i need a new motor for my softop convertible. the dealership wanted to charge me $2100 and i said no way. any ideas on how to get this repaired? thanks
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2003 BMW Z4 Question: convertible motor repair
Answer #1patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, April 11, 2009, 18:02Master
I would look and see if there any independent BMW repair shops in your area, or shops that specialize in upholstery and convertible tops.
To have the motor itself repaired perhaps look on the internet or call a company called A1Cardone, or Dormin.
Answer #2Visitor, April 05, 2010, 15:04
Check your extended warrantly policy. I got mine covered that way. Only had to pay a $50 deductable.
Answer #3ROCKYSZ4 February 10, 2012, 19:06Rookie
HAD A SIMILAR PROBLEM WITH A 2005 Z4. LEARNED ABOUT THE DESIGN FLAW IN THE POWER ROOF BMW CREATED. AND YES, THE REPAIR COST IS $2000-$3000 AND THERE IS A REASON FOR IT. THE POWER ROOF MOTOR IS ON THE DRIVER'S SIDE OF THE Z4 BELOW THE ROOF. IT HAS AN (8) EIGHT HOUR DIS-ASSEMBLE ORDER, AND AT $75-$100 (PLUS) PER HOUR IN REPAIR COST, YOU ARE LOOKING AT OVER $1000 DOLLARS JUST TO "GET TO THE POWER MOTOR".
THERE IS ANOTHER ISSUE THAT CAUSES THIS MOTOR TO FAIL AND HERE IS WHAT A Z4 OWNER CAN DO TO PREVENT FUTURE PROBLEMS.
FIRST: IF IT RAINS, DON'T LOWER THE POWER ROOF FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS, OR UNTILL THE WEATHER REALLY WARMS UP.
THE WATER REMOVAL CHANNELS GET PLUGGED AND NEED TO HAVE THE WATER TRAPPED EVAPORATE OR IT WILL SHORT OUT THE MOTOR FOR THE TIME BEING.
SECOND: IF THE ROOF IS DOWN, LEAVE IT DOWN AND KEEP THE VEHICLE GARAGED UNTIL THE WATER IS EVAPORATED FROM THE WATER CHANNELS.
THIRD: IF YOU DON'T WANT TO SPEND SUCH A LARGE DOLLAR IN REPAIRS, CONSIDER AN EXTENDED WARRANTY THROUGH BMW.
FOURTH: FIND A GREAT GERMAN IMPORT MECHANIC THAT MIGHT WORK WITH YOU. OTHERWISE, YOU ARE GOING TO BECOME A GREAT MECHANIC DURING THE WINTER, OR YOU WILL NEED TO BITE THE BULLET ON THE REPAIRS.
LOVE THE CAR, BUT AM VERY, VERY CAREFUL DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER CONCERNING THE USE OF THE SOFT TOP OR USING THE SOFT TOP IN THE SUBSEQUENT DAYS AFTERWARDS.
Replyoutrider, March 15, 2012, 16:12Rookie
My top motor went out last week and BMW of Alexandria tells me BMW won’t honor the extended warranty because they found water due to a clogged drain. This is odd because the car had been sitting in my garage with the top down for six days.
I bought the car, a “certified used” 2007 Z4, from this dealer about one and a half years ago and now they tell me there was essentially nothing I could have done to prevent the failure yet the warranty is void. Does anyone know anything about this? Is there anything I can do?
Also does anyone know a good BMW mechanic in the Washington, DC area? I tried Fairfax BMW and they were worse.
Replybulky, September 17, 2012, 15:16Rookie
I had similar issue with the motor. I think is a difect from BMW . The motor was replaced a year prior to my purchaseof the car. Two yrs later ..replaced the motor again. The best thing u can do is to havea local shop that can fix it. I had my done front and back motors labor and all for 1500.00.
ReplyJMC48, April 10, 2013, 08:09Rookie
I am having the motor replaced for the second time in my 2004 Z4 in a little over 2 years.
It was told to me by the dealer that it is indeed a flaw in the design of the car. Any one know how to initiate a recall procedure. This does not seem to be satisfactory performance of a high dollar auto. More like a Ford was/is.