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Eats Boxters
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By drdebt
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2003 BMW Z4 Convertible 3.0i 2dr Roadster (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


Review

Look at a photo - you'll hate it. Go see one in the "flesh". Hmmm . . . that looks different somehow. A few days later . . . I gotta have one. Test drive it (forget the 2.5 litre). Did you once have a go-cart? Then that seat of the pants feeling all comes right back. This thing stick to the pavement like velcro and runs up to 60 faster than the factory claims. Sure, you feel ever rut in the road, but is that bad? Downsides? Well the glove box is just that . . just enough room for gloves. Interior storage . . . what's that? Will your wife/girlfriend hate it? Yes. Is that bad? Not always.


Favorite Features

The 3.0 litre 6-banger has a resonator box that makes the engine growl when you drop the pedal and let it rev up. Over-ride the ATC system and use the steptronic shifter and you can smoke the fat rear run-flat tires with ease.


Suggested Improvements

The instrumentation is difficult to read in bright sunlight. Is that a problem? Duh, this is a convertible. When in So. Cal. is the top up if its not raining?


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Awesome Z4
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By Jim
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2003 BMW Z4 Convertible 3.0i 2dr Roadster (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


Review

The most fun auto to drive in my 40 plus years of driving.


Favorite Features

Style, size, bootless top, ample trunk space for a roadster. A vast improvement in all ways over the Z3 that I had.


Suggested Improvements

Needs a couple more inches of road clearance. Cup holders need redesigned. Everything else is perfect.


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Excellent all the way around
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By JimQ
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2003 BMW Z4 Convertible 3.0i 2dr Roadster (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


Review

I've driven mine across the country and it's superb in all respects -- fun, reliable, great gas mileage, great performance, all ways. Even though it's small, it has good storage space and excellent driving compartment space. Gas mileage on the road is 34-38 mpg. Semi-auto transmission is fun, but jerks on changes often, annoying. All in all, a plus, though. I'd buy another without question.


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The Good and the Bad
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By Jason Y.
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2003 BMW Z4 Convertible 3.0i 2dr Roadster (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


Review

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.


Favorite 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.


Suggested Improvements

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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Good Car For The Price
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By oldmarine5
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2003 BMW Z4 Convertible 3.0i 2dr Roadster (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


Review

Bought from dealer with 5000 miles on it. Also, had a Z3. The style of the Z4 is not as nice as the Z3 but many features of the Z4 are an improvement. Great engine. Smooth with plenty of power. I am 6'2" and , unlike many two seaters, has good room for the driver. Expensive to maintain, but I only drive it on sunny days with the top down. Just hit 20,000 miles. Red color and gets lots of compliments. I am satisfied.


Favorite Features

Power, trunk space, leg room.


Suggested Improvements

Don't like electric steering. Not a fan of run flat tires.


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