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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

    Richard M Date: 29/01/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    After nearly a year with this car, I am now in a position to review it.

    Be warned - this car has a rock hard ride, due to large alloys and 'run-flat' tyres. You feel every undulation in the road. Of course, as a driver's car that's exactly what you crave for in a sports car, but you should be aware of this before you buy it. And don't get a nail in those run-flats - you have no option but to replace them, and they are a heart-stopping £230 each tyre.

    Make sure you buy with Zenon headlamps - fast, late-night driving in the countryside is not advisable with standard lights. Also, this is a very quick car - if you are looking for a piddle about town car, then don't waste this car; buy a MX5 or MG TF.

    I drove the new Boxster prior to purchase and for a similar specification, it was £14-15,000 (nearly 50%) more expensive than the deal I got on the Z4 - the Boxster made no sense as a purchase.

    The switchgear, stereo, paintwork, steering, automatic gearbox, satellite navigation and so on are all faultess. It's also a 155mph everyday car which returns an average 26mpg, including urban use.

    Of course you want a 911; but unless you need to show off with a Boxster, then this could be the correct head and heart buy for you.

  • 2.5 SE 2dr

    Chris Knight , West Yorks . Date: 20/09/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Just a joy to drive. Modern in every way but with traditional sports-car values. The quirky flame surface styling works so well.

  • 2.2i SE 2dr

    Jonathan Thomas , Cardiff . Date: 29/08/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've just bought a seven-month-old Z4 2.2SE roadster with around 5500 miles on the clock.

    Initial impressions are very favourable and the car looks especially good in the Sterling Grey colour with the uprated 17-inch Turbine alloy wheels.

    Despite it being one of the lower-capacity engines offered in the range, it offers a suitably purposeful sound, ranging from a deep bass on start up and low revs to a wonderful six-pot howl as the revs increase - typical of many of the engines offered by BMW.

    The ride quality is naturally firm, but not overly so. However, on poor road surfaces, it can get a little fussy. Handling, however, is excellent and the steering offers lots of feedback.

    Inside, the quality is typically BMW, which is to say very good, and all of the switches and stalks work with a pleasing action. The interior is spartan, but pleasant and is in keeping with the tradition of many manufacturers who want to keep the experience of driving a roadster as simple and enjoyable as is possible for their customers.

    Despite the temptation to use the power as often as possible, fuel economy has so far proved to be reasonable, averaging around 31mpg, through a wide range of driving environments.

    Overall, I am extremely pleased with the car and predict that it will offer an extremely enjoyable driving experience for years to come.

  • 2.5 SE 2dr

    Neil Jones Date: 05/08/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Great car, transformed by simply replacing run flat tyres with normal ones, giving better handling, steering and especially ride.

    Practical, unusually for a Roadster the boot is big enough to allow two to go on a touring holiday for a week. Proven to be very reliable to date.

    Cheap to run to date, Insurance £440 p.a. average 31.7 mpg (2.5 auto) first service at 15,500 miles cost £135.

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