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BMW Z3 repairs by problem area

Engine (46%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (12%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (19%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (7%)

Other (7%)

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BMW Z3 brake repair cost distribution

$2500+ (7%)

$1000 - $2499 (29%)

$500 - $999 (7%)

$100 - $499 (50%)

< $100 (7%)

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Chart based on 14 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2001 BMW Z3 2dr Hatch

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

88000 mi

US $327
DSC failed. Installed new ABS/DSC controller. Dealer visit to program new controller. 
168000 mi

US $160
DSC light on. Diagnosed as bad lateral accel sensor. Replaced part at home. 
170700 mi

US $150
DSC module failed. Replaced with used unit 
47600 mi

US $200
yellow "brake" light on. Trouble readout indicates a short to ground on he brakepad wear indicator. Not able to fix problem 

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2001 BMW Z3 2dr Convertible

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

84940 mi

C $105
ABS and ASC light was on, clean the ABS sensor tips after it was OK. 
60300 mi

US $1200
Illuminated DSC/brake indicator required acceleration sensor replacement. Rear brake pads replaced.  

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2001 BMW Z3 2-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

44000 mi DSC/Brake indicators on, but haven't diagnosed yet. 

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2000 BMW Z3 2dr Convertible

193-horsepower 2.8L I6 4-speed automatic RWD

124000 mi

US $1795
ABS light came on. replaced ABS Electronic brake control module 

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2000 BMW Z3 2dr Convertible

170-horsepower 2.5L I6 4-speed automatic RWD

75317 mi

US $273
Transmission fluid changed for the first time at 75K. (Do not believe the lifetime line). Shop could not read retained codes only current. Transmission light flashed again. Brake pressure sensor was causing the problem and replaced by dealer. 
110300 mi

US $250
Both wheel sensors failed causing dsc light to illuminate. 
45000 mi

US $835
ABS/DSC Lights came on and stayed on, electrical module failed. Parts on order, should be in next week. 
46000 mi

US $1769
Replaced ABS/DSC module, repair complete. 
54200 mi

US $3000
Steering angle sensor 

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1999 BMW Z3 2-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

61854 mi

US $1005
replaced malfunctioning abs hydraulic control unit 

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BMW Z3 Brake Problems

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