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2008 BMW Z4

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2008 BMW Z4 Review

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The 2008 BMW 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 in 2006, the 2008 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 roadster with the 3.0i, or a faster but more expensive 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 2008 BMW 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 2008

The Sport Package on the 3.0i models is available with 18-inch wheels and tires.

Driving the Z4

Driving Impressions The 2008 BMW 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 and tires of 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 else on the road.

2008 BMW Z4 Details
Interior

The black plastic interiors of BMWs past have 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

BMW's unique geometric styling takes on a shark-like profile and pronounced geometric body sculpting, giving the little roadster its 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 when the Sport Package is added. 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 and 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 driver's-side memory and four years of BMW Assist into a single option. The Sport Package adds Dynamic Driving Control, sport suspension and 18-inch wheels.

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 has the 3.0-liter engine, advanced electronics and a sophisticated induction system allow this version to produce even more power and torque.

3.0-liter in-line 6
215 horsepower @ 6250 rpm
185 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2750
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/28 (manual), 19/28 (automatic)

3.0-liter in-line 6
255 horsepower @ 6600 rpm
220 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/28 (manual), 19/28 (automatic)

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2008 BMW Z4 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 223 Ratings for the 2003 - 2008 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    9.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

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."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

One of the last pure driving experiences from BMW

By on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Great sports car in a nice little package"

Cons: "A very rigid ride, not for the faint-hearted!"

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

"I love this car. I bought it with barely 51k miles and It is almost at 55k. Definitely the best car when it comes to performance I have driven to date. I almost believe this is going to be a "lifer" car unless some unfortunate unforeseen circumstance happens. I do believe for the value, you get more "car" and "performance" than it's competition which is the Porsche 911."

11 people out of 19 found this review helpful

The 3.0 with SMG and sport package is a rocket.

By on Sunday, May 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Design,accelartion,small turning circle,fun to Dri"

Cons: "The ride may be too stiff for some"

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

"The 3.0 with SMG and sport package is truly a sport car. I drove a regular Boxster before buying this car. Boxster S was slightly better but much more expensive. You can drive this car in four different modes: Regular Auto, Regular Manual, Sport Auto, and sport Manual. In relaxed driving days I use the RM, and use the latter two on highways or when coming back from hours of sitting in the office and want some adrenalin boost. The car has very small turning circle that makes parking and U-turns easy and fun. The acceleration in Sport mode is excellent. Fuel economy is very good (I get 32HW and 24City). The car is very stable at high speeds and seems just wants to go as you accelerate. I have touched unbelievable speeds on HW-5. Once you get used to the SMG you'll like it as it is a clutch-less manual. The car has a clutch but the computer does the job depending on pressure on the accelerator or brake. It has the sporty feeling of manual without the heavy clutch that comes with most sport cars (those who have owned manual C5 corvettes, for example, would appreciate)"

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great car.

By on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,600

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
9/10

Pros: "Chick magnet."

Cons: "Seats are very uncomfortable ."

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

"The only flaw with this car is this is not built for comfort. It is very sporty and has great power for a V-6. I have no regrets buying this car. I do wish that they would have put cruise control in the car to."

5 people out of 11 found this review helpful

This is a great, fun car. Fast and good mileage.

By on Tuesday, March 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fuel efficient, fast, fun to drive."

Cons: "Transmission notchy in second gear. Steering."

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

"Bought this car second hand in 2012. Has been reliable except for battery replacement....when battery starts going, systems shut down, including fuel injector which makes motor undrivable. This is a hoot to drive, gets great mileage and looks great. The top retract system is fast and cleverly engineered. Would buy again, but not the post 2008 hard top version. This model has a usable trunk, but hard top has virtually no storage with top down."

4 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Great Car Fun To Drive

By on Monday, February 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,800

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great handling and even better gas mileage."

Cons: "Start every 3 days to keep battery charged."

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

"Thia car is fun to drive. It has great pickup and stopping. Takes turns real good but has a bit of understeer that you have to adjust to. Once you get the feel of the car it is great. Turns heads wherever it goes because color is discontinued Maldives Blue, it has an exceptional look. When I took it on a drive to Orlando, 150 miles, I was getting 30 miles to the gallon. Not the number the computer said, but based upon the miles traveled and the gas used. I did not use a full tank. And that is avereging 85 MPH. At 65 the unit gets about 35. Premium."

10 people out of 14 found this review helpful

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