2000 BMW Z3 User Reviews

2000 BMW Z3 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 11 reviews

  • Performance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Appearance: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
  • Build Quality:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Overall: 4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 6 reviews
"handling" 5 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"comfortable car" 2 reviews
CONS
"window" 3 reviews
"weak power" 2 reviews
"storage" 2 reviews

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Stephen writes:
2000 BMW Z3 2.3 Convertible Review
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The car is fun to drive and very dependable.

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The Z3 is not very practical it is purely a drivers car.

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All In All I Enjoy The Car But I Wouldn't Mind A Bit More Speed. — The Z3's low end acceleration is weak but the high end acceleration is quick and responsive. The braking capabilities are fair unfortunately pads and rotors wear out quickly. Handling is very tight and responsive, it is comfortable at high speeds and solid in corners. The car is fun to drive and the overall performance is satisfying. It is very well built and designed. The engine is solid and rarely has any mechanical issues and I have yet to have a problem with the drive line.The worst problem I've had mechanically is the mass air flow meter. Apart from routine maintenance it rarely needs any attention. The body is aerodynamic and responds well to wind and high speeds. The top is the weak point to the exterior, the stitching has an annoying habit of coming undone and the plastic back glass is easily scratched. The interior doesn't respond well to age and has far too many weak plastic pieces. The overall appearance is pleasing. The paint has nice depth and compliments the curvature of the body. The roadster version has a body designed to be an instant classic, with the top down it is very sporty and aesthetically appealing. The interior is sporty and comfortable for a sports car, there is plenty of leg room. It has just the right amount of accents, although I don't care much for the mock wood grain. The cost of owning the car is less than I originally expected. Fuel mileage is fair for the straight six under the hood, you can expect 24 mpg in the city and roughly 30 mpg on the highway. Fill up from empty is acceptable as the fuel tank caps out at 10 gallons. The oil change has a tendency to be a bit expensive as it requires 6.5 quarts of full synthetic oil and the filter averages out at 14 dollars. The wear items wear according to the driver. It is very low maintenance for a BMW. The BMW Z3 is very fun to drive and has a lot to offer. Whether you like to drive around town, glide down curvy roads, or even drift through corners then the car is a thrill to own. However, if running red light to red light or running the drag track is your preference then this car is not for you. Over all the Z3 is very fun to drive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Starlight writes:
2000 BMW Z3 Review
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Looks, Speed, Handling

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Convertible window

Starlight
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This Car Is A Keeper.. — it was 9 years old when I bought this 2.8 with the M interior and I installed a new rag top, invested in some Doc Baileys Leather cleaner, new mats, BMW 75,000 mile service and I'm estatic about how she handles and performs on the open road. This is a car for drivers, real drivers. Handling is snappy. Changing lanes is quick and discreet. The road never felt so good. Around town performance gets over 20 mpg. Highway driving kicked it up to 27 when on cruise control at 73-75 mph. All around, exceeded my expectations by 100%. This is no TR6 like I had in College. Awesome, sums it up nicely..

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HyperMatrix writes:
2000 BMW Z3 2.3 Convertible Review
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Design.  Handling.  Engine sound.  Gets you girls...or guys.  Whatever you're into.  Amazingly fun to drive.

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Slow acceleration.  Convertible top seals poorly designed and leak, and are EXPENSIVE to replace ($1000).  Seat belt holder breaks off if you move the power seats.  Over time windows will no longer go down and require service to fix (including disassembling the airbags which is not a good idea).  

HyperMatrix
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Feels And Sounds Great. All Eyes Will Be On You. Maintenance Is D-i-y And Cheap! Definite Buy! — It's a great car that I'd recommend. It could definitely use a boost in Acceleration, so I'd recommend the 2.8 or Z3M over this car. Cost of ownership is great. Mass produced car with plenty of parts available on eBay at low costs. Lots of do it yourself guides. This car gets more attention than a lot of the newer BMW'z (barring the newly redesigned Z4). The Engine sound is melodic. Handling is superb (just make sure you over- inflate your tires slightly. Around 35- 36 psi) The standard Pleather seats are a true drag and take away greatly from the overall feel of the car, so make sure you get one with the real Leather seat upgrades (believe me...very important. pleather = slip and slide, dry and cracked). Absolutely would buy another one, although with the Z3M model for the bigger engine. The only reason I got rid of this one is because I crashed it just last night. :(

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

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Vince writes:
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The most pure driving tool.

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Too "black sheep in the family" (all good).  

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The Most Focused Bmw — I have longed for this '00 BMW M Coupe ever since I bought my '99 M Roadster (which was a reasonably good car but could certainly be better). The difference was immediately noticeable - tight, tight chassis where everything were so connected. Power slides were made easy without that "wheel hop" found in the M Roadster. Even the engine sounded better due to the better resonance characteristics of the closed cabin. The rare and unique fastback design also gave this car a most distinctive sillouette not found in any previous BMWs or otherwise, a design that will never grow old with trained or untrained eyes. The handling performance of this vehicle was the function of its shorter wheel base (vs. the e36 M3) and the dated semi-trailing arm rear suspension. As a result, cornering was always an adventure requiring a great deal of efforts to keep the rear end planted - any uncertainty on the part of the right foot will cause the rear end to step out violently (a result of the ever changing rear camber during suspension travel). This was why stiffer spring rates (to limit suspension travel) and lowered ride height (to increase neg. camber) would be highly recommended for driving this car beyond 8/10th on the track. This car tolerated no mistakes on the driver's part, but was exceptionally rewarding to negotiate around the track. It turned better and tighter than an M3, and it also out accelerated and out braked the same (for its 200 lbs. weight advantage). Track pads, however, will still be necessary as any BMW brakes were not meant for performance driving and would be most apparent usually after 2 hot laps. While the S52 engine was hardly considered exotic nor powerful (240 hp) and lacked immediate throttle response (no individual intake butterflies here), the flat torque curve and low maintenance requirement made this engine more than bullet-proof for track use, and exceptional for street driving. The 5-speed transmission was one of the best BMW had employed with positive engagement every shift, the limited slip differential also worked transparently, all what BMW was so famous for. As a daily driver, the ride was never objectionable, the chassis had the stiffness to handle any road imperfection. Interior room was more than adequate for 2 (and will not accommodate a 3rd) with exciting visual thanks to the chrome ringed guages, contrast stitched leather console, and the clamshell hood line. Build quality was adequate with wider than average panel gappings. Sheet metal were wave free like any other less curveous BMWs, but unfortunately, the clear coat also exhibited the same level of orange peel just the same. Overall, this car ranked 3rd over the 9 BMWs I owned but is by far the most focused.

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Stephen writes:
2000 BMW Z3 2.3 Convertible Review
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brilliant

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none

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Mfb — Its red with black interior. 2L straight 6 engine. Cruises at ton plus without a problem. Top down is brill in the summer. Cost less than 9K four years ago with only 24K on the clock. Get around 35 to the gallon at a steady 85/90 mph. Great fun to drive.

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bmwdan388 writes:
2000 BMW Z3 2.3 Convertible Review
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4

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Very fun car that is fairly easy on gas!

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Top weeps around windows during heavy rain.

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Summer Cruiser! — The 2.3l Z3 is a small but fun car! The 2.3 still has a little grunt but also does fairly well on gas. The car is perfect for taking a Sunday cruise or hitting a few back road's on the way home from work!

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

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jcpaac writes:
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wonderful handeling, great millage,sporty,great price.

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2 seater, small trunk.

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A Great Driving Experience. — It looks great, fun to drive, very cool AC, Excellent sound system, electric top fast to set up,no major mechanical problems, maintenance was always done. It keeps its value, 52,000 miles in a BMW is nothing. You will love it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Claus writes:
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Style and cool factor

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An absolutely wrong perception by many people (probably those who didn't own one)

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One Of The Most Sexy Roadster Of All Times. — I just love the looks. When it was launched, it gave me associations to old english roadsters, that no BMW has ever made since (well the Z8 too actually). The engine was old, the chassis was old, but the cool factor was brand new. The first convertible I ever thought of buying (and did). If i had the means to keep my former cars in a large garage, this would be the first one that I would keep forever. I still turn my head to watch, when I see one in the streets today. It's simply a classic in my view.

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

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Kelly writes:
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handling

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none yet

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I <3 Z3's — I take really good care of this car and it takes care of me. It is a pleasure to drive although it could use more power. I enjoy the handling and the community of owners that follow the Z3. Thanks

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Kevin writes:
2000 BMW Z3 2.3 Convertible Review
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Looks, speed, handling, styling, interior comfort, seats, fun to drive, convertible top is reliable and easy to use, wheels

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interior quality not quite BMW standards, not as fast as the 3.0 model or the Z4, trunk space small but not miniscule

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Great Summer Car! — This car is fantastic for the summer, and driving down winding lanes. It has enough power to be fun, yet still gets good gas mileage. While not being insanely fast, it is still entertaining. The interior is good with plenty of storage space for such a small car, but the trunk is smallish.

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Reviews From Other Years

2002 BMW Z3 Reviews

Love The Sun! By Kurt

I love this little car. Drives like a dream. No wonder BMW is THE ULTIMATE DRIVING MACHINE. This car turns heads - everywhere I go. The only drawback is I have three kids and two Mastiff dogs - obv... Read More

Unique By Autoimport

This car performance and great handling are hard to find in any car. It has great power to weight ratio, is not under power, and still for being a 2002, it still shocks people that have not seen a veh... Read More

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2001 BMW Z3 Reviews

My Awsome Car The Bmw Z3 By abdullahbmw

i love that car it was one of the bast cars i ever had is fast and nice and womans love it. if you are looking for somthing relayble you should get the z3 and during the summer time it is so nice ... Read More

Zetti 4 Ever By Barbara

I absolutely love my sweet little road-star, but things never can be fast enough... or you get used to it. performance is not too bad, it's a 3 litre, it's not the M though. appearance is very nice a... Read More

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1999 BMW Z3 Reviews

In Love Sence 1995 (concept) By 4mica2

Everything works the best of what it was made of. I love everything about my BMW Z3. No other car brand can dare come close, to the ultimate driving machine . BMW, the best I know, everyday I turn he... Read More

Fun And Elegant Classic Sports Car By bhannasb

This car is so much fun to drive, and to look out from (at a low road level). I feel connected to the best classic car designs and implementation of all time of the joy of cars. It's an emotional hig... Read More

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1998 BMW Z3 Reviews

You Will Receive Complements All The Time! By wandakay

A larger trunk would be nice but of course it would lose the beauty of the car if they did that. Gas mileage is great! My maintenance cost was hardly anything, other than oil changes. It is a very fun... Read More

Great Sports Car For The Money! By Smithrc

The Z3 is in the best tradition of the British sports cars of the 60, with the exception that everything about the Z3 is better than the earlier British cars, especially the electrical system and thes... Read More

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1997 BMW Z3 Reviews

Fun In A Small Package By DHW

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 mechanic... Read More

Fun Ride & Head Turner! By kaysee62

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 ... Read More

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