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      10-09-2009, 11:34 AM   #1
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Dear BMW, why no performance upgrades???

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I love your cars, their style, the handling, quality, performance, the German efficiency and restraint - I could go on. I absolutely hate that I cannot buy Performance Products from you for the Z4 35i. What - no brakes, intake, exhaust, power package, strut brace, spoilers, etc. that are readily available on, dare I say it, "Lesser cars like the 1 and 3 series." Yes, Yes, I know that you sell more of these cars so that the economies of scale work in your favor offering more products for the 1 and 3, but the Z4 is very similar as to brakes, motor, etc. So why not just tweak the Performance brakes, exhaust, and power package for my wife's sweet little Z4 35i??? Do you hate me, my wife, and our collective money? What is even more strange and disheartening is that it appears that some of these products (power package and brakes?) are being tested on your to be released Z4 40i, yet not available for sale to us BMW Z loyalists? Give me a break, you sell this stuff for the boy racer 1, which cost 30% less. I promise that I will try not to let this strange and infuriating behavior alter my desire to own BMWs in the future.
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      10-09-2009, 03:16 PM   #2
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Dear BMW,

I love your cars, their style, the handling, quality, performance, the German efficiency and restraint - I could go on. I absolutely hate that I cannot buy Performance Products from you for the Z4 35i. What - no brakes, intake, exhaust, power package, strut brace, spoilers, etc. that are readily available on, dare I say it, "Lesser cars like the 1 and 3 series." Yes, Yes, I know that you sell more of these cars so that the economies of scale work in your favor offering more products for the 1 and 3, but the Z4 is very similar as to brakes, motor, etc. So why not just tweak the Performance brakes, exhaust, and power package for my wife's sweet little Z4 35i??? Do you hate me, my wife, and our collective money? What is even more strange and disheartening is that it appears that some of these products (power package and brakes?) are being tested on your to be released Z4 40i, yet not available for sale to us BMW Z loyalists? Give me a break, you sell this stuff for the boy racer 1, which cost 30% less. I promise that I will try not to let this strange and infuriating behavior alter my desire to own BMWs in the future.
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BMW's approach on this issue is weird. US manufactures make a bundle selling OEM aftermarket products. The other side of it that some potential buyers may shy away due to a lack of product.
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      10-09-2009, 06:26 PM   #3
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They likely would find few takes for performance mods for the new Z4. They've taken the car upmarket to a different segment than the old car catered to.
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      10-09-2009, 08:05 PM   #4
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I expected a delay in the release of parts but the new Z4 has been out for 5 months now. They should start releasing stuff for it.
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I expected a delay in the release of parts but the new Z4 has been out for 5 months now. They should start releasing stuff for it.
amen brother - at least brakes, intake, and the power kit - I would buy all
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They should atleast have aero products out...
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      10-14-2009, 12:10 PM   #7
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just the front carbon splitters - which I do not care for as it just makes the front more likely to hit the ground
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forgive my ignorance, but doesnt it take a while for them to mfg performance upgrades? i remember when the e90 came out there was nothing available too.
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I think you are right, but the Z4 has been available in the US since late April - how long does it usually take? And, since these upgrades are available on the e90, wouldn't that speed up the availability for the e89? No matter, I guess it will happen eventually - I hope!!!!
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