New BMW Z4 Ratings

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    2003 BMW Z4 - 3.0i (M6)

    Pros: Automatic/Manual Transmission

    Cons: None if you drive it in conditions it was designed for.

    Advice: Sport Option is a must

    What a rush driving this car! Gathers looks everywhere, sticks to the road like glue, sounds great, plenty of torque, ultimate driving machine with top down and hair- pin curves ahead. Add all the optional features and it can get pricey but you can build to match your needs. Ours is 3.0 with everything except NAV and extended leather. Got the combination automatic/manual transmission for my wife. Heated seats extends driving thru cooler seasons and the heater is great. Drive this car before purchasing your next roadster.

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    2003 BMW Z4 - 3.0i (M6)

    Pros: Handling, handling, handling

    Cons: Low clearance

    Advice: Enjoy

    The litmus test for this automobile is the view - I have heard very few people complain about anything else. If you don't like the way it looks, nothing anyone says is going to change your mind. Sports cars are supposed to be distinct, however, and I prefer the shark like appearance of the Z4 compared to the feminine looking Z3. Also, the changes in performance from the Z3 to the Z4 are substantial, changing it from a cute convertible to a powerful sports car. A driving afficionado pal of mine ask me if there was glue on the road while we were driving it through the North Carolina mountains. The acceleration is wonderful, and the handling is amazing yet delicate enough to be sustainable for everyday driving. If you like the look, don't test drive one without planning on buying. Just be careful pulling into parking spaces and going over speed bumps - the clearance on the front is small.

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    2003 BMW Z4 - 3.0i (M6)

    Pros: Superb road manners, plenty of technology and safety features, transmission, brand cachet.

    Cons: Price shoots way up when you add options, exterior design doesn't inspire lust.

    Advice: While it sacrifices most of its predecessor's sex appeal for the sake of 'flame surfacing' styling it still does the job.

    The Z4 3.0i roadster's 'flame-surfaced' body style is a bad replacement for its predecessor's sexy '007' corporate styling. In other respects, it offers much to like -- a more rigid chassis, a real glass rear window and, a Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG) like the one in the M3. All in all, the driving experience is exhilarating -- so if you can get past the styling and come up with the requisite cash, you know where this one belongs on your things to get list. Personally I could not get over the 'shark-like' look and went for an equally powerfull/price used '01 Porsche Boxster w/18K miles on it and love it to death.

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    2003 BMW Z4 - 2.5i (M5)

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: Nothing

    Advice: Get the Sports package/Power Roof

    The genius of a sports car, a roadster with a point… The car is a mark of perfect Germanic workmanship. From the creative flowing exterior to the beautiful singsong of the inline six. It’s the 2.5 litre motor that takes my breath away. The combination of this oversquare engine and the amazingly in-sync 5-speed tranny, means it will keep pumping 184 hp @ 6k rpm, at redline from the cast-iron sleeved, aluminum block, awesome in-line 6 with the formula 1 whine exhaust note without a whimper all day long. It’s that strong, it’s that good. It has got that correct amount of torque that is as linear as it can get (181 lb/ft @ 3500 rpm). The gearing has been spaced out perfectly, meaning un-necessary downshifting is not required yet the torque delivery always seems to be there where and when needed. This engine and tranny has made it since the past decade, proven over and over again. There must be something magical about the 2.5 number. Remember the E30 M3 2.5 ltr. inline 4. The handling, the balance, the steering and its response, the tautness of the chassis, the car in its entirety is perfectly in line with the inline 6. It’s harmonious, it’s a symphony. Let’s discuss what BMW’s are known and desired for, the handling. It seems it has inherited the best of breed characteristics. The Zed 4 brings the classic multi-link rear setup of the 3’er. Throw in lightweight unsprung parts, like aluminum control arms (front and rear.) Lightweight springs, shocks and struts and what do we get…read on… Coupled with the sports mode (exponential throttle response and tighter steering), the stock sports suspension is perhaps the best out there. The car is perfectly neutral and stay it does balanced this way thru those twists, turns and corners. The wheelbase is correct, the strut, the shocks and springs have been tuned so well, it gives minimal body roll, transmits an exact amount of road feel, dampens the shocks, rebounds over the bumps just that much as it is deemed necessary. Nothing more nothing less. The interior is not spartan, yet is not cluttered with a pell-mell of a bazaar of switches and knobs and vents and what nots. Choose your options smartly, for Wisdom being a better part of valor, the standard amenities have been wisely offered. Enough information from the standard OBC, the 10-speaker sound system, in-dash cd, micro-filtered ventilation system, sporty, curve hugging std leatherette seats (seriously, save a cow, get the leatherette, it’s grippy, looks awesome, feels very Zedsome). For me what the Zed has and offers is just right and enough without anything getting in the way of enjoying this car. Inside this roadster has got SPACE. From the drivers seat to the corner of the passenger A-pillar, you will literally feel acres of Zedness. I don’t know how it is done, but it must be a marvel that it looks so concise from the outside (with the top up)yet so un-claustrophobic within. This generosity of space starts right from the engine hood, through the cabin, to the trunk. Dimensional mathematics has indeed been well applied here. The Zed4 is a metaphor of what a roadster should be. For the nonZederrs, it’s a metaphorical innuendo, one that leaves an impression not like chalk but a lasting one. The question for the nonZederrs is “what do they do now”

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    2003 BMW Z4 - 3.0i (M6)

    Pros: Driveability

    Cons: low to the ground

    Advice: Drive it - and get the 3.0 engine/manual tranny

    If you are looking for a soft luxurious ride, then go buy a 'fake' roadster like a Lexus. This car is for Driving and it is a real head turner as well. I opted for the 3.0/6 Speed Merlot/Beige interior and the sports/convenience and premium package. It drives like a dream, fast, responsive, comfortable (not on pot-holed NY city streets!!). Compared to the Nissan Z, Porsche and Benz it is the BEST car I ever drove!!

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    2003 BMW Z4 - 2.5i (M5)

    Pros: steptronic trans

    Cons: cupholders

    Advice: If you test drive one your hooked.

    the photos do this car no justice, it,s not only a beautiful car, it also handles like a dream. The 2.5 with steptronic trans is really fun to drive.

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    2003 BMW Z4 - 3.0i (M6)

    Pros: Sport button

    Cons: Nothing

    Advice: If you like sports cars and convertables, all I have to say is get it.

    I live in germany so we basicly have our own test track... The autobaun. I went 120 MPH in it with the top down (Recomend you put the top up) but when I stoped at a stop light everyone looked at the car and just for an extra, I revved the engine a little that has a nice rumble to it.