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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.
  • 2.5 SE 2dr

    Melvin Sy Date: 16/11/2004
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I got the car brand new in November 2003

    It was only two days before problems started to occur - engine shut down during cold start and rubber weather-strip detaching.

    Then the problems continued, the car spent five out of the 12 months of its first year undergoing repairs, such as malfunctioning xenons, faulty electronic steering, broken third brake light, loose window, popping bonnet while driving, numerous rattles on the door/rubber strip and roll bars area, loud creaking of suspension.

    Both the car and the service support have been terrible. Totally not recommended.

  • 3.0i SE 2dr

    John McKenzie , Lancashire . Date: 15/11/2004
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    (Please note that this review is for the 2.5i Z4)

    I bought a brand new BMW Z4 in November 2003. My excitement soon turned to dismay when I found my new car had a broken gearbox and headlight (both requiring replacement), a broken heated rear windscreen, a rattly roof (repaired several times but still rattly) and a central roof clip which didn't work (and most of the time still doesn't despite repeated repairs) on delivery.

    Since then my fuel filler cap has fallen off, the car consistently refuses to start first time, my transmission tunnel often squeaks loudly, my central brake light has broken, my air-conditioning has developed a fault and one of my speaker grilles has worked loose.

    My previous 3-series models were fabulous cars; my Z4 is complete junk. I cannot recommend strongly enough against buying one.

  • 3.0i SE 2dr

    Jon Ranwell Date: 15/11/2004
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    When I decided to buy a top-end roadster I booked test drives in the Z4, TT Roadster and Mercedes SLK (old shape). The first test drive I had was in the Z4, and I was so blown away by it that I cancelled the other test drives.

    The Z4 is a truly impressive drive, with a comfortable, well-equiped cabin. The straight-six engine sounds fantastic and goes like the clappers. Add to this the fact that they are still rare enough to turn heads and you have what I consider to be one of the most desirable cars on the road today.

    Some initial build quality issues have been ironed out and the Z4 is a solid, reliable car.

    Exotic and yet practical enough for everyday use.

  • 3.0i SE 2dr

    Joanna Woodley Date: 15/11/2004
    • Overall verdict
      1 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I think BMW really needs to sort the build quality and quality inspection out for the Z4.

    I am know on my second car, having rejected the first one after it went back 20 times in 10 months. I have had the new one just over two weeks and it has also been back three times.

    Majorly mechanical issues such as clutch, gearbox, fuel pump and fuel tank.

    Both cars have a bad paintwork finish with an orange peel effect and the new car also has sand-like particles under/in the paintwork.

    I am not impressed with the quality of the Z4.

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