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Old 06-06-2016, 06:58 AM
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Top Motor - who's motor has lasted the longest?

Just a little curious. There are a lot of posts regarding the top motor failure on the z4's but I wonder who's motor has lasted the longest. List your Z4's year & miles before motor was replaced (if it was). Also if your vehicle garaged or not.

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2005 - 84,372 miles on original motor & still going strong - garaged
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Old 06-06-2016, 08:06 AM
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Build date of 9/2003 and 59,000 miles with the original motor. I hope I didn't jinx it.
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Old 06-06-2016, 08:48 AM
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Build date of4/2006 and 82,000, original motor. Garaged all the time and almost never parked under trees. Sorry to say, the top is usually up 95% of the time. Wife's hair and it is too dang hot and sunny around here in the summer.
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Old 06-06-2016, 10:21 AM
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Mein Auto: 11 X3 | 03 Z4
2003, third owner, top failed within months of taking ownership at 62k miles.

Bad first few months of ownership, spent more than the down payment on repairs that I assume the previous owner neglected.

Now garaged mostly, out in light rains I occasionally, never parked under trees, etc, carry car cover in trunk usually.

I'm on the forums reading a lot on various models, but was still unaware of how widespread this top motor failure was until it happened. Now I have pdf's, videos, read hundreds of posts, etc and am thankful for shipkiller and others for their input on the issue. Very disappointing in general but love driving the car.
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Old 06-06-2016, 02:08 PM
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2006, always garaged original motor and sounds like new yet. 94k
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Old 06-06-2016, 04:15 PM
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Sept. 03, just rolled over 70K, everything on my Z4 is still original except tires and brakes.
Top goes down in May and up again in Oct. Always garaged.
Has to be 60 or above and sunny before it see's daylight, now an then the top does go up if caught in rain or something to do with the wifes hair.
Oct. through April it's in the pole barn, on a carpet rug, top up but covered with fitted cover.

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Old 06-06-2016, 06:28 PM
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Bought a used '03 with 100k miles. Motor soon began to show signs of failing. Replaced the motor six months later. Live in a small residential bungalow. No garage. Always use a cover now.
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Old 06-06-2016, 07:36 PM
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2006 3.0i with the N52 - 101,100 miles on original motor; still going strong and 100% garaged - expecting her to go anther 200k. Have literally had 1 starter issue with the car. Other than that, proactive about the maintenance. Still on original water pump......
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Old 06-07-2016, 04:43 AM
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2006 - Top motor failed weeks after I bought it. 47K - dealer replaced it for $0.
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Old 06-07-2016, 05:23 AM
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2006 - 6/2006 build date, second owner, 118 K , garaged, drains cleaned every quarter, car had 23k when purchased, original motor
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Old 06-08-2016, 01:39 PM
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Build date is April of 2003. I am second owner, got it at 51K five years ago and now at 65K. Top motor went out in first year I owned it (car would have been nine years old); replaced under extended warranty from dealer. Always garaged with mine ownership, and seldom with the top up unless caught in the rain (twice in five years!)!
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Old 06-09-2016, 09:55 PM
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2003 Z4 3.0i - 145k miles, currently daily driven and parked outside, no issues

2006 Z4M - 120k miles, daily driven for several years and parked outside, no issues

2006 Z4M - 49k miles, weekend driven and always garaged, no issues
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Old 06-10-2016, 06:45 AM
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2006 z4 3.0si. 89k miles. Weekend driver and garage kept. No issues. I did grease all hinge points last year as a precaution. I also checked the drain plugs to ensure clear.
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Old 06-15-2016, 09:50 AM
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Top motor

2006 30si 47k, always garaged, original motor.
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Old 07-25-2016, 09:11 PM
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Mein Auto: 2003 Z4 3.0i/2016 VW GTI
2003 34k original motor no issues, the top is sun faded and will be replaced soon
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Old 07-27-2016, 09:41 AM
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Mein Auto: 2004 BMW Z4 2.5i
2004, 2.5, 44k, garaged original motor - no issues.
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Old 08-02-2016, 01:22 PM
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Mein Auto: 2006 Z4
2006 3.0. 88,000 miles
and the top motor went out about a month ago.
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Old 08-02-2016, 04:16 PM
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5th owner here

I bought the bucket about a year ago with 172,000. If you can believe it.....I saw the top operate the day before i brought it home.

I picked it up in the rain.....so top was up. The next day, I had to put it down manually and join this forum in order to get help and instructions on the fix.

---yup, I live a charmed life

It looked original when i took it, but who knows
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Old 08-03-2016, 09:58 AM
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Mein Auto: '06 Z4 3.0si, '11 128CiC
I can't claim the longest, but maybe I can claim the most motors to date.

Original factory motor replaced under warranty by 1st owner approximately 2009. (Wet corrosion failure)

Replacement motor replaced by me May 2014 after I bought the car. (Wet corrosion failure)

Motor replaced again January of this year. (Hydraulic pump bypass valve fractured)
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2008 3.0si, second owner, first owner from SoCal, I'm in Las Vegas...68k miles, garaged, top gets regular use, motor still good.
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Old 08-11-2016, 10:54 AM
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2003, 3.0, 65k, garaged original motor - no issues (plus I've never had the sticky steering as well!)
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