The conundrum of the Z3 is for me wrapped up in the model’s signature appearance in Goldeneye. There was lots of promotion for the new model; after all, the change from Bond’s signature Aston Martin must have been for a car worthy of such a distinction. Granted, Audi beat BMW to the punch when James sported twin Type 44s in The Living Daylights but the fanfare surrounding the leap to BMW was unprecedented. And, as it turned out, largely unwarranted. Despite the hefty amount of advertising and anticipation of the debut, the 1.9 liter light blue convertible barely appeared in the movie at all – in fact, only long enough for James to toss the keys to someone else. This seems to largely sum up how enthusiasts feel about the successor to the Z1; cute, but a little too soft and not very BMW. Of course, as the model progressed it became more in keeping with the brand – especially true of when outfit by the M division. The resulting M Roadster and especially Coupe versions of the Z3 have become hot commodities in the marketplace, but if you’re willing to forgo the Roadstars, quad exhaust and especially the “S” motors in the front, you can still get a nice inline-six tied to a manual in a roadster.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1999 BMW Z3 2.3 on eBay
Model: Z3 2.3
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 59,000 mi
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Price: $12,900 Buy It Now
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Counter intuitively, the ‘2.3’ is actually the M52 2.5, which here was rated at 170 horsepower. While modest, it’s a nice jump over the 1.9 M44 in the early example James drove. But what attracted me to this one is the color, which is not the Boston Green Metallic the seller claims but BMW’s Dark Green (Dunklegrün 307). It’s quite rare to see, and this one is accented nicely by the Oregon Point (Ostrich) heated beige leather inside. The Style 42 wheels are also nice, and mileage is lower. Lower, unfortunately, is not the price. It’s not a perfect example, and the $13k asking price is high for a non-range-topping Z with no disclosed maintenance. However, appreciation for these roadsters from the late 90s and early 2000s is growing and, somewhat amazingly, it’s not the most expensive one on offer right now. Still, look around a bit and I think you can probably find a snazzier 2.8, though likely not in this color combination.