2003 BMW Z4 Consumer Review: A big step up from the Z3

2003 BMW Z4 - Consumer Review

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A big step up from the Z3
By mcrescenzi on


2003 BMW Z4 3.0i 2dr Roadster (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


The dealership gave me a Z3 to drive until my Z4 came in, and once it did arrive, I noticed a huge difference in both performance and ergonomics. For one, BMW adjusted the front windshield, removing the blind spots on either side that were a constant nuisance with the Z3. Another upgrade is the addition of a storage space that is positioned between the driver's and passenger's seats -- perfect for storing CDs. Two suggestions: one, get the heated seats, you can crank those babies up and still put the top down when its below 60 degrees out; two, get the electronically adustable seats -- I didn't and really wish I did.

Best Features

The electronic top is very smooth and takes less than ten seconds. You can't beat a six-speed either: when you're on a major highway with traffic doing 80mph and you're only at about 2500rpms in sixth gear, that's not only high performance, that's fuel efficiency as well.

Worst Features

Hard to say; there was a long list with the Z3, but BMW did a good job addressing those when engineering the Z4. I would make the manual seat adjusters allow the driver to put the seat into more positions, but that's pretty minor.
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