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2007 BMW Z4

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2007 BMW Z4 Review

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The Z4 is BMW's most affordable convertible and easily rates as one of the best handling roadsters in any price category. After undergoing a major redesign last year, the 2007 model sees little change. Distinctive styling is augmented by a driver-oriented cockpit that is surprisingly roomy for taller folks, a rarity in this class. And when it comes to acceleration, handling and braking, the Z4 certainly holds its own against rivals from Porsche, Nissan and even Pontiac. With two models to choose from, buyers can opt for a fun and affordable BMW in the 3.0i, or a flat-out but pricey performer with the 3.0si.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you love the idea of a small, two-seat roadster, but need something more powerful and roomy than the Mazda MX-5 or Pontiac Solstice, the Z4 should fit you nicely.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're looking for the latest in retractable hardtop technology, the soft-top Z4 won't make the cut. Although more expensive than some convertibles, keep in mind the Z4 is a premium brand, much faster and more sophisticated than a Mazda MX-5 or Pontiac Solstice.

What's New for 2007

Saddle Brown leather seating is added to the 3.0si options list, while a tire pressure monitoring system replaces the previous flat-tire monitor. An auxiliary audio input jack is now standard.

Driving the Z4
Driving Impressions

The Z4 will impress you with its confident handling, playful attitude and competent array of onboard traction and stability programs, the most impressive of which is the standard Dynamic Stability...

... Control. The standard six-speed manual shifts as smoothly as sharp scissors slicing through silk, and BMW claims the 3.0si will accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in 5.6 seconds. The standard 17-inch tires and wheels provide excellent traction, but for the ultimate in grip you'll want the larger 18-inch wheels that are standard with the Sport Package. Though you may like the grip these tires provide, be aware that the ride will become considerably firmer and can even be downright rough over broken and uneven pavement.

Pop-up Navigation
The pop-up navigation screen rises from the center of the instrument panel, which is so much better than having it integrated into the audio and climate controls.

Side Sculpting
Distinctive side sculpting really sets this car apart from everything on the road.

2007 BMW Z4 Details
Interior

The black plastic interior of BMWs past has been banished from the Z4. In its place is a modern instrument panel and console that is handsome, nearly seamless and very user-friendly. Excellent sport seats provide lots of leg, hip and shoulder room, and the standard leatherette seat covering is almost indistinguishable from the optional leather interior. The manual top is easy to operate and lock - when in place, the long side glass helps minimize blind spots.

Exterior
2007 BMW Z4 photo

Even after a complete remake last year, the Z4's shark-like profile and unique geometric body sculpting remain part of the car's sporty good looks. The Z4's aggressive front end features a wide front bumper and air intake flanked by two rectangular fog lights. Standard 17-inch wheels can be upgraded to 18-inch wheels on the 3.0si. One thing that has not changed is the Z4's soft top. Although not as secure as a retractable hardtop, the design is lightweight and doesn't take up precious trunk space when retracted.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 3.0i features power windows, air conditioning, sport seats, six-speed manual transmission, 10-speaker AM/FM stereo with CD, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, Rollover Protection system, run-flat tires, side-impact airbags, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, manual top with glass rear window and defroster, 17-inch wheels, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC). The 3.0si features leather seating, on-board computer, aluminum trim, automatic climate control and BMW's Premium THX-certified audio system with 10 audiophile-quality speakers and dual subwoofers.

Optional Equipment

Options for the Z4 include a six-speed Steptronic automatic transmission, sport suspension, power-operated soft top, xenon headlamps with luminous rings, auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors, removable hardtop, M sport seats, power driver's seat, GPS navigation and upgraded audio. The Premium Package bundles the power soft top, auto-dimming mirrors, eight-way power seats with memory and four-years of BMW Assist into a single option. The Sport Package adds Dynamic Driving Control, sport suspension and upgraded wheels (17-inch on the 3.0i and 18-inch on the 3.0si).

Under the Hood

The Z4 3.0i is powered by a 215-horsepower in-line six-cylinder engine that loves to run. A healthy dose of torque provides brisk acceleration and excellent off-the-line starts. Although the 3.0si employs the same 3.0-liter engine, advanced electronics and a sophisticated induction system allow the engine to produce even more power and torque. Equally as impressive, both engines earn better fuel economy ratings while producing fewer emissions than their predecessors.

3.0-liter in-line 6
215 horsepower @ 6250 rpm
185 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2750
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/29 (manual), 21/30 (automatic)

3.0-liter in-line 6
255 horsepower @ 6600 rpm
220 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/29 (manual), 21/30 (automatic)

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2007 BMW Z4 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 232 Ratings for the 2003 - 2008 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    9.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

A real low mileage winner

By on Wednesday, June 8, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 44,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "This is a driver's car that is priced to sell"

Cons: "Can't think of anything here."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Only owner since 9/2005. Car never was abused or driven very hard. Always garaged and detailed constantly...this car glows. No accidents. Everything is in perfect mechanical working order. Engine purrs, 20mpg city, 31mpg highway. No cracks in tan leather power driver/passenger seats. Only four very little marks on exterior. Top in perfect working condition. Comes with high quality front end bib and with top-inserts. Can't say more about a great little car..."

Great car, Had it forever.

By on Monday, June 6, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 160,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Fast, Sporty, Timeless,"

Cons: "Cup holders break, engine problems, etc."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I have a 2004 Z4 2.5i. Its had tons of problems over the miles since its almost 160k miles. It gets creaky when driven over 80mph. It has several of the same problems as every other BMW i.e.(Oil Leaking, electronic failures, transmission problems.) The convertible is designed in a weird way where water can get into the motor and damage it. Its great for driving and cornering. Its a fun car to drive on a sunny day and I'm making it a project car by working on everything. (Breaking My Wallet, BMW) Its transmission shot after 100k. When it gets humid or hot the steering is unpredictable (it jerks sometimes, or gets really hard to control) Its a rough ride but if you enjoy it, have at it! Some of the pieces on the body are irreplaceable. (Its so old for a BMW,it is hard to get parts for) If I could choose a z4 vs an M3 of the same year. Id choose a Z4 because the look is timeless, Its a beautifully designed car with curves and accents. It can be aggressive when it wants to be and my girlfriend loves this car. (Note: I'm 18) It was owned by a stranger and my father."

Always having problems

By on Friday, June 3, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "Imagine Norm walking into Cheers... but at service"

Cons: "Not good for a person with back/neck issues."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"The car is rarely driven and meticulously maintained, yet is spends more time at the dealer. Everything is poor quality showing way more age than is should for a well kept car."

Very responsive and fun car to drive.

By on Wednesday, June 1, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 66,500

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Very responsive and fun to drive, great gas milage"

Cons: "Sits low, challenge to enter and exit, bumps curbs"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My 2003 BMW Z4 3.0i is very responsive and a hoot to drive. It sits very low to the ground and a bit of a challenge for a big old boy like me to get into and out of...I have learned how to enter and exit with ease...The standard run flat tires and a bit rough and I decided to replace with regular tires with a Continental Conti kit for minor tire issues on the road....It gets 18-19 mpg in the city and 26-28 mpg on the road...It is very dependable and has had few repairs except for brakes, tires, battery, and routine maintenance..."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Fun Car but not primary car

By on Sunday, January 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Fun to drive...gets allot of looks"

Cons: "Run Flat tires rough, noisy short lived and costly"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Owners should not plan to do any work themselves. Has to go to dealer for anything and everything and it's not cheap"

11 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Great fun car!

By on Sunday, January 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Blast to drive, fast, handles great"

Cons: "Cramped cockpit, rough ride"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Had a 2003 M3 prior to this. This car is a lot more fun and about as close to a race car as you can get! Corners well, excellent acceleration, and looks great while driving it. Cons are that it is a very small cockpit, and it's a loud, somewhat rough ride. You can really feel the road underneath you. Back wheels may kick out on you if your pushing it. This is not a great everyday driver by any means, but if you want something to drive on weekends in the summer and have a blast while doing it, this is your car! Also somewhat rare, BMW stopped making m roadsters in the mid 2000s."

7 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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