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2002 BMW Z3
2.5i Roadster RWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$7,694
11 listings nationwide

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2016 BMW Z4
sDrive28i Roadster RWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$35,262
26 listings nationwide

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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2002 BMW Z3
2.5i Roadster RWD

Fans of the BMW Z3 are likely to argue that the company's last version, produced in 2002, was its best. Six years of "consistent and conscientious development" and wider acceptance of ...

2016 BMW Z4
sDrive28i Roadster RWD
Andrew Newton Preview:

The BMW Z4 was first introduced at the Paris Motor Show in 2002 as the Bavarian carmaker’s replacement for its previous rear-drive, two-seater convertible offering: the Z3. The Z4 was ...

User Reviews Reviews from CarGurus users who have driven or owned the car.

2002 BMW Z3
2.5i Roadster RWD
writes:
Fun, as manual a driver does not feel the thrill because of how much weight the car is. Seeing the hood is a n...
Looks/Style Ranked 2001 Audi TT 1.8T quattro Roadster AWD better.
"I think the TT has a better look because of its retro style and go kart vibe."
Would Buy Ranked 2001 Audi TT 1.8T quattro Roadster AWD better.
"I would buy an Audi TT instead because of the horsepower and interior feel."
writes:
Good driving car
Front Seats Ranked 2006 Volkswagen Beetle 2.5L PZEV Convertible worse.
"Front seats were more better "
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2006 Volkswagen Beetle 2.5L PZEV Convertible better.
"The VW Beetle has biggest trunk ever "
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2002 BMW Z3 2.5i Roadster RWDReview:

Love The Sun! — I love this little car. Drives like a dream. No wonder BMW is THE ULTIMATE DRIVING MACHINE. This c...

Primary Use: Commuting to work

2016 BMW Z4
sDrive28i Roadster RWD
writes:
I purchased a 2015 BMW 28l. I really enjoy this vehicle as it is reasonably quick and handles well. My only co...
Power Ranked 2016 Audi TTS better.
"Ideally, it would have been a more apples to apples comparison had I driven the TT, not the TTS as the TT is more in line with the BMW Z4 28i. That being said, the TTS was much faster. "
Handling Ranked 2016 Audi TTS better.
"The Z4’s rear-end was was a bit loose when pressed in turns, the TTS was more stable in turns."
Looks/Style Ranked 2016 Audi TTS worse.
"Both vehicles are good looking. However, the Z4’s roadster style is classic and unique, whereas many vehicles have the TT styling."
Front Seats Ranked 2016 Audi TTS worse.
"The front seats in both vehicle were comfortable and up to the task. Subjectively, I liked the Z4’s seats slightly better."
Back Seats Ranked 2016 Audi TTS better.
"Simply because the Z4 doesn’t have rear seats. "
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2016 Audi TTS better.
"The TTS has a hatchback and the rear seats can be lowered to provide more storage space. Unfortunately, the Z4’s trunk space is limited with the roof up and very limited with the roof down."
Family Car Ranked 2016 Audi TTS better.
"I do not consider neither car to be a family vehicle, however the TTS is a 4 seater."
Value Ranked 2016 Audi TTS worse.
"The Z4’s hardtop convertible give you the security of a coupe and the convenience/ freedom of a convertible. Additionally, the Z4 (28i) gets better gas mileage than the TTS."
Would Buy Ranked 2016 Audi TTS better.
"The TTS’ interior was more up to date than the Z4. And the TTS has all wheel drive capability. "
writes:
Cramped, rough ride, limited cargo space. Beautiful car!
Handling Ranked 2014 Jaguar F-TYPE S Convertible RWD better.
"Cannot say why it handles better, but it does."
Value Ranked 2014 Jaguar F-TYPE S Convertible RWD worse.
"A beautiful, well-proportioned car priced where it should be."
writes:
Reasonably priced & better looking. Soft tops look cheesy!
Handling Ranked 2016 Porsche Boxster S better.
"Mid engine car."
Value Ranked 2016 Porsche Boxster S worse.
"All year round hard top cabrio. Faster with a tune. Heated steering wheel with winter package. Much less expensive with Italian styling."

Specs

2002 BMW Z3
2.5i Roadster RWD
2016 BMW Z4
sDrive28i Roadster RWD
Powertrain
Drivetrain
RWD
RWD
RWD
RWD
Fuel Economy, City
17 MPG
18 MPG
22 MPG
22 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
24 MPG
25 MPG
33 MPG
34 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 13 gal 14.5 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
184 hp @ 6,000 RPM
184 hp @ 6,000 RPM
240 hp @ 5,000 RPM
240 hp @ 5,000 RPM
Torque
175 lb-ft @ 3,500 RPM
175 lb-ft @ 3,500 RPM
260 lb-ft @ 1,250 RPM
260 lb-ft @ 1,250 RPM
Cylinders
6 cylinders
6 cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
--
--
10:1
10:1
Displacement
2,500 cc
2,500 cc
2,000 cc
2,000 cc
Bore x Stroke
--
--
3.3 in x 3.56 in
3.3 in x 3.56 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags Standard Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Comfort and Convenience
Leather Seats Optional --
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
CD Changer Optional --
Cassette Player Optional --
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Driver Power Seats Standard Standard
Passenger Power Seats Standard Standard
Interior
Maximum Seating 2 seats 2 seats
Front Legroom 41.8 in 42.2 in
Back Legroom -- --
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 5 cu ft 8 cu ft
Exterior
Length 159.4 in 167 in
Width 68.5 in 76.8 in
Height 50.9 in 50.8 in
Wheelbase 96.3 in 98.3 in

Available Options

2002 BMW Z3
2.5i Roadster RWD
2016 BMW Z4
sDrive28i Roadster RWD

Exterior Colors

  • Alpine White
  • Black Sapphire Metallic
  • Deep Sea Blue Metallic
  • Estoril Blue Metallic
  • Glacier Silver Metallic
  • Jet Black
  • Melbourne Red Metallic
  • Mineral Gray Metallic
  • Mineral White Metallic
  • Sparkling Brown Metallic
  • Valencia Orange Metallic

Option Packages

  • Cold Weather Package
  • Hyper Orange Package
  • M Sport Package
  • Premium Sound Package
  • Sport Package
  • Ivory White Burnt Sienna Package
  • Technology Package
  • BMW Individual Contrasting Hardtop
  • Park Distance Control
  • Black, Kansas Leather Upholstery
  • Black/Orange, Extended Alcantara/Leather
  • Canberra Beige, Kansas Leather Upholstery
  • Coral Red, Kansas Leather Upholstery
  • Walnut, Kansas Leather Upholstery
  • Heated Front Seats

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