1997 BMW Z3 Overview

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2 Dr 1.9 Convertible
Avg. Price: $7,383
2 Dr 2.8 Convertible
Avg. Price: $8,483

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4.55 stars

Based on 17 reviews

If You Like Dependability, Fun, Economy And Comfort, This Is The Car For You. by Jeff48920
 — This car, although not as fast as some, is superior in overall performance. It takes the corners like it is on rails. I have never had a more dependable vehicle. It is constantly amazing to me tha... Read More
My Bottom Line Is, If You Are A Eco-friendly.. Gas Saver And Just Love Convertibles With 4 Cylinders by Robert
 — BMW Z3 is not what you can find in the road alot, it is a head turning, It costs cheap for say 5 grand plus. Yes it is a FUN CAR to drive, exhilarating.. Fuel-Efficient roadster it takes a couple of w... Read More
Best Car Ever Owned by Toni
 — battery lasted for 8 years, brakes/rotors lasted 5 years each time. after 11 years and 168K miles am still on the first clutch. The gear shifter broke off after 8 years. other then that no real p... Read More

1997 BMW Z3 Overview

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Based on 17 reviews

1997 BMW Z3

When the Z3 was launched in the 1996, the biggest and perhaps only complaint was that its 1.9 liter, four cylinder engine didn't provide the speed, torque and performance you'd expect in a classic sports roadster. BMW made amends with the 1997 Z#, dropping in a 2.5 liter in the standard version and adding the Z3 2.8, with a six cylinder, 2.8 liter engine to the line up.

That amounted to a 51 point jump in horsepower and effectively silenced the critics who are otherwise taken by the cars styling and handling. Also added in 1997 was a longer list of standard features, including fatter tires and a wider rear rack.

Inside, there's not much to distinguish the 1.9 from 2.8. But, as one reviewer said, "we regard that as a good thing, because BMW got it right to begin with."

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BMW Z3 Questions

cassyjean611
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What Size And Type Of Tires Should I Purchase For My Bmw 1997 Z3?

What size and type of tires should I purchase for my BMW 1997 Z3 2.5?

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wilyjess
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Car Won't Start Even While Being Jumped???

I have a '97 Z3 and I'm completely perplexed. I have replaced the alternator and battery, checked the battery terminals and they're fine. What is happening is with this last cold snap, I had to ju...

985 views with 6 answers (last answer 8 months ago)
pacote
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Having Trouble Resetting Radio Code. Must Change It To European Code First...

Battery went dead over winter storage. Have had the car for 12 yrs. Stored each winter and have always been able to reset the radio code until this year. Took it to a BMW repair shop and they had t...

466 views with 3 answers (last answer about a year ago)
David Cross
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Repair Cost??

How bad are the maintenance and repair cost on this car? I'm looking into one thats a 97 with only 68k miles on it, but I want to know how bad I will get hurt down the road by owning this car. Thanks

1,258 views with 3 answers (last answer about a year ago)
Dougu188
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Does Anyone Have A Hard Top For Sale For A 1997 2.8 Z3?

1,123 views with 8 answers (last answer about a year ago)