BMW Z4 E85 Convertible (2002-2006)

78% Neofiliac
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Product Overview

BMW Z4 E85 is a subcompact convertible sports car in production from 2002 to 2006, whereupon it received a facelift. It was available with a range of inline-6 engines that displaced 2.2 to 3.0 liters.
Compared to the Z3 that preceded it, the E85 Z4 has a longer hood and thereby one of the most iconic designs for cars of its class in modern times. The exaggerated hood gives the car a very well balanced weight distribution. The M54 engine is also rather reliable.
The ZF 5HP automatic transmission is horrifying in terms of reliability, though the Z4 is usually purchased with manual transmission.
Two issues with the Z4 in pre-LCI guise include the top motor, which can be damaged by water, and the electric power steering mechanism, which has a nylon gear that swells overtime and seizes the steering column on its own.

Ratings

What we found**

Neofiliac score 78% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Beautiful, unforgettable styling
  • Quite roomy inside
  • Great M54 inline-6 engine
  • Small turning circle
Cons
  • Horrible ZF 5HP automatic transmission
  • Stuck with MacPherson struts in the front
  • Power steering problems

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Specifications

2.2i2.2i AT2.5i2.5i AT3.0i3.0i AT

Capacity

Cargo Capacity300 L / 10.6 cu-ft300 L / 10.6 cu-ft240 L / 8.5 cu-ft ~ 260 L / 9.2 cu-ft240 L / 8.5 cu-ft ~ 260 L / 9.2 cu-ft300 L / 10.6 cu-ft300 L / 10.6 cu-ft
Coolant Capacity8.3 L / 8.8 qt8.8 L / 9.3 qt8.3 L / 8.8 qt8.3 L / 8.8 qt8.3 L / 8.8 qt8.3 L / 8.8 qt
Engine Oil Capacity6.5 L / 6.9 qt
Fuel Capacity55.0 L / 14.5 gal
Passengers2
Payload225 kg / 496 lbs

Chassis

Brakes | FrontVentilated discs
Brakes | RearVentilated discs
Power SteeringElectric Steering
Suspension | FrontMacPherson strut
Suspension | RearMulti-link
Tire Size205/55 R16205/55 R16225/50 R16225/50 R16225/45 R17225/45 R17
Turning Circle9.8 m / 32.1 ft

Construction

Body Style2-door Convertible

Dimensions

Size | Height1299 mm / 51.1 in
Size | Length4091 mm / 161.1 in
Size | Width1781 mm / 70.1 in
Track Width | Front1473.0 mm / 58.0 in
Track Width | Rear1523.0 mm / 60.0 in
Weight1325.0 kg / 2921.1 lbs1325.0 kg / 2921.1 lbs1335.0 kg / 2943.2 lbs1335.0 kg / 2943.2 lbs1365.0 kg / 3009.3 lbs1365.0 kg / 3009.3 lbs
Wheel Size7J x 167J X 167J x 167J X 168J x 178J X 17
Wheelbase2495 mm / 98.2 in

Performance

Acceleration | 0 - 100 km/h7.7 sec8.3 sec7.0 sec7.5 sec5.9 sec6.2 sec
Acceleration | 0 - 60 mph7.3 sec7.9 sec6.7 sec7.1 sec5.6 sec5.9 sec
Fuel Economy7.3 L/100km / 32.2 MPG (combined) | 10.7 L/100km / 22.0 MPG (urban) | 5.6 L/100km / 42.0 MPG (highway)7.7 L/100km / 30.5 MPG (combined) | 11.4 L/100km / 20.6 MPG (urban) | 5.8 L/100km / 40.6 MPG (highway)7.4 L/100km / 31.8 MPG (combined) | 10.4 L/100km / 22.6 MPG (urban) | 5.7 L/100km / 41.3 MPG (highway)7.7 L/100km / 30.5 MPG (combined) | 11.2 L/100km / 20.9 MPG (urban) | 6.0 L/100km / 39.2 MPG (highway)7.5 L/100km / 31.4 MPG (combined) | 13.5 L/100km / 17.4 MPG (urban) | 6.6 L/100km / 35.6 MPG (highway)9.5 L/100km / 24.8 MPG (combined) | 13.5 L/100km / 17.4 MPG (urban) | 7.3 L/100km / 32.2 MPG (highway)
Top Speed225.0 km/h / 139.8 mph221.0 km/h / 137.3 mph235.0 km/h / 146.0 mph227.0 km/h / 141.1 mph244.0 km/h / 151.6 mph250.0 km/h / 155.3 mph

Powertrain

Drivetrain LayoutFront-engine (longitudinal), Rear-wheel drive
Emission StandardEuro 4
EngineM54B22M54B22M54B25M54B25M54B30M54B30
Engine | Bore80.0 mm / 3.1 in80.0 mm / 3.1 in84.0 mm / 3.3 in84.0 mm / 3.3 in84.0 mm / 3.3 in84.0 mm / 3.3 in
Engine | Compression Ratio10.8:110.8:110.5:110.5:110.2:110.2:1
Engine | Displacement2.2 L / 132.5 cu-in / 2171.0 cc2.2 L / 132.5 cu-in / 2171.0 cc2.5 L / 152.2 cu-in / 2494.0 cc2.5 L / 152.2 cu-in / 2494.0 cc3.0 L / 181.8 cu-in / 2979.0 cc3.0 L / 181.8 cu-in / 2979.0 cc
Engine | Power170.0 hp / 126.8 kW @ 6100 rpm170.0 hp / 126.8 kW @ 6100 rpm192.0 hp / 143.2 kW @ 6000 rpm192.0 hp / 143.2 kW @ 6000 rpm231.0 hp / 172.3 kW @ 5900 rpm231.0 hp / 172.3 kW @ 5900 rpm
Engine | Specific Output78.3 hp/L / 1.3 hp/cu-in78.3 hp/L / 1.3 hp/cu-in77.0 hp/L / 1.3 hp/cu-in77.0 hp/L / 1.3 hp/cu-in77.5 hp/L / 1.3 hp/cu-in77.5 hp/L / 1.3 hp/cu-in
Engine | Stroke72.0 mm / 2.8 in72.0 mm / 2.8 in75.0 mm / 3.0 in75.0 mm / 3.0 in89.6 mm / 3.5 in89.6 mm / 3.5 in
Engine | Torque210 Nm / 154.9 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm210 Nm / 154.9 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm245 Nm / 180.7 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm245 Nm / 180.7 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm300 Nm / 221.3 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm300 Nm / 221.3 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm
Engine | TypeNaturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol inline-6 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinder
Transmission | Gears6-speed5-speed6-speed5-speed6-speed5-speed
Transmission | TypeManualAutomaticManualAutomaticManualAutomatic

Production

Availability2003 ~ 20062003 ~ 20062002 ~ 20062002 ~ 20062002 ~ 20062002 ~ 2006

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