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Convertible
2 Seats
24-25 MPG
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Handling and stability
  • Performance of Z4 3.0i
  • Ride comfort on smooth surfaces
  • Quietness
  • Seat comfort and support

The Bad

  • Ride comfort on rough surfaces
  • Difficult entry and exit
  • Cargo space

What to Know

about the 2005 BMW Z4
  • 184- or 225-hp engine
  • Four available transmissions
  • Two-passenger roadster
  • Manual or powered fabric top
  • Optional removable hardtop

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
BMW’s Z3 series of sports cars was replaced in 2003 by a longer, wider, all-new Z4 duo. The roadster’s styling changed dramatically, though both models center on a long hood with the two occupants positioned well to the rear. Electric power steering was a first for BMW.

Two inline-six-cylinder engine choices and four transmission possibilities, including a sequential manual gearbox on the higher-level 3.0 trim, are offered. Standard run-flat tires eliminate the spare.

Additional standard equipment goes into the 2005 models. The 2.5i adds fog lamps, heated mirrors and cruise control, while the more powerful 3.0i gains automatic climate control. Bluetooth wireless capability is optional, and dealers can install Sirius Satellite Radio. No high-performance M editions are currently available.

Exterior
BMW’s two-seater displays a blend of convex and concave surfaces, deeply sculpted bodysides and twin belt lines. The Z4 has more edges, especially at the rear, than its rounded predecessor.

Featuring a 98.2-inch wheelbase � relatively long for a roadster � the Z4 has short overhangs and a low rearward seating position. Round side blinkers protrude from each front fender.

The hood is aluminum, and soft-top components are magnesium. Equipped with a heated glass rear window, the top retracts beneath an integrated tonneau cover. Manual operation is standard, but power operation is available. Roll bars sit behind the seats, and the A-pillars are reinforced...

Vehicle Overview
BMW’s Z3 series of sports cars was replaced in 2003 by a longer, wider, all-new Z4 duo. The roadster’s styling changed dramatically, though both models center on a long hood with the two occupants positioned well to the rear. Electric power steering was a first for BMW.

Two inline-six-cylinder engine choices and four transmission possibilities, including a sequential manual gearbox on the higher-level 3.0 trim, are offered. Standard run-flat tires eliminate the spare.

Additional standard equipment goes into the 2005 models. The 2.5i adds fog lamps, heated mirrors and cruise control, while the more powerful 3.0i gains automatic climate control. Bluetooth wireless capability is optional, and dealers can install Sirius Satellite Radio. No high-performance M editions are currently available.

Exterior
BMW’s two-seater displays a blend of convex and concave surfaces, deeply sculpted bodysides and twin belt lines. The Z4 has more edges, especially at the rear, than its rounded predecessor.

Featuring a 98.2-inch wheelbase � relatively long for a roadster � the Z4 has short overhangs and a low rearward seating position. Round side blinkers protrude from each front fender.

The hood is aluminum, and soft-top components are magnesium. Equipped with a heated glass rear window, the top retracts beneath an integrated tonneau cover. Manual operation is standard, but power operation is available. Roll bars sit behind the seats, and the A-pillars are reinforced. Premium and Sport packages are available. A removable hardtop can be installed at BMW centers.

Interior
Other than its two-passenger capacity, the Z4’s cockpit is completely different than the Z3’s. The instruments are well spaced on a distinctive dashboard, though some critics find them difficult to use. Full-width dash panels are either woodgrained or brushed aluminum. Leatherette upholstery is standard in the 2.5i, while the 3.0i gets leather. Trunk capacity is 8.5 cubic feet with the soft-top down.

Under the Hood
A 2.5-liter inline-six-cylinder produces 184 horsepower and mates with a five-speed-manual transmission in the Z4 2.5i. The Z4 3.0i uses a 225-hp, 3.0-liter inline-six and a six-speed manual. A five-speed-automatic transmission that incorporates BMW’s Steptronic for manually selected gear changes is optional in both models. BMW’s six-speed Sequential Manual Gearbox, available in the 3.0i, operates without a clutch pedal. Dynamic Driving Control is part of the Sport Package.

Safety
Dynamic Stability Control, side-impact airbags, knee airbags and antilock brakes are standard. A cutoff switch for the front passenger airbag is included.

Driving Impressions
Ranking as a serious thoroughbred, the Z4 takes full advantage of its pedigree. Precision handling is a BMW hallmark.

Acceleration in the Z4 3.0i is forceful even with the automatic transmission, which shifts smoothly and responds swiftly. There’s plenty of low-end torque when starting off or passing. With its slick manual shift and well-behaved clutch, the Z4 2.5i isn’t far behind.

Except for a subtle exhaust note, the Z4 is quiet. Just a touch of road wander has been noted in the 3.0i, but the defiantly taut suspension delivers a reasonably smooth ride on most surfaces. Magnificent seats are satisfyingly cushioned.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
39 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

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(5.0)

A Z4 is a great car!

by Lee from Wagener SC on November 8, 2019

This car is perfect. It drives beautifully and is awesome to look at. It has a big car feel, but it is still a sports car. Great ride! Read full review

(5.0)

Update to my July 2009 review

by NateJG from Michigan on August 4, 2019

The car is now 14 years old - and I’m still as happy with it as I was for my review here ten years ago. In fact, I’ve shown it in 6 of the 8 annual Deutsche Marques show at the Gilmore Car Museum in ... Read full review

Safety

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The 2005 BMW Z4 currently has 0 recalls


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Z4 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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