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2002 BMW Z3
2.5i Roadster RWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$12,424
15 listings nationwide

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2016 Porsche Boxster
Black Edition RWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$60,463
3 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 Porsche Boxster
Black Edition RWD
John Goreham Preview:

This year the Porsche Boxster will turn 20. It was back in 1996 that a new, midengine, convertible-only roadster joined the Porsche lineup with a starting price under $40K. At the time...

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

2002 BMW Z3
2.5i Roadster RWD
10
Mario writes:
Fun, light, free
Jonathan 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."
VWJett writes:
Good driving car
Front Seats Ranked 2006 Volkswagen Beetle 2.5L Convertible worse.
"Front seats were more better "
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2006 Volkswagen Beetle 2.5L Convertible better.
"The VW Beetle has biggest trunk ever "
2016 Porsche Boxster
Black Edition RWD
10
GuruBYTS6 writes:
Best cab car in class !!!
55
Howard writes:
Beautiful car, but just not worth the money
Stephen writes:
Handling Ranked 2016 BMW Z4 worse.
"Mid engine car."
Value Ranked 2016 BMW Z4 better.
"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 Porsche Boxster
Black Edition RWD
Powertrain
Drivetrain
RWD
RWD
RWD
RWD
Fuel Economy, City
17 MPG
18 MPG
22 MPG
20 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
24 MPG
25 MPG
32 MPG
30 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 13 gal 16.9 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
184 hp @ 6,000 RPM
184 hp @ 6,000 RPM
265 hp @ 6,700 RPM
265 hp @ 6,700 RPM
Torque
175 lb-ft @ 3,500 RPM
175 lb-ft @ 3,500 RPM
206 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM
206 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM
Cylinders
6 cylinders
6 cylinders
6 cylinders
6 cylinders
Compression Ratio
--
--
12.5:1
12.5:1
Displacement
2,500 cc
2,500 cc
2,700 cc
2,700 cc
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags Standard Standard
Curtain Airbags -- Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Comfort and Convenience
Leather Seats Optional Standard
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 41.6 in
Back Legroom -- --
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 5 cu ft 9.9 cu ft
Maximum Payload -- 739 lbs
Exterior
Length 159.4 in 172.2 in
Width 68.5 in 70.9 in
Height 50.9 in 50.5 in
Wheelbase 96.3 in 97.4 in

Available Options

2002 BMW Z3
2.5i Roadster RWD
2016 Porsche Boxster
Black Edition RWD

Exterior Colors

  • Black
  • Jet Black Metallic

Option Packages

  • 6-Disc CD/DVD Changer
  • Bose Surround Sound System
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio Receiver
  • Porsche Entry and Drive
  • Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM)
  • Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV)
  • Sport Suspension
  • Sports Exhaust System
  • Exterior Package Painted
  • Rear Fascia Painted
  • Rear Side Air Intakes Painted
  • Side Mirror Painted (Lower Trim)
  • Sports Tailpipe
  • Instrument Dials in Guards Red
  • Instrument Dials in Racing Yellow
  • Instrument Dials in White
  • Painted Interior Package (EER)
  • Sport CHRONO Clock Dial In Racing Yellow
  • Sport Chrono Clock Dial in Guards Red
  • Sport Chrono Clock Dial in White
  • Sport Chrono Package with PCM
  • Aluminum Gear Selector
  • Brushed Aluminum Interior Package
  • Brushed Aluminum Interior Package with Leather Interior
  • Brushed Aluminum Interior Package with Leather and PDK
  • Carbon Center Console Trim
  • Carbon Interior Package
  • Carbon Interior Package with Leather Interior
  • Carbon Interior Package with PDK
  • Extended Interior Package, Dashboard Trim In Leather
  • Extended Interior Package, Door Panel In Leather
  • Inner Door-Sill Guards in Leather
  • Leather Air Vent Slats
  • Leather Interior Package
  • Leather Interior Package (EES)
  • Leather PCM Display Surround
  • Leather Rear View Mirror
  • Painted PCM Display Surround
  • Pedals & Footrest In Aluminum
  • Steering Wheel Rim with Deviating Stitching
  • Sun Visors in Leather
  • Extended Interior Package Plus
  • SportDesign Package
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Porsche Active Safe
  • Bi-Xenon Headlights with PDLS Plus
  • Bluetooth Handset For Telephone Module
  • Brushed Aluminum Interior Package with PDK
  • Carbon Interior Package with Leather Interior and PDK
  • Carbon Multifunction Heated Steering Wheel
  • Electronic Logbook
  • PARKASSIST Front & Rear with Reversing Camera
  • Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) W/Yellow
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio & HD Radio Receiver
  • Tinted Taillights
  • Voice Control
  • Wheels Painted In Black Satin
  • Black Full Leather Seat/Interior Trim
  • Black Partial Leather Seat Trim with Leather Package
  • 14-Way Power Sport Seats with Memory Package
  • 18-Way Adaptive Sport Seats Plus
  • 2-Way Sport Seats Plus
  • Seat Ventilation
  • Transmission: 7-Speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK)
  • Wheels Painted in Black (High-Gloss)
  • Wheels Painted in Exterior Color
  • Wheels Painted in Satin Black
  • Wheels Painted In Platinum Satin

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