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1998 BMW Z3

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1998 BMW Z3 Review

A sexy, spirited roadster.

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Overview

Since its introduction in 1996, the Z3 roadster has enjoyed consistent popularity among buyers and plenty of admiration on the road. With its curvaceous, sexy silhouette and spirited engine, drivers love everything about this classic, fun convertible. On top of its sex appeal and fine engineering, the 1998 BMW Z3 benefits from all the prestige and reliability that comes with being a BMW. Best of all, with its reasonable price, the Z3’s thrills remain easy to attain for a young highway adventurer looking for some open-air thrills or a baby boomer who wants to recapture some of the fun of his college days.

The Range

Body Styles: convertible
Engines: 1.9-liter four-cylinder, 2.8-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: BMW Z3 1.9, BMW Z3 2.8

What's New

The only change in design for the 1998 BMW Z3 concerns the newly available power-operated convertible top.

Exterior

The 1998 BMW Z3 provides one stylish, sexy machine, with all the curves and bright color you expect from an American roadster. Base-level exterior features include 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, and power exterior mirrors. Available optional features include chrome trim, metallic paint, and a power convertible roof for convenience.

Interior

The Z3’s two-person cabin doesn’t offer a ton of space, but it offers plenty of comfort and fun to go around. Standard interior features include cruise control, a tachometer, a cassette player, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and air-conditioning. The 1998 BMW Z3 2.8 also includes leather seating. Optional features include heated front seats, sport seats, and a trip computer. The only downside concerns the limited trunk space, which restricts the Z3 to trips that don’t require a lot of gear.

Performance & Handling

Make no question, the 1998 BMW Z3 provides one fun car to drive. It offers two engine options: a 1.9-liter four-cylinder and a 2.8-liter six-cylinder, and both offer plenty of speed and spirit. Braking and steering both prove excellent, and you feel as confident tackling all the road’s twists and turns as you look sitting behind the wheel. Overall handling feels nice and responsive, and with BMW’s reliable reputation, you can be sure of getting a great driving experience in the Z3.

Safety

As with all BMW vehicles, the 1998 Z3 carries a great reputation for safety. Standard safety equipment includes four-wheel anti-lock brakes, traction control, power brakes, power door locks, and driver and passenger front airbags.

EPA Fuel Economy

BMW Z3 1.9: 20/29 mpg city/highway
BMW Z3 2.8: 17/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Reasonable price
  • Great steering and braking
  • Fun, attractive design

You Won't Like

  • Limited trunk space
  • Small fuel tank

Sum Up

A sexy, spirited roadster.

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