New 2009 2010 BMW Z4 - ZPOST
BMW Garage BMW Meets Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Go Back   New 2009 2010 BMW Z4 - ZPOST > BMW Z4 Forum (E89) > 2009-Current Z4 Forum (E89) General Discussion

Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      02-12-2012, 11:59 AM   #1
stablearchitecture
New Member
 
Drives: Sdrive 35iS - loaded
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Oxfordshire

Posts: 22
iTrader: (0)

Garage List
My New Z4 - 35is thought and comments

Iím just getting to know my new Z4 - I say new, but in reality itís new ďto meĒ.

After four months of looking for the right car I finally purchased myself a Z4 in early January, since then the weather has been typical in the UK and Iíve only driven it a couple of times so only covered 100 miles or so at the most.
I just wanted to share my photos and my first thoughts about the car.

I have owned many many BMWs and other decent quality cars over the years, Iím still amazed at how things progress as you change generations from one model to the next. I owned a previous model Z4, a 3.0 sport. to be honest I only kept it for a couple of months as I really didnít get on with it at all.
I sold my 650 cab in late September with a view to tracking down a three-year-old M3 cab through the winter months.
I chose the new Z4 as just couldnít find an M3 cab that fitted the bill perfectly, this is therefore came up and to be honest was such a bargain I couldnít really resist. Besides my seven-year-oldís favourite car is a Z4 - so the choice was partly driven by him.

Driving Impressions:
I havenít done many miles, the weatherís been pretty bad but so far Iíve got to say Iím extremely impressed. The car has a lovely feel, The gearbox is so much better than the old SMGís but Iíve had in a couple of M3s.
I would like to have a bit more control over the speed of the gearchange, itís a shame it linked into the comfort/sport button, it wouldíve been nice to have had the control over the gearbox taken straight out of the M3.
The car is very rapid, it could easily be an everyday pocket rocket ( although for me itís a sunny day machine).
I havenít yet had chance to drive her properly with the roof down, my only complaint at the moment is that with the roof up the exhaust note is rather dulled, on the short trip Iíve had with the roof down the whole car feels so much different, clearly the exhaust can be heard when the roof is down and that to me makes all the difference when driving the car.

Iím sorry but I canít compare it to any of the other Z4ís and the only one I drove previous to this was a relatively basic launch car, and that was two years ago now.

Colour:
Itís been many years since I have a white car, as an early teenager in the early nineties I had a stream of white cars, but White seems to have come back into fashion.
I was particularly looking for either a white or black car, but with either colour choice I wanted the red leather. My preference this time was very white exterior on the basis that my last six series was black and although it looked fantastic it tended to show swirl marks in the paintwork unless she spent a long time polishing it.
This car also has extended leather, thankfully BMW have resisted the temptation to pull the coloured leather above the centre line of the dashboard, so the lower part is trimmed in red, the upper in black leather both with stitching detail clearly shown.

Toys:
Iím very impressed with all of the toys the car has, in particular the Bluetooth integration of audio and the control of the iPod.
The heated steering wheel is a nice touch, but not really that necessary.
The seats are comfortable and figure hugging, very much like every other BMW sport seat.
The ride is surprisingly comfortable, however the 19 inch tyres do produce quite a bit of road noise.

Modifications so far:
I have changed the lights to Angel eyes - I was surprised how easy this was to do, it literally took two or 3 min per headlight and fantastic results.

I have also fitted an aftermarket amplifier - the only extra missing from this car was a speaker upgrade - see my separate posting for full details.

Future modifications:
I have a pair of tweeters on order to fit within the recess within the tops of the doors, hopefully this should bring some of the sound out of the foot well and further up towards the driver.
Iím considering fitting a smart top system, however the car already has the comfort access but you canít drop the roof whilst driving and to me this is a vital especially given that the car takes quite a while from fully open to fully closed ( and vice versa), I donít think you would have enough time at a set of traffic lights to put the roof up or down.
Also thinking of a software update to provide the BMW Iphone apps, the car has Idrive connect so I have some integration but the iPhone isnít really fully compatible at the moment and it wonít put my calendars or my e-mails onto the screen. This isnít so vital as really this is more of a plaything than a workhorse, however it would be nice to have all the toys.

Conclusion:
Without doubt itís a great car, I reserve for judgement until the sun starts to shine and I get chance to flash it across the country lanes, at that point I suspect it will be mighty impressive.
Attached Images
     
stablearchitecture is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      02-12-2012, 12:17 PM   #2
FalconFlyer
Private
 
Drives: 2014 BMW M6
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Tampa Florida

Posts: 81
iTrader: (0)

Looks great... but the steering wheel is on the wrong side

I also have comfort access system... and installed the SmartTop... I would highly recommend it..

I would also recommend ESS tuning to bring the car up to 400 hp... turns the car into monster. Easy to do.. plug their computer.. and let it do it's thing

You might was to change out the front turn signal bulbs... http://www.bimmian.com/ has them

And finally.. I would change out the AE lights (I know you already did this), but I would use the Alpine MSS HID kit...

Congrats again... great color combination!!
__________________
2014 BMW M6
2013 BMW 750Li M Sport (Sold)
2013 BMW M5 (Sold)
2011 BMW 750Li M Sport (Sold)
2012 BMW Z4 35is (Sold)
FalconFlyer is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      02-12-2012, 12:20 PM   #3
stablearchitecture
New Member
 
Drives: Sdrive 35iS - loaded
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Oxfordshire

Posts: 22
iTrader: (0)

Garage List
Judging from your location, I mean completely the wrong country as well.

From our various holidays in Florida you clearly have the weather for dropping the roof - having said that it would be almost too hot
stablearchitecture is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      02-12-2012, 12:43 PM   #4
az34
Major
 
az34's Avatar
 
Drives: 2009 z4sdrive35i 2008 x5 3.0i
Join Date: May 2011
Location: montrťal

Posts: 1,015
iTrader: (0)

very nice i love the white over red combo. Congrats!
az34 is offline   Canada
0
Reply With Quote
      02-12-2012, 07:17 PM   #5
richard in NC
Major
 
Drives: 2009 Z4 35i
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Charlotte, NC

Posts: 1,335
iTrader: (0)

Nice!
__________________
2013 X3 35i, Vermillion Red/Sand Beige: MSport, Premium, Technology, Premium Sound, Hud, More...
2012 335is, Space Gray/Oyster-Black: DCT, 19s, Premium, Convenience, Nav, Heated Seats, More...
Gone '11 X5 50i, '09 Z4 35i, '08 550i, 06 X3, 06 650i, '02 M5, '99 540i
richard in NC is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
35is, red leather, white

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:15 PM.




zpost
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST