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Can do
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By RG
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2003 BMW Z4 2.5i 2dr Roadster (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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Great running car. Driver seat wears where seat belt rubs exposing under layer. Car is good handling and gives full feel of road changes. Actually drove around deer standing on freeway while going 55 and it felt like 25 mph. Quick response steering and extremely stable. No dealerships for 400 miles found good private shop. Still a thrill to drive every time after year and a half. Switched from motorcycle to z4 no regrets!


Best Features

Sport drive, heated seats, solid feel, and excellent design. Triptonic trans. Pretty quiet for convertible.


Worst Features

Non run flats.Shop won't fix recommend replacement if goes flat. My car has custom wheels and tires and get AAA platinum membership.


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Fun Car
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Tom
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2003 BMW Z4 3.0i 2dr Roadster (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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Just completed 8000 miles between MI @ CA including Glacier Nat. Park. HWY 2, 20, 299,101 and 1. Gas mileage on reg gas 28 to 35 mpg. Have owned Datsun Z cars in past. This is the best.


Best Features

Styling, comfort & mileage.


Worst Features

Dealership reliability.


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Needs improvement
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Wolf
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2003 BMW Z4 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 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 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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