BMW Z4 Coupe 3.0si Sport manual

Paul Dodds ‘Back box has been dissected to allow more of that straight-six noise out’

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Year: 2006

Mileage: 79,009

Acquired: May 2018

Dad drove: Ford Escort XR3i

Worst car: Renault Clio 1.2 8v

Dream car: 2006 Aston Martin DBS

Other hobbies: After cars is there any more time in the day for anything else? The usual boring stuff like going to the gym and free diving


Why did you choose it?

This 3.0Si Sport Coupe is my second Z4. The first being a 2007 2.5Si Roadster. I remember the original Z4 was released when I was in my first year of high school and ever since I have been a BMW lover.

What’s the best bit?

The N52 3.0Si straight-six engine. It came in both 2.5- and 3.0-litre versions with variable valve lift, a lighter aluminium and magnesium block and an electric water pump.

What’s the worst bit?

Like all cars, the Z4 suffers from a few common problems that may or may not occur, such as airbag faults, and on post-2006 cars the electric water pumps tend to fail at around 70k without much warning. All easy to sort with the help of other owners’ experiences.

What is it like to run?

If anyone is considering a Z4, I would highly recommend signing up to the Z4-forum.com to get started. As these car get older, parts will need replacing; however, other than genuine BMW aero body kits, everything is still relatively easy to get hold of as the Z4 shares parts with the E46 3 Series. I’m also a member of the BMW Car Club GB – they organise track days, runs out and local monthly meets.of.

Any modifications?

The back box has been dissected and welded back up to allow a little more of that straight-six noise out. A nice little stubby replaces the whippy aerial.

Any advice to potential owners?

As with all cars, they need servicing regularly. But, most importantly, get out there and enjoy the Z4 for what it is – ‘The Ultimate Driving Machine’

Any funny mishaps?

Not as yet, although be careful with the two-stage traction control system! It can snake and kick out on a straight, dry road if you have a heavy right foot!