Air bag light - 1st week of ownership.
Windscreen cracked down the middle - 2nd week.
Air bag light - 2 months.
Fuel sender broke - 26,000.
Seat belt wiring - 28,000.
2 new back tyres - 28,500.
ABS relay - 32,000.
Dashboard lights out - 31,000.
Steering wheel alignment - 31,500.
Radio display out - 39,000.
Back lights out - 39,000.
Siren on the alarm were faulty - 39,000.
This was my dream car when I bought it, however as you can see from the above - nearly every month I have spent some time in the BMW showroom. It has got beyond a joke. I bought the car 2nd hand FSH 1 owner etc. The car is great and I wish I could paint a different picture but I can't, the car is the worst for reliability ever - every time I turn the car on I dread what will happen next. From what I know of other Z3 drivers, they never have this problem.
Buy one for the sake of saying you've owned it. Otherwise stay well away.
5th Apr 2003, 08:40
Two comments: You mentioned that others owners do not seem to have these problems, yet you are saying to still stay away from purchasing one. Every manufacture has some lemons especially in the initial stages of production. So to all potential buyers - go ahead they ARE reliable. I do not want to use this comment as a personal assault on you, but you gave the performance with the 1.9 auto as being a 10.
The performance of 0-60 in 9.4 seconds is very marginal at best.