About BMW Z3
As the second model in BMW Z Series, BMW Z3 was built by a famous German manufacturing company, Bayerische Motren Werke AG, more known under its abbreviation BMW, between September 20, 1995 and June 28, 2002 as a roadster/sports car. Originally introduced as the successor to BMW Z1, Z3 was the first of Z Series to be mass produced. Competing against the Ford Thunderbird, Porsche 911 and Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class, Z3 had won many awards such as Car and Driver's Ten Best for M Coupe/Roadster, Edmunds' Most Wanted Convertible and so on. But after being manufactured for only seven years, Z3 was replaced by the BMW Z4 (E85).
BMW Z3 made its debut via video press released by BMW North American on June 12, 1995 and was put into production in September 1995. It was offered in two body styles, 2-door roadster (E36/7) and 3-door coupe (E36/8) and came in two trim levels: base and 2.8. Equipped with standard AM/FM cassette player and cruise control, optional power convertible top, a Harman Kardon stereo, and side airbags. During its whole lifetime, BMW Z3 was powered by 1.9 L I4 good for 138 hp, 2.8 L I6 producing 190 hp, and 3.0 L I6 cranking out 225 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque.
BMW Z3 Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Boasting flawlessly smooth power delivery and impeccable handling, BMW Z3 is very fun to drive. But it also some shortcomings such as subpar interior materials, confined cabin, and after a while of driving, these common problems will find your Z3:
First, based on the car repair statistics site repairpal.com, engine failure deteriorated by cooling system failure is the worst issue that BMW Z3 drivers have met during driving. I believe most Z3 owners have realized the seriousness of engine failure, but they do not know that cooling system failure not only appears along but also deteriorate the engine failure. Once the cooling system starts to leak coolant, the engine will stay at a high operation temperature, and then its performance will plummet so that it could misfire, stall and even suffer from starting issues. Before the engine fails completely, you will also a big decrease in power, acceleration and fuel economy and the illuminated Check Engine Light and Low Coolant Light could also be signs for you to inspect the Z3 water pump, intake manifold gasket, spark plug, oil filter, air filter, timing belt tensioner and fuel pump.
Second, another issue that BMW Z3 drivers feel troubled is the steering failure. I suppose many people do not have any idea about steering system so that when it has something wrong, Z3 drivers feel at a loss. In fact, as s system that guides the direction you go, you have to pay more attention to anything wrong on it. Generally, steering failure often manifests as clunking or grinding noises while turning, difficult steering, leaking steering fluids, loose and roughly operated steering wheel, and steering tilt not locking. And you also still get stuck in dangers once you do not deal with it well. Therefore, please make sure the Z3 power steering hose, power steering reservoir, power steering pump, steering wheel, steering column cover, upper steering column bearing and steering angle sensor.
Apart from solving above-mentioned problems, you still need to be aware of the fact that some parts on your BMW Z3 are vulnerable and you need to perform routine maintenance on them to make sure perfect driving experience. On your Z3, you should maintain the seat belt, windshield wiper, wiper blade, fog light, headlight, antenna and cabin air filter routinely since they all play important roles in creating safe and comfortable driving environment but they are also exposed to harsh working conditions.
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