1998 BMW Z3 Roadster 1.9 from Australia and New Zealand


A bachelors classy convertible


Nothing has gone wrong with the car. It has been a joy to drive and handles like it is on rails.

I did however modify the suspension and lowered the car for better cornering and that created a negative camber on the rear wheels. This caused the inner side of my tires to wear out. A camber kit was then installed on the rear to rectify this problem at a cost of $US250.

General Comments:

For a 1.9L and a weight of 1300kg, the car does move and I am happy with it.

I always wash my car on Sundays, and it really turns heads.

I give this car the thumbs up for anyone thinking of buying one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th December, 2002

1st Mar 2004, 21:30

Hey, I just want to know how much you payed for this baby.

1998 BMW Z3 Roadster 2.8 from UK and Ireland


An overpriced convertible pretending to be a sports car


The rear screen became too scratched to see out of.

The factory fit alarm failed.

General Comments:

I bought the car new after a 12 month wait. I was initially happy with the power, but found it too uncomfortable over 70mph. The chassis was very poor.

Rear tyres had worn by 4000 miles.

The microwave alarm kept going off with the hood up or down so I disabled it (the dealer couldn't fix it).

The biggest problem with the car was depreciation. Shortly after it arrived, BMW changed the rear arches and boot-lid which hurt financially when I came to sell it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd July, 2001

22nd Nov 2011, 17:37

"Poor Chassis"?

The Z3 Coupe has the stiffest chassis BMW ever built. The roadster is obviously not as stiff, but is damn good for a convertible.

Bad handling? Only a mid-sized engine car would handle better, or one with double wishbone suspension like the S2000.

1998 BMW Z3 Roadster 2.8 petrol from UK and Ireland


Fools Gold on wheels


Steering problems.

Windscreen leaked.

Warped and scorched brake disc after a stone flew up and lodged in the disc.

Didn't always start first time.

General Comments:

A big disappointment and I should have brought another Audi. The BMW Z3 may as well have a Skoda badge on it as it's only the BMW name that sells it. My old Audi was far superior on performance and comfort (especially if you are over 6ft) and was more of a sportster than the Z3 could ever hope to be. As a colleague of mine once said, "It's a girls car".

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th September, 2000

11th Jul 2001, 05:28

And, dare I say it, how does an Audi A4 come across as better perfomance than a Z3 2.8?? short of owning an S4 that is...

A colleague of mine has an A4 1.8T (about the quckest A4, the 2.8 is lazy) and that is not even close.

Best Reg's.


1998 BMW Z3 Roadster 2.8 petrol from UK and Ireland


Small car with a big engine - great fun


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


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