1996 BMW Z3 Overview


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2 Dr 1.9 Convertible
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4.75 stars

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Under-rated Masterpiece by rommel
 — This car is the best of the roadsters from the 90's, including the 1990 miata. The styling is spot on, later versions with altered rear end are off-putting. My red showroom condition car still turns ... Read More
I Miss This Car Every Time I See A Roadster by Chris
 — Every time I hopped into this car I was in love.  I have a fondness for British roadsters though there is one issue with them, you tend to push them more than drive them. So, I opted for a used Z3... Read More
A Wonderful Little Toy! by Asgeir
 — Red, mint condition, 140 hp motor. K&N airfilter and sports exhaust boost the output to ca. 150 hp. A wonderful, tactile driving experience with a fantastic sound from the exhaust. One of the best ... Read More

1996 BMW Z3 Overview

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1996 BMW Z3

When it was launched in the 1996 model year, BMW's new sports roadster - the Z3 - became an instant auto world celebrity. "The scene-stealing walk-on star of the latest James Bond movie and cover car for last year's Neiman-Marcus Christmas catalogue, the Z3 started generating orders before the first production cars began to leave the assembly line," according to one review.

By the time the car was introduced, all 15,000 cars built in the inaugural year had been pre-orderd. Another unique feature is that the car is made in Spartanburg, South Carolina - a bona fide American made BMW, thanks to favorable dollar-deutschmark exchange rates at the time.

But in the end, it was performance, speed and luxury that sold the car, not the press, hoopla and movie cameos. "The other reason for the long waiting line is simpler," wrote one driver. "This is one nifty little sports car."


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BMW Z3 Questions

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Can A Blown Clutch Slave Be The Result Of A Worn Throwout Bearing?

A couple of weeks ago, the throwout bearing started squealing. I was trying to drive it as little as possible until I could save enough to get it repaired. A tire on the car developed a slow leak,...

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Does Anyone Has A Hardtop For A Bmw Z3 1996?.

For sale?.

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How Many Z3's Were Made

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anyone know how to turn off the check engine light on a 96 z3 if it just came on for a routine check up?

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what kind of wrench fits the starter bolts on a 96 z3 bmw?

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