Fabulous car. Replaced a (blown) 97 Miata STO which was a spectacular car--but the Z has everything my beloved Miata did not (legroom, to name only one example!). I've had it for a couple of months now and just flat love this car. Performance is wonderful, build quality is stellar and chicks dig it. Only suggestion for improvement would be to increase interior storage space a bit. Very happy to have this car and would recommend it without hesitation.
I fell in love with the Z4 while looking for a sports car. Had a rough start though; since I have the sport package a deep pothole ate the passenger side and forced a repair. Then the convertible top refused to work. Then an electrical failure forced another round of work. In all though, I've taken this to the track and on road trips-and it's been sheer joy. Even driving to work is fun! It's gotten nice looks from passerby too. A few nits: tire roar is deafening even with top up, rattles galore on rough roads, and auto top suffers from finicky electrical shortages. But don't let those stop you from buying this wonderful machine.
Automatic roof, large trunk for the style of car, styling, electrochromatic mirrors.
Better build quality (fix roof drainage system to avoid electrical shortages, make body panel construction more rugged, dampen spaces between areas of large tolerances, i.e., map compartment), dampen noise better with top up.
This is the best car I have ever owned. After 40,000 miles the only repair required (at no cost) was to reset the passenger window. Great fun to drive and extremely reliable. I am thinking about buying a new car, but I hate to give this one up!
Soon to be 52 and adding a 16 year old daughter to the highway led to this purchase. Wow! Amazing how quick memories return to the 70s and 80s open tops of 280z, TR6, Spitfire and my first, 1969 Fiat. Wonderfully balanced handler, just enough interior space, stunning exterior lines. Hard to read electronic displays when top is down, cup holders a waste, and no locking compartments. Small issues given every minute of fun you'll feel behind the wheel!
Drive train, performance and exterior design lines.
Lack of interior storage compartments with locks, increase the gas mileage.
I traded in my 740iL for something a little smaller and more fun to drive and was not disappointed. I have been driving BMW since the early 90s and have had nothing but positive experiences with them all. I started in Europe where the BMW is at home on the autobahn then moved here to the States. The Z4 is quick and nimble, and though I chose the smaller 2.5 it has more than enough power to get things moving. Mileage is great for the power it has. The engine is typical BMW, VERY smooth and quiet. Trunk space is large for the class but interior storage is lacking. I have the sport suspension which is, at times, stiff enough to jar you when large bumps are found. Handling is great.
Top down through the twisties. Perfect motor response. Nice sounds. Wonderful styling.
Better visibility with the top up. More interior storage.