Used BMW Z3 Roadster (1996 - 2002) Review

Review by Parkers on
3.5
The rear-wheel-drive Z3 roadster was an upmarket alternative to MX-5 or MGF, being neither as expensive nor as prestigious as the clever Mercedes SLK. Like the MX-5, Z3 is a successful exercise in retro styling that's fun, fashionable and appeals equally to men and women.

BMW Z3 Roadster (96-02)
Build quality, easy to drive, retro styling.
Expensive, smaller engines are unexceptional.

New price range:

£18,835 - £35,845

Used price range:

£1,766 - £17,855

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3.5 out of 5

The rear-wheel-drive Z3 roadster was an upmarket alternative to MX-5 or MGF, being neither as expensive nor as prestigious as the clever Mercedes SLK. Like the MX-5, Z3 is a successful exercise in retro styling that's fun, fashionable and appeals equally to men and women. It's not a particularly exciting drive with the smaller engines, but the six cylinder 2.8 and 3.0 units transform it.

Style statement or true sports car? It's your decision, but plenty of buyers are sufficiently tempted to take the plunge.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3.5 out of 5

Performance

4 out of 5

Handling

3 out of 5

Comfort

3 out of 5

Practicality

3.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3.5 out of 5

Safety

2.5 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

3.5 out of 5

Green credentials

not rated yet

Buying used

3.5 out of 5

Selling

3.5 out of 5

Equipment

3 out of 5

What owners say...

 The ability to drop the Mohair Hood and experience my previous Motorcycle like exhilaration but with the safety of a body and four wheels.  

4 out of 5

John Shepherd ,   09 Dec 2014    ... read more

 Boot not bad for a sports car. Really it is very hard to find anything practicable about this car.  

4 out of 5

Anonymous ,   10 Mar 2011    ... read more

 It's a convertible so it's not meant to be practical. I guess the heated seats & electric hood are a great bonus.  

4 out of 5

Iman Balak ,   08 Sep 2010    ... read more

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