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Old 10-09-2012, 01:38 AM
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Originally Posted by CTH6 View Post
Dealer said that with the M-Sport and Sport package you get a shorter throw shift lever. He kept referring to a short throw, but then he would switch to the shift lever is shorter.

The lever is shorter which gives a shorter throw. I've driven both and prefer the M-Sport shifter. Our Z4 is an M-Sport.

There is no significant difference in the standard audio and the premium audio for the average listener.
Not true.

For the world market, BMW has 3 levels of audio: Base, business and premium. For some model years, the US market only gets business and premium.

Base audio is 6 speakers -- woofers in the kick panels, 2 mids in the doors and 2 mids behind the rear seats.

Business audio adds: An amplifier driven from the head unit speaker outputs. Tweeters in the front doors, and center speakers in the dash and rear panel. The speakers are all slight upgrades from base.

Professional audio adds: A high power amplifier with an optical digital input from the head unit, a sub woofer behind the rear seats, tweeters in the center speakers. The speakers are all significant upgrades from business.

Before ordering our Z4, we listened to all 3 using CDs I brought along to audition the sound system.

The base audio is terrible. Not only is the sound quality poor, but it isn't loud enough to hear even a news channel if you have the top down. Business audio is adequate. The door tweeters make a difference as does the additional power. Only the professional sound system sounds good.

We have base audio on our Z4. I decided business wasn't worth the money. Professional is, but we decided to spend the money elsewhere. I added the door tweeters to ours, which helps with the sound.

You have to pay for the car when you order it.
Deposit is negotiable. If you can't come to an agreement, try shopping around.

Do folks with the manual and navigation have challenges with accidentally hitting the idrive with their forearm?
We have the semi-integrated nav. No iDrive on our Z.

There is no hill start assist on the sDrive28i. Not a huge deal, but the electric parking brake is annoying.

The models and equipment (standard and optional) illustrated in this post reflect my misunderstanding of vehicles supplied by BMW AG to the German market. In other EU member states, the truthyness of my posts may vary. Please ignore this post. Subject to change.

Last edited by Andrew*Debbie; 10-09-2012 at 01:46 AM.
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