2004 BMW Z4

  • 2004 BMW Z4 Base Roadster Convertible

    Base Roadster Convertible

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2004 BMW Z4 Review

Visually appealing and a lot of fun to drive.

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The Z4 is a compact sport car from BMW. All models are built in a front-to-mid-engine rear-drive layout with a two-door coupe or convertible body style.

The first generation models included those in production from 2002 through 2008. All engine types were six-cylinder models ranging from two to 3.2-liters. Available transmissions included a five or six-speed manual and a five or six-speed automatic. The second generation includes those built from 2009 to the present. BMW introduced a smaller but upgraded inline-four on the low end, and on the high end a twin-turbocharged inline-six. Transmissions include a six-speed manual or a six-, seven-, or eight-speed automatic. The Z4 is known for its outstanding handling, sporty exterior, speed, and luxury.

The Range

Body Styles: roadster
Engines: 2.5-liter inline-six, 3.0-liter inline-six
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic, six-speed manual, six-speed automatic
Models: BMW Z4 2.5i roadster, BMW Z4 3.0i roadster

What's New

The Z4 replaced the Z3 in 2003 with a longer and wider body, an altered design, and a reorganized interior layout. For 2004, changes were modest and included an available hardtop edition and standard rain-sensing wipers.


The 2004 BMW Z4 is awash in sharp angles and aerodynamic curves. The sides are deeply concaved, and the front-end is aggressive and large compared to the rest of the vehicle, starting with the BMW split grille to the long hood. The cockpit is set way back, practically sitting on the back tires, and the trunk is stunted and rounded. The wheels are pushed toward the Z4's very edges for a wide and athletic stance. The hood is made of aluminum for decreased weight. Models have heated glass rear windows and the convertible top is manual with optional power top. All models have roll bars behind the seats. Options include a sport suspension and high-discharge headlights.


The 2004 BMW Z4 seats two fairly comfortably for a smaller car, though it can be difficult to get in and out. The instrument panel layout is vastly improved over the Z3, it is much simpler to read and find controls, and everything is well within reach. BMW uses quality materials throughout the interior and buyers can choose from wood or aluminum trim. BMW offers a range of standard and optional luxury features the 2004 models.

Performance & Handling

The smaller 2.5-liter inline-six gets up to 184 hp and has a five-speed manual or an optional five-speed automatic transmission. It will fall behind the larger 3.0i engine, but is not slow by any stretch of the imagination. The three-liter inline-six gets 225 hp with a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic. This model is much quicker; BMW claims a zero-to-60-mph time of 5.9 seconds when equipped with the six-speed Sequential Manual Gearbox.

Drivers will feel in full control with either 2004 BMW Z4 model. The Z4 has precise steering and super sporty handling making it an all around exciting car to drive. When equipped with the Sport Package, handling is improved even further. Sporty and fun as the ride may be, it is also very comfortable on smooth roads, and just a bit rocky on rougher surfaces.


2004 BMW Z4 standard safety features include anti-lock brakes, side-impact airbags, and front passenger knee airbags. A cutoff switch for the front passenger airbag is included for use when there is no passenger.

EPA Fuel Economy

BMW Z4: 20/28 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Handling
  • Stability
  • 3.0i performance
  • Comfort on smooth surfaces
  • Quiet ride

You Won't Like

  • Uncomfortable on rough surfaces
  • Getting in and out
  • Cargo room

Sum Up

Visually appealing and a lot of fun to drive.

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