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22-23 MPG
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2000 BMW Z3 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
BMW launched its Z3 roadster as a 1997 model and followed in 1999 with a hatchback coupe last year, along with high-performance M versions of both (covered separately under the M coupe and roadster). Both the Z3 and the M coupe and roadster are built at BMW’s plant in Spartanburg, S.C.

The changes in the 2000 model include free scheduled maintenance for the first three years/36,000 miles of ownership and two-stage-type front airbags that deploy based on crash severity.

Exterior
While some cars get a nose job to freshen their appearance, the Z3 gets a “tail job.” The Z3 roadster with the 2.5-liter engine — which BMW oddly calls the Z3 2.3 — gets bulging rear fenders, a new trunk lid and L-shaped taillights to match the model with the 2.8-liter engine. The Z3 2.8 already had those styling features.

Though the coupe and roadster share major styling cues, the coupe has different body panels from the windshield on back. The roadster comes with a standard manual convertible top. A power soft-top and a removable hardtop with a glass rear window are optional. The convertible top, which has a plastic rear window, gains a cloth lining designed to reduce wind noise.

Interior
The two-seat Z3 2.3 model comes with vinyl upholstery, and the Z3 2.8 models add standard leather. All models have a standard power driver’s seat, which helps compensate for the lack of an adjustable steering wheel. The 2.8 models add a power passenger seat.

Under the Hood
Originally available with a fo...

Vehicle Overview
BMW launched its Z3 roadster as a 1997 model and followed in 1999 with a hatchback coupe last year, along with high-performance M versions of both (covered separately under the M coupe and roadster). Both the Z3 and the M coupe and roadster are built at BMW’s plant in Spartanburg, S.C.

The changes in the 2000 model include free scheduled maintenance for the first three years/36,000 miles of ownership and two-stage-type front airbags that deploy based on crash severity.

Exterior
While some cars get a nose job to freshen their appearance, the Z3 gets a “tail job.” The Z3 roadster with the 2.5-liter engine — which BMW oddly calls the Z3 2.3 — gets bulging rear fenders, a new trunk lid and L-shaped taillights to match the model with the 2.8-liter engine. The Z3 2.8 already had those styling features.

Though the coupe and roadster share major styling cues, the coupe has different body panels from the windshield on back. The roadster comes with a standard manual convertible top. A power soft-top and a removable hardtop with a glass rear window are optional. The convertible top, which has a plastic rear window, gains a cloth lining designed to reduce wind noise.

Interior
The two-seat Z3 2.3 model comes with vinyl upholstery, and the Z3 2.8 models add standard leather. All models have a standard power driver’s seat, which helps compensate for the lack of an adjustable steering wheel. The 2.8 models add a power passenger seat.

Under the Hood
Originally available with a four-cylinder engine, the rear-drive Z3 now comes with a choice of inline-six-cylinders. The roadster is available with a 170-horsepower 2.5-liter or a 193-hp 2.8-liter. The coupe comes with the 2.8-liter engine only. Both engines are available with a five-speed manual or an optional four-speed automatic transmission.

Antilock brakes, traction control and an anti-skid system — a new standard feature for 2000 — are included on all models.

Performance
When the Z3 debuted with a four-cylinder engine, it was hard to justify its higher price versus the Mazda Miata. With the addition of six-cylinder engines and several active safety features, the Z3 has become a better value.

 

Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2000 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
31 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

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(5.0)

Great fun to drive, plenty of power.

by BMWfan from Volcano on June 20, 2020

I currently own another BMW, have also owned another years ago. All my experience with BMW's has been very good. Very reliable and plenty of power. Always very good service at local dealership. I will... Read full review

(5.0)

Classic Convertible Experience

by NickWakeUp from Newport News, Virginia on April 30, 2020

This vehicle gives all the fun of owning a classic barebones roadster convertible with the amenities of a more modern car with features such as heated seats, traction control, and powered seats. Read full review

Safety

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Z3 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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