2002 BMW Z3

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2002 BMW Z3 Review

The unique style will attract, but the performance of this roadster will keep you.

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Overview

The 2002 BMW Z3 is the final year of production of this mass-market roadster manufactured by BMW. As such, very little was changed from the 2001 model. Available as a two-door convertible or two-door coupe, there are three different models of the 2002 BMW Z3, all equipped with six-cylinder engines. There are two different convertible models that are equipped with different engines, while the coupe version comes with a three-liter, six-cylinder engine only. With their unique design, and the fact that the 2002 BMW Z3 is built to go fast, it’s no wonder that it is a top selling model from BMW.

The Range

Body Styles: two-door convertible, two-door coupe
Engines: 2.6-liter six-cylinder, 3.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: BMW Z3 2.5i, BMW Z3 3.0i

What's New

With the launch of the 2002 BMW Z3, all models are almost exactly the same as seen for the 2001 model year lineup. A new standard feature for both the convertible models and the coupe is an in-dash CD changer. A new Sport package was introduced for the 3.0i models, and the trim found within the 2002 BMW Z3 3.0i coupe is now aluminum finish instead of wood.

Exterior

The shape of the 2002 BMW Z3 models makes it instantly recognizable in a crowd. The convertible and coupe models share a similar design, but the coupe has different body panels to provide for the squared off rear and greater cargo space inside. The convertible models of the 2002 BMW Z3 are fitted with a manual soft top that has a cloth lining for dampening road noise. Options for the top include a power fabric top and a removable hard top. The rear window in the fabric tops is plastic, while the hardtop has a glass rear window. All models of the 2002 BMW Z3 are built to go fast, which includes their aerodynamic shape and their low height. Standard for the 2002 BMW Z3 2.5i convertible are 16-inch wheels, while the 3.0i models are fitted with 17-inch wheels as standard.

Interior

All models of the 2002 BMW Z3 can seat only two passengers. While the coupe version may look like it could hold an extra passenger or two in the rear space, this is not the case. The coupe provides additional room for cargo, but not for carrying people. The interior has a classic look with clear and easy to read instruments and gauges and an analog clock. All are fitted with a leather wrapped sport steering wheel, but leather upholstery is an option for the 2.5i model and standard for the 3.0i models.

There are plenty of standard features found in all models of the 2002 BMW Z3. The 2002 BMW Z3 2.5i has a four-way power driver’s seat, two-way power passenger seat, air conditioning, power accessories, and a six-speaker audio system. The 2002 BMW Z3 3.0i models add leather upholstery, cruise control, upgraded trim, and an upgraded audio system. Bucket seats are found in the 3.0i coupe model.

Performance & Handling

The 2002 BMW Z3 is equipped with one of two six-cylinder engines. In the base 2.5i convertible, the engine is a 2.5-liter, six-cylinder engine that produces 184 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. Both the 3.0i coupe and convertible are powered by a three-liter, six-cylinder engine that provides 225 horsepower and 214 lb-ft of torque. All models are rear-wheel drive and fitted with a five-speed manual transmission as standard. A five-speed Steptronic automatic transmission is available as an option for all models.

The 2002 BMW Z3 was designed to go fast, and driving at speed is where this can really be appreciated. Both engines provide ample power for acceleration from a stop and while maneuvering at speed. For that little something extra, the 3.0i models should be opted for. Precise steering and stable handling make driving the 2002 BMW Z3 pure and unadulterated fun.

Safety

Standard safety equipment for all models of the 2002 BMW Z3 includes four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, side airbags, dual front airbags, dynamic stability control, and dynamic brake control. The dynamic stability control system modifies engine torque and the anti-lock brakes to bring the car back under control when sensors have indicated that it is veering off path. Dynamic brake control maintains stability through cornering by modifying the power to each wheel’s brakes.

EPA Fuel Economy

BMW Z3 2.5i: 18/25 mpg city/highway
BMW Z3 3.0i: 19/26 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Acceleration
  • Handling and steering
  • Unique exterior style

You Won't Like

  • Plastic rear window
  • Some low quality plastics in interior
  • Two-seater only

Sum Up

The unique style will attract, but the performance of this roadster will keep you.

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