2003 BMW Z4 Consumer Review: Needs improvement

2003 BMW Z4 - Consumer Review

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Needs improvement
By Wolf on


2003 BMW Z4 2.5i 2dr Roadster (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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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By magicdolphin
on 11/04/11 17:21 PM (PDT)

I've had the same problem; I only have 30000 miles on my 2003; I bought it out at the end of my lease; had the housing replaced in 2008 and now it needs to be replaced again at a very expensive repair; my extended warranty won't cover the repair ... very poor design indeed not at all what I expected from BMW. I also just had to replace the rubber around the windshield and the cowel due to dryrot and having the same problems that were suggested as improvements. I would have thought the convertible roof of a BMW would last more than 3 yrs; very disappointed.

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