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Five Years and Counting. by An MSN Autos Consumer on 01/02/2004. Trim: 1999 BMW Z3 2.8 Roadster, Owned 5 years.
Pros: The car handles very well, even in the winter. I have found the car is very well balanced (front and back), which improves handling. The styling is very distinctive and is a woman magnet. Adding Dinan chip to improve performance was well worth the $400, noticeable change in performance. Gas mileage not bad considering type of car 24 mpg. Like hardtop for winter. GPS has been a good feature.
Cons: The trunk can barely hold carry on bag size suit case. GPS disk player does also reduce trunk space. GPS uses a CD, not DVD, so only part of USA is covered. No bumper trim on sides, no protection from door dents. Dealer service not as good as my Toyota was. Never can fix things the first time, always never having part. Problems have been minor so far.
Overall review: Like the car and would like to keep it for 10 years. Have to watch reliability moving forward. Likely to buy Z4 in future.
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The Ultimate Tanning Machine by Mickster in Dash Point, WA on 06/15/2012. Trim: 1999 BMW Z3 2.3 Roadster, Owned 2 years.
Pros: Pretty much everything. It is my 6th BMW, and it doesn't have all of the whistles and bells my previous 3 series had but that equates to less to go wrong.. The trunk is adequate and a full sized spare tire is a bonus. it offers outstanding cornering abiliity as BMW''s are known for. It is fun to drive and relatively maintenance free. I put in a K&zN air filter and a performance chip which I feel is money well spent. I use synthetic oil and have it changed every 6K. I have owned sport cars since my first Ausin Healy in 1966 and the Z3 has proven to be the finest in every aspect. For a BMW drop top, it is relatively inexpensive and has proven to be a stellar perfomer.
Cons: A glass window would be a nice feature as well as more supportive seating. You can always opt for a Recaro or other comperable type of seat. Not a lot of Cons that I can list. Find a good, honest mechanic and order parts online and you will be grateful that you do not have to pay the high ticket dealer parts and labor. It is a keeper for sure.
Overall review: Awesome, inexpensive, great looking and dirving machine.
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HAPPY Z3 OWNER by FARGO on 01/10/2010. Trim: 1999 BMW Z3 2.3 Roadster, Owned 6 years.
Pros: Styling, quality build, unique, you can own one for a very reasonable price, dependable and most of all FUN!
Cons: Wish the rear window was glass but what car is perfect? Window is replaceable.
Overall review: Get one and head out on the highway. Even my wife enjoys taking the Z3 for a ride after a long day. Jump in, drop the top and set yourself free. We looked at a lot of sports cars when we bought this roadster. There wasn't anything like it six years ago or today for the price. We're nearing the seven year itch and I've looked at the 2007 MB 550SL but then I ask myself "do I want the overhead for a MB -- nah, keep the Z3 it runs perfect!" Speed costs money -- how fast do you want to go? We're looking forward to spring.
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Relearn the definition of "recreational driving" by Jim In RI on 07/31/2006. Trim: 1999 BMW Z3 2.3 Roadster, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: The color. Silver ext with red on black interior. No woodgrain. Smooth clutch, close gate for shifting aids in acceleration. More refined than a corvette or camaro. Roll bars and ragtop boot makes her look really sleek. Timeless design. Looks better than any Z4 on the road. I cant park somewhere without getting a compliment. Plenty of rubbernecking. 2.5L engine still has enough get up and go to get the heart pounding, but doesnt really make me smile til just before redline.
Cons: No cupholders. Top will leak in heavy rain. This is common whether you own a 1996 1.9 or a 2001 m roadster. Quick and cheap solution, go to the nearest dicks or sports authority and buy yourself a tube of bowstring wax. Apply it to where the leak is. Be neat because it will get on the windows and smear when you up and down them, but a fair trade off to a saturated leather seat with power equip and sensors in it. Also, I live in RI, so she'll be stored (and missed) from NOV-MAY. 2.3 is a bit underpowered for my tastes. I may end up adding a supercharger. But I couldnt turn mine down when I saw it. Mint Condition, 50,000 miles, $17000. Cant beat it with a stick
Overall review: If you can afford a 3rd toy car, by all means purchase one. Inline six will last forever. Bmw quality for a fair price. And owning your very own roadster!!!!
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Super Sport Station by Cem Istanbul on 03/30/2006. Trim: 1999 BMW Z3 2.8 Coupe, Owned 1 year.
Pros: Fast and exclusively different style in coupe.
Cons: After 7 years, it begins to create some problem, but not in its technical details.
Overall review: Excellent, stylish car
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