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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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28 reader reviews for BMW Z4 Open.
  • 2.2i SE 2dr

    Duncan Creed Date: 23/04/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I had a 2.2i SE for two years, which I bought at 18 months old with 14,000 miles on the clock.

    It looks sensational, especially with uprated alloys. It gave a thrilling drive, especially when pushing on. It was also a quite practical for a roadster.

    However, it had some problems. Both electric window regulators needed replacing. Twice it inexplicably failed to start leaving me stranded. The rear suspension coil snapped.

    Also, the dashboard illumination kept 'pinking' out - the local garage (BMW dealer of the year, no less) couldn't fix.

    I always needed to top the oil level up - the sensor was replaced by the dealer, which fixed problem for a while, but the problem returned.

    Overall, I'm glad I bought it, but in the end I couldn't get rid of it quickly enough, because all but one of the problems occurred within the last six months of ownership.

    It was the car I'd always promised myself but in the end it was just one thing after the next and in the end you just get sick of it.

    Shame - you would have thought a premium brand like BMW could do better, especially as cars half the price (SEAT, Peugeot) have run faultlessly for 3 years.

  • 3.0i SE 2dr

    Darran Liddle , hampshire . Date: 26/03/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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

  • 2.5 SE 2dr

    scott davies , shropshire . Date: 09/03/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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.

  • 3.0i SE 2dr

    Will Newman Date: 19/02/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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.

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