2003 Bmw Z 4
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Fast, Awesome Styling, and Excellent mileage

by from Baltimore, MD on January 30, 2009

I don't know how BMW does it, but they are masters at extracting the maximum performance from little motors. I wasn't expecting much from a 2.5 liter engine when I first test drove mine, but all I cou...
I don't know how BMW does it, but they are masters at extracting the maximum performance from little motors. I wasn't expecting much from a 2.5 liter engine when I first test drove mine, but all I could say was WOW! It feels like a much larger engine with it's flat torque curve,very reminiscent of an old 5.0 Mustang GT I use to have.Matter of fact the strait line performance is very close. The best is first gear. Edmund's reports 0-30mph of the 5 speed manual 2.5i at 2.1 seconds.For comparison, that's faster than a 2005 C6 Vette LS2 by .1 seconds.However the Vette will pull you after that(but who cares?)If you make a habit of ringing out second gear around town, you'll probably lose your license before long anyway. Change out the poor handling and heavy run flat tires for a good performance tire and it will increase your performance further by reducing the rotating mass. The Z4 2.5i gets about 35 mpg on the Hwy with a light foot and about 23 in town according to the on-board computer.That is of course with the addition of a K&N panel filter and no "run flats". Where the Z4 really shines is in the styling and handling dept.With the "Sport Package" option and it's beefier suspension it corners like it's on rails.The sport button decreases power steering assist for more road feel and increases throttle tip in for more spirited driving. It looks like it should be in a James Bond movie('nuff said). Couple of tips if you are in the market for a Z4: 1)Get the Sports and Premium packages to get all the bells and whistles like power top, leather, heated seats, hifi stereo( you'll appreciate the extra watts with the top down). 2) Get a manual trans. The automatics aren't any fun and problematic from what I hear. 3) The difference in performance is marginal at best between the 2.5i and 3.0i mainly due to the 2.5i's shorter piston stroke and steeper final drive ratio. Test drive them and see for yourself. The insurance for a 2.5i is way cheaper that the 3.0i too. 4) If you are taller than 6'4", you might want to look for a bigger sports car.
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Best roadster value for the money

by from Portland, OR on December 16, 2012

For a modest investment ($16-20k) a used Z4 is a bargain at about half the price new. The engines are bulletproof in terms of reliability. When buying I made sure to get both the sport and premium pac...
For a modest investment ($16-20k) a used Z4 is a bargain at about half the price new. The engines are bulletproof in terms of reliability. When buying I made sure to get both the sport and premium packages, you should too. They give you all the enjoyment a Z4 can deliver for not a lot of extra money and they'll help you when resale time comes around. Here's another tip: A Z4 is a huge step up from ANY Z3, there's just no comparison in terms of features, comfort, handling, etc., etc... Trust me, I owned a Z3 for several years and am very familiar with that model. The car had some major redesign features in 2006 so that's a good year to shoot for in terms of price/value. I would look for a clean low mile 3.0 model, but honestly, if you find a really good 2.5 car with sport and premium packages, they're a good buy. The 2.5 does 0-60 in 7 seconds and tops out at 146 mph, not bad for most driving! These cars are just tons of wind in your hair fun at a modest expense. You will LOVE your Z4!
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Look forward to your commute!

by from Minneapolis, MN on August 27, 2009

This review is for the Z4 3.0 with automatic. A manual transmission would be more fun, the the automatic makes commuting a breeze. Also, when you master the Steptronic, manual gear changes, you can ho...
This review is for the Z4 3.0 with automatic. A manual transmission would be more fun, the the automatic makes commuting a breeze. Also, when you master the Steptronic, manual gear changes, you can hold gears through twisty sections of road and truly experience the best of both the clogged freeway and the open road. My mileage averages over 25; not bad for such a powerful car. Dump the run-flat tires. They are like having rocks for tires. I replaced mine with a high quality set of conventional Michelin's and an emergency inflater kit. That improves the ride significantly. It's still firm, but not tiresome unless you get on a section of road with repetitive bumps/seams that will get the car bobbing up and down. Over most surfaces it is fine. Being a BMW, this car is well crafted and built with top notch materials. You will not be disappointed in the quality, reliability, or durability. Mechanically, they are super. Drop the top and enjoy your ride - even if your stuck in traffic!
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Get ready to be the "Talk of the Town"!

by from Michigan on March 5, 2012

I have owned my 3.0i Z4 for almost two years now, it's simply fantastic. With its bold, exciting exterior design, you will be grabbin' attention everywhere you go with it. To this day, I still receiv...
I have owned my 3.0i Z4 for almost two years now, it's simply fantastic. With its bold, exciting exterior design, you will be grabbin' attention everywhere you go with it. To this day, I still receive compliments from total strangers about it. My Z4 is an '03, and people think it's a brand new car! Not to mention, the resale value and depreciation rate for these vehicles are amazing. Overall, It's a win-win situation, high-end performance, good gas mileage, and a total "head-turner."
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Owner of 2 BMW's and a Hummer H2

by from Nanticoke, PA on October 6, 2011

When I got my first BMW X3, I thought that this car was the best vehicle that I've ever owned. I have owned over a hundred different vehicles to compare to, and this was it! I thought. Well, I decided...
When I got my first BMW X3, I thought that this car was the best vehicle that I've ever owned. I have owned over a hundred different vehicles to compare to, and this was it! I thought. Well, I decided to trade my Harley Roadking for a BMW Z4. Now I have two BMW's and both are fun, and each has its' own attributes. But the Z4 is "WOW!!" Runs and drives like no other car that I've owned. It has met all of my expectations and then some. Highly recommend everyone to at least test drive one. You'll buy one, once you drive it! You will love it! I thought that I'd miss the Harley! I didn't even look back.
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First Time BMW Owner

by from Wash DC on April 9, 2012

My Porsche Boxter was totaled so I thought I would try the Z4, I always liked the looks and it seemed to be comprable on many fronts. The convertable top is a bit easier to to engage, works flawlessly...
My Porsche Boxter was totaled so I thought I would try the Z4, I always liked the looks and it seemed to be comprable on many fronts. The convertable top is a bit easier to to engage, works flawlessly. I have the 2.5 and it is very peppy. The things that I don't like are mostly minor irrations. The window controls are ackward to get to (on door panel) The radio works/sounds great but the controls are spread out over the dash, I wish they were more compact. My worst complaint (which you may consider frivolous) is the sound of the door closing. It sounds "tinny", not the muffled thud of my Boxter. I was surprised by this, maybe it's just this Z4. If you are tall (my son is 6'3") the compartment is very cramped, his knees hit the dash board and was difficult or him to get comfortable. Overall, I like the car a lot in all departments, other than the details noted.
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BMW stands the test of time

by from Des Moines, IA on February 23, 2010

The vehicle I found on cars.com is a 2003. It still handles great and performs outstanding on the road. Its beauty never fades.
The vehicle I found on cars.com is a 2003. It still handles great and performs outstanding on the road. Its beauty never fades.
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Z 4444444

by from chicago on August 10, 2009

Nothing else like it turns heads from every age group. The car out performs any other convertible in its class and for the money it un matched. The best part its a BMW loaded with performance and feat...
Nothing else like it turns heads from every age group. The car out performs any other convertible in its class and for the money it un matched. The best part its a BMW loaded with performance and features most cars dont have or only found in cars that cost way more
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drove car for 50k over 5 years

by from new york, ny on July 10, 2011

bought it CPO with 6k and 3 yrs of age. car had manual transmission. I liked the transmission alot. good punch from the 3.0 liter engine. very nimble. seats were okay but long road trips were tough. e...
bought it CPO with 6k and 3 yrs of age. car had manual transmission. I liked the transmission alot. good punch from the 3.0 liter engine. very nimble. seats were okay but long road trips were tough. even after many years, people still found the car exterior attractive. reliability was good. cpo warranty covered convertible top issues. Repairs done on the car over the couple of years were a defective sensor in the trunk about the top and some motor replacement in the top. would likely have been costly but CPO covered it. stereo was pretty good, and better with aux in i installed. was overall happy with my purchase. with winters in new york, putting on smaller rims/snow tires made this driveable in good amount of snow albeit clearance was the most significant issue. summer tires/premium rims made this undriveable in snow.
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SAD DUDE

by from JONESBORO , GA on December 2, 2010

THIS CAR WAS SO CUTE I DIDNT EVEN WANT TO SELL IT. IT WAS GOOD AT EVERY THING. WHEN I DROVE IT, IT WAS SO COMFORTABLE.
THIS CAR WAS SO CUTE I DIDNT EVEN WANT TO SELL IT. IT WAS GOOD AT EVERY THING. WHEN I DROVE IT, IT WAS SO COMFORTABLE.
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