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!