2005 Bmw Z 4
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A Dream's Dream

by from Michigan on July 18, 2009

After two brushes with death on a motorcycle, we decided to add air bags - and found this 4-year-old beauty with a mere 16,400 of never-been-snowed-on Michigan miles. Having always wanted a convertibl...
After two brushes with death on a motorcycle, we decided to add air bags - and found this 4-year-old beauty with a mere 16,400 of never-been-snowed-on Michigan miles. Having always wanted a convertible and having admired the engineering and performance of BMW from afar for years, this was a dream come true. While not a dragstrip rocket, the 225 HP is rewarding; and the transmission is unbelievably smooth and predictable. The top goes up/down extremely fast. The sound system is unbelievable! Just how they cram in 10 speakers for a two-seater is awsome! The thing is a work of art. I've put 3,000 miles on it in 2 months; and plan on taking it with us to FL this winter. We get 26 MPG on cruises and about town; and managed 30.1 on the last day trip (no AC; top down going; top up returning; 300+ miles). My goal is to have a Historic Plate on her - which will make the driver 81. I cut my teeth in Chevys on Telegraph in the 60's; two of our other 3 vehices are German-engineered; and this is the closest thing to nirvana for me. 'Love it!
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WHAT A BEAUTY TO LOOK AT AND TO DRIVE

by from San Francisco, CA on January 21, 2010

What a car!! The exterior design and the interior blend aesthetics with basic functionality quite well, making it a awesome looking vehicle from any angle. Handling is the best feature, take a curvy r...
What a car!! The exterior design and the interior blend aesthetics with basic functionality quite well, making it a awesome looking vehicle from any angle. Handling is the best feature, take a curvy road, press the Sport button and let it do its business. It will reward you with a sporty and pleasant ride, making you look like a better driver in the process. If it only had some space for my Blackberry other than my lap :(
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05 BMW Z4

by from Harrisburg, Pa on October 13, 2010

Found the car on cars.com and flew to Florida from Pa. The dealer had everything ready at arrival so the wife and I took a mini vacation from Florida to Pa. It was a true joy. The BMW was more than I ...
Found the car on cars.com and flew to Florida from Pa. The dealer had everything ready at arrival so the wife and I took a mini vacation from Florida to Pa. It was a true joy. The BMW was more than I had hoped for. I-95 and various roundabouts for food and fuel got us home after 26 hours of driving, comfortable driving. The 3.0 liter engine with the 18 inch wheels averaged 35 mpg for the trip. After 7,000 miles from pickup I am averaging 27.3 with in town and highway. The BMW manual does state that you should take it to the dealer for oil changes, tire rotation and basic maintenance. It is now out of the intial warranty and I have found it is the usual BMW engineering quality making basic maintenance a dream. i.e. Our first oil change was great:) The manual said take it to the dealer, but after finding the access plate in the center of the skid pads and the oil plug right there, the oil was changed. Tire rotation was another dealer item in the owners manual. I do reccommend using a torque wrench when retorqing the lug nuts but quick and easy access to mechanicals seems to be BMW's game. For performance the rating I found was 0-60 in 6.4 secs. I am assuming that's pulling a boat up a hill. It's a quick little roadster with 225 hp and 3750 lbs. The only truly dismaying thing I found was no spare tire.
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My re-incarnated "73 TR6

by from Chicago Suburbs on June 4, 2012

All the issues with my 1st car---in 1975!! have been addressed 35+ years later!! This car is awesome. I did alot of research not only which sports car to buy, but then, which BMW Z4 to buy. It has the...
All the issues with my 1st car---in 1975!! have been addressed 35+ years later!! This car is awesome. I did alot of research not only which sports car to buy, but then, which BMW Z4 to buy. It has the 3.0 liter engine, the premium package, Sport package, leather and the Xenon headlights. Al the websites say this is a "rock solid", no mechanical, issues car. Almost bought a Porsche Boxster, but the an engine bearing issue reported by many scared me away. The Z4 is not a high horspower, throw you back in your seat car---but it is no slouch either. Handling is great, styling is awesome---mine is Maldives Blue with beige interior, which I recommend over black especially on hot days. Plenty of trunk space for a set of golf clubs--and supposedly it can hold two sets---but I haven't proved that yet. Do your homework, and pick a good used Z4, and you'll be glad you did--I am!
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Very Fun Car to Drive

by from Orange County, CA on February 3, 2016

We bought the Z4 3.0i used (it had a bit over 40K miles on it) and I've been driving it to work every day for the last four years of ownership. I absolutely love this car. I never really knew what pe...
We bought the Z4 3.0i used (it had a bit over 40K miles on it) and I've been driving it to work every day for the last four years of ownership. I absolutely love this car. I never really knew what people meant when they said "the engine purrs", but now I do. It really does! The ride is smooth (so long as there are no holes in the pavement) and the car is incredibly responsive. The few times I've had to swerve, I was able to maintain full control of the vehicle. I felt like a super-driver, but really what it came down to is it's 50/50 weight distribution and overall superior handling. The styling is also quite nice. I do prefer the headlight look of the more recent Z4 model, but the rest of the body has a really cool-looking, sculpted design. The seats are comfortable and visibility all around is good. It takes a little getting used to at first, but I adjusted quickly. The soft top works pretty fast. It only takes a few seconds for it to open up and close. As far as reliability goes, I've put about 10,000 miles on it every year (maybe a little more here and there, it now has nearly 80K miles on it) and so far it's only failed me once when the starter died. We were able to get it going and drive it to the shop. Other repairs (besides oil changes,brake pads, tires and the starter I mentioned above) were the windshield wiper motor, bushings, engine mounts (partly due to an "off-roading" incident), and a couple of other small things I can't remember off the top of my head. For a 40K + miles Z4 that's driven around 10K miles a year, I'd estimate the yearly maintenance to be around $1,000 - $1,500.00 (maybe less) if you find a great, reliable mechanic. Since it is a BMW, it's hard to find a mechanic that's good AND cheap. Oil changes are required only once about every 6,000 miles and they cost on average $130.00. Currently I have a couple of repairs I need to get done one of these days (such as the side mirror motors being much less responsive), but they haven't affected me driving the car. Overall I'm very impressed with this 2005 3.0i Z4. I never thought I'd be able to commute every day in a roadster! It's so much fun to drive. I know I'll want to own it for as long as I can afford to keep it running.
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Z4

by from Palm Springs on January 17, 2009

We really like our car. Bearly needs to go the dealer to maintanence. IT is super fun to drive in the desert. It is worth the money
We really like our car. Bearly needs to go the dealer to maintanence. IT is super fun to drive in the desert. It is worth the money
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BMW Z 4

by from Petal Mississippi on May 14, 2012

I love my car. It performs and looks terrific. Great price and found through cars.com. Thanks for helping me find it.
I love my car. It performs and looks terrific. Great price and found through cars.com. Thanks for helping me find it.
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New to BMW

by from Bowie, MD on December 13, 2008

Love the design. Like no other. Used is the best way to go with low mileage. Otherwise too expensive for most. Haven't put that many miles on it but those that I have have been most enjoyable. Great p...
Love the design. Like no other. Used is the best way to go with low mileage. Otherwise too expensive for most. Haven't put that many miles on it but those that I have have been most enjoyable. Great performance and handling. Not easy to get in to/out of unless the top is down. Much easier then. Run flat tires tend to want to follow rut in the road. Will be changing them out when they reach their life expectancy. But overall, I would recommend this vehicle. Had a Harley but wanted something more comfortable and really meant for two. This one does it all.
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Fun in the Sun - BMW Z4

by from North Carolina on September 15, 2011

Ahhhhhh, nothing like a spirited drive through the country in a nimble high powered sports car. The BMW Z4 is superb feat of German engineering. One twist of the throttle and the car responds. Take in...
Ahhhhhh, nothing like a spirited drive through the country in a nimble high powered sports car. The BMW Z4 is superb feat of German engineering. One twist of the throttle and the car responds. Take into a tight turn and it will deliver. Rejoice in the fact that it gets 35 mpg on the hwy. This car outperforms my Mustang GT hands down and gets apprerciably noticed wherever it is driven. It was a tossup between a Boxster and a Z4. The Z4 was much smoother shifting and had a nice firm ride without the jarring movements of the Porsche. The road noise is very quiet with the convertible top up and 16 speaker system is indescribable. Go test drive one today - you will be convinced. This car is a lot of fun to drive. and th women absolutely adore it.
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Happy now, was skeptical!

by from Southfield,MI on January 23, 2013

Purchased the 200, Z4 2.5 after retiring and wanting a nice convertible, of European design and affordable! I found it all in " Merlot /tan combo BMW Z4". However, being a Michigander with long cold w...
Purchased the 200, Z4 2.5 after retiring and wanting a nice convertible, of European design and affordable! I found it all in " Merlot /tan combo BMW Z4". However, being a Michigander with long cold winters," I was a little skeptical about the used market & dependability. But, after doing my research...boy am I happy! The only complaints (1) replaced the radiator expansion tank (2) Replaced the driver window switch.(3) Flimsy cup holders. Hopefully, other than oil changes/regular maintenance..."I made a great choice" what a great riding vehicle and very fun to drive....Can't wait for spring to drop my top!!!
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