1996 BMW Z3 User Reviews

1996 BMW Z3 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 10 reviews

  • Performance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Appearance:5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars 5 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5
  • Overall: 4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 6 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"speed" 2 reviews
"handling" 2 reviews
"roadster" 2 reviews
CONS
"power" 2 reviews
"space" 2 reviews

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Melanie writes:
1996 BMW Z3 2 Dr 1.9 Convertible Review
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5

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nice "just cruise" convertible

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not enough power

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This Is My Second Z3. — Even though the car is completely and utterly gutless, i really enjoy driving it with the top down. I also like how I can get 28 miles to the gallon, which makes it so much more fun to drive around.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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ibcruisin writes:
1996 BMW Z3 2 Dr 1.9 Convertible Review
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4

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A Roadster in it's purest form. Just you, a slick gearbox, and the open road. Amazingly reliable, great gas mileage, a blast to drive.

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Quick and nimble but by no means fast. Ride is good, but the factory seats can be too rigid for long touring. Trunk space is abysmal, and the interior feels decidedly claustrophobic with the top up, but none of that matters-- it's not about practicality. It's about having fun on the open road.

ibcruisin
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The Timeless Quintessential Roadster. A Classic In The Making. — I still remember the first time I saw the Z3 on the cover of Automobile Magazine in 1995. I was 14 years old at the time but I distinctly remember to love I felt sweep over me immediately. Those sexy curves. Those motorcycle-like side vents. It was truly something to behold. And even though I'd never driven a car let alone a roadster, I immediately swore that I'd one day own one of these rolling sculptures, find a curvy road, and drive happily ever after. It was 16 years later before my chance finally came, when a good friend decided to sell her lovely summer car. I wrote a check without blinking an eye, and never looked back. The original Z3 is not a particularly comfortable car. For that matter it's not a terribly fast one either. Lest we even mention the utter lack of any practicality whatsoever-- a CD changer might engulf a quarter of the trunk practically. But none of that matters in the slightest. Because when you throw the manual top back, you drop the car into first gear, and you get up to speed and feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your face, you realize what a roadster is meant to feel like, and you can't help but grin from ear to ear.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Brad460 writes:
1996 BMW Z3 2 Dr 1.9 Convertible Review
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5

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braking, gas milage, convertable, handling, driving lights that let you see to the sides better

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135 hp/ 135 lbs-ft

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Very Comfortable. 35 Mpg Hwy — the 4 cyl. isnt horribly fast, but it'll scoot pretty good anyway. it stops and corners better than anything I've ever driven

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Mauricio writes:
1996 BMW Z3 2 Dr 1.9 Convertible Review
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Looks, Solid,

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Space!!!!

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Great Car — Just Awesome, 12 years and looks like new, great quality, only thing bad, the AC Button breaks so easy and is a really bad design. 96 has a another issue, the seat has little game, so everytime you breaks the seat moves a little, but usually you dont even notice.

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rommel writes:
1996 BMW Z3 2 Dr 1.9 Convertible Review
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Under-rated Masterpiece — 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 heads like the day I first bought it new, 10 years ago. The (manual stick)1.9 engine is completely underated--I can keep up with ANYTHING on the freeway up to 100 mph easy. Plus get 30 mpg, no mechanical issues whatsoever. I haven't even had a brake job yet with over 60,000 miles on her. Plastic window is only sore point, but a very minor one. Recently bought a beautiful black infiniti fx35, but this car is still numero uno to me.

Owner for 10 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:6,000

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Charlo2Cool writes:
1996 BMW Z3 2 Dr 1.9 Convertible Review
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Very comfortable, excellent driving, impressive look.

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Too small!

Charlo2Cool
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Sexy — My like, the look is a classic, excellent speed, eye popping, very stylish indeed. I like the fact that people stopped to compliment the car even though they are driving more expensive sometimes. Dislike, limited space, not enough luggage space when traveling.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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rharrell writes:
1996 BMW Z3 2 Dr 1.9 Convertible Review
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Great classic roadster, fun to drive

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Not a family car

rharrell
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Quick, Responsive. — I love the way it handles and accelerates. Top down driving is awesome and you can carry on a normal conversation. Seats are very comfortable. Great gas mileage around 22 MPG in town and 28 on the highway. I would recommend this car without reservation.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Chris writes:
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Amazing looks, fun to drive, unpredictable, no backseat

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Rattles like a chevy, not your typical tight German handling, build quality so-so

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I Miss This Car Every Time I See A Roadster — 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 years ago after looking at various MGs and Triumphs. The early Z3s are not luxury cars.  They rattle, you feel every bump, the interior lacks quality, and the seats could've been lifted from a domestic economy car, but who the hell cares. This thing was fun and the closest thing to a British roadster.  You hit a bump and didn't know where you'd go next, now that is living!  Besides it looked great and the pictures I've included here are the ones I took when I listed to sell the car the fall before the babies arrived. So day again I'll pickup a fun roadster. Until then I absolutely love my 335i.

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Patrick writes:
1996 BMW Z3 2 Dr 1.9 Convertible Review
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5

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it's a BMW

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noise on highways because of soft roof

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Perfect For Cruising! — these special series of Z3 were particularly well-equiped and the engine was relatively economic for saily use

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Asgeir writes:
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The looks, handling and the performance.

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Plastic rear window.

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A Wonderful Little Toy! — 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 roadster designs , with clear references to the cars of the 60's.

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1999 BMW Z3 Reviews

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1998 BMW Z3 Reviews

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