Last post on May 20, 2012 at 6:18 PM
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BMW Z4, Coupe, Convertible
#14 of 23 Z4 with a broken back
Sep 19, 2007 (9:33 pm)
I broke my Back and after I started to walk again I though it time to buy the 2005 Z4 I love the trunk alot of sport cars dont have any trunk Solstice is a pice of junk manual top and no room I could not pass the Z4 up the heated seates help my mack .You should see the looks I get when parking in a hand cap spot until I get out to walk I will be this way for a long time Even the handy cap can drive a BMW Z4 The Z4 rides great and geting in and out is a little slow but it worth the effort
#15 of 23 2005 Z-4 convertible top problem
Sep 09, 2008 (9:33 am)
Is anyone having black marks appear on the top of a tan convertible top, caused by rubbing on the rubber gasket in 1 place on both sides, when the top is lowered? Dealer promised to remove marks when car was bought used (their own loaner) last year, but cannot get them off. They are refusing to replace the top, because they say the marks will just come back; they even showed me another Z-4 with a black top where the top is wearing badly in the same two spots. BMW of North America won't use the word "defect", but admit it's a problem with that model. They offered to pay 1/2 to replace top, but dealer refused to pay the other half. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
#16 of 23 convertible roof top bmw z4 roadster 2008
May 31, 2009 (10:57 am)
hi, the automatic convertible top seems to fall free on the front when closing-- causing quite a impact on the front as it comes down-- is there an adjustment-- did not do it last week !!! it used to be a rather slow closing to the front of the car.. anyone has encountered this problem!!!
#17 of 23 Re: convertible roof top bmw z4 roadster 2008 [schlumbeb]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
May 31, 2009 (11:16 am)
Yep, got a TSB on this problem, although the factory fix does seem a bit Mickey Mouse to me---you judge for yourself---This repair should be on the house.
SI B54 14 07
Soft Top Slams Down on the Cowl when Closing
E85 (Z4 Roadster)
When the soft top is being closed, the front section of it slams down on the cowl.
Toward the end of its travel, the soft top is moving too quickly.
Install 2 elastic straps to the soft top frame.
These elastic straps run from the rear bow (just above the rear window) to the main bow (in the middle of the closed soft top)
Each strap is secured to each side of the rear bow using the same fastening hole as the tension strap, and secures to the main bow using the outermost headliner fastening point.
Install 2 elastic straps per repair instruction RA 54 34 217.
^ It may be helpful to remove the soft top canvas cover, but this is not necessary for the repair.
^ It is necessary to remove the front half of the headliner. This also allows for the necessary access to feed the elastic strap from the rear bow to the main bow.
Part Number Description Quantity
54 34 7 184 482 Elastic Strap 2
Covered under the terms of the BMW New Vehicle Limited Warranty.
Please refer to the latest KSD for all applicable labor operations and allowances.
If the appropriate labor operation is not contained in KSD, then a work time labor operation should be used.
Defect Code: 54 31 13 01 00
#18 of 23 Re: convertible roof top bmw z4 roadster 2008 [Mr_Shiftright]
May 31, 2009 (11:22 am)
thanks for your help-- will go to the dealer next week...
#19 of 23 Re: 2005 Z-4 convertible top problem [lmayfield]
Aug 30, 2009 (6:15 am)
Too bad I just joined up for the chat. I was having the same problem same time year ago. NOT a defect, all they had to do was properly align the scissor hinges that expand and collapse the top. Although i was told same story about inherent problem. My dealer also refused to do anything after they rubbed holes in my top trying to remove the spots, probably not before the gasket would have, I had to leave my car uninvited at the dealership restricted parking area for three weeks and continually called them only when one of the owners relatives finally made it good. Also same dealership has left some kind of blemish eg: scratch , stains, tear, almost every time I have left my car for some kind of service. Funny how they make a record of all those blemishes coming in but ignore new ones coming out. By the way the top was replaced at no charge after an ordeal. When I buy a bmw a higher standard is expected, and that's why I did not capitalize their name.
#20 of 23 z-4 convertible top
Nov 14, 2009 (8:42 pm)
The motor on my Z-4 won't lower the top. It will opens the locks but won't lower the top. If I open the top manually the motor will close the top Is this fixable or do I have to change the motor. I hope some one cane is me some info.
#21 of 23 Replace z4 Brake pad
Jan 15, 2010 (7:40 pm)
anything special about replacing the z4 brake pads? my z4 has about 90000 on this set of pads. vast majority of miles are highway
#22 of 23 Re: 2005 Z-4 convertible top problem [lmayfield]
Mar 21, 2012 (6:32 am)
I noticed the same exact problem and found that the marks were actually worn areas penetrating the first layer of the top. My car is an 07 and out of warranty. Did you have the same problem and was it resolved? Thanks.
#23 of 23 Electrical Nightmare
May 20, 2012 (6:18 pm)
I have heard from more than one person, that Z4's are notorious for taking in water. I am feeling this pain now. This is my 2nd Z4 and I had no problems with my first one, but this one has been a disaster. Soon after buying the car one of the power top motors died and it needed to be replaced. The next problem that I faced made this first problem seem small. I had my air bag warning light go off and I needed to have this corrected prior to my annual state inspection due this May. I brought in into a reputable repair shop that specializes in German cars. They quickly identified that all of the electronics below the passenger compartment were all corroded. The damaged sensor for the SRS system was sitting in water and everything else in the area was about to have the same problem. Rather than fleece me until the money dried up, the repair shop explained everything to me and admitted that they were afraid to keep digging for fear of what they would find.
I find it hard to believe that the dealer had not noticed any water issues when they changed out the motor about 9 months earlier.
Has anyone else out there seen any similar problems? Any ideas what it would cost to rewire the entire car from the firewall back (including all electronic components). It doesn't seem worth the cost. The current value of the car isn't that high. Even if I change out the electrics, it will only come back if I can't stop the water from getting in. The car has never been driven in the rain since I have owned it.