2001 BMW Z3 Consumer Reviews

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2001 Bmw Z 3
4.8
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Oh, my, YES!

by from Richardson (Dallas) Texas on March 3, 2010

2001 BMW Z3 2.5i Roadster, Sienna Red, Steptronic. I've never owned a true sports car (2 seater convertible), although I've had many high performance vehicles in my long life. I also never had a BMW b...
2001 BMW Z3 2.5i Roadster, Sienna Red, Steptronic. I've never owned a true sports car (2 seater convertible), although I've had many high performance vehicles in my long life. I also never had a BMW before. I must say that this is the most "fun to drive" car I've ever had. Don't buy one if you like to listen to the stereo while you drive, but do buy one if you like the wind in your hair (if you have hair, I don't), quick acceleration, great handling and a wonderful exhaust sound! The mileage is good but not great, and getting in and out is a bit difficult for an aging and overweight 6 footer. But I never turn down the chance to steal this car from my wife (it's supposed to be hers) and take it out for a drive that always involves going the long way there and a longer way back. I love this car!
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Best Roadster ever

by from Cumming, Ga. on February 27, 2012

I have owned several sports cars over the years but none compare to my bmw 2001 Z3 3.0i. I have wanted one ever since they first came out. They were priced way over my budget when they were new. The u...
I have owned several sports cars over the years but none compare to my bmw 2001 Z3 3.0i. I have wanted one ever since they first came out. They were priced way over my budget when they were new. The used price made the car attainable. I chose the 3.0i automatic after driving several others. The steptronic transmission is awesome. When it is in sport mode it automatically takes the car right up to the red line before shifting for maximum acceleration. The handling is super on all models. I had considered a newer z4 but have never been able to warm up to what they did with the design. The classic look of the Z3 is a work of art. The interior refinements of the 01 and 02 are worth searching for. The 225 hp 3.0i has all the acceleration needed to make it a blast to drive. It even gets better gas milage than the smaller 6s. I got lucky and found one within 10 miles of my house. If I ever had to buy another one I would be willing to drive several hundred miles and pay more than its book value to get it. It is that fun to drive!
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Z3

by from Monroe NY on November 12, 2010

I have always liked the Z3 styling from the first time I saw one. Now after having one for the last 3 months, it has lived up to my expectations. It is fun to drive, especially with the top down. It h...
I have always liked the Z3 styling from the first time I saw one. Now after having one for the last 3 months, it has lived up to my expectations. It is fun to drive, especially with the top down. It has sufficient power & has great road handling and looks great.
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Best value for the best car I have had in my life

by from Montreal, QC, CANADA on January 30, 2008

I had, Toyota, Celica, Firebird 77, Pontiac Fiero 84, Honda Accord 88, Acura Vigor,VW Jetta 2000, and my best one is my BMW Z3 Every weeks somebody will telling me that I have a very nice car. Nobody...
I had, Toyota, Celica, Firebird 77, Pontiac Fiero 84, Honda Accord 88, Acura Vigor,VW Jetta 2000, and my best one is my BMW Z3 Every weeks somebody will telling me that I have a very nice car. Nobody can tell the year but it is a 2001 BMW Z3 with the M kit. Motor is the 3 litter, and I love the sound of this motor. Seat are the sport one (series M kit) This is very confortable, full options like top, eather seat. It is my best experience on drive, more you go fast on the way more you like the car. If you want a good feeling on diriving a car this is the one you need. it is a lot better than a porche, Mieta. I never had problem with this car, I just put oil that's all. millage is now 20000 miles. Mine is not for sale at kelly blue book value I will never leave this car for a price under 32000$ and I expect to keep this car the rest of my live. It is a real gift for me
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A Good Car for the Money

by from Central California on November 10, 2010

If you are willing to be selective, a used Z3 can be a lot of value for the money. The 3.0 liter has plenty of power, the handling is excellent--more sure-footed that the Miata's I've owned, and a goo...
If you are willing to be selective, a used Z3 can be a lot of value for the money. The 3.0 liter has plenty of power, the handling is excellent--more sure-footed that the Miata's I've owned, and a good deal easier to manage than the Boxster S that preceded it.
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Best looking roaster on the road

by from Oceanside, Ca. on May 3, 2007

This car looks and drives like a roaster should. If your looking for a fun car to drive and dont want to be part of the Porsche Boxster group, this is the car to check out.
This car looks and drives like a roaster should. If your looking for a fun car to drive and dont want to be part of the Porsche Boxster group, this is the car to check out.
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Just right

by from Northern Virginia on April 17, 2014

I was looking for a fun second car - it had to be: 1) convertible - check, 2) stick shift - check, 3) fun to drive - check, 4) great looking - check, and 5) affordable to buy and to own - check. I loo...
I was looking for a fun second car - it had to be: 1) convertible - check, 2) stick shift - check, 3) fun to drive - check, 4) great looking - check, and 5) affordable to buy and to own - check. I looked at lots of convertibles, typically 5-15 years old, and one by one, each one but the Z3 fell away: Jaguar XK8 and Plymouth Prowler - beautiful, but no stick shift; Mercedes SLK - pretty, fun to drive, but too expensive; Porsche Boxter - fun to drive, but weird dimensions make it not very pretty; Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder - pretty, but such awful reviews. My 2001 Z3 2.5i makes me smile every time I get into her. She's got the elemental sportiness that a roadster should, but with the comfort and road manners that make her comfortable for a long drive. The 2.5 liter 6-cylinder has plenty of punch, and man, does she shine on the twisty roads! I can't recommend her highly enough.
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Fun Mobile

by from Minneapolis, MN on August 2, 2013

The 2001 Z3 is a blast to say the least. So far enjoying fun evenings cruising with the top down. 3.0 engine has some serious muscle. Exterior design turns some heads just for fun. Had to go with the ...
The 2001 Z3 is a blast to say the least. So far enjoying fun evenings cruising with the top down. 3.0 engine has some serious muscle. Exterior design turns some heads just for fun. Had to go with the automatic transmission so my wife could drive once in a while. But not disappointed. Value good compared to other models is same year and class.
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Ultimate Driving Experience

by from Fauquier County, VA on December 24, 2013

I owned two of these. The first, I saw at lunch at a dealership and owned it by the next day at noon. I loved this car, bought it and planned a move cross country in it. Of course, I got very good at ...
I owned two of these. The first, I saw at lunch at a dealership and owned it by the next day at noon. I loved this car, bought it and planned a move cross country in it. Of course, I got very good at packing more stuff than one could imagine. I was hit in the rear at a dead stop; I was fine, but the car was totaled, and I found another; the owner found out she was pregnant right after buying, so I got a good deal and a great car. My insurance totaled it after I hit a curb and the airbag deployed. It had 144,000 and still looked and acted like a new vehicle. I am now searching for car number 3. You get complimented every day driving this, It is fast, fun, and makes you feel fantastic. I live in the country, so it's a cruise to get anywhere, and I was more than happy to get to chemotherapy in this! Can hardly wait to find the perfect replacement. The body style is made for me!!
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Fun, Fun, Fun

by from Sand Springs, OK on May 20, 2016

First thing's first, and this goes without saying, the car is absolutely gorgeous. I found my 2001 2.5i on a Chevy lot, and it blew all of the modern designs of the new lines of Chevy out of the water...
First thing's first, and this goes without saying, the car is absolutely gorgeous. I found my 2001 2.5i on a Chevy lot, and it blew all of the modern designs of the new lines of Chevy out of the water. (except for the new 'vette, which the previous owner traded the z3 in for) Prior to buying this car, I only had practical experience driving a manual. It was years since I last tried. But within a week, I had it down with the Z3. This car performs so well, you can't help but drive it. The vehicle's handling is superb. You could do a turn on a dime with this thing, and NOW I understand why U turns and curved roads are just so darn fun to drive on. Nice low purr to the engine. The dealers told me the convertible top didn't work, but after actually reading the car's manual, I found out it worked just fine. The ride is smooth and the cabin noise is minimal. I'm not looking forward to the eventual repairs that I know are necessary for a 15 year old car, but I'll definitely thoroughly enjoy every day up until then. A couple of cons with my particular vehicle: Passenger side door won't open from the outside. In the car's maintenance history, there's a work order that showed repairing the door would be a $600 job that required disassembly of the whole door. Also, there's a slight leak in the roof on the passenger side. The CD player skips on bumpy roads. Also, the shift from 1st to 2nd is a little rough. Minor inconveniences for a ride this exciting.
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