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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.
  • 3.0i SE 2dr

    Norbert Van Der Neut Date: 31/01/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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!

  • 3.0i SE 2dr

    Mike Parkes , herts . Date: 02/07/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought my Z4 in June 2005 second hand with about 7000 miles on the clock. The previous owner had spent almost £40,000 on it, with every concievable option specified. I can't really see the point of the TV, however.

    Having owned a 328i and 330i beforehand I was familiar with the engine, and what an engine it is. With no weight in the car and 231bhp from the 3.0-litre it pulls really well. In the wet it can be a little hairy even with the traction control on, but it is always good fun all the same. My only reservation is the 18" wheels with run flats: they do give a hard ride and are expensive to replace. But this is a minor irritation in my experience.

    I have had a few problems, however. The build quality is not as good as my previous 330i and the doors sounding very tinny. The glovebox lock has fallen apart and been replaced on two occasions, the wiper motor replaced, the whole brake servo was replaced as it was leaking brake fluid (car had only done 7000 miles, and I had only had it five hours), and the worst problem was it failing its first MOT due to both broken rear coil springs.

    All of this was done under warranty though, and the service at Specialist Cars in Stevenage has been fantastic.

    I would highly recommend this car, but even so it is going in favour of a 525d M Sport Tourer. There just isn't the space!

  • 2.5 SE 2dr

    Mark Dixon , East Yorkshire . Date: 21/01/2007
    • 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 bought my Z4 brand new in October 2004.

    It has been very reliable - the only faults have been corrosion of the rear wheels (star spoke 18") which have been replaced under warranty. One of the new wheels has also corroded, and will need attention at the next service.

    I love the way it drives apart from the terrible ride caused by the 18" wheels and run-flat tyres. To date the car has covered some 36,000 miles and I have replaced all four tyres once at an overall cost of £760. Some quotes came in at nearer £1,000.

    The dealer (Stratstone of Hull) is without fault, and other than the cost of the tyres, the running costs are very reasonable. Over the last 15,000 miles or so the car has averaged 32.1 mpg.

    The interior quality is not in the same league as my previous BMW 323iSE (E46 series), but it does not squeak, and nothing has failed. The only real moan is the lack of storage space and the tiny glovebox. Also, the bluetooth telephone system cannot cope with a Blackberry telephone, but works well with an old Nokia 6210.

    I would sincerley recommend this car for use as a sports car. Put the roof down on a summer afernoon and cruise your favorite B roads, enjoying the straight 6 engine note. However, it is not an acceptable all-rounder, if you drive as many miles as I do on motorways, and poorly surfaced A roads. I will not buy another Z4, although I will buy another BMW.

  • 2.0 SE 2dr

    Cornelius Balfour , lincs . Date: 23/02/2006
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Absoloute 'bobbins'. Poor Quality, even poorer ride and no match for the mx5 at half the price

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