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2003 BMW Z4 Convertible - Consumer Reviews

2003 BMW Z4 Convertible

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Needs improvement
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Wolf
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2003 BMW Z4 Convertible 2.5i 2dr Roadster (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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Owned the car since 2004 has now 82,000 miles, performed well under warranty, had to replace the motor for the convertible top at 42,000 mi and now again at 82,000. both times the elec. motor 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 electr. motor will rust and quit. Very expensive repair, poor design. Car handles great, fun to drive on smooth roads but noisy, and potholes are deadly and my wife hates to put on her make-up while we are driving, rough ride


Best Features

Styling, performance and great trunk space


Worst Features

Spoiler too low, lousy cup holders, needs more attention to detail, paint is coming off on interior door handles , plasic is cracking on arm rest and all seals around the windshield need to be of better quality they are all cracked


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Would be great if I could steer it!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By Joe M
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2003 BMW Z4 Convertible 2.5i 2dr Roadster (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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Very nice and fun to drive, however when the temperature gets over 80 degrees the power electronic steering stops working. This is a known problem to BMW (bulletin # 4515500-02) and a safety issue but they want $3000 to fix it. - So much for German Engineering, maybe it never gets above 80 degrees in Baveria!


Best Features

Power Roof, without a doubt the best I have ever seen. This roof goes up or down and locks in 10 seconds or less.


Worst Features

Need to steer it! BMW should issue a recall before someone gets killed and they end up like Toyota.


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The Good and the Bad
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By Jason Y.
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2003 BMW Z4 Convertible 3.0i 2dr Roadster (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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Shortly after purchasing it used at 59,200 miles, the coolant light came on so I filled it up when the engine was cold and it continues to leak whenever the coolant expands with a hot engine. I'm guessing the coolant expansion tank is cracked. Other than the above mechanical issue this car draws a lot of semi-truck drivers attention and praises and other people on the road also. It feels like this car has sticky glue on the tires during fast turns. Manual 6-speed transmission shifts wonderfully. Not the fastest car on the road against say a Ford 500GT or any other hot rods but this Z4 has the right balance between styling and performance.


Best Features

Open or close the soft top automatically in less than 15 seconds. Driver & Passenger heated seats (including the back of the body). 6 speed manual transmission. Flip-Up in-dash navigation screen & car statistics monitor display.


Worst Features

Have yet to fix the coolant leaking issue... my Z4 has to filled once every 40 or so miles driven. Also, the lack of interior storage is my pet-peeve. Only enough storage room for my pack of Orbit Gum next to me.


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Disappointed
3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By Eric Morales
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2003 BMW Z4 Convertible 3.0i 2dr Roadster (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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If you buy these cars, expect to shell out big bucks for repairs. We have an extended warranty which so far has been of no use because of water leakage. The top wouldn't open because of a leak. BMW at least paid for labor, parts still cost us 800.00. Now the wipers stopped working. Some part cracked and water again somehow got in. Going to cost 1100.00 to fix and again, it's not covered under the warranty. Great looking and handling car, but poorly built. Will never buy a BMW again.


Best Features

Fun to drive, looks great, handles great.


Worst Features

How about making them more waterproof! Poor design quality on major parts. Warranty should cover more-wouldn't bother getting it again.


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Plus and Minus
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By zzzzzzzzippy
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2003 BMW Z4 Convertible 2.5i 2dr Roadster (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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Bought our jet black '03 with 23,750 mi. on it (our 5th sports car, out 1st BMW). 2.5L eng, Premium and conven. packages, auto trans, 18" ellipsis wheels w/RFTs. Handles well. Electric steering so it gives no feedback thru steering wheel. Accelerates well, esp between 45 and 80. Seat bottoms aren't very comfortable after 45 min. Less interior storage space than a Miata. Roomy trunk for a sports car (no spare tire w/RFT pkg). Electronic displays are hard to read in daylight. Dynamic Stability Control necessitates alignments being performed by dealer - $90. Dealer oil changes are $90. Beautiful car that draws lots of attention from other drivers and pedestrians. Shrinking violets need not apply!


Best Features

Handling (DSC), exterior styling, sound system. Did I mention the exterior styling? :)


Worst Features

More comfortable seat bottoms, improve visibility of electronic displays- especially the radio, mechanical steering, more interior storage space, lockable console.


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