Wait... what? Yup, it's a clown shoe. Or at least that's what enthusiasts of Bayerische Motoren Werke AG have affectionately dubbed the 1999-2002 BMW Z3 Coupé. Only 2,071 Coupés were ever produced for North America, so chances are good you won't find another one up for rent. There were exactly 13 produced in this color combination.
Seriously, this is an enthusiast car. You probably don't want to rent it for a trip to Target. But if you want to test your mettle against the road without all the latest technologies that mediate and moderate the experience, this might be your ride. If you're even thinking about this, I'll assume you already know how to work a stick shift (though I may make you prove it!). If it's not winter, slide down the windows and you can really hear the tuned straight-6 purr.
So on to the pragmatics. I'm listing this here on an experimental basis. I'm a big fan of Bavarian sports cars, and will assume that you are too. Maybe you're visiting from out of town and want to rent something more interesting than a Malibu. I can pick you up at Logan or the T Station or whatever I deem within reason. You can help me figure out what works and makes sense.
What I ask in return is that you respect the shoe. Please be a decent human being and don't make a mess, don't be reckless, and don't stick me with your parking tickets. When you fill the tank, please use "premium" gas with an octane rating of 91or higher. Older German cars tend to be fussy about that.
Special thanks to Turo renters Nate and Trip for their awesome photos of the Clownshoe!
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Jason is a great renter. His car was well sorted and drove great. Everything worked well (cruise control, etc.). Jason was also extremely responsive and very easy to work with. The car performed well beyond my expectations (which as a BMW owner were already high). The seats were especially great! Also, the car got tons of positive attention we rented for several days and got comments and thumbs up at least once a day. Thanks again for making our trip Jason. We hope to return soon and definitely want to rent from you again.
Jason is a great guy, and the Clownshoe is an awesome car - very fun to drive and perfect for a getaway in New England. Jason was super prompt in responding to inquiries, timely when meeting, and easy to work with throughout. He knows his stuff about BMW’s from this era, and was great about sharing his passion for them. His car was well-maintained and clean. I would definitely request the car again next time I need a rental.
Came back for a second trip with the Z3... almost a week this time... car continues to be just a blast to drive...Jason continues to be an awesome person to work with, had a couple of hiccups in our schedule, should say potential hiccups, Jason was just awesome in working with me... and helped me to retreave an item left behind. Great experience all the way around...
What an excellent rental! Jason's Z3 is quite a pleasure to drive. Be sure to get it outside of the city to really feel how it handles on the open road. Very well maintained, and turns a lot of heads. Jason as well was great to work with; he met me near my house for both pickup and drop off, and let me use his parking permit in Kendal square. Thank you Jason, can't wait to drive it again.
love this car... Really enjoyed working with Turo and Jason.
Did I say I loved this car, awesome ride, so fun to drive... Jason was incredibly gracious, from start to finish, just a great experience. I'll be back... if you have a chance, make arrangements... worth every penny... and truth be told, not that many "pennies" involved for the ride you get...
I had heard the rumors of a mystical Bavarian creature seen prowling the streets of Boston. They call it The Clownshoe.
At first glance most are unsure, but after staring a while, and hearing its throaty exhaust note it's confirmed.
LOVE this car!! The only thing that made the experience more pleasurable was that Jason offered to drop off and pick up the vehicle from our hotel.
I only wish I didn't do so much highway driving and had found some back roads somewhere.
Great car, great owner!
Before I even laid eyes on The Clownshoe, I knew it was going to be a great trip. Jason was nice enough to bring the vehicle right to my doorstep on the day of my trip. Jason was very careful to explain everything I needed to know about the vehicle before I set off on my trip.
The car itself was extremely well-maintained. It drove like a charm. Truth be told, I was a little heartbroken to have to return it.
I look forward to renting from Jason again!
Second time renting from Jason and it was again a great experience. Car is just so much fun to drive whether it's on the freeway, in the mountains, or in the city. It's kept in great shape which is unsurprising since Jason is very knowledgeable about his cars. I Highly recommend the car and Jason. Thanks.
Jason and the Shoe - a match made in heaven! Jason was simply outstanding, it was a privilege to rent from him! He spent probably a good 45 minutes with me going over the car, showing me all of its finer points and quirks, and made me feel very welcome with the whole process.
The car, as you'd expect, is all BMW - sharp as a tack, hyper-responsive, and an utter JOY to drive. Seven days and 886 miles, and it still didn't feel quite enough - even on my way to drop it off, I was finding excuses to get off the highway and carve up the backroads while listening to that glorious engine.
If I could give Jason and his car 6 stars, I'd have done it already - instead, I think I'll just rent it again! You'd be a fool not to.
Had a fantastic time driving through Newport, RI and Cape Cod. The car was in really great condition. You can very easily see that Jason takes excellent care of his car. Highly recommend working with Jason. He gave us a lot of great information before we left and it was very easy to work with him throughout the booking, the pickup and the return. Thank you so much Jason!
Jason was a fantastic person from whom to rent. He was detailed, communicative, and friendly. The Z3 was a joy to drive. It's in excellent condition, is clean, and made even a boring highway drive engaging. Jason, and his ride, command respect because they're the kind of package that should keep folks renting at Turo.