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#221 of 255 Repeated Z4 problems.
Apr 18, 2008 (11:06 am)
">I have a 2007 Z4 3.0i. In the 18 months I have owned the car, it has been in the dealership for 53+ days for the same problem: a faulty engine warning light. According to the dealership, they have tried every fix in the book at least twice. I have also had faulty airbag warning lights, a driver-side window that goes up and down of its own accord, and wipers that "click" - an inherent design flaw, I'm told by the dealer.
It has taken us almost a year to get BMW to come to the table to discuss a resolution (we meet next week). I'm told that their position on this is to work on the car "for as long as it takes," an unsatisfactory resolution and exploitation of their warranty in light of the expense and incredible inconvenience to date.
Has anyone else had similar problems with their Z4?
PS: An acquaintance's husband owned a 2007 Z4 that set itself on fire as he was driving, and it incinerated itself just after he managed to stop the car and escape. It was so badly burned, they couldn't determine what the problem was. Be forewarned.
#222 of 255 Re: Repeated Z4 problems. [beverleyb]
Apr 18, 2008 (1:46 pm)
I also have an 07 Z4 (Coupe), and have experienced no such issues or problems. I had a minor squeak, which my dealer fixed during the first oilchange.
Sounds like you got a lemon, alright.
However, I have not heard of or read about any fire related issues on the Z4...
One question...have you tried another dealer for repairs? With that much time in the shop, have you explored the Lemon Laws in your state?
#223 of 255 Re: Repeated Z4 problems. [busiris]
Apr 18, 2008 (7:47 pm)
Many thanks for your response. Your suggestion regarding the Lemon Laws here was excellent. Unfortunately, Canada (I'm in British Columbia) does not have a Lemon Law (sigh). We DO have CAMVAP (Canadian Motor Vehicle Arbitration Plan) which covers most cars, light trucks, sport utes and vans bought or leased.
Notably, only two auto manufacturers opted out of the program: BMW and Mitsubishi. Interesting...
I love the car (my third BMW) but am done with BMW based on this experience. I'm looking at the new Audi TT.
Thanks again for taking the time to resond.
#224 of 255 Re: Repeated Z4 problems. [beverleyb]
Apr 18, 2008 (8:04 pm)
If you think BMW is bad...just wait until there's a problem with your AUDI
#225 of 255 Re: Repeated Z4 problems. [beverleyb]
Apr 18, 2008 (8:36 pm)
Good luck...I hope you get some satisfaction in the end....
#226 of 255 Re: Repeated Z4 problems. [busiris]
Apr 25, 2008 (11:03 am)
I'm a Canadian living in NJ so I feel your pain. We have an 07 Z4 3.0Si with 10K miles and so far no issues. Sorry for your problems and I hope BMW steps up and resolves your issue.
Jul 25, 2008 (10:42 am)
Hi, I am a college student looking into buying a used Z4 (03-05). Currently, I have a mustang but I'm ready for a change. If you would answer my questions below, I would greatly appreciate it.
1. How much does it usually cost to fill up the gas tank at todays current gas prices--$4.00/ gallon?
2. How many gallons of gas does the Z4 hold?
3. Is it very expensive to take this car to the shop for maintenance, oil changes, etc? Since this is a foreign car, would the techs at Wal-Mart do an oil change or do you have to take it to a BMW dealer?
4. Are there really alot of blind spots? Are they easy to get used to?
6. Is it a practical car for a college student who doesn't want to spend alot of money on a car (pmts and up keep)?
Any answer to these questions will be greatly appreciated and I look forward to hearing your responses
#229 of 255 Re: Z4 purchase [crossfireman3]
Aug 16, 2008 (6:42 pm)
My mom owns a 2.5 z4.
2. Supposed o be ~14 but only about 9-10 gallons go in
3. Our BMW dealer charged $200 for an oil change. If anything, buy bmws oil and filter and find some place to change it.
4. When I drive(6'1"), no blind spots. A tiny one on the left, but a slight twist of body erases it.
5.... see above
6. Its my mom's only car and she has no problem. Sadly,, the cost of tires alone keeps me from saying college student practical. Thats any roadster. For now, i recommend a small sedan or hatch or coupe. IMO, a mini cooper hatch would be somewhat better for you. Its large sunroof is almost like a convertible and it is cheaper to insure. Also better mpg. My mom averages 21-22mpg in her z4, but she babies it. No speeding, no fast take offs, ect. She drives it like a prius. Me OTOH, i drive it like a bmw and get 17-18mpg. A mini gets much more.
Also mini has space for 2 rear people and they also get a sunroof. Also cargo space if you fold down rear seats is much better than a z4. Mini is made by bmw too! It would be a much better choice for a college student.
#230 of 255 Re: Z4 purchase [crossfireman3]
Sep 26, 2008 (5:58 pm)
A Z4 is a nice car, (but just a car. has good styling, power, handling, and safety).
The only difference between a $100,000 car and a Kia are the way people look at you. Stay tuned to your studies and make real friends; not friends who are in love with things more than people. I've learned alot since I've owned a Z4. Buy a Mazda
3, or a Honda, or a 2 year old Z4.