I bought a 2003 Z4 when they were first introduced and thoroughly enjoyed driving it for 55,000 miles.
At the age of 52, it was a great purchase.
At 62, with bad knees, and 6'3", it became more difficult to get in and out of.
And, being a roadster with a small trunk, it wasn't good for more than a quick overnight trip.
So, we traded it on a new '13 128i convertible and so far, it's a … wise decision.
Had to special order it since I wanted a manual transmission and was willing to pay only for the options I wanted.
Only 1000 miles so far, so it's too soon to determine reliability.
The fit and finish is typical BMW qaulity and the engine and transmission are smooth.
UPDATE: I've now owned the 128i convertible for three years. It's got 16,600 miles, all trouble free. It's still fun to drive and I got another compliment on its appearance just the other day. It's Vermillion Red with a black top and tan interior. This is not my primary driver, but now that I'm retired, it does get driven more. It's a good combination of being a true sports car, but with more room than a roadster. The 2 series BMW should provide the same benefits since it's basically the same car with a different number and Engine.
Update: Five years of ownership and I still love the car. It's approaching 30,000 miles and still no problems. But, because of the cost of repairs I purchased an extended warranty that will cover it for 10 years. This car replaced a 10 year old Z4 I purchased new in 2003. Both were outfitted similarly with a manual transmission, and not a lot of bells and whistles or technology. What was surprising was that the 128 was only a few hundred dollars more than what I paid for the Z4 10 years earlier.
I've now owned the 128i convertible for 7 years and 33,000 miles. I've moved to Southern Arizona where I drive with the top down more often. I'm still happy with the car. There's only been one minor problem with the heat control that will be fixed next time I take it in.
Still enjoy driving the 128i after 37,000 miles. It's been very reliable. I still like the looks, much better than the new BMWs with monster grills. I have no plans to get rid of the car.
Contrary to my last entry, I decided to sell my BMW after 9 years and nearly 50,000 trouble free miles. I never lost the joy of driving it on a nice day, but I'm at a point in my life where I'm trying to downsize. We had three vehicles and a two car garage meaning one had to park in the desert sun of Southern Arizona. I wasn't driving it much and decided it was time to let it go to a new owner. After owning BMW's for nearly 20 years, I no longer am. Both my Z4 and 128i were fine cars that gave me lots of driving pleasure.
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