2000 BMW Z3 User Reviews
roadster 2.8 shown
- $5,552 - $7,007
- Great looking and fun to drive
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Purchased As Used
My 2000 BMW Z3 2.8 is now 12 yrs old. If you're thinking about buying a used one look for these potential issues:
Woofer between the seats is blown. Replace speaker
Harmon Kardon volume knob is sticky. Replace radio
A/C compressor not working.
Seats tend to move slightly back and forth when braking. Replace bushings. Find replacement kit on Ebay.
Canvas top and rear window needs replacement: Expect $1K to replace entire top.
Plastic seatbelt guides on side of seats is broken. No easy fix.
Automatic top does not always go up or down.
Valve cover gasket leaking and needs replacement.
Radiator leaking and needs replacement.
These are just some of the more common issues with the 2000 BMW Z3. It's a relatively inexpensive, fast and fun, good looking convertible. The interior is a bit cheap for a BMW. Gas mileage is not so great and the overall ride quality is on the harsh side....read morehide
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- German Design
- Rear plastic window
Purchased As Used
After more than 10 years on the road, the Z3 is free of major issues.
1. Check service records for radiator replacement. As with some other BMW models, the Achilles' heel of Z3s tends to be the cooling system, especially the radiator, which is built of an aluminum core and carbon alloy tanks. The tanks become brittle and leak; the neck that carries the top hose may even completely separate. Nelson recommends radiator replacement every 50,000 miles or 5 years, whether or not the radiator shows signs of problems. Sears is more sanguine, saying the radiator is "guaranteed" to go bad by 100,000 miles.
2. Examine the thermostat housing. Thermostats are a common replacement item on Z3s. Fortunately, when they fail; they generally lock in the open position, so the engine won't overheat. (Note: You must use the factory-spec thermostat for the computerized engine-management system to operate properly.) But the plastic thermostat housing may leak, leading to a loss of coolant which could cause overheating. You may spot a leak if you hold a mirror behind the housing.
3. Check service records for water pump replacement. This is another fairly common replacement item. The usual symptom of a failing pump is a noisy bearing. Replacement is straightforward enough on a 6-cylinder engine.
4. Look carefully for any signs of water mixed with crankcase oil. No matter the cause, Z3 engines don't take kindly to overheating. Should a Z3 engine overheat, the cylinder head may crack or the head gasket may lift, allowing coolant to seep into oil passages. A slow loss of coolant with no apparent exterior leak is the primary symptom of some serious engine damage. And it may not happen immediately after an overheating episode, but weeks or months later.
5. Beware of a bad starter motor. It's not too common that a starter goes bad. But when it does, it's obvious: the engine won't turn over. When one does cease to work, particularly on the 4-cylinder engine, replacement is a job "we despise," says Nelson. The trouble is, the mechanic has to disassemble part of the engine to get to the starter motor.
6. Carefully inspect the rear differential mount. The differential is secured to the chassis by a rather flimsy-looking piece of metal, near the muffler. Under hard use-particularly with the high-horsepower Z3 variants-the metal may crack, leaving the differential unsecured. The fix involves jacking everything up and welding in reinforcements.
7. Note the condition of the rear window. The convertible tops on Z3s hold up well enough with a little care, but the plastic windows tend to discolor or crack over time. Fortunately, the windows can be replaced. They're zippered into place and don't require restitching. However, the job is more time-consuming than it sounds, say Nelson and Sears.
8. Listen for squeaks, rattles and clunks from the rear. These symptoms often indicate that the rubber mounts at the top of the rear shocks have perished and need replacement. If so, Sears recommends upgrading to BMW M3 mounts, which he says are a little beefier.
9. Note rough running accompanied by the "Check Engine" light. Either can be caused by myriad reasons. But a common one on 2000 and later later 6-cylinder engines is failure of a camshaft position sensor associated with the BMW VANOS system, an electro hydraulic device that alters cam timing.
10. Look for an illuminated airbag warning light. It may indicate problems with the airbag system, but more likely indicates faulty seatbelt receptacles-a common problem on Z3s. A bad receptacle will trigger the warning light.
11. Check operation of the power convertible top. BMW's luck with power-operated ragtops in general has not been the best, according to Nelson. On the Z3, the top controller modules sometimes fail and require replacement.
12. Finally, check the service records for consistent routine maintenance....read morehide
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- Excellent fuel economy, a blast to drive. Like riding on rails
- Some issues with the back window that can be easily resolved. Buy your own reset tool to save $$$$$
Purchased As Used
I purchased mine with 187,000 miles on it. It had the normal services done to it that are required and this car runs better, handles better and is more fun to drive than my new Altima. There seems to be an ongoing problem with the clear coat on the rear of the car so I had it repainted. This is my second Z3 and I would recommend one to anyone looking for a fun, sporty and surprisingly, economical car to drive. I get 30 mpg with premium unleaded. For an almost 10 year old car it still is the "Ultimate Driving Machine"!...read morehide
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- smooth power from idle to red line, a highway cruser with comfort for the longer trips, good on gas
- have not found any yet
Purchased As Used
Bought a 2000 z3 2.8 when it was 9 years old. had 52k on it but well taken care of. just love this car... there are NO shortcomings. great on gas but still preforms very well. I go on longer trips of 500-800 miles often and this little car will suprize you with just how comfortable it really is. I have heard how bad the sound system is and will say it needs to be understood. Just keep the fader heavier on the rear speakers till you get the fronts to support them instead of the fronts being asked to do something they are not able to do...which is be the bulk of the music, that is what the rears are for. Drove in heavy rain at 70+ mph and no leaks from the drop top or windows. Truely a great car and would recomend to anyone. By the way, how can you have this much fun and this much car for a 12k price....a bargan to say the least......Go get yourself one and join the fun........read morehide
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