In Reply to: Long term durability of Z3 posted by Z3 Buyer on October 27, 2000 at 12:36:53:
I bought a '98 2.8, delivered in March of '98. In that time, the only top-related problem I've had is the window pulling out of the rubber seal in a small area in the right rear (about 0.5" worth). It was fixed under warranty, as it happened after 2.5 years.
It probably would have cost <$80 to have the dealer "fix" this problem out of warranty, as it only involved pulling the window out and gluing inside the seal. I might have tried on my own, depending on what they quoted.
Overall, I would say that the top isn't that big of a problem to not buy the car.