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View Poll Results: Who old were you when you bought your Z4?
20-25 12 7.69%
26-30 28 17.95%
31-35 22 14.10%
36-40 17 10.90%
41-45 17 10.90%
46-50 18 11.54%
51-55 20 12.82%
56-60 8 5.13%
60+ 14 8.97%
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      01-15-2013, 03:26 AM   #1
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How old is the average Z4 Owner?

First off, the poll is anonymized, so dont you worry Ladys

Ive been wondering lately what the average age of a Z4 Owner really is?

Just curious!

I bought the Z4 2 months after turning 26, rewarding myself for working hard towards that promotion.

Whats your story?
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      01-15-2013, 05:14 AM   #2
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Man, I was wondering about this earlier today I bought the 335i after I paid off all of my student loans. Then after a couple of years, I decided I wanted a Z4 more so I switched
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      01-15-2013, 05:51 AM   #3
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Exact same story as yours ChRR1000S!
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      01-15-2013, 06:03 AM   #4
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Not enough votes to tell yet but it looks like a younger crowd in the US.. presumably as they make these cars more affordable for the US. Here in the UK other than the 20i which they did a deal on a year ago, they're expensive and the ownership is definitely older.
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      01-15-2013, 06:30 AM   #5
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Not enough votes to tell yet but it looks like a younger crowd in the US.. presumably as they make these cars more affordable for the US. Here in the UK other than the 20i which they did a deal on a year ago, they're expensive and the ownership is definitely older.
I know gas cost a lot more in the UK, but I'm not sure if the cars are significantly more expensive. I configured a Z4 35i on BMW UK's website, which includes a 20% VAT on the price. Then I configured a 35i on BMW US's website with similar equipments and then added the sales tax for my state (6.25%) and compared it with the UK price. Turns out the UK price is about 14% higher, which means the cars themselves are pretty comparably priced, but the UK price is higher due to the high VAT.
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      01-15-2013, 07:02 AM   #6
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also it will be skewed by the fact that the younger crowd is online more so than the old farts...
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      01-15-2013, 08:44 AM   #7
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^^ bit of both on this. Cars are just cheap in the US and thus lend them to a younger buyer (in general). Z4 is though expensive car and is the main reason you dont see too many of them. 35iS here in Geneva when new my car was 104k CHF, thats 112k USD, making it substantially more than in the US.

I just hit 35 a month ago so thus 35 was my answer. Would i have had 112k USD to blow IN CASH (dont do credit) when i was 25, probably not. Not only does online tend to make ages skewed and rightfully so, Americans (in general) are more about instant gratification and would prefer to buy a nice new car but have no money for gas.

I lived in Dallas for 6 months after under-grad at UT Austin. We called the people 23-25 30,000 dollar millionaires. Brand new 70k car, maxed on a loan and not but 5 bucks in their pocket for gas till the next paycheck.
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also it will be skewed by the fact that the younger crowd is online more so than the old farts...
This will be offset by the fact that us old farts have nothing better to do....
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      01-15-2013, 01:07 PM   #9
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Bought my 35i for my 22 year anniversary at work. Retired 6 months later. Financed $60k for 60 months at 1.90% because I just couldn't separate myself from my 10 year affair with my over-modded carbon fiber 2002 M3.
When I see young guns driving $70k+ cars it reminds me when I was 21 in 1973 driving a $10k 1972 DeTomaso Pantera and the old farts rolling their eyes.
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      01-15-2013, 02:05 PM   #11
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I lived in Dallas for 6 months after under-grad at UT Austin.
Austin is a great city

Looks like there is a nice spread in the age range!
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That is, sadly, too true. I worked my way up to a Z4 and at 50 bought one new for cash.

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^^ bit of both on this. Cars are just cheap in the US and thus lend them to a younger buyer (in general). Z4 is though expensive car and is the main reason you dont see too many of them. 35iS here in Geneva when new my car was 104k CHF, thats 112k USD, making it substantially more than in the US.

I just hit 35 a month ago so thus 35 was my answer. Would i have had 112k USD to blow IN CASH (dont do credit) when i was 25, probably not. Not only does online tend to make ages skewed and rightfully so, Americans (in general) are more about instant gratification and would prefer to buy a nice new car but have no money for gas.

I lived in Dallas for 6 months after under-grad at UT Austin. We called the people 23-25 30,000 dollar millionaires. Brand new 70k car, maxed on a loan and not but 5 bucks in their pocket for gas till the next paycheck.
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      01-15-2013, 02:20 PM   #13
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One thing I've observed is that a lot of younger guys who have no kids use the Z4 as their sole vehicle, where as for most of the older guys, it's their 2nd or 3rd vehicle.
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Got mine in the uk, June 2012 when I was 24, second Beemer and took advantage of the good deal on a brand new one stuck to a 20i - fuel cost in uk isn't great!
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Bought a Z4 at 30 right before I got married & have kids - it's now or 20 years later
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also it will be skewed by the fact that the younger crowd is online more so than the old farts...


good point
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This will be offset by the fact that us old farts have nothing better to do....
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One thing I've observed is that a lot of younger guys who have no kids use the Z4 as their sole vehicle, where as for most of the older guys, it's their 2nd or 3rd vehicle.
yea, I'm in a younger bracket and it's my sole vehicle, I have a 2001 hyundai Tiburon, but since I don't even switch to it in the winter I can't really call the Zed my 2nd vehicle. Going from a VW Eos to the Zed I'm quite impressed at how good it is at being the sole vehicle given its 2 seater roadster status.

my story is a year after I graduated college, I got offered a good job that pays well. Saved up a year for the down payment and pulled the trigger before I could really afford it. Now a year later, I can still afford gas and don't regret a thing.
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Its actually turning out to be quite a spread of age... which is quite good.
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I will be turning 31 when i get the newer E89 model and saying goodbye to MY2003 E85. I can't wait...
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I will be turning 31 when i get the newer E89 model and saying goodbye to MY2003 E85. I can't wait...
Something to look forward to
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31 when I got the Z. Z4 35i was discounted to the level of 135i and I had recently achieved promotion that covered the cost of the car completely so I pulled the trigger.

ManiacGT and VailM3 you guys are right on about the lower cost here in the US.

No shot that I would have this car if I was living in a place where purchase price was over USD100k and fuel was USD8.5/gallon. If I was living in such as place would have gone with my plan B of getting a 50mpg+ commuting appliance and a 600cc race replica motorcycle to indulge the track hobby
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