We recently purchased an 2006 BMW Z4 M-Package. This sporty little car is not only comfortable but has an aggressive attitude when you press the sport button! My wife has to tell me to slow down some times. Anyway, the body of this vehicle is extremely well designed and gets a lot of looks, as where ever we go this car is being looked at from short and long distances. The interior is red leather and the exterior is gray/silver and we love this color combo, BMW certainly has outdone themselves with the Z4. If your looking for speed and looks, this is the car for you. and you will not go wrong with this vehicle.
Purchased this car used as a fun car/daily driver on nice days. The performance is incredible. I find that the engine is a little different than older BMW inline-6 in that you have to rev it for power. The exterior has a love it or hate it design but it must be seen in person to render a final opinion. The additional touches that the M car adds to the Z4 (front & rear valence, bigger wheels, quad- exhausts) go a long way to add some aggression to the design. The interior is very comfortable but I have a slim build. Interior design is top notch with the optional carbon leather trim. Bottom line, this is a pure driver's car, those looking for a plush riding luxury car need not apply.
Outstanding drivers car. One of the last pure, raw driving machines left. No fancy transmissions, steering boxes or other lux features.
The nav system is cumbersome and was outdated when new. Avoid it, as an aftermarket system is much more useful.
This car was a spur of the moment purchase for me. Originally was going to buy a Boxster but this was a better deal. I took the car to performance driving school even before I got the license plates. This car handles amazing!!! Mine is Interlagos Blue/Black and fully loaded. It is flashy but living in Houston Z4s are common so it appears more low key. This car is a true sports car with handling that can blow your mind. Mine is a daily driver so my gripes are lack of trunk space, but I knew that going in. Depreciation is a killer... I got this car at half of what it originally cost in 06. Great deal for me and puts a smile on my face every time I hear the deep roar of the exhaust.
Thick steering wheel, lighted shifter, sport button for when you really want to have fun, extended leather package with carbon fiber leather dash, Ipod jack, and how the top lowers by keeping unlock button pressed. BMW warranty and service is great too. My second BMW and definitely not my last.
When the Navigation flips out of the dash sometimes it doesn't open. Had BMW fix it and has happened only a couple times since. More storage space would be nice - particularly glove box. The range of the remote stinks, you have to be really close to the car for it to work.
My wife and I have come back from 3 day trips and continued past the house just because we didn't want to quit driving this car. Average gas mileage is about 21.6. You can get 26 mpg rather easily just by keeping the rpm down around 2500, (boring). Beyond 3000 rpm the sound is kind of like the Teutonic scream you would expect from an 11.5:1 compression ratio engine tuned to deliver more than 100 hp/liter. The ride is firm like a performance car, but very comfortable. Noise is not a problem either. It is noisier than a limo in all the right ways. The wood dash trim improves the interior. The stereo is first rate. It has a dipstick, no run flats, and hydraulic steering. Brilliant!
That engine. The handling. It's kinda like a slightly heavy Lotus or a little more visceral and less clinical Porsche Cayman S. Comfort.
Reaching the power window buttons around the internal door handle takes a little getting used to. About 10 minutes! They could also put the same amount of oil in the service spec that coincides with the max mark on the dipstick, instead of going over the max line every time I get service.
I have owned cars such as the Honda S2000, Porsche Boxster S, 2001 M Coupe, Subaru WRX, Integra Type R and can honestly say that the BMW Z4 M Roadster is the most exciting car to drive. It doesn't have the balance-poise of a Boxster S but it will make your heart rate shoot up in a flash once you've tried shifting at redline under full throttle. It's not an easy car to drive at first and drivers should be careful at the limit. My main complaints are: 1-Ride quality. Compared to the Boxster S or Cayman S the ride is VERY choppy-bouncy. The chassis does not soak up bumps as well as the Porsche. 2-Build quality. Exterior panel gaps and the interior trim pieces wear out quickly.
Engine feels-sounds great at every RPM, best BMW manual shifter ever, good brakes, great seats, quick steering response and good steering feel, amazing sound system, extended leather option makes the interior feel very rich.
Ride is too bouncy-choppy even for a sports car. The Boxster S manages to handle just as well if not better yet feels like a Lexus compared to the Z4 M. Build quality is not great; it shows that the car is built in the USA.