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1996 BMW Z3 Overview


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2 Dr 1.9 Convertible
Avg. Price: $7,088

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Average User Score

4.75 stars

Based on 10 reviews

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
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
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

Overall User Score

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Based on 10 reviews

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


Do I Have A Cam Belt Or Chain

Just purchased, at what point do I need to replace the cam belt or chain. I have 100k on the clock

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1996, Z3. How Soon For Timing Change Replacement?

Any ideas what type of maint. you should have done at 112K miles, such as timing chain? etc?

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

For sale?.

165 views with 2 answers (last answer 8 months ago)

Leak Occurs Where Window Meets Rubber On Conv. Top Of My Z3, 1996. Can Wind...

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Any Ideas

Check engine light, code said replace cam sensor. Did that. Now when rpm hits 3500 it cuts out and drops to 750 rpm and starts firing again. If left idling runs no problems. Will run sustained rpms un...

217 views with 2 answers (last answer 2 years ago)