Used BMW Z3 1997 - 2003 review

Category: Sports car

Section: Ownership cost

1997 - 2003 review
BMW Z3 (97 - 03)
  • BMW Z3 (97 - 03)
  • BMW Z3 (97 - 03)
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Ownership cost

What used BMW Z3 sports will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a BMW Z3 sports?

A BMW Z3 will be dearer to buy and own than a Mazda MX-5, but it shouldn't lose much of its value while you've got it.

As on all BMWs, the Z3's servicing intervals vary according to how and where you drive – an on-dash indicator tells you when work is due. BMW dealers offer discounts for regular work on cars over four years old, but if they're still too dear, use one of the many reputable independent BMW specialists.

Spares are also expensive, but the good news the car's engine and gearbox are tough and last well. A new hood will cost a four-figure sum, although they rarely need replacing unless damaged.

Insurance for the 1.9-litre cars is reasonable, but the 2.8 and the high performance M model will be much pricier. The 1.9 promises up to 35mpg overall, which is reasonable, while the 2.8 can manage up to 30.1mpg and the M 25.4mpg.