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1998 BMW Z3 Trim Comparison

Base Roadster Convertible
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General Pricing

Resale Value $36,200.00
Destination $570.00

Engines & Power

Standard Engine 2.8L I6
Horsepower 189 @ 5300 RPM
Torque 203 @ 3950 RPM
Valves 4
Displacement (cc) 2793
Bore X Stroke (in.) 3.3 X 3.3
Compression Ratio 10.2:1

Fuel Economy

City (mpg) 19
Highway (mpg) 26

Exterior Dimensions & Weight

Curb Weight - Automatic (lb.) 2844.0
Wheelbase (in.) 96.3
Length (in.) 158.5
Width (in.) 66.6
Height (in.) 50.7
Track Front (in.) 55.6
Track Rear (in.) 58.8
Ground Clearance (in.) N/A

Interior Dimensions

Standard Seating 2
Front Headroom (in.) 37.6
Rear Headroom (in.) N/A
Front Legroom (in.) 41.8
Rear Legroom (in.) N/A
Front Shoulder Room (in.) 51.7
Rear Shoulder Room (in.) N/A
Front Hip Room (in.) N/A
Rear Hip Room (in.) N/A

Payload & Towing

Passenger Volumn (cu. ft.) 47.0

Steering, Suspension & Brakes

Front Suspension strut
Rear Suspension trailing
Tires 225/50R16

Anti-Theft & Locks

Power Door Locks Std.

Braking & Traction

4 Wheel Drive / All Wheel Drive rear wheel drive
ABS Brakes (2 or 4 Wheel) Std.
Limited Slip Differential or Axle Std.
Vehicle Stability Control System N/A

Entertainment, Communication & Navigation

Radio AM/FM
Cassette Player Yes
CD Player N/A
CD Changer N/A
DVD Player N/A
Navigation Aid N/A


Cruise Control Std.
Tilt Steering Yes
Telescopic Steering Column N/A

Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Air Conditioning Std.


Driver Airbag Std.
Front Side Airbag Std.
Passenger Side Airbag Std.
Rear Side Airbag N/A


Driver Multi-Adjustable Power Seat Yes


Sunroof / Moonroof N/A

Windows, Mirrors & Wipers

Power Windows Std.

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