1997 BMW Z3 User Reviews

1997 BMW Z3 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 17 reviews

  • Performance:4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 / 5
  • Appearance:4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars 4.9 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars 4.9 / 5
  • Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5

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"ride" 10 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"speed" 2 reviews
"build quality" 2 reviews
CONS
"power" 2 reviews

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1997 BMW Z3 2 Dr 2.8 Convertible Review
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Looks sharp. Gets compliments.

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interior quality

DHW
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Fun In A Small Package — Like most everything now that I have it "fixed" up. Fun to drive. Negative: Too easy to go too fast. Gets compliments almost every time out. Takes curves like it's on a rail. Have had minimal mechanical problems and those were too-be-expected maintenance for a car of this age and miles (~90K).

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

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1997 BMW Z3 2 Dr 1.9 Convertible Review
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Sleek & stylish

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Needs more ponies & power convertible top

kaysee62
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Fun Ride & Head Turner! — Great combination of sport and luxury all rolled into one! Unique leather interior. Has a typical stiff sport suspension, but still manages to deliver a smooth ride. Manual convertible top is easy to use. Fun to drive, especially with the top down!

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

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Fun to drive, especially with the top down. Built like a tank compared to other small sports cars.

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Seat is uncomfortable on long trips

burnhad
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31 Mpg On 89 Octane Fuel — Good gas mileage from a sporty ride. Our Z3 has been in two minor accidents and I was pleased that it can take a beating and holds up so well. Its ability to go through corners like a go-cart puts a smile on my face on a twisty road.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Great looking and powerful roadster.

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None that I can think of right now.

CARPREP
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Great Roadster — This car is powerful and fun to drive. I've found that it can be expensive to maintain if you have the servicing done at a BMW dealership. I prefer to do my own maintenance and the parts for this car are not too expensive.

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The fun factor

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cost of maintenance

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This Is The Car Bmw Was Talking About When They Say The Ultimate Driving Exerience — Fun factor is through the roof! After i put aftermarket wheels and tires there is no corner this car cant handle. The cost to maintain is kinda high though, I had a fog light ggo out and it cost $40 to ship from germany not to mention the cost of the light. Fuel econmony isnt as bad as you would think, it still gets 28 MPG as long as you keep your foot out of it. ONe downfall is the fact that it requires premium fuel.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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style and performance

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space, but i dont mind

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Fun Autocrossing Car — FUN car to drive, with the right upgrades, no body roll, perfect amount of power with a turbo 2.8 i6, get one and make it your project car, make sure t have some money for it, took me a while to get my parts together but sooo worth it

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

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A fast fun car for the young at heart.Turns heads where ever you go!

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style

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rear end is loose

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Ok — great car road handling in the wet is caution ...redm leather sets off the style an look of the car .... the only cabriolet i have owned which dont leak in the rain the stereo system is to be desired for

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Fun, Fun and did I mention FUN

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Please don't buy any of these cars,  I want all I can get

Jeff48920
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If You Like Dependability, Fun, Economy And Comfort, This Is The Car For You. — 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 that I can drive it for hours and still be comfortable. It sips gas getting between 28 and 35 miles per gallon and can travel at excessive speeds for hours on end. Wind and road noise are remarkably low for a vert. It looks fantastic and draws attention as if it were just out of the show room.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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If you LOVE German Cars and want to go green and save gas.. THIS is the Roadster you want to own/purchase

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NOT At All... There's no problems unless you have different opinions and thoughts

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My Bottom Line Is, If You Are A Eco-friendly.. Gas Saver And Just Love Convertibles With 4 Cylinders — 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 weeks for the gas to go down... It really is the ULTIMATE Driving MACHINE NOTE: 4 Cylinders W/ Automatic or Manual to choose.. it moves you like the wind blowing your hair :) *smiles*

Primary Use: Family transportation

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