2001 BMW Z3 Roadster 2.5 from North America

Summary:

A terrific little car!

Faults:

Heater fan does not work currently.

Back window is hazy.

General Comments:

I have owned and/or driven a number of terrific automobiles, including Porsche 911's, Corvettes and most recently a BMW M3. I love my Z3. It handles better than the other three cars mentioned, and looks like a future classic.

I looked for a manual drive close by, but settled for the tiptronic, wish I had the manual.

I keep mine in my garage, and just look and smile at it daily. Other than my Harley, it's the best ride going for the money.

I would highly recommend anyone taking a drive, and deciding for themselves the merits of the BMW Z3.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th November, 2010

2001 BMW Z3 Roadster 3.0i I-6 from North America

Summary:

I can't kill this car. I've tried

Faults:

When I bought the car, the driver's window wouldn't go up and the passenger window wouldn't go down. Apparently it's not a common problem, but it is a known problem with the Z3's. I spent $1000 having the window regulators welded back to the door and the window motors replaced. The doors had to be completely disassembled to do this, which is why it was so expensive.

The HVAC controls on most BMWs are made from biodegradable plastics, which have a half life of about 7 years according to my mechanic. I had a wreck that I believe broke the controls, but insurance denied the claim so that was another $600 to repair the knobs.

The CD player worked, but would skip when I hit a bump. I bought an aftermarket unit that works well, and added bluetooth and ipod control.

The driver's seat is starting to show signs of wear, but that's really to be expected from a ten year old car with 90000 miles. There are still no tears in the leather though.

I've had two major wrecks in this car, both of which should have totaled it, but it keeps getting fixed, and I'm fine with that because I love this car. It has kept me safe both times.

General Comments:

People think I'm a rich Plano brat when I drive this car, when in reality, I probably spent less on my BMW then they did on their Honda... I have driven BMW's since I was 17 except a brief hiatus where I drove an Infiniti. I won't stray again. These truly are the "Ultimate Driving Machine."

For a car that was rushed into production and had outdated parts from the beginning, it handles very well and is incredibly fast.

I plan on driving 'Lil Squeaky into the ground, but I wouldn't recommend driving in one for more than about two hours. They're not comfortable for that long. Also, the highway gas mileage isn't that much better than the city mileage; probably because it is only a 5 speed, and at highway speeds, it is revving to about 3500 RPMs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th May, 2010

10th Jun 2010, 17:13

I've had this car since 2003; bought it as a CPO. It has been stone reliable; but, as with yours, the window regulators are acting questionable. 56k miles; a lot less than you. Driver's seat (leatherette) showing some wear. You're correct about seat time -- after 2 - 3 hours, you'll probably want a break from driving.

I don't understand your comment about mileage. My car gets about 17 mpg in short hop, around town driving, which goes up to about 26-27 on the highway. If you're turning 3500 rpm in 5th gear, you're going around 80, so you can't expect great mileage at that speed. Around where I live, traffic and police enforcement is too heavy to do more than 70 for any length of time, so I can't say what mileage would be like at 80.

3rd Nov 2010, 19:49

If you live in Plano, TX and use the North Dallas Tollway, you are liable to get a ticket for going less than 80 MPH.