1998 BMW Z3 Roadster 2.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Small car with a big engine - great fun

Faults:

Rear suspension mounts needed replacing after 1500 miles - fine since then.

Nothing else.

General Comments:

Beautiful engine and build quality.

Only worry is leaving it parked away from the house. Had it broken into once in a car park - not cheap to repair.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th August, 2000

6th Nov 2004, 06:19

I too had to replace the convertable roof, due to the fact that someone broke into the roof.Yes, very expensive to replace.

1998 BMW Z3 Roadster 2.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Faults:

Very little, I have had the car for around a year and so far I have had no problems at all with it.

Apart from the unavoidable stone chips around the back wheels arches.

I have heard a lot of rumours of leaking roofs, but myself and two other friends who own similar cars have never experienced any problems with water leaks, even under the heaviest downpour.

General Comments:

Performance is very good, not awesome but bloody quick, BMW quote 0-60 in 6.9 secs but on a dry day, 6.4 seconds is easily achievable.

Handling is corking, traction control gives you the extra confidence in the wet or in Winter conditions that other rear wheeled drive cars lack, but in the Summer by pressing one little button it's rear end out fun, quite controllable and with the hood down an absolute scream.

At my time of buying I test drove rival cars for two days each and the 2.8 Z3 was the best for handling, performance and all round fun.

But just a word of warning, take a large steepish slope, add snow and slush and then take 196bhp driven through the back wheels and the result, not a lot of weight over the back wheels will leave you stranded and unable to get traction. Rather embarrasing!

But that's the price you pay for 50/50 weight distribution.

All in all another excellent roadster from those clever little German bods.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th February, 2000