"Alright so here's how it goes. Mine is the 3.0i with the SMG transmission. At first I was against it because I've driven nothing else than a manual my entire life. I was most impressed and if at all possible I will always opt for the SMG. I know some reviewers say that in town driving with an SMG is choppy and weird, but all it really comes down to is making sure you manually downshift (the car automatically downshifts as you slow down, though I feel its a little behind) with the paddles and never shift to 1st until you are completely stopped. I have absolutely no qualms with it.
As far as gas mileage goes. In town driving I get about (and this is moderately aggressive driving) 22-24 mpg. On the interstate at an average speed of 75-80 MPH I get 33-34 MPG. And best of all, when I'm on the highway traveling between 55-60 MPH I get 37-38 MPG. Its fantastic and worth every penny.
Now as far as buying one, I suggest getting every option possible because it makes the car feel the way BMW designed it to be. I have the premium package, sports package, convenience package, navigation, and M sport seats. Nothing here is left to be desired, and thats the way it should be.
I would reccomend buying a CPO vehicle as well (certified pre-owned). It comes with the exact same warranty as the original factory warranty as well as some other options you can purchase.
I personally bought a CPO vehicle and love it everyday. The only thing I have to pay for for the next 4 years is gas and insurance.
-All maintenance is free
-Oil and oil changes are free
-EVEN THE WIPER BLADES ARE FREE!!!
All of this for 4 years. Absolutely great. Its why I'll be a return customer. BMW treats you like you're the big shot.
Cons: "bad cupholders, small trunk space, visibility"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"For a sports car (roadster or otherwise) it's a great little car with lots of leg room. The cabin is surprisingly quiet and the sound system (Premium Sound) is really good even with the top down. I got this CPO and the previous owners kept it in top shape. Handling is amazing (I had an MR2 which had great go-cart handling -- the Z is just as much fun) and acceleration is awesome. The build quality is smart and classy, as we expect from BMW. Most important, this car puts a smile on my face every time I take a ride. And when I'm not driving it, I think about taking it for a ride all the time -- can't wait for the next opportunity to put the top down and hit the road. If my Toyota commuter is a wife, the Z4 is definitely a mistress that will make other men jealous."
"I can't say enough about this sports car. I've owned mine for 3+ years and it still makes my heart race when I see it. It's "The ultimate driving machine". I highly recommend the 3.0. Drive them both and you will definitely feel the difference in power.
I'd like to mention safety. I was t-boned on the driver side by someone going 45+ mph. The entire length of the car was smashed, but the interior (and myself) were untouched due to the steel safety bar around the car. Everyone who saw it, including the police, told me that any other 2-seater and I would have been crushed. Thank you BMW. I love my Z4!!"
Pros: "Fun to drive. Whoever is driving it, looks good."
Cons: "Repairs pricey"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Z4 is much more of competitive sports car...close to Boxer. Have had sports car since my first in 1968...a 1965 Sunbeam Tiger, if anyone knows it. Much quieter than Z3 unless you had hardtop. engine has great sound, not loud but distinctive. Have small engine with 5 speed manual. Have never felt like needed more power. Felt like could shift one more time.
I'd buy it again. Had to replace top motor, about $1,000 and a couple of cup holders. If you have to have anything done, start at $1,000. Original tires were good run flats. Next set was bad selection on my part. I then went to Michelin non-run flat .
I seldom get to drive this except when wife & I are together. It is her everyday car. She is not looking at new Z4 because of lost cargo space it would have. She can get half of Costgo in that car."
"This is my 5th BMW, all have been great cars. This one is my favorite. BMW made a winner here. Amazing performance but still docile in town. The torque range of the engine is wonderful, pull away in any gear with ease or drop down and leave the traffic behind. Handling is next to none and brakes that are out of this world. You can drive it as a lazy man or a wild man, it just comes back for more. I have owned the Porsche Boxster S as well, very good car as well, but I love the Z4M over it."
"have owned 19 cars in my life...nothing compares.
truly is the ultimate driving machine. great handling, wonderful driving experience. great gas mileage, dependable. and when that top goes down...wow classic lines...a true black beauty!!"
"If you like the styling and the firm ride, this is a top-quality roadster that holds its own anywhere. About 23 MPG from the beefy engine, great handling, good trunk space--a highly civilized sports car."