1996 BMW Z3 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1996 BMW Z3

1996 BMW Z3 Problems

Oil Leaks From Lower Engine Area

Valve cover gasket leaks are common after 60,000 miles. Symptoms will include oil drips under the vehicle and burning oil smell from the engine compartment.

Multiple Power Steering Hoses May Simultaneously Fail

A fluid leak may develop from one or more power steering hose. When a leak is being repaired, it is not uncommon for multiple hoses to be replaced.

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1996 BMW Z3 Questions

cost major problems and upkeep for diamonn (1 answer)

diamonn is 18 yrs old her odometer is 179,146, she,s had 6 prior owners,based on autochecks history report ,never been in a accident,i.ve had her for bout 3 months,her engine light just came on,and the driverside window stop workin along with heater, since I,m not sure how she was beeni takeing c...

What would cause my heater not to work? (2 answers)

My 1996 BMW Z3 heater does not work. I can get a/c and defrost to work but not heat. Any thoughts on what could be the problem. The car does not overheat and runs fine.

5 speed transmission kicks out of 1st gear. (1 answer)

Happens all the time almost every time I try 1st gear.

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1996 BMW Z3 Recalls

Recall 97V131000
THE CRUISE CONTROL AND THROTTLE CABLES ARE ATTACHED TO THE SAME THROTTLE VALVE ACTUATING LEVER AT THE THROTTLE HOUSING. IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THE PLASTIC BUSHING ON EITHER CABLE COULD BREAK DUE TO ENVIRONMENTAL INFLUENCES COUPLED WITH VIBRATION. IF THE BUSHING BREAKS, THE OUTER CABLE HOUSING CAN ...

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1996 BMW Z3 Reviews

Bought new in 1996. Had to have heater repaired a few times. Tranny fixed immediately (a few weeks) after purchased. No problems since. Window motors went out. Need to replace. Replaced top twice. Door armrests both have pulled loose. Leaks oil so need to replace some gaskets. Clutch still good. 125K miles. No other major issues. Still roles smoothly. Some minor issues with cracked plastic,...

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