BMW Z4 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your BMW Z4

BMW Z4 Problems

Valve cover gasket leaks are common after 60,000 miles. Symptoms will include oil drips under the vehicle and burning oil smell from the engine compartment.

An engine coolant leak may develop from the expansion tank resulting in engine overheating. When a cooling system component fails the entire cooling system should be inspected. It is not uncommon to find additional component have failed or are leaking.

Overheating can cause severe engine damage. If the engine begins to overheat it is recommended to stop at the first available location and have your vehicle towed to a repair shop.

Failure of the front control arm bracket bushingsoften referred to as thrust rod bushingsis moderately common. One symptom is a clunk or jolt felt in the steering when braking.

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BMW Z4 Recalls

On 51 vehicles, some electronic airbag system processors may not be compatible, which may cause the airbags not to deploy if they are needed in a crash. Dealers will inspect and replace the air bag system processors if needed. The recall began June 11, 2004.

In certain environmental conditions, the fuel pump may vapor lock, causing the engine to stall. If this were to happen while moving, the driver would not be able to maintain speed or accelerate, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will install a resistor in the electrical line powering the fuel pump in order to prevent  an occurrence of vapor lock. The recall began May 11, 2004.

On 180 vehicles equipped 18 inch tires, a front tire may have been damaged during production, when it was mounted on the rim. This could lead to tire failure, which could increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will unseat the tire from the rim and inspect the tire for damage. If damage is found, the tire will be replaced. The recall began July 14, 2003.

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BMW Z4 Reviews

I have a 2003 Z4 that I purchased as an extra car to use for local errands and such. I purchased the car in 2011 with approximately 70K mile on it. Within the first 100 miles the water pump failed causing the engine to overheat. The gauges had not been working correctly on the car when I bought it but I thought it was not worth getting looked at. The previous owner had put 5K miles on it or ...

Overall this is a great sports car, in my humble opinion. The styling is not for some, but I happen to love it -- nice not to see yourself coming and going, as they say. Handling and steering response like a go kart, and the 2.5 liter is quite peppy (but yet gets good gas mileage and is said to be indestructible). The overly harsh ride and squirlyness over pavement imperfections can be m...

It is worthy to purchase a new z4 or in maintenance warranty. After purchase a used under warranty z4 would spend a lot of money on maintaining the car in good condition except you have some mechanical background and do your work and research every problems on your own. It is a great convertible little beast but you may need to pay for the beast to keep in a good shape.

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