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Old 09-28-2013, 04:23 PM   #1
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Thinking about shopping for a used BMW Z4. I'm not looking for high performance. I'm looking for reliability, "relative" comfort and so on. What I need to learn is what to look for, and what to avoid. Opinions as well as facts are welcome. Thanks !
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Old 09-28-2013, 06:04 PM   #2
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Thinking about shopping for a used BMW Z4. I'm not looking for high performance. I'm looking for reliability,
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Old 09-28-2013, 06:13 PM   #3
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...... I'm looking for reliability, .......what to avoid.
Anything made in Germany should crossed off your list.
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Old 09-28-2013, 06:34 PM   #4
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Old 09-28-2013, 07:29 PM   #5
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Funny how the first three replies went. I really sort of agree. I've had some German cars and with the exception of one ( 1971 BMW 2002), they were all disappointments. I have a real distrust of German electrical stuff. I guess I should just forget this passing fancy.
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Old 09-29-2013, 05:14 AM   #6
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It would be a fun car, I have always wanted a Z3 coupe. Overly complicated electronics and poor quality plastic parts (like water pump impellers) have kept me away.

So if you leave the "reliability" part out of your buying criteria, you will be happy.
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Old 09-29-2013, 05:38 AM   #7
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Consider the Z4 coupe. I have one and love it! They made 4,000 per year for three years from '06, '07, and '08.

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You had me, until you mentioned reliability.
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Old 09-29-2013, 08:46 AM   #10
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Made in Spartanburg till '08. Quality is iffy though better than on the old Z3.
Fast wear on interior, mostly painted stuff goes quick, as it did in 1st gen X5 and X3. Headlights go blind reeel fast. Coils, rear springs and valve train on 6's are common issues.
3.0si is the one.

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Old 09-29-2013, 02:57 PM   #11
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I have an 07 Z4 it has been a great car with no problems. It still has the original battery in it!

If you can find a used certified one at a BMW dealer that is the way to go.

The dealer I use is Brahman in Jupiter Fl. Great service and treatment there regardless of where you bought your car, new or used.

I would definitely buy another one.
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They look nice. This current generation's exterior and interior was designed by two women and it's probably their best looking model. I would think the 2.0L Turbo with a 6 speed would be a fun lil' drive.

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They look nice. This current generation's exterior and interior was designed by two women and it's probably their best looking model. I would think the 2.0L Turbo with a 6 speed would be a fun lil' drive.

I am trading mine in next year, that is the exact z4 I want.
They are just a fun car to drive.
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Funny how the first three replies went. I really sort of agree. I've had some German cars and with the exception of one ( 1971 BMW 2002), they were all disappointments. I have a real distrust of German electrical stuff. I guess I should just forget this passing fancy.
Funny because I was going to add Anything made in Germany after 1990 should be crossed off the list. You can not break my 1985 Dinan E28....
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Old 09-30-2013, 10:56 AM   #15
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Funny because I was going to add Anything made in Germany after 1990 should be crossed off the list. You can not break my 1985 Dinan E28....
that's hardly a roadster or a sports car now is it?
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