26th Apr 2006, 14:51

Just bought a gorgeous 2.8 Z3 two days ago, perfect condition, did plenty of driving then I left it parked for a few hours and came back to find that it wouldn't start!Battery did not have enough power to start the car, can't work out whether this is due to a poor altenator, bad battery or the car over using the battery?

I must say though it is an excellent car, and a rush to drive:)

14th Aug 2017, 19:58

We have an 1999 2.8 and leave it in storage with the battery connected all winter, and it starts each spring as soon as you turn the key.