2009 BMW Z8 Convertibles Reviews – Carreview.com

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BMW Z8

2009 BMW Z8

(2000 – 2003) The Z8 comes equipped with a 4.9 liter V8 with a monster 394 hp. Standard features include leather, ABS, 18 inch alloys, 6 speed manual transmission and vehicle navigation system.

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Price Paid:  $105000.00 from Florida

Year / Model Reviewed:

2001 BMW Z8

Strengths:

Beautiful, retro-modern style, with superb detailing. Terrific powertrain, excellent handling. Fantastic craftsmanship, both perceived and real.

Weaknesses:

As most folks seem to agree, the soft-top plastic window, the disappointing sound- and nav systems.

Summary:

BMW Z8

A true gentleman’s sports car. I never get tired of looking at that Henrik Fisker-designed, hand-crafted aluminum body. Or the interior, that is an ultra-clean, minimalist delight. It’s elegant and understated, rather than brash and loud.

The top-quality materials give it a coach-built character that feels wonderful (several reviewers have said that just sitting in the car with it not running makes you feel good, and it really does).

One can tell this car is going to age like an old Rolex watch. sure, there are better performers as technology marches relentlessly on, but this one is still just a joy to be around and to touch and to drive. Today, you can buy over 400 HP in a Mustang, but in 2000, that was a mighty big number. It’s still plenty big for anything you’re going to do with this car.

The car’s performance is excellent in all respects. some reviewers seem to expect this thing to have handling limits like a Ferrari, but that isn’t what it was about (realistically, the handling envelope on this car is wider than almost any owner is qualified for). This car is about a carefully crafted experience.

Now that it’s 10 years old, and rare (only about 2300 of them were brought to the US, of a total run of 5703), most people don’t remember the car, or realize that this was BMW’s flagship for 4 years. In a way, that’s nice, because people see the car and react to it at a gut level, admiring its beauty, but not getting caught up in the fact that it cost 6 figures.

I just bought this car about 3 months ago. This particular Z8 spent most of it’s life in a plastic bubble; it only has 3,300 miles on it from new, and all of the accessories are unopened and untouched (like a time machine). The upside is, it’s literally like buying a brand new car that hasn’t been made for years. The downside is that I feel like I’m destroying an artifact every time I drive it.

Because it was planned at the beginning that this be a collectable car, and everyone pretty much reacted to it that way, there are many Z8s that have been preserved like this one. In fact, there are about 50 cars unaccounted for, which suggests that dealers bought them as investments and never registered them.

In any case, if you want one of these, you can find one in any condition you want, up to virtually new. Expect to pay from around $80K for a driver to about $140K for a super-low mileage mint vehicle (or one built with a funky custom paint job from the factory through the BMW Individual program). $100K-$110K will buy you an almost-new one like mine, and you have the choice of preserving it or enjoying it on the road or track.

Virtually all of the cars have been carefully maintained. Change out the run-flats if you want to (keep the originals, though, for future authenticity). Beyond that, there are some special lube requirements that you can learn about from the Drivers’ Club, which is really excellent and supportive. Seriously, if you wish to buy one of these, study up on the web, then try to get somebody to let you drive one.

You’re going to have to pay for the car if you want one, but the good news is, it will hold its value well and the ownership experience is worth it.

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