Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used BMW Z4 sports?
Z4s are complicated beasts, and the most common problems with the Z4 have been little electrical gremlins, so try out every electrical component on your prospective purchase to make sure it all works as it should.
Then while you are on your test drive, check for any excessive wear in the operation of the clutch and that the gear lever engages in a precise manner. Don’t be concerned by a heavy shift action, it was like that when new.
Limp home mode
A problem with the engine's timing system could mean that the engine gets out of time, leading to the car going into limp home mode to prevent major damage. This recall applies to Z4s made between 1 September 2009 and 30 November 2011. Find out if your car is affected by this by speaking with a BMW dealer for further information.
Plug-in electrical connection
An electrical connection in the electric system could be damaged by high electrical current. You may notice the car not starting after being parked; the lights in the instrument cluster flickering, or the engine cutting out while driving. This applies to Z4s built between 1 December 2009 and 13 October 2011, and if yours is affected by this, a more robust connection installed by a BMW dealer.