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Kelley Blue Book ® - 2001 BMW Z3 Overview

Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book

KBB.com 2001 BMW Z3 Overview

The Bond Car Minus the Top

Many people lust after this convertible—and with good reason. The BMW Z3 embodies the very essence of the open-air roadster. Its low profile, long hood and short deck mimic the legendary Triumphs and Austins of the past.

Sitting in the Z3 gives you a commanding view of the road, thanks in part to the low beltline and height-adjustable power seats. The cockpit is brilliantly laid out, with the shifter in just the right spot to support your hand as you adjust the climate controls or change radio stations. The optional heated seats are worth the extra cost, especially if you enjoy driving in the chilly night air. There is bit of wind buffeting with the top down, but it's not too distracting—especially when the volume on the sub-woofer-enhanced stereo is liberally applied. With the top up, you will notice your peripheral vision is still useful because the contact point between the window and the top is behind the driver's head, not directly beside it as in most two-seat convertibles. You will also notice that the plastic rear window is susceptible to distortion and scratches over time.

The Z3 truly shines on the open road. Its rear suspension—derived from the old 3-series of the early 90's—does allow the Z to squat down on acceleration a bit more than one would expect of a BMW, but this makes the Z3 all the more fun to drive. The steering is dead-on and makes taking turns so much fun you may find yourself circling the block a few times before you pull in to park. The base model comes standard with a 2.5-liter inline six-cylinder engine good for 184-horsepower which can be teamed with a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic with overdrive. The BMW six loves to rev and provides plenty of power to help move you around slower moving obstacles.

Other than the pricey options list and the plastic rear window, there is little to quibble about when considering the Z3.

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