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You are in the BMW Z4
What is this discussion about?
BMW Z4, Convertible
Dec 26, 2002 (9:35 am)
The z4 has been out for almost a month now, or maybe two. Any complaints rollbacks or any other problem that people should know about? failing breaks etc.
and no, problems with its looks are not counted
Jan 03, 2003 (6:34 am)
I bought mine the week they came out and I have no complaints whatsoever. It is fun to drive and a really solid car. Everything is well laid out and I am looking forward to Summer!
#3 of 255 Anyone home?
Feb 05, 2003 (7:08 pm)
This forum seems a bit dead. The only discussion in the other thread seems more like a S2000 owner forum. Anyone want to talk about the Z4? Impressions from owners? (details please)
Hellooooo... (cricket, cricket)
Feb 06, 2003 (9:27 pm)
I'll tweak the title of the topic a bit and perhaps you could post an interesting link now and then and we can get the topic rolling.
#5 of 255 Okay, I'll bite ... (even if just to fill the void)
Feb 07, 2003 (12:35 pm)
...I'm a current Z3 owner and test drove the Z4. (2.5, manual transmission)
It appears larger on the outside than the Z3, but the interior dimensions are pretty much the same. The interior quality seems to have improved compared to the Z3. However, it still wasn't quite where I wanted it to be. Some plastic interior pieces had same cheap feel found in the Z3. (And boy, does the Z3's rattling interior give GM a run for its money.) The brushed metal on the dashboard sometimes creates unpleasant glare while driving with the top down. (I believe it is an option, so I would probably order the vehicle without it.)
Driving the car redeemed it in my eyes. Maybe I'm used to driving this kind of vehicle, but I immediately 'felt at home'. Shift points were exactly where I thought it would be, and the car never surprised me during my (somewhat aggressive) testdrive.
Where the Z3's rear suspension can be a little of a challenge sometimes, giving the car somewhat of a darty feel on bad road conditions or load changes, the Z4 stays nicely planted.
The only negative impression was the very light clutch, which felt really odd. Engagement was very precise, and the car was very easy to drive.The brakes were typcial BMW: simply excellent.
The proven 2.5L I6 feel gives the car just the right amount of power, from my point of view. No surprises here. It doesn't have the aggressive snarl of the 3.0, but I don't necessarily need that.
I have mixed feelings about the exterior. The rear styling looks absolutely great, and the front has a nice aggressive look. (Only the shark teeth are missing.)
The Z-line on the side of the vehicle is something else, as it breaks the otherwise clean lines of the car.
So, you may ask why I still haven't bought it ?
a) I'm on a still on a twelve-step program to cure my automotive addiction.
b) The interior hasn't convinced me yet.
c) My wife likes the looks of the Z3 better than the Z4. (veto)
d) I have experience the mid-engine handling of the Porsche Boxter. (Also vetoed by wife due to interior space constraints.)
Other than that, I think it is actually a decent amount of car for the money. The dealer was immediately willing to negotiate price, something I haven't seen at BMW for a long time.
I may still come back to it...
#6 of 255 Midlife Crisis Car
Feb 09, 2003 (9:18 am)
Every car I have owned has been practical. Now in my 50's, I decided I deserved a fun car. I went to a BMW dealer to see the Z4. The dealer had a blue Z4 sitting on a three foot stand under bright sunshine. I think that Z4 was one of the most beautiful cars I have ever seen. I went into the show room where there was a black and a silver Z4. Neither looked so impressive in the show room. I sat in the Z4 and could not find a comfortable seating position. I'm close to 200 pounds and was wearing a winter jacket, but the large center console was pressing against my right. The irregular shaped door was close to my left leg. There wasn't enough room for my feet. I almost felt claustrophobia. Are all roadsters like this? Or am I just to big? Or is it just a matter of getting used to it?
#7 of 255 Z4 v. MB SLK v. TT v. Boxster
Feb 10, 2003 (10:55 pm)
Getting close to purchasing something but am leaning toward the Z4. I like the MB SLK 320 (year old) for the same price, a two yr old Boxster S or a great deal on an Audi TT roadster as sales continue to fall.
All are fun, about the same price, completely impractical except for the midlife crisis value.
What would you by?
Feb 11, 2003 (4:03 am)
must mean that the z4 is better built than the z3 as no one is complaining yet and its been a good 3 months since its release
Mar 03, 2003 (10:13 pm)
Just orderd a Z-4, 2.5 Sterling grey,Beige Soft top,PP, Conv.P, Heated seats and Fog lights. I plan on keeping my Olds intrigue as a winter car but I was wondering how the Z-4 would be in snow? Also any advice on keeping the top clean?
#10 of 255 Went to dealer to ....
Mar 04, 2003 (2:15 pm)
Check the Z4 out. They had a Silver/Black/black 3.0. I thought the car was absolutely beautiful. I decided to start saving my pennies for a 2004 as a weekend car to be babied.