I purchased my car 10 months ago @ 3 yrs old with 13k on the clock from a main dealer. I have owned numerous performance cars most notably Boxster S, Honda S2000, Golf R32 and an Alfa 147 GTA. For me the Z4 is second only to the Boxster not quite matching the wonderful steering, chassis and bespoke feel. However it is considerably cheaper to buy and run. In many ways I actually find the BMW more fun and chuckable. Part of this is due to the excellent traction / stability control options available which allows the back to slip to varying degrees so you can at least feel like you are pushing the car to its limits. The engine and manual gearbox are also superb. On the down side the run flats tyres are very expensive. My next car? Circumstances permitting I am thinking Z4 Coupe 3.0 Sport
I have owned my Z4 for nearly a year, and I love it. It is a stunning looking car, in fact I can't think of many cars that look much better in any price bracket. It is an all round fun car to drive with excellent handling and power, and you've got the added bonus of the soft top for those few warm days we get. It is surprisingly good on fuel also which is another bonus. The build quality is as good as you would expect from BMW, however I do think that the interior build has suffered. Not only on the Z4, but on all of the new generation BMW's. I have also owned an E46 BMW 3 series, an X5 and a 1 series. The X5 and the 3 series had the old style interiors which were of a more solid build. As for the 1 series and the Z4, they are more modern and I feel BMW have sacrificed the quality for the styling in this area. I have also removed the run flat tyres from the vehicle as I did on my 1 series as this does give the car a very stiff ride. I would personally rather have a spare and a much more comfortable drive. This aside the Z4 is a really great 2 seater sports car and I would definitely buy another.
I owned this car for 10 months & 11,000 miles. Likes: • Power. Despite getting used to the performance somewhat, the car can still surprise me with the awesome acceleration. And I’ve owned lots of fast bikes. • Grip. I’ve never driven anything else that goes round corners like the Z4. Well balanced handling in general. • Looks. A really original design. • Cabin. I love the ambience in the cabin. The subtle lighting at night is beautiful. • Engine noise. Driving through tunnels in the Pyrenees , top down, 6000rpm with butterflys fully open. Music. My Z3 3.0 made an even better noise though. • Stereo. I have the upgraded Carver stereo. The best audio I’ve heard in a car. • Efficiency. 36 mpg from a 3.0 six ! • Xenon HID lamps. Halogen high beam also superb. Dislikes: • Creaks, rattles, squeaks and numerous other annoying noises. Awful. Like driving a van loaded with tools. My Z only has 21,000 miles. • Tramlining. I’d hoped to get away from this when I moved from Z3 to Z4. In the Z3, I put it down to chassis flex, but the 4 is much stiffer. • Steering. Electric power steering feels a bit numb. • Ride on runflats. Bin your runflats for a much improved ride. • Comfort (standard leather seats). I just can’t get comfy. I always feel like I am twisted in the seat. The lateral support is awful. The footwell is also a bit cramped. • Over-sophisticated. I am anxious about stuff going wrong when the car gets a little older. There are too many electronics.
I've had this car for a year now. I'm 6'4", and on the 'generously sized' side of the fence. I can confess that if it contends with me manhandling it on the track and the road, it can take just about anyone. 0 to 60 stats are irrelevant when you feel the actual growl coming from the 3litre engine, and you feel yourself being thrust into the comfy sports seats. My Zed was furnished with all the bells and whistles, including my iPod connection. My wife and I spent two weeks touring through France, Italy, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Belgium with our four weekend bags comfortably packed in the boot. We've had the tyres replaced, and contrary to previous comments, we've had 2 x Tyres 17" - Bridgestone Motorsport tyres, for the cost of £280 (£140 a piece) at "Watling Tyres". I'm torn whether to go for the pragmatic 850Miles per tank 520D, or remain with the fun and adrenalin pumping Z4.....FUN IT IS!
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Amazing car, once driven, never forgotton, forget all the pretenders like BMW Z4 and Mercedes SLK, they will never have the passion of a Porsche
I love this car! Handling is great, its fun to drive and even reasonably practical!