1997 BMW Z3 Overview


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2 Dr 1.9 Convertible
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2 Dr 2.8 Convertible
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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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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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