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2000 BMW Z3 Review

Zippy and luxurious.

Reviewed by Automotive on


The 2000 BMW Z3 is a sporty rear-drive two-seater that is available as either a hatchback coupe or convertible. The first Z3 offered to the public was the convertible model in 1997, followed by the hatchback coupe in 1999. Its main attractions are its unique style, luxury ride and handling, and rock-solid safety features. Drivers get the satisfaction of having a host of convenience features and easy-to-use controls to make its experiences on the road a pleasure. It will also surely get recognition and respect from people wherever they go, in response to its bold and beautiful design. Whether cruising on the highway or gallivanting around town, the Z3 is a pleasure to ride in.

The Range

Body Styles: hatchback coupe, convertible
Engines: 2.5-liter six-cylinder, 2.8-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: BMW Z3 2.3, BMW Z3 2.8

What's New

The 2000 BMW Z3 receives a new exterior design and an enhanced interior with improved styling and appointments. Also, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and All Season Traction (AST) are standard features on all models.


The 2000 BMW Z3 has approximately a 159-inch length, 68-inch width, 51-inch height, and 96-inch wheelbase. Both the hatchback coupe and the convertible have body-colored front and rear bumpers, power door mirrors, L-shaped taillights, and bulging rear fenders. The convertible also has a manual convertible top. A power top is optional. The Z3 models also feature a front spoiler, fog lights, a solar-reflective windshield, and tinted glass on the cabin.


The interior of the 2000 BMW Z3 is capable of seating two individuals. In the front, there are power-adjustable leather bucket seats divided by a storage console/armrest. There are doors in the pockets and bins on the seats for easy storage. In the dash, there are logically arranged gauges, conveniently located controls, and a storage console. The Z3 features a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, power locks, one-touch power windows, front reading lights, an AM/FM stereo with a cassette player included and 10 speakers and pre-wiring for a CD changer.

Performance & Handling

The 2000 BMW Z3 comes packed with either a 2.5-liter, six-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower and or a 2.8-liter, six-cylinder engine that pumps out 193 horsepower and. Both engines come with either a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission. Drivers get the luxury of smooth, strong acceleration. The Z3 is capable of going from zero to 60 mph in approximately six seconds and has a top speed of 135 mph. The Z3 is built with an independent strut front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs teamed with an independent trailing arm rear suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs. Thanks to its rock-solid suspension, which includes stability control, the Z3 delivers a smooth and stable ride. Drivers enjoy superb handling, which allows for graceful maneuvering in traffic and hugging corners at high speeds. Speed-sensitive, power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering enables precise control.


All models of the 2000 BMW Z3 come standard with anti-lock brakes on all four wheels and traction control for better handling. There are driver and front passenger front-impact and front side-impact airbags installed. Three-point safety belts have pre-tensioners to more effectively restrain passengers in the event of an accident.

EPA Fuel Economy

BMW Z3: 19/25 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Strong performance
  • Great handling
  • Hot style

You Won't Like

  • Slightly cramped seating
  • Small gas tank
  • Doesn’t handle well in the snow

Sum Up

Zippy and luxurious.

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