BMW Z3 M 3.2 Roadster Review

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jonasdp's review of BMW Z3 M 3.2 Roadster

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BMW Z3 M 3.2 Roadster Sports Car Review:”

Written on: 05/10/2004 by jonasdp (1 review written)

Good Points
Bonnet, shape of rear arches, driving position, shear acceleration from standstill and throughout rev range, driving appeal

Bad Points
Limited boot space, closeness of pedals

General Comments
BMW Z3 M 3.2 Roadster Sports Car Review:
For those people who have never experienced the pleasure given by driving a BMW Motorsport engine you should definitely experience it. The 3200 cc engine coupled with twin Vanos offer meteoric acceleration all the way through to 155 mph. You will reach 100 mph in just over 11 seconds and 60 in just over 5 seconds. The car can be a little hairy when driving hard imto corners in the wet but this is true of all BMW's. I would strongly recommend the AC Schnitzer sports suspension to kerb this tendency for the M Roadster in particular. It would be money well spent. I was fortunate enough to buy a model with only 19500 miles from new with a full service history. You need to look out for Vanos related problems with these engines. Repairs are extortionate. The car offers a unique driving experience and the V6 engines are the models which best exemplify this. The car offers great value for money.

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Uncle Scrooge's Response to 173028_jonasdp's Review

Written on: 19/03/2008

You are correct to point out the problems with he variable valve timing system. I have had a Z3 M roadster from new. After about 30,000 miles and 6 years of driving the vanos solonoid cover plate exploded (I suspect a solonoid O ring failed) and sheared the three screws which hold it down. This caused a complete loss of engine oil. Fortunately I was able to stop immediately the oil warning light came on. Damage caused: severe grooving to the solonoid housing, Solonoid O ring recess ripped. This required a vanos unit replacement (replacement parts in excess of £2000+vat). I now check my vanos solonoid O rings every 5,000 miles. Idiot that I am I still Love my car even with all its faults And there are more!. By the way, I think you mean an in line six cylinder engine.

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