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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 Significant About This Car?

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
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 228 Ratings for the 2003 - 2008 models.

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

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"

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."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Not your usual sports car

By on Saturday, January 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Handling and pure pleasure"

Cons: "electronic steering in hot and humid conditions"

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

"I have owned this 3.0 since January 2005 and have 55k miles on her. It still puts a smile on my face every time you drive it. There is no other car with such fantastic looks. Despite it's age, I still receive many compliments on the car. Handling is great although the stiffness of the ride will find you wanting to get out after 3 hours of driving. The cabin is not that quiet but the handling, response and engine note makes up for it. Mechanically the only thing that I had to replace were the rear springs which were both cracked (and I didn't even notice it) during a recent routine inspection. Probably due to the NJ roads which were horrible. The only issue I have had was the electronic steering which sticks when the car is parked in the sun when the weather was extremely hot. However it has disappeared since moving to Las Vegas. I suspect the issue is related to a combination of heat and humidity on the East Coast. I continue to highly recommend this car and have no plans at all to get rid of her unless I have an unfortunate experience (accident)."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

I really like my Z4 M Roaster. Fast!!!!!!!!

By on Friday, November 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 58,221

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
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "So cool to drive."

Cons: "Really cramped in the interior."

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

"Years ago I owned a muscle car. Bought it new in 1969. This BMW is so much faster than that muscle car. I just love my Z4."

6 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Very reliable and a strong performer.

By on Tuesday, October 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Has been a very reliable car. Tires replaced at 40000 miles with perfectly even wear. Strong brakes and performance. Great handling. Nice road car and the engine sounds wonderful."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

2008 Z4M A True Sports Car, performance and fun

By on Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Performance, fun and value"

Cons: "None"

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

"Purchased in 2010 and love the car. I thimk it is one of the best kept secrets around. Excellent performance, old European driving fun. I have owned from bug eyed sprites to XKE, this all wrapped up into one great car and reliable. The best best performance sports car for value out there. No regrets at all."

12 people out of 20 found this review helpful

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