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E89 Z4 (2009 - current)

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Old 01-01-2012, 05:27 PM
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2011 Z4 sDrive35i vs 2012 28i

OK, I know this may be somewhat of a convoluted question, but for those of you with seat time in both cars (or know enough about them both) - - - what sort of differences in driving experience would you expect between these two? This is assuming both have automatics and are equipped the same. The 2011 would have a few miles on it, but is essentially like new. And yes - I am comparing a real, used car (35i) to a hypothetical new (28i) version. I can't drive either due to the 35i being 7 hours away, and there is nasty snow on the way here, so no sports car test drives are about to happen in the near future.

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Old 01-03-2012, 04:02 PM
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Based on a video I saw on youtube on the 2012 28i I would definitely get the 2011. If you want to find the video search for BMW Z4 2012, the one I'm talking about took place at Hendrick BMW in NC. Also, I learned the hard way with a 135i that it might not be a good idea to get a BMW the 1st year.
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Old 01-07-2012, 04:35 PM
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love new z4 28i

this is my 4th z4 (06, 08, 09) and probably the best one yet. 09 was 35i twin-turbo and notice no lack of fun performance with the new 4 twin. pickup quick, response great, sound wonderful. gas mileage phenomenal. new z with 8 speed paddles/console quick shift and response. more time to focus on real tight handling.
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Old 01-11-2012, 07:21 PM
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As a CA I have driven both a decent amount. I still prefer the 35i/35is if fuel economy is not a major deal. Although the 28i is a great 4cylinder, the pickup below 3k is more of a ramp-up feel than the on-the-tap torque of the N55/N54. Handling wise I think a 28i with aftermarket suspension would be great and definitely better than a stock 35i/s. If anything due to the lower weight. Do you plan on leasing or purchasing? I would lease a 35 but if I planned on keeping the car for 5+ year I would go 28i since oil is only going up and the tuning solutions for the 28i are for no doubt going to be plentiful considering the N20 will power at least 5 chassis by then.
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Old 01-11-2012, 07:45 PM
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z4 28i

I am leasing the z4 28i and like my other Z's I have never had to or felt the need for after-market parts. The current z has the sport package with a host of M features included (badge, steering wheel, door sills, performance package/suspension). Much more effect when in sport mode. Notice more punch going through all 8 gears more than my other 6sp manuals. also more solid feel to overall ride with less interior noise. Few miles so far but solid performance.
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Old 01-11-2012, 08:17 PM
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To each his own. To me OEM is just a compromise to satisfy the very diverse tastes of clients. I am on the outer edge of tastes that will give up some to have the best performance. To the OP; if you were my client I would drive you in both and let the car that fits you the best win. Many clients will never use the full ability of these cars. They are the best suitors for the 28i. I am someone who finds even the 35is to not quite satisfy.
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Old 03-19-2012, 11:43 AM
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N55 vs N20

I currently have a 2009 6spd manual 335i Coupe and just ordered a 2012 8AT Z4 with the N20. I did some math after determining the motor had the needed power to make it a joy to drive which it does. I would have spent $4200 more over the course of the 3 year lease to drive the N55 motor in gasoline, insurance and payment difference. I see that as a nice vacation... I feel like the payment difference would have made the N55 a no brainer but once you factor in the gas prices currently, it makes a difference. Plus, I would like to get mid 30's mpgs while on a long highway trip versus the 24 the N55 was rated at.
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Old 03-19-2012, 06:27 PM
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As the OP, I fear I lost track of this thread. Now being late March - and record setting heat and sunshine around here, I finally got to test both 28i and 35i Z4's back to back. I'm very impressed with the blown 4-banger, but after driving the 35i, I immediately knew that 300hp/torque straight 6 we all know and love had to be it. I am very close to ordering one - only need to make one last OCD choice on color! Thanks to all for your input.

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Old 03-19-2012, 08:55 PM
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how much and what is the approx cost of routine maint

Dealers maint scdeule and cost
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Old 03-20-2012, 06:25 AM
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Dealers maint scdeule and cost

All scheduled maintenance is included for 4 years when you buy a new BMW in the US. Cost is $0

Schedule is condition based. Depends on how you drive.

--- Brakes are included with the US package but the clutch in a Manual Transmission car isn't.






UK Service Inclusive is 350 for 5 years / 60,000 miles. Does not cover brakes, clutch or wiper blades. Service Inclusive Plus adds those and has an MSRP of 1,380.00
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