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Old 08-07-2017, 10:38 AM
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(M)Sport versus Non-Sport

Does anyone have experience driving a Sport/MSport E89 versus a non-Sports Package one?

What I'm really interested in knowing is the difference between the M-Sport Adaptive Suspension versus the regular suspension. Does it really help with the rough ride over bumps esp., in town?

I've test-driven a couple of E89s in past years, but don't recall which was which (or if the salesman even mentioned it).

I LOVED my E85, but with the old style run-flats it could get unnecessarily rough in town and occasionally jump around on the hiway.

I'd prefer the M Adaptive version, but can't find the color/pckg combos I can live with near me, unless they have the regular suspension.
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Old 08-07-2017, 12:45 PM
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Does anyone have experience driving a Sport/MSport E89 versus a non-Sports Package one?

What I'm really interested in knowing is the difference between the M-Sport Adaptive Suspension versus the regular suspension. Does it really help with the rough ride over bumps esp., in town?

I've test-driven a couple of E89s in past years, but don't recall which was which (or if the salesman even mentioned it).

I LOVED my E85, but with the old style run-flats it could get unnecessarily rough in town and occasionally jump around on the hiway.

I'd prefer the M Adaptive version, but can't find the color/pckg combos I can live with near me, unless they have the regular suspension.
I have had e89's with both M-Sport package and regular. I don't really perceive a major difference in the suspension. Obviously, the heavier e89 isn't as nimble as the e85 (I have had two of those as well) so the e89 does not bounce you around as much.

The smoothest riding Z I have had is my son's 2009 35i non-sport e89 with 17 inch wheels. It is eight years old but it can be just as smooth as my 2016 35i with M-Sport and 18" wheels with runflats.

IMO, that should not be a major determinant.
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Old 08-07-2017, 01:40 PM
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I have had e89's with both M-Sport package and regular. I don't really perceive a major difference in the suspension. Obviously, the heavier e89 isn't as nimble as the e85 (I have had two of those as well) so the e89 does not bounce you around as much.
The smoothest riding Z I have had is my son's 2009 35i non-sport e89 with 17 inch wheels. It is eight years old but it can be just as smooth as my 2016 35i with M-Sport and 18" wheels with runflats.
IMO, that should not be a major determinant.
Z4luvr: Thanks a lot...that really helps.
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Can you actually find a non-sport suspension e89? If so, can you find a manual transmission one without sport suspension. I have a 05 e85 with non-sport and it rides ok. I was thinking of upgrading to an e89 for hopefully a slightly better ride as it is a heavier car, I'm guessing.
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My e89 has the M-Sport suspension. Standard suspension is softer, and I drove both. The M-Sport is sharper around town and on highway, but it does have an edge around the corners.
Go for the M-Sport suspension and use the “Normal” setting when you take your lady(s) out for a spin.


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Old 02-10-2019, 12:19 PM
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Best improvement in ride will come by replacing the run flat tires with some good Michelin or Continental tires. Also improves handling a bunch.
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Does anyone have experience driving a Sport/MSport E89 versus a non-Sports Package one?

What I'm really interested in knowing is the difference between the M-Sport Adaptive Suspension versus the regular suspension. Does it really help with the rough ride over bumps esp., in town?

I've test-driven a couple of E89s in past years, but don't recall which was which (or if the salesman even mentioned it).

I LOVED my E85, but with the old style run-flats it could get unnecessarily rough in town and occasionally jump around on the hiway.

I'd prefer the M Adaptive version, but can't find the color/pckg combos I can live with near me, unless they have the regular suspension.
Yes, there is a noticeable difference. Soft setting is nice even over LA pot hole roads. Stiffer setting is bumpier over potholes and irregular road surfaces.

That said, it would be nice if there was a third setting, an even stiffer setting, because as road testers have noted, on smooth roads the stiff setting still is a bit soft.

Key is to get rid of the runflats! I think those tires are largely responsible for ruining road testers evaluations of the car which in turn hurt sales for BMW.
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Old 04-15-2019, 04:05 AM
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Dump the run flat tires

Best "modification" I've done to my Z4 is replace the run flat tires with some real performance tires. I chose Michelin Pilot Sport 4s. Totally transformed the ride and handling..
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Old 04-16-2019, 02:06 AM
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Best "modification" I've done to my Z4 is replace the run flat tires with some real performance tires. I chose Michelin Pilot Sport 4s. Totally transformed the ride and handling..
I went with the Michelin 4S as well in 255 and 285 and the change is so dramatic the only thing I can say is whoever made the choice to put runflats on the Z4 that road like rocks should be charged with sabotage.
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I got rid of my run flats and got Pirelli zero Nero gt. Big difference in ride and you also save $$$


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Another big difference is that you get sport seats with the sport or M Sport package. The seats alone are worth it.


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