• (4.7) 15 reviews
  • MSRP: $14,041$27,521
  • Body Style: Convertible
  • Engine: 255-hp, 3.0-liter I-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/OD
  • Seats: 2
2009 BMW Z4

Our Take on the 2009 BMW Z4

Our Take

The redesigned BMW Z4 is bigger inside and out than its predecessor; it also packs more power under the hood and more luxury under its new retractable hardtop roof. It looks less controversial, in part because the prior soft-top Z4 was among the most risqu� designs of its day. Its successor has m... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Trunk volume with top down
  • High price, with options
  • Power top only works when car is stopped
  • Too much brake-pedal travel
  • Some inconsistent interior pieces

Notable Features

  • Redesigned for 2009
  • Power-folding hardtop
  • Available turbocharged six-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • available twin-clutch automatic
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Standard adjustable drivetrain settings


Our Expert Reviews

Oh, you know I said, "Yes!" when our Chief Mama Kristin Varela asked me if I'd like to drive the 2009 BMW Z4 for a stint (one of the days was my birthday). All of my friends and neighbors were extremely jealous, and I loved every minute of driving this indulgent little creature from BMW.This wasn't my first time in the two-seater Z4. I test drove the 2007 Z4, but it wasn't a con... Read full review for the 2009 BMW Z 4

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Fun in the sun

by Boy's Toy from Green Valley, Az on January 20, 2011

The Z4 with retractable hardtop is a great car for a man retiring after a life of hard work but that still has a desire for thrill and adventure in his new life. It has power when desired but is not a... Read Full Review

2 Trim Levels Available

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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 4 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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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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