Strengths: Power, Speed, Acceleration, great handling and looks like and feels like a true European sports car. Pretty good on gas too.
Weaknesses: Not sure about some of the interior features (little too much Plastic) but that was my choice.
Summary: Very happy with performance of this car. Has the handling characteristics of much more expensive car. I drove the 1.9L with automatics and that was very good and the 1.9L with stick even better but the 2.5L was prefered. I did not try the 3.0L but have to believe that would be even better. I have been driving Audi's and still prefer an Audi but this one little beauty stole my heart.
I actually bought this car for my wife but this really can be a male car too.
Similar Products Used: Porsche Boxter. S2000
Rating Reviewed by: Cam(Unregistered User)
Review Date February 23, 2009
Overall Rating 5 of 5
Value Rating 5 of 5
Used product for 3 Months to 1 year
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from Chicago Private sale
Year / Model Reviewed: 2001 Z 3 2.5
Strengths: Looks awesome timeless roadster appeal
Handles great - accleration and braking
Great value for money
High retained value or resale potential
Weaknesses: In car wash roof leaks a few drops, however not when it is railing outside - weird.
With top up it has a bit of a blind spot over the shoulders.
Review mirror looks like it is out of your dad's oldsmobile.
Summary: What a great ride. Ton's of fun in the twists and turns. Even with the 2.5 if you turn off the traction control you can easily spin the tires. In the second year of ownership I plan on babying it more so then in the first year. However needed to test the limits. This car does not disappoint.
Similar Products Used: Subura WRX, lots and lots of motorcycles
Strengths: Style, reliability, performance, running costs, insurance, handling and FUN!!
Weaknesses: Space for the driver's legs
Summary: This car is the most fun car I have ever driven, including the M3. The Coupe looks aggressive, accelerates like the wind and is a dream to drive. The muscles bulging with 18" wheels. I have owned BMW's from the 3 series, to the 5 series and the M3. However, even though this is not the fastest car out there it is bold enough to be completely different, and drives like a maniac. The 50:50 weight distribution is dream when conering at high speed.
I use the car in Milan, Italy only when the sun shines. It is black inside and out, carrying a unique bold, even aggressive design. I would say:
Value 10/10 (used)
Fun factor 12/10!
Insurance/running costs 10/10
Even though this car is already 7 years old, it drives like new, has done 40,000 miles from new (one doctor owner only) and attracts attention everywhere I go.
Similar Products Used: BMW 320, BMW 328, BMW 540, BMW M3
Summary: Thoroughly enjoyable drive! The car has power to spare and handles like a scared rabbit.
A quick trip through some back-country roads made me actually laugh while driving a car for the first time since I owned a 1985 Nissan 300ZX Turbo. The Z3 holds the corners with confidence and just begs you to push a little harder. You know you're having fun when you're wife says, "did you have to come so close to the guardrail?"
The 2.5l engine claims 184hp and feels like it. I'm mildly jealous of the 3.0l's extra 36hp, but it's still a fun ride.
I got one with the automatic transmission with the sport shifting. It's a compromise, but not much of one. The automatic is a 5 speed for one thing, and the gearing favors acceleration over top speed.
The Z3 also draws stares. Whens it's parked it draws gawkers. If you bought the car, I trust you don't mind the attention.
The interior of the car has a few flaws. The center console does not come with an armrest (quickly solved with an after-market one). The door armrests are not padded and irritate your elbow if you are in the habit of resting your elbow on the door armrest while driving.
The seats are comfortable and grab you hard while cornering.
I love the instrumentation! Rather than a high-tech digital dash, the Z3's instruments are analog and simple. And you know what? The needles rise and fall very quickly!
Lastly, the brakes take you from fast to stopped in record time.