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      01-20-2012, 12:15 AM   #1
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The life span of Z4

When is BMW going to stop producing Z4?

I am thinking of buying the 2012 Z4 i35s but I hesitate to put out close 70K for the car if BMW is going to stop producing the car in 2013 - 2014 or have a face lift soon .... I like the Z4 but then it does not have the LED daytime running lights, blackout front grill, matching car color seat roll bar ...

Your thoughts????

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      01-20-2012, 03:40 AM   #2
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No one knows. Typically BMW facelift every 3/4 years. If you're uncertain, wait. I'd be amazed if the car changed drastically though. ...and you're basing a very expensive decision on different coloured headlights and roll bars??
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      01-20-2012, 06:34 AM   #3
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Swap out the stock grill for black ones and paint the roll bar covers as others have (search the forum) and there you go
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      01-20-2012, 08:39 AM   #4
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if you like the car stop waiting and buy it. I dont think BMW will end production even if sales volume are low.
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      01-20-2012, 09:19 AM   #5
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When is BMW going to stop producing Z4?

I am thinking of buying the 2012 Z4 i35s but I hesitate to put out close 70K for the car if BMW is going to stop producing the car in 2013 - 2014 or have a face lift soon .... I like the Z4 but then it does not have the LED daytime running lights, blackout front grill, matching car color seat roll bar ...

Your thoughts????

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Typical life of a BMW model is 6-7 yrs. BMW has yet to perform a LCI on any previous Z models. LCI's are usually for the high production rate vehicles 3ers, 5ers, X3ers, X5ers where they are trying to keep up with the mass world competition, ie where they make the $. Given that I would expect the current E89 to be around until at least MY2015 before a major update.
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      01-20-2012, 10:42 AM   #6
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When is BMW going to stop producing Z4?

I am thinking of buying the 2012 Z4 i35s but I hesitate to put out close 70K for the car if BMW is going to stop producing the car in 2013 - 2014 or have a face lift soon .... I like the Z4 but then it does not have the LED daytime running lights, blackout front grill, matching car color seat roll bar ...

Your thoughts????

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Typical life of a BMW model is 6-7 yrs. BMW has yet to perform a LCI on any previous Z models. LCI's are usually for the high production rate vehicles 3ers, 5ers, X3ers, X5ers where they are trying to keep up with the mass world competition, ie where they make the $. Given that I would expect the current E89 to be around until at least MY2015 before a major update.
Previous z4 underwent a minor facelift (diff front/rear lights, bumpers) in 2006 after it was first made available in 2003.

My guess is that in the next year or two, we'll see somewhat of the same treatment, specifically new style angel eyes.
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      01-20-2012, 04:39 PM   #8
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Yea, the Z is probably going to have a facelift next year but i think im going to go for the new turbo M3 Convertible when its out.
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All the items you mention are very personal preferences with way too small a demand for BMW to integrate into the next facelift.
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      01-20-2012, 05:06 PM   #10
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No one knows. Typically BMW facelift every 3/4 years. If you're uncertain, wait. I'd be amazed if the car changed drastically though. ...and you're basing a very expensive decision on different coloured headlights and roll bars??
+1 LOL.

What is it re the roll bar? Added protection in addition to the hoops?

The LEDs are so played out. I don't like the Audis when it has its turn signals on, 1 side has the LED while the other side disappears and has the flashing yellow blinker...looks deformed.
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Well ... I have yet to est drive a Z4 i35s ... My sale agent is out of town till Monday ... and he mentioned to me that he is attend M school this week ... I am wondering what new Ms are coming out soon? I like the styling of the Z4 and there are not too many on the road ... Hm! Is Z4M coming soon? I will find out more on Monday ....
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Well ... I have yet to est drive a Z4 i35s ... I am wondering what new Ms are coming out soon? I like the styling of the Z4 and there are not too many on the road ... Hm! Is Z4M coming soon? I will find out more on Monday ....
There's a whole 'nuther thread in this forum where we beat that subject into oblivion.
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I don't like the Audis when it has its turn signals on, 1 side has the LED while the other side disappears and has the flashing yellow blinker...looks deformed.
+ 1 on that!! When Merc has to rush out with LED's on most of their new models to compete with Audi, I want no part of that fad.

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I am wondering what new Ms are coming out soon? Is Z4M coming soon?
Well the likely hood of a Z4M is slim to none. New M5er are just released and a new F30 M3er are likely a year or two out, it may even be called a M4 now that the M division will have their own product line. From a recent BMW press release a couple of days ago.

"In the spring of 2012, BMW M GmbH will unveil a new product range for drivers seeking a particularly sporty driving experience, yet who also value the familiar comfort and practicality of BMW models. The BMW M Performance Automobiles offer exclusive engine variants, noticeably enhanced agility and outstanding precision on the road, plus design laced with emotional appeal. The harmonious interplay of engine output, power transfer, chassis technology and aerodynamic balance provides a captivating showcase for the familiar M genes – in day-to-day driving and beyond. The BMW M Performance Automobiles will be presented to the global public for the first time at the International Geneva Motor Show 2012 which takes place March 8th to the 18th."
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After buying the Z3 3.0 in 2001 a year before being discontinued and keeping it for 10 years, i can tell you that great style never goes out of style. Even after putting 165K miles on it. For sale btw. Just got my Z4 35i yesterday and can tell you that it just keeps getting better. Although the 35i is a higher end sports car than my Z 3.0, i plan on keeping it for a while. Go for it..
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From what I have heard and been told.. the Z4 will not have a mid cycle face lift because it is a low production car and the front of the Z4 is actually what all the other cars will be going to (a more vertical forward leaning kidney grill). The Z4 was the first car to have this treatment and from what I was told they wanted to see how we liked it (it has gotten all positive reviews on the styling). So the next Z4 will be out in 3 years...
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After buying the Z3 3.0 in 2001 a year before being discontinued and keeping it for 10 years, i can tell you that great style never goes out of style. Even after putting 165K miles on it. For sale btw. Just got my Z4 35i yesterday and can tell you that it just keeps getting better. Although the 35i is a higher end sports car than my Z 3.0, i plan on keeping it for a while. Go for it..
amen - saw one yesterday while out in our 2010 Z4 35i and that 2001 Z may be the best looking true roadster around
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amen - saw one yesterday while out in our 2010 Z4 35i and that 2001 Z may be the best looking true roadster around
I always wanted a Z4 in the older style and when I saw the new one, I really wanted one! Such a unique car and plenty big enough for me as a daily driver (small female with no kids and hubby drives his Prius). Get one!
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and hubby drives his Prius).
Sorry 'bout that. At least ONE of you likes to DRIVE.

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amen - saw one yesterday while out in our 2010 Z4 35i and that 2001 Z may be the best looking true roadster around
We put a couple hundred miles on my wife's previous dd, Z3. It's a '97 with the 2.8L six, 5-speed with 173,000 miles on it. We just put a new top and new leather seat skins on it before the new car arrived. It's still a fun car but not like the 35i at all.


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