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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

    Paul Amsil , East Sussex . Date: 27/05/2005
    • 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 have owned the 2.2 model for nearly a year and this is the first BMW six-cylinder I have owned after my previous 1.9 Z3.

    The Z4 is a much more involving drive than the Z3, and I was surprised I noticed the difference not being a fast driver.

    I have driven the 2.5 and the response is more urgent, and gave the impression that it would be tempting to drive faster than was wise, especially at my age (57).

    I believe the 2.5 is higher geared, which explains the response in second and third gears, however the 2.2 is not far behind as the official figures confirm - especially without the extra weight of a passenger.

    The six-cylinder engine is also very quiet and refined with a pleasing exhaust note. I am very pleased with the car and have grown to appreciate the subtle lines of the bodywork and unusual dash layout.

    As mentioned by past testers, the Z4 is reliant on the colour and wheels to look its best. I have a red model with turbine wheels, which is a rare combination but works for me. It is a shame that BMW has now introduced a four-cylinder version, as I feel the six-cylinder models are rather special and suit the character of the Z4 styling, which as someone said looks like a Z3 on steroids.

  • 2.2i SE 2dr

    stephen young Date: 06/05/2005
    • 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

    For a convertible, the lack of vibration is excellent. I have been very surprised with the practicality of it (the boot is much bigger than a TT Convertible for example). Economy is pretty good - recently managed 36mpg on a run through the countryside. My first BMW and I'm really impressed with the handling.

  • 3.0i SE 2dr

    ASISH HURHANGEE Date: 11/04/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 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

    This was my first in a BMW roadster and I can assure anyone that they will not be disappointed by the perfomance. I own a similar engine 525i but I get the feeling the six-cylinder engine in this baby is tuned to arouse your senses evey time you reach for the redline.

    The sound of the engine will stay with you forever, it reminds me of an E30 325i. Acceleration is relentless till 120mph and the gearbox has a swift, mechanical action to it and you can feel the difference of the Sport mode too and I reckon the handling is as good as it gets at this side of a Boxster.

    There is also a massive amount of grip to call upon. It's a pure delight to drive fast and the optional heated sports seats are very good. There is very little buffeting at 60mph and the roof goes up and down in a flash.

    My only concern during my test drive was the ride, it reaches near appalling conditions sometimes and I felt every imperfection in the road thanks to those 18-inch wheels. Otherwise, the looks have grown on me, only enhanced by the those big wheels. The boot even has a decent capacity. All in all, a true BMW at heart only let down by a poor ride.

  • 2.2i SE 2dr

    Mark Abbott , Lancashire . Date: 21/03/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Unfortunately my new Z4 2.2 has spent many days at the dealers having various problems sorted out.

    The most annoying of which is the noise made by the hood when lowered.

    Having been "in dock" on at least seven occassions, it would appear that the problem may have been solved, but no doubt time will tell.

    The overall build quality is not what I expected from a BMW.

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