by mike229 on Oct 2, 2013 Vehicle: 2003 BMW Z4 2.5i 2dr Roadster (2.5L 6cyl 5M)
who owned the car and sold it are fortunate. Bought mine in 08 with 99K miles but dealer maintained. It was a fair weather driver and what a mistake. The car now has 104K miles and I've spent some $15K in repairs. Things like water pump, oil pump, alternator, motor mounts, numerous sensors and of course the top. I've replaced the hydraulic pump twice and the side pistons once. I've spent some $5000 just on the hydraulics. It seems the car is notorious for having leaks in the vaccum hose system. The cup holders never worked, and I just let that pass.
It's almost as though I can expect a $500 repair each time I drive it. Not what I bargained for.
by danwatson on Aug 23, 2013 Vehicle: 2003 BMW Z4 2.5i 2dr Roadster (2.5L 6cyl 5M)
I recently sold my 2003 Z4, purchased new in August, 2003.
It had 52,000 nearly trouble free miles.
It was never driven hard and always garaged.
I was 52 with good knees when I bought it.
Ten years later my wife and I have both had knee operations and getting in and out was a chore.
Plus, at 6'3", getting in and out with the top up was a chore.
With a wife who doesn't know how to pack lightly, anything more than an overnight trip wasn't practical due to the small trunk.
Plus no back seat meant no rides for the dog or grandkids.
So, it's gone and a new 128i convertible is on a big boat between Germany and the US with delivery expected soon.
I hope I have as much fun with this one.
by magicdolphin on Nov 4, 2011 Vehicle: 2003 BMW Z4 2.5i 2dr Roadster (2.5L 6cyl 5M)
I only have 30000 miles on my BMW Z4 2003; I bought it out at the end of my lease; the elec. motor for the convertible top short circuit due to run off water that enters the plastic housing where the elec. motor sits in. The water can't drain and the electric motor will rust and quit. Very expensive repair, poor design. I had the housing replaced in 2008 and now it needs to be replaced again and of course my extended warranty won't cover the repair nor will the dealership
... very poor design indeed and not at all what I expected from BMW.
I also just had to replace the rubber around the windshield and the cowel due to dry rot.
I would have thought the convertible roof of a BMW would last
The all-new Z4 roadster picks up where the Z3 left off. Well, sort of. There's no coupe version this time around. And the jury is still out on whether the Z4's "flame-surfaced" body is a welcome replacement for its predecessor's sexy corporate styling. In other respects, the newcomer offers much to like -- a more rigid chassis, a real glass rear window and, starting in the spring of 2003, a Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG) like the one in the M3. All in all, the driving experience is exhilarating -- so if you can get past the styling and come up with the requisite cash, you know where this one belongs on your test drive list.