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2002 BMW Z3
$2,537 — $13,229 USED
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2 Seats
23-24 MPG
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2002 BMW Z3 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
An in-dash CD player and remote keyless entry are now standard in BMW’s two-seat Z3 hatchback roadster and coupe, though the CD unit wasn’t available until after the start of 2002 production. A new Sport Package for the 3.0i roadster includes cross-spoke 17-inch wheels, sport seats, heated mirrors, new brushed-aluminum console trim and a mesh-front air intake.

Three models are offered: a 2.5i roadster with a 184-horsepower inline-six-cylinder engine, and a 3.0i coupe and roadster with a 225-hp inline-six-cylinder. Both engines were introduced last year, along with an optional five-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. The 3.0i coupe gets some interior trim modifications this year, while both roadsters gain new Nevada leather. High-performance M coupe and roadster versions of the Z3 are also available, and all are built at BMW’s factory in Spartanburg, S.C.

The roadster was introduced in 1996, and the coupe was added to the lineup three years later. According to company data, sales increased sharply in 2001. BMW sold 12,921 roadsters and 629 coupes in 2001, vs. 4,891 roadsters and 204 coupes in 2000.

Exterior
The Z3 coupe and roadster share basic styling themes, but the coupe version has different body panels from the windshield rearward that produce a squared-off appearance at the back. The 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-operated fabric top and a r...

Vehicle Overview
An in-dash CD player and remote keyless entry are now standard in BMW’s two-seat Z3 hatchback roadster and coupe, though the CD unit wasn’t available until after the start of 2002 production. A new Sport Package for the 3.0i roadster includes cross-spoke 17-inch wheels, sport seats, heated mirrors, new brushed-aluminum console trim and a mesh-front air intake.

Three models are offered: a 2.5i roadster with a 184-horsepower inline-six-cylinder engine, and a 3.0i coupe and roadster with a 225-hp inline-six-cylinder. Both engines were introduced last year, along with an optional five-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. The 3.0i coupe gets some interior trim modifications this year, while both roadsters gain new Nevada leather. High-performance M coupe and roadster versions of the Z3 are also available, and all are built at BMW’s factory in Spartanburg, S.C.

The roadster was introduced in 1996, and the coupe was added to the lineup three years later. According to company data, sales increased sharply in 2001. BMW sold 12,921 roadsters and 629 coupes in 2001, vs. 4,891 roadsters and 204 coupes in 2000.

Exterior
The Z3 coupe and roadster share basic styling themes, but the coupe version has different body panels from the windshield rearward that produce a squared-off appearance at the back. The 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-operated fabric top and a removable hardtop with a glass rear window are optional.

Both body styles ride a 96.3-inch wheelbase. The 2.5i and 3.0i roadsters are 159.4 inches long overall, while the 3.0i coupe is nearly an inch shorter. The roadsters are 50.9 inches high, vs. 51.4 inches tall for the coupe. The 3.0i coupe has 17-inch radial spoke wheels, and cross-spoke wheels are available as an option. Tires for the 2.5i are 16-inch P225/50ZR16 on alloy wheels, and 17-inch rubber is available as an option.

Interior
Seating is strictly for two occupants, even in the hatchback with its squared-off roofline. It looks like it could hold an extra person or two, but it can’t. Standard equipment on the 2.5i includes air conditioning, leatherette upholstery, a four-way power driver’s seat and two-way passenger seat, a six-speaker cassette and weather stereo system, and power windows, door locks and mirrors. Leather upholstery is optional.

The 3.0i models add leather, 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 Sport Package includes sport seats and 17-inch cross-spoke wheels and is available for the 3.0i roadster. Cargo space totals 9 cubic feet in the coupe but only 5 cubic feet in the roadsters.

Under the Hood
A 184-hp, 2.5-liter, dual-overhead-cam inline-six-cylinder engine goes into the 2.5i model. The 3.0i holds a 225-hp, 3.0-liter inline-six. A five-speed-manual shift is standard, and a five-speed-automatic transmission is optional. The automatic incorporates a Steptronic feature that permits manually selected gear changes. BMW claims the 3.0i roadster with the manual shift can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds, while the automatic-transmission versions take only a tenth of a second longer. A limited-slip rear differential is standard.

Safety
Every Z3 comes with all-disc antilock brakes, side-impact airbags and dual front airbags that include a “smart” passenger airbag. In addition, all models have BMW’s Dynamic Stability Control, which incorporates all-speed traction control and stability enhancement. BMW’s Dynamic Brake Control system helps maintain braking stability through difficult turns. Rollover Protection on the roadster consists of two structural hoops behind the seats.

 

Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide;
Posted on 3/27/02

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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(4.9)
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(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

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by funcar from Glendale, AZ on October 27, 2019

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Style, Performance, Fun

by Hugh from Chocowinity on October 24, 2019

This is a beautiful roadster in the classic style. Ladies typically call it "So Cute" and guys love the power and handling. This late production model benefits from several years of development with ... Read full review

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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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