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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%)

Chart based on 300 repairs.
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BMW Z3 other repair cost distribution

$2500+ (5%)

$1000 - $2499 (5%)

$500 - $999 (10%)

$100 - $499 (45%)

< $100 (35%)

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Chart based on 20 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 manual RWD

113000 mi

US $219
Rear hatch fell on my head, replaced the supports/pistons.  
135000 mi

US $300
Left door handle intermittent and keyhole unlocking was inoperable. Purchased a coded door handle with key cylinder (no CCA discount) from dealer and replaced. 
151000 mi

US $100
Left window slider replacement. 

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2001 BMW Z3 2dr Convertible

315-horsepower 3.2L I6 5-speed manual RWD

76300 mi

US $350
driver seat left front mounting point (stud) ripped out from floor pan. New mount fabricated. 

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2001 BMW Z3 2dr Convertible

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

78000 mi Driver side power seat had seized up, as a result of water getting blown in past the convertible top seals and, apparently, rusting. 

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2001 BMW Z3 2dr Convertible

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

81000 mi

US $400
repair to seat tracks 

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2000 BMW Z3 2dr Convertible

240-horsepower 3.2L I6 5-speed manual RWD

98000 mi Hood cable was broken and no longer mounted in it's proper place, very hard to open hood. 
85000 mi

US $360
rear view mirror assembly succumbed to heat 
96000 mi

US $50
leaking windshield washer motor and grommet -- replaced. 
105000 mi

US $700
driver window mechanism repair, requiring new regulator, etc. 
106200 mi

US $400
seat bushings replaced (wobbly seats) 
107200 mi

US $455
passenger seatbelt replacement 
52000 mi

US $4000
Rear subframe failure. Trunk pan and floor pan welds have separated and seam welds are cracked. Subframe fixed with Randy Forbes Subframe fix. Dual ear differential. 

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2000 BMW Z3 2dr Convertible

170-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

68600 mi

US $29
Seats moving back and forth on start or stop, very annoying 
126000 mi

US $1826
Clutch replaced, camshaft position sensor, oil and filter change, new wiper blades, new diff. oil, overall check -up, 4 new tires, new belts, new power steering hoses, new transmission oil, 

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2000 BMW Z3 2dr Convertible

170-horsepower 2.5L I6 4-speed automatic RWD

51000 mi

US $700
Passenger side seatbelt would not release from retracted position. 

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1999 BMW Z3 2-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

88300 mi

US $138
Window regulator on drivers side failed. Window "popped" when going up. Ordered part and replaced. 
122000 mi

US $30
Seat motor bushings wear out, allowing seat travel when braking or cornering. Aftermarket replacement can be user-installed. Repaired passenger side. Driver side OK for now. 
150660 mi

motor hood release cable broke on me... 
151000 mi

US $10
needs seat bushings fixed (800 at dealer or $5 in parts and a few hours of my time) 

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BMW Z3 Other Problems

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