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23-24 MPG
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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
New engines for 2001 are the top news for BMW’s group of two-passenger sports cars, which debuted in 1999. What had been the base Z3 2.3 roadster is now the 2.5i, courtesy of a new 2.5-liter inline-six-cylinder engine that makes 14 horsepower more than its predecessor with a bit less torque. In the same vein, the Z3 2.8 roadster and hatchback become 3.0i models, now fitted with a 3.0-liter inline-six that develops 32 hp more than before.

BMW’s five-speed-automatic transmission with the Steptronic manual shift provision replaces the former four-speed unit. All models gain BMW’s Dynamic Brake Control system as standard equipment to help maintain braking stability through difficult turns. The Z3 also comes standard with traction control and BMW’s electronic stability system called Dynamic Stability Control. The wheels have been restyled, and interiors exhibit a bit more chrome than before — including the door handles. A chrome and leather gearshift lever also is new this year.

High-performance M Coupe and Roadster versions of the Z3 hatchback coupe and roadster are also available, and all are built at BMW’s factory in Spartanburg, S.C.

Exterior
Although the Z3 coupe and roadster share basic styling themes, the coupe has different body panels from the windshield rearward that produce a squared-off appearance at the back. Roadsters have a standard manually operated fabric top with a plastic rear window, as well as a cloth lining to reduce noise inside. A power top a...

Vehicle Overview
New engines for 2001 are the top news for BMW’s group of two-passenger sports cars, which debuted in 1999. What had been the base Z3 2.3 roadster is now the 2.5i, courtesy of a new 2.5-liter inline-six-cylinder engine that makes 14 horsepower more than its predecessor with a bit less torque. In the same vein, the Z3 2.8 roadster and hatchback become 3.0i models, now fitted with a 3.0-liter inline-six that develops 32 hp more than before.

BMW’s five-speed-automatic transmission with the Steptronic manual shift provision replaces the former four-speed unit. All models gain BMW’s Dynamic Brake Control system as standard equipment to help maintain braking stability through difficult turns. The Z3 also comes standard with traction control and BMW’s electronic stability system called Dynamic Stability Control. The wheels have been restyled, and interiors exhibit a bit more chrome than before — including the door handles. A chrome and leather gearshift lever also is new this year.

High-performance M Coupe and Roadster versions of the Z3 hatchback coupe and roadster are also available, and all are built at BMW’s factory in Spartanburg, S.C.

Exterior
Although the Z3 coupe and roadster share basic styling themes, the coupe has different body panels from the windshield rearward that produce a squared-off appearance at the back. Roadsters have a standard manually operated fabric top with a plastic rear window, as well as a cloth lining to reduce noise inside. A power top and a removable hardtop with a glass rear window are optional.

The Z3 3.0i coupe has new 17-inch radial spoke wheels, and cross-spoke wheels are available as an option. A new center console contains updated switches, and the front grille is now chrome-plated. Tires for the Z3 2.5i are 225/50ZR16 on new alloy wheels, and 17-inch rubber is optional.

Interior
Seating is restricted to two, even in the hatchback with its squared-off roofline. Standard equipment on the Z3 2.5i includes air conditioning, vinyl upholstery, a four-way power driver’s seat and two-way passenger seat, a six-speaker cassette and weather stereo system, and power mirrors, locks and windows.

The 3.0i models add leather upholstery, cruise control and a Harman Kardon audio system, as well as wood interior trim and sport seats for the hatchback. Power seats help compensate for the lack of an adjustable steering wheel. A new Sport Package, which includes sport seats and 17-inch cross-spoke wheels, is available for the Z3 3.0i roadster.

Under the Hood
The base 2.5-liter dual overhead cam inline-six-cylinder engine develops 184 hp vs. 225 hp for the 3.0-liter inline-six in the 3.0i models. Both engines come with a five-speed-manual transmission, but a four-speed automatic is optional. The Z3 comes standard with side-impact airbags, dual front airbags, antilock brakes, the electronic stability system and traction control.

Driving Impressions
Stronger engines for 2001 should make BMW’s already-capable coupe and roadster even more potent than before. BMW claims that a Z3 3.0i coupe can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in a swift 5.9 seconds.

Handling has always been a Z3 bonus, with the roadster and coupe steering precisely and confidently, whether on straightaways or curvy roads. Cockpits are on the snug side but no more so than most rivals.

 

Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
34 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.0)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

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(5.0)

I bought it

by Deb from Methuen, MA on October 24, 2019

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(5.0)

Best looking roadster, BMW power and reliability

by Convertible Guy! from Rochester, New York on July 11, 2019

BMW Z3 has classic and elegant styling, a wonderful and powerful 6 cylinder 3.0i engine and reliability. I have owned it for 16 years and enjoyed every summer of open-air driving throughout the Finger ... Read full review

Safety

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The 2001 BMW Z3 currently has 1 recall


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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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