What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For It's a compact, good-looking two-seater that loses value slowly

Against Handling is very mediocre - it's certainly not as good as rivals such as the Mazda MX-5

Verdict Buy it for looks and the BMW badge rather than its ability

Go for… 1.9

Avoid… 3.0

BMW Z3 Roadster
  • 1. The soft-top should last, but replacing one costs well into four figures
  • 2. Hard tops, if fitted, sometimes leak
  • 3. Rust is possible on earliest cars, so check the rear wheelarches and sills
  • 4. Driving quickly over speed bumps can damage the fuel tank, which is expensive to replace
  • 5. Watch for excess exhaust smoke on any test drive, which will signal there could be a problem with premature engine wear
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