2008 BMW Z4

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12 reviews
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Available Price Range $9,507-$21,931 Trims3 Combined MPG 23 Seats 2

Our Take on the 2008 BMW Z4

Our Take

The Z4 coupe and roadster offer a different shade of gray paint for 2008, and the standard wheels grew an inch in the roadster's optional Sport Package. Otherwise, the Z4 models are completely... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Ride comfort on rough surfaces
  • Difficult entry and exit
  • Cargo space
  • Electric power steering
  • Three-star side-impact rating

Notable Features

  • Roadster or two-seat coupe
  • 215- or 255-hp engine, 330-hp engine in Z4 M
  • Six-speed manual or automatic
  • Manual or powered fabric top on roadster
  • High-performance M version
  • New gray paint for 2008
  • Powered fabric top on Z4 M


Our Expert Reviews

Like Stacy's mom, BMW's Z4 has still got it going on. Munich's two-seat runabout remains a compelling choice for driving enthusiasts in a way some of its quicker, fresher competitors do not. Throw in decent reliability and gas mileage, and it's easy to see why it's been a Cars.com Best Bet for two years running. A replacement is on its way soon, but if you can tolerate ... Read Full Review

Consumer Reviews

4.8 out of 5

Based on 12 reviews

An eye catcher'''

by Smooth Operator from Connecticut on May 8, 2008

The Z4 I drove was a nice experience.They handle so nice you would think you were in Nascar''The 2.5 has a big difference in power loss compared to the 3.0.The highway ride is so smooth and this car h... Read Full Review

3 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


Great news! There are currently no known recalls on 2008 BMW Z4.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


Free Scheduled Maintenance


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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