I had driven 3 straight MB Cabs and no longer needed a back seat; I wanted a roadster since a teen. I think it was the Alfa Duetto Spider 1600 from one of my favorite movies, The Graduate. The latest Alfa, Jag and FIAT were eliminated as perceived as unreliable. The R8 way too pricey , the SL drove too "boulevard like" ie not sports car like. The SLK and Miata were, forgive the term, chick cars; the Nissan 370 and Corvette, again, forgive, red neckish. That left the Boxter S and the Z4 35IS. I drove all of the above and though the Boxter S was great, the Z4 35IS REALLY stood out; I would describe driving it as a "Tight Glove-like fitting, Rocket". It doesn't hurt that I love the lines and don't see one everyday, as I do Boxters. BMW reliability as well as the 5 Year 100K extended warranty that came with the car didn't hurt either.
Purchased a CPO Z4 sDrive35si with all the options and limited edition interior... 25k miles. This car is a smile making machine! First, I drive in the real world, not a test track. If you can make this care misbehave in a turn, you're going too fast for real roads! It is super tight and sticks to corners like glue! Heart pounding and big smile! The most amazing thing is the power band never quits! Ever hit a golf ball just right and watched it rocket away only to see it get a second blast of power! That's the Z4... You punch it down and it blasts off, hits 110mph in a flash and then blasts off again! It wants and has so much more! All this in a comfort that no Boxster can provide.
The 335hp turbo is amazing. Put it in Sport mode and hold on! The comfort level is refined. Automatic convertible top is worth the price of admission in itself! When the top is down, you will turn heads everywhere. It is much more visually pleasing than most of it's competition. From the driver's seat, it feels like an old Jaguar XKE... The hood goes on forever! Controls are clean and for the most part driver friendly. The seats are a stand out! You don't want to get out once you're in.
So the trunk is super small. With the top down, no golf clubs. Even with the top up it's a squeeze. You have to run premium gasoline in it, but at least it get decent MPG in normal modes.
This is the second Z4 that my wife and I have owned.Had the first one 7 years and not one problem.This Z4IS is more comfortable. It has much more power. I drive pretty sporty and it gets 29 MPG.Get lots of thumbs up.
The seats are much better.The transmission is so ready to play when you want.Endless power!
The cup holders are really useless you have to reach behind the shifter to access them.Not the best sound system needs more speakers.