1998 BMW M

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1998 BMW M Review

An open-air instant classic.

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Overview

The BMW Z3 has been hugely popular since its introduction in 1996. Not one to pass up an opportunity, BMW makes a good thing even better with the 1998 BMW M Roadster–a meaner, faster, and more spirited reworking of an old favorite. With its classic roadster design, open-air spirit, and reliable BMW reputation, the M Roadster appeals to everyone from 20-something highway adventurers to middle-aged thrill seekers. This car’s power only gets matched by its sex appeal. With its all-around quality design, the 1998 BMW M Roadster offers the perfect open-air opportunity for a cruise up the coast and the perfect excuse to leave the kids at home on the weekend. Best of all, with its relatively low price, this convertible’s thrills remain available to pretty much anyone who wants them.

The Range

Body Styles: convertible
Engines: 3.2-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual
Models: BMW M Roadster

What's New

Newly introduced to the BMW family in 1998, the M Roadster provides a more toned version of the ever-popular Z3, with a stiffer chassis and spirited six-cylinder engine.

Exterior

The M Roadsters serves as one sleek, sexy machine, designed to look good and to make you look good while driving it. With its curvaceous silhouette and power convertible roof, the 1998 BMW M defines open-air adventure. The list of exterior equipment includes fog lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, intermittent windshield wipers, and a fun selection of metallic paint colors.

Interior

The M Roadster’s sporty, two-person cabin features leather seating, a leather-trimmed shift knob and steering wheel, heated front seats, and tinted glass. The audio system includes an AM/FM radio and a cassette player. The interior feels comfortable and luxurious, even if space seems a bit tight. Trunk room also remains limited, restricting the BMW M to trips that don’t require too much luggage.

Performance & Handling

Everyone agrees that the 1998 BMW M Roadster makes one fun car to drive. Its 3.2-liter, inline-six engine offers up plenty of power and speed, while steering, braking, and overall handling don’t leave anything to be desired. You can take on all the twists and turns of the road in this spirited convertible, with the confidence that you want while you do it.

Safety

The 1998 BMW M Roadster proves as safe as it is fun. Standard safety equipment includes four-wheel anti-lock brakes, driver and passenger front airbags, an anti-theft alarm system, power steering, and power locks and windows. Front side airbags remain optional.

EPA Fuel Economy

BMW M Roadster: 18/26 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Classic roadster look
  • Good price
  • Excellent handling

You Won't Like

  • Not much trunk space
  • Small gas tank

Sum Up

An open-air instant classic.

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