Bye Bye, Z4

I am a little sad today. My Z4 is no more. OK, I am virtually certain the car still exists, but I no longer own it. I sold it today. (“If you really need the thief you take him down from the gallows.”)

Maybe this is ex post facto rationalization, but the used (2009) Z4 and I did not get off to a good start and perhaps that sour beginning lingered throughout my ownership. Almost immediately upon purchase the rear wheels, the front tires and front brakes needed to be replaced. All of that cost more than $2,000, which was almost 10 percent of the purchase price. Not much later the rear tires and brakes had to be replaced. Add in $2,600 to fix two transmission leaks and…well, you get the point. It was only in the last few months that I didn’t live in fear of hearing another warning chime from the car upon starting it.

This car was the first that I had modified in any way so, in that respect, it was a good and useful experience. I expect my next car to be a custom restomod C2 Corvette, but on the off chance it isn’t I feel as though I am much better prepared to buy a used car, if that is what I buy. The last two cars I bought before the Z4 were new. Also, the funds I received from the sale of the Z4 represent seed money for the restomod project.

Here are the last two pictures I took of the 2009 BMW Z4 that I owned for 29 months and drove 8,500 miles.

Beautiful car, I bid you adieu…onward and upward!







7 thoughts on “Bye Bye, Z4

  1. Didn’t you notice it needed F/R tires and brakes before it was purchased? Why wheels? Sounds like it was abused before you bought it like many a Euro car tends to be. People buy them without concerns for maintenance and sounds like you got their results on that one!


    1. Steve,

      Thanks again for the comment. Hope you become a regular, the more the merrier.

      The rear wheels had small cracks on the inboard side, which is common for those “performance” BMW wheels and why those wheels are no longer offered. The dealer dressed up the tires and I didn’t bother to read the production date. The test drive told me the brakes were bad and that gave me some leverage to really negotiate the price.

      There’s even more about which I haven’t written. The moral is that even for people who know cars some and who grew up around them you have to maintain objectivity or you can/will make a mistake. It’s the same lesson I learned in my 20+ years in baseball: the most important asset for an organization isn’t necessarily intelligence or work ethic, it’s objectivity.

      I really wanted to buy a great-looking performance car in the hopes it would shake me loose from my malaise. I was a fan of the second generation Z4 from day one. I was not as diligent as I should have been, but the first owner really abused the car. What can I say? I’m only human…


      1. Hey I get it….many a vehicle purchased on emotion has soured even the best of vehicles and owners


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