Used BMW Z3 1997 - 2003 review

Category: Sports car

Section: Our recommendations

1997 - 2003 review
BMW Z3 (97 - 03)
  • BMW Z3 (97 - 03)
  • BMW Z3 (97 - 03)
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Our recommendations

Which used BMW Z3 sports should I buy?

Go for a model with the 1.9-litre engine. It suits the car well and keeps insurance and other costs sensible. This model outsold its bigger-engined brothers, so it is also the cheapest and easiest to find.

Manual and automatic transmissions are available, and both are good. Alloy wheels, twin airbags, anti-lock brakes and remote locking come as standard, but air-con and a powered hood were options on all but the 2.8 and M models. Cars without them should be several hundred pounds cheaper.

Most first owners indulged in the long list of factory-fit options, so it's rare for two BMW Z3s to have the same spec and it's worth shopping around to find exactly the combination you want.

Lastly, check whether the car you're looking at is a personal import from the Continent. It may not be to UK specification, so watch what you buy and only take one if it's cheap and otherwise in good nick.

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