BMW M Roadster Reviews

1999 BMW M Roadster 2.3 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.3 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 kilometres
Most recent distance145000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

Best thing I've ever done was buy this car!

Faults:

Absolutely nothing!!!

General Comments:

I am over the moon with this car! She is my dream car - runs perfectly, quick off the mark, handles beautifully, and is a real head turner!

With the top down, you feel completely free and one with nature.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd October, 2010

1999 BMW M Roadster 3.2 Manual from UK and Ireland

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.2 Manual Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance50000 miles

Summary:

Very fast modern day Cobra

Faults:

The central locking sensor located in the rear view mirror packed up.

The ABS computer gave up.

General Comments:

This car sets you apart from the crowd, with people looking and trying to fig out why this Z3 looks so different, and the retro style does not date the car.

The M Roadster has real Q car qualities; see the look of total shock on the 911 driver's face when you are gaining on him; one actually pulled me over, he could not understand it!

This car pulls like a train with a wall of power through the rev range. There's no substitute for cubic inches.

This is not a hair dressers car; you have to be firm in the way you drive-steer-and apply the power. The ride & engine & suspension are all from BMW M division.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th January, 2009

6th Feb 2009, 08:24

I picked up a '98 M Roadster in November and garaged it immediately to hibernate for the cold (and snowy) New England winter. I drove it a few times and can't wait until Spring - call it delayed gratification. It has 21K miles so is basically just broken in. My initial take: strong and torque-y pretty much at any rev, surprisingly cheapo interior, looks best from rear 3/4, a pour it on chassis that takes a line and doesn't quit, and slightly low gearing that has you spinning at 3 grand over 70ish. The z3M may be one of the unsung bargains right now.

23rd Dec 2010, 18:26

I have a 2006 Z4M with the same 3.2 litre engine - and what an engine it is!

I honestly think though the Z3M looks better - it has a kind of curvy hot rod look to it!

1998 BMW M Roadster from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired19000 miles
Most recent distance73000 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Eclipse

Summary:

Lots of performance in a stunning package

Faults:

Replaced brake pads and rotors at 60k

Replaced rear tires at 55k

Replaced transmission and differential fluids at 50k

Replaced air filter with K&N

Sagging glove box eBay fix

Rear window trim re glue.

General Comments:

I bought the MR after looking at and driving several other cars, including Corvette, Boxster, S2000, MB CL430, and M3. All of the others were nice, but the clear winner overall was the MR. Plus, the insurance was the cheapest of the bunch (about $300/ year cheaper than the M3, which has the same engine and seats 5!)

I've been very happy with it. Some random thoughts about this car:

I made the round trip drive from FL to D.C. five times in this car, and I'm 6'2". I average about 25 mpg, which is astounding to me because I've been accused of being a lead foot. This car is quick enough to get you into serious trouble with the law! It's got a great rumble and glorious engine noise when you wind it out. Not even a need to down-shift when passing slower traffic because of the abundant torque. Highly addictive. The top is easy to work and I've not had any troubles with water tightness. This is the only convertible I've driven that has low enough side window sills that you don't feel like you're in the bathtub, like in the S2000, Corvette, 350Z, etc.

If you can find one for sale, take it out for a spin. You can't help, but fall for it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th December, 2006

2002 BMW M Roadster Z3 M 3.2 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.2 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired19000 miles
Most recent distance29000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Corvette

Summary:

Fast, fun, quality made, somewhat rare

Faults:

None.

General Comments:

During test drive I asked the seller what the orange light that kept coming on was for... he said its the "DSC traction control"...he disabled it and I could then keep it on at will at speeds below 50 mph in 1st or 2nd gear.

While driving with the top down on a sunny day fun trip I was trapped behind a string of 5 slow cars... I asked my nervous wife if it was OK to pass.. she said yes.. but at 123 mph and still accelerating she said ENOUGH you've passed them.

It is hard to keep it down to a reasonable freeway speed.. it likes cruising at 80-90mph. At one point I was driving along at 70mph. The road cleared. I ran it up to around 140 with absolutely no melodrama before backing off.

This is not my fastest car, but the combination of performance and quality puts it head and shoulders above my '66 TVR Griffith 400, '66 Supercharged Shelby GT350, or Vette in terms of enjoyable vehicle. I highly recommend it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd November, 2006

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 11 reviews