Zed’s Not Dead Baby: 2003 BMW Z4 3.0i

Somebody asked me the other day “what is the best sports car for about $7-8k?” I thought about it for a while and dreamed of recommending something older like an 80s RX-7s, Porsche 944s but you’d end up doing more maintenance than driving. What something newer like a Subaru BRZ, but to get down to that magic dollar figure you’ll need a drive something with a salvage title a bajillion miles. Mazda’s Miata could be an option, but that’s boring, you need something with more luxury and elegance to the design. Something that’ll make you turn around and look at it in a parking lot…something like an E85 generation BMW Z4. Find this 2003 BMW Z4 3.0i offered for $8,900 in Cypress, CA via craigslist.

From the seller:

2003 bmw z4 3.0i
condition: excellent
cylinders: 6 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 121000
title status: clean
transmission: manual

I’m not desperate to sell but willing to negotiate within single-digit percentages.

2003 BMW Z4 in near excellent condition for a 20 year old car.
This is a fun car and the perfect time of the year to drop the top and drive PCH.

This is the 3.0iL engine with the manual six-speed transmission and the correct number of pedals. Older owner, garaged in the winter, covered when not in use, driven on the weekends, never abused but driven appropriately. The current mileage is just over 122K.

The car has the following factory options:
Manual six-speed
Sport package which includes
sport suspension,
18-inch staggered style 107 wheels
dynamic stability control and the sport button

Convenience package which includes:
automatic climate
headlight controls,
central locking with power windows and door locks,
rain-sensing wipers and
auto-dimming mirrors
Ice Cold A/C

Premium package which includes:
Power heated seats with driver memory,
Premium Carver sound system,
Bi xenon headlights
Cup Holders were installed-a running joke amongst Z-4 owners.

The following BMW parts were installed:
//M seats,
//M steering wheel
ZHP performance shift knob
UUC short shift kit
UUC transmission mount bushings
Zeckhausen CDV delete
Eibach springs, Bilstein shocks
Stoptech stainless steel brake lines

Over the last five years the following maintenance and repairs have been completed:
Vanos rebuild using the Beisan kit
Replaced the FCAB with Meyle heavy duty front control arm bushings and rear trailing arm bushings
differential and transmission lubricants with Redline synthetics radiator as well as the upper and lower hoses and thermostat have been replaced. The oil and filters have been replaced between 3-4K miles with either Mobil 1 or Castrol synthetics and Mahle or NAPA platinum filters.

THE BAD-
There is no Bluetooth-This car was built prior to technology convenience package offerings. There is an Aux. in/output that will allow you to connect your iPhone-You can listen to your music, cell phone navigation etc.
One of the 2 retractable roof motors is not working. The convertible top must be done manually.

It is considered a classic car thereby allowing you to purchase inexpensive antique car insurance.

The paint, body, interior and mechanicals are all in near excellent condition.
No leaks of any kind. I will smog the car for the new owner.
Serious cash buyers only title in hand.

No Free drives, must know how to drive a manual, I will NOT teach you how to drive a manual.

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