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    Posted: 04 Dec 2018 at 10:44pm
Hi All,
Looking for some input here.

My only experience of owning a BMW was a 730, great drive for about 3 months then the gearbox went, didn't leave a great taste.
 
I'm thinking about buying a Z4 and would like your considered opinions of wether this would be a good car to suit my circumstances  

I've got a Mazda MX5 and love it, its not the fastest or the best looking of cars and it does have a hiardresser car type image, but I've had more fun driving that than any other car I've ever had, and that includes RX7s, Porsche 924 & 944 as well as a heap of Mercs & Audis.

I do quite a lot of long journeys, 400 milles in a days run is not unusual and I find that the Mazda is fine over these distances.
 
However I've now got a dodgy left knee and hip and and I think my days of driving a manual are fast running out so looking for an auto to replace it, but frankly the MX5 auto is not a great car.

I've been looking at alternatives, my first thought was the Merc SLK280, but I'm not that impressed with Merc build quality & reliability. None of the Audi's float my boat and I'm really not keen on anything VW.

So I'm after something that handles nicely, feels sporty, has reasonable performance good fuel consumption. reasonable priced parts, servicing etc and must be reliable.

I don't want something that feels like a samll saloon car

I'd like to be able to cruise down the motorway at 70 and still hear the radio or carry on a conversation. I prefer a soft top. Not fussed about A/C.

So in your opinion is a Z4 going to fit the bill ?

If so which one ?

Are there any years/models that I should avoid.

In terms of price its going to have to be around a 2005 with fairly big mileage which I Know may impact reliabilty or do these cars take high mileages.

Any help and advice would be appreciated.
Chaz
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Had my Z4 for over a year now its a 2.5 Manual, although several friends have the 3.0 auto and thats the one to go for IMO. Great straight six engine capable of big mailages. As for long distance i also have  Z3 and as a long distance cruiser the Z4 is streets ahead. Motorway driving with the hood up compares with any modern hardtop BMW but give it a country lane or coastal route with the top down its something special.
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Good time to buy prices lower at the moment
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400 miles in a Z, guess that might be Ok in the summer. I find it difficult to see how you switched from a 7 series to a Z? Or from Mazda to a 7 series?

Which 7 series was this? I think you will find that any 7 series is reliable after 2004 which the first i drive 7 series had been sorted out, would not have a 2002/03.

If I was doing 400 miles in a day and it was not scenic with the roof down around country lanes I dont think a Z anything would be applicable, a 5 or 7 series might be better. But everyone has to make their own choice,
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Thanks Guys
Norman, I just like hood down motoring, couple of months ago I was in Flintshire seeing a customer, next day I set off in the MX5 and drove down thru Wales popped out at Chepstow and a quick blast down the M4 home. Did 468 miles with the hood down and loved every minute of it.
Currently switching between a Merc E320 ad the MX5 and I'd take the MX5 any day, makes driving a pleasure again.
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The Z series have a very good driving position for six-footers - a lot better than the front of a 7 Series or any other BMW saloon, which is compromised to increase rear seat legroom.

I have easily covered 400 miles in a day with my Z3, and 650 on occasion - with the roof down!
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Whilst Sussex is a lovely place, I can't avoid the M25 going north, so no such luxury open roads for me.
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7 series LWB is plenty roomy


Edited by Norrie - 07 Dec 2018 at 8:52am
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Look for a post facelift E85 3.0si auto. They have the more powerful later engine, plus more importantly the auto box with flappy paddles. If you like a lot of roof down then look for heated seats as well.

A properly maintained Z4 will take high mileage, there are quite a few going strong on 200K+. Parts and repairs are not a problem, they are basically 3 series from a mechanical viewpoint. They don't have major rust problems. Find yourself a good one, then enjoy.
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I only been in a Z3 once, I looked like Big Ears in the passenger seat.
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Originally posted by Norrie Norrie wrote:

7 series LBW is plenty roomy s
Do you mean LWB Norrie...?Wink
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Long wheelbase, yes. However, the 7 series SWB gives plenty of room.

Edited by Norrie - 07 Dec 2018 at 8:54am
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