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BMW Z4 vs. BMW Z3 Reliability by Model Generation

Results are for year ending September 30, 2016. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year and Model Percent of Average  
2006 - 2008 BMW Z4
22.5714285714% Best 77% Worst
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2003 - 2005 BMW Z4
22.5714285714% Best 77% Worst
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2000 - 2002 BMW Z3
14% Best 62% Worst
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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the BMW

BMW Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2007 2dr Hatch 255-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed manual RWD
Certified pre-owned. full 2007 BMW review
2006 2dr Convertible 215-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed manual RWD
The car has the remaining new car warranty and maintenance. It is CPO to 6yr-100k miles. full 2006 BMW review
2006 2dr Convertible 215-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed manual RWD
It has a reputation with consumer organizations for very reliable performance - a real plus when repairs on such cars are so expensive. The "certified" warranty was important to me with this in mind. full 2006 BMW review
BMW Reliability And Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2003 2dr Convertible 184-horsepower 2.5L I6
5-speed manual RWD
Parts(e.g., fuel pump) that would nearly outlast any domestic or foreign car make failed after only 25,000 miles. Dealer attempted to charge me nearly $2000 to replace same...said "No thanks," and took to independent garage who charged 1/3 to repair. full 2003 BMW review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the BMW Z3

BMW Z3 Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2000 2dr Convertible 170-horsepower 2.5L I6
4-speed automatic RWD
Car of the year in 2000. Best Consumer Reports value for 5 years in a row for its class. • Model Rating - Overall 4 stars • Trim Rating - Overall 5 stars • Appearance 5 stars • Comfort 5 stars • Performance 5 stars • Reliability 5 stars full 2000 BMW Z3 review
2000 2dr Convertible 193-horsepower 2.8L I6
4-speed automatic RWD
I got over a 150K miles and only minor items less then $500 dollars on repairs other then tires and brakes full 2000 BMW Z3 review
BMW Z3 Reliability And Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2000 2dr Convertible 193-horsepower 2.8L I6
5-speed manual RWD
I experienced continued problems with the A/C system and the engine cooling system. Also, the rag top did not hold up well and developed a leak. full 2000 BMW Z3 review