1999 BMW Z3 Roadster Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1999 BMW Z3 Roadster from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Manual
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Z3 has terrific handling

Faults:

Nothing wrong.

General Comments:

Car has great acceleration. Precise handling. Fun to drive with top down.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th October, 2004

1999 BMW Z3 Roadster 2.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired6000 miles
Most recent distance40000 miles

Summary:

The car is seriously good fun and comes with my highest recommendation

Faults:

Catalytic converter mounting melted after hard driving causing spluttering from engine - dealer had car in twice before problem was diagnosed.

2 replacement hoods - 1st storm damage (tree). 2nd theft - was slashed.

General Comments:

Car best suited to very narrow twisty roads - was absolutely superb when driving in the Alps. Not so good on high speed A-Roads where body roll can become apparent. Also dodgy on autobahns at 120mph+ - hood threatens to break loose, scary body roll on sweeping bends. However, excellent brakes have always kept the situation under control.

I have abused this car and all things considered it has been very reliable.

Handling (cornering) not perhaps the best, but not noticeable unless driving very hard.

Electric hood is fine by me, my wife finds it a bit tough to unlatch - no leaks so far.

Have looked into upgrading to a Boxster 2.7 or S (second-hand) but cannot justify the additional outlay.

These cars can be picked up for about 12K now which is a bargain.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd July, 2004

1999 BMW Z3 Roadster 2.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.8 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired16000 miles
Most recent distance18000 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Head turner !!

Faults:

Seat belt holder snapped.

Mirrors (wing mirrors) regularly become loose.

General Comments:

Very powerful engine, fast and fun ride.

Solid and well built car.

When the roof is up - it is surprisingly quiet to travel in.

Looks great!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 20th July, 2001

1999 BMW Z3 Roadster 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired2300 miles
Most recent distance6655 miles
Previous carRover - Austin MGF 1.8 VVC Coupe

Summary:

Pricey, but terrific fun with the top down as long as you have a windbreak fitted

Faults:

Nothing at all - very pleased with it.

General Comments:

This car is a 'second' car bought for a bit of fun in my retirement. It lives up to my expectations and confirms my belief of solid BMW workmanship (although it was made in the USA).

New body styling at the back end gives overall sporty appearance and it gets lots of admiring looks.

Somewhat slow from a start, but the car zooms along smoothly through the gears.

The boot is small, but you can't have everything.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th September, 2000

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 6 reviews