I purchased a new 2003 Z-4 , 2.5i Christmas of 2002 and owned it for 15 years. Also purchased a removable hard top for winter driving that gave the old gal a special look. Always garaged and never put to bed dirty. It was a love affair with a car. That is until two months ago when I moved up to a 2011 Z-4 sDrive35i. one owner with low mileage. The advantages of the retractable hardtop, blue tooth electronics, navigation system, automatic transmission, more trunk space and kick ass power was too much to pass up. The car actually looks as good top up as top down. While first love is forever a new love affair is developing.....
I've had the car for about 6 months now and still just LOVE to take it out. It's powerful, looks great with the top up or down. I used to have a soft top convertible and the noise on the freeway was just irritating but this car is so refined. There are some down sides like gas consumption, I average 19 mpg. The bluetooth doesn't alway connect perfectly. It can be a bit bumpy if the road is a bit rough maybe it's because I have the M-Sport package with the bigger wheels and low profile tires. it doesn't perform as well as a Porsche but I'm not racing it on the track so it's perfectly fun in regards to handling and performance. it's 10K less than the cheapest Porsche though and they don't even have a hardtop. I get lots of looks and complements. Best of all it's a Coupe when I want and even quieter trip but with the press of a button, have my personal transformer. At least that's what it feels like every time I open and close the top. It's also the most refined roadster . the others lack the classic lines that this has.
Great roadster with just about the perfect balance between performance and comfort. People often complain the weight of the hard top and it's not as engaging as the Porsche Boxster/Cayman; but hey, the Boxster is a few grand more expensive even with the base form and the s can easily be $20k+ more pricey. If you don't track, the z4 with the N54 engine will be more than enough performance for your daily use. Also, the hard top gives you a sense of security versus any of the soft cloth top, plus looks way better when top is up. Since the new z4 will come only with a soft top, I will just keep mine until the wheels fall off. There's really not many choices if you want a modern hard top roadster (all come to my mind are z4, slk/slc, sl, Ferrari California, mx-5). I think the z4 has a sweet spot in the segment in terms of comfort, performance, style, price and will hold its value pretty good in the future.
Very cool roadster that turns heads with acceleration feel that seems to defy actual zero to sixty specs. Highway handling is competent but tight fast cornering is not great .... better than most cars and actually ho,do welll but long nose doesn't inspire the confidence to push through the turn. Low profile run flats are fine on most roads but are harsh on coarse pavement. For everyday summer driving, it is a fun, fast car that I just love to drive. Other vehicle is an Audi S5 that is more refined, almost as fast but not neatly as fun.
Be prepared for people to have opinions about this car! Some neighborhood wives will disapprove silently, some neighbors will love it. But I have also been stopped to ask "How do you like it? I've thought about getting one too!" It will turn heads. But, regardless, I love the feeling I get driving this car!