I currently own (or should I say I am the custodian of) a low milage 1997 2.8 Z3 with tan leather interior and electric top in dark metalic blue. As it is a 2.8 I manage about 31 MPG over a mixture of sensibly (but not slowly) driven rural and urban roads. The car is a perfect example of how a sports car should be engineered and has a "head turning" value of 9.9 out of 10. In my search for a car I would enjoy driving home after a long and frustrating day I have test driven other British and Japaneese offerings within my price range but none of them caught my imagination the way that this car did. I recommended that, if you are seriously looking for a resonably priced car with enough character to stir the soul, you seek out a test drive a good, well cared for, low milage example - you will not be disappointed.
This car is just so amazing. I know that i am ever so lucky in owning such a wonderful looking car at the age of 29 and have had the car for nearly two years now. It was a major shock to the system because my previous car was a Nissan Micra 1.0!
Anyway, I am not really bothered about the engine size of the car or that it is a four or six cylinder. The car is definately a head turner and I am the type of person that costantly cleans the car.
As regards running costs, they are quite reasonable but it does depend how you abuse the accelerator pedal. BMW servicing it is quite expensive but it is worth it, especially for this type of car.
I would recommend anyone to give this car a test drive. Mine is an automatic which is an added luxury. Forget all the other sport cars - if you're a bachelor like myself or a retired individual you seriously need to consider buying a Z3.
The Z4s are quite nice but personally I think that the Z3 looks far superior, stunning and more feminine (if i dare say it). Try it and you will buy it!
I've owned my Z3 for two years now and have covered nearly 30,000 trouble-free miles.
It can be a little bit of a handful when pushed hard in slippery road conditions and does tend to tram-line a bit on well-used stretches of motorway, but for 99% of the time it's a great drive.
The 2.8-litre straight-six is a great engine, without being too brutal, and on long runs regularly returns 32-33 mpg.
The car has a bit of a leak around the front of the windows, but nothing you wouldn't expect from a nine-year old soft-top.
In summary, it looks a million dollars, drives very well, doesn't cost the earth and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone thinking of buying one.
For somebody who cannot afford supercars the Bmw Z3 2.8 is still the BEST Roadster money can buy! It is an absolout joy to own and drive. With a couple of cheap simple mods this baby handles like any other roadster out there, in my opinion nothing can beat them sexy lines, with a rear end like a Porsche 911 it certainly is no hairdressers car like mazdas or the Japanese variety.
This oodles class wherever you go whatever model you have. The Bmw straight six is after all still the best in the world, its wanderfully creamy and in my six years of ownership has never never missed a beat! Buy the silver model it shows its shark like image. I have driven to Germany and back with plenty of storrage space especially behind seats at rear window, averaging 34mpg
It is really comfortable upgarde to sport seats with heating and interior hood lining and she will plough through the winter in uptmost comfort.
I totally recommend this Roadster after trying all the competition! An every day *Ultimate Driving Machine* BMW
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Amazing car, once driven, never forgotton, forget all the pretenders like BMW Z4 and Mercedes SLK, they will never have the passion of a Porsche
I love this car! Handling is great, its fun to drive and even reasonably practical!