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#1 (permalink) Old 01-23-2004, 09:01 PM
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Hello everyone, i am looking into a BMW Z3.
The years i am looking at range from 1996 to 2003.
But i have one question that i cannot figure out, There is two types of Z3 i am looking at.

There is the Z3 convertable, and the Z3 Roadster. My problem is that i do not know the difference between them. The roadster looks nicer, but is it faster?
Any year between 1996 to 2003. Any liter intake.

Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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Welcome dlszrfn

the two types of Z3's are the Z3 roadster (E36/7) and the Z3 coupe (E36/8). the shoe looking Z3 coupe has near perfect 50/50 weight distribution, and the Mcoupe has exact 50/50 weight distribution. although the roadsters have about 51/49 balance, the coupes are said to handle better, and the power is the same between the two for any engine (not 100% sure on the S54 Mcoupes though)
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All roadsters are convertibles. Then you've got the Coupe as mentioned above.

You can get a hardtop fitted to a roadster, which actually looks good.
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i think your asking about the engine the z3 convertable will have basic engines and suspension (1.9 2.3(2.5) 2.5 2.8 or 3.0)

the m roadster has the m engine in it and will have a firmer suspension and it should be faster that is all i know because i don't have one
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