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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,495 miles

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2003 BMW Z4 steering problems

steering problem

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2003 BMW Z4 Owner Comments (Page 11 of 14)

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problem #64

Jan 142010


  • 94,000 miles


Issues with the power steering intermittently shutting off and then back on. If it were to occur at the wrong time or in the wrong situation, it would have dire results.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #63

Aug 142010


  • 90,000 miles
For several months, my 2003 BMW Z4 has felt like it was slightly stuck in the center position while driving on the freeway or highway. Recently, the steering has failed completely on engine start-up. In other words the car will barely turn. After it happened, I discovered it will work if the ignition is turned off and then re-started. However, the car still sometimes displays the stickiness in the wheel, especially on warmer days. The car will steer but seems to get stuck slightly when the wheel is centered. In searching for a solution online, I discovered that this has been a problem for many cars of this model.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #62

Jul 202010


  • 20,000 miles
While driving my 2003 BMW Z4 during hot weather the steering response is very poor. The car does not seem to want to remain on a straight path and steering is seems to be very heavy. It is almost like the car has a tire that is very low on air pressure.

- Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #61

Jun 012008


  • 55,000 miles


Steering becomes sticky when outside temps reach 85+ degrees. The car does not feel safe to operate at highway speeds when this is occurring. Basically it feels like there is an invisible barrier that must be broken past when turning from center to left or right, excessive force is required to move past center to other directions and can lead to steering the car further in either direction than desired. BMW has done nothing to address the issue on their own and from what I understand it is a very expensive fix.

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #60

Jul 282010


  • miles
I sometimes notice after my 2003 BMW Z4 2.5I has been parked, it seems as if the tires and steering wheel are misaligned and the car drives to one side as if one tire was flat. This only has happened at lower speeds soon after I start driving, and eventually seems to go away after the car has been driving for a couple minutes. Nothing has been done now to remedy the problem but I plan on giving BMW a call to see what they can do for me. Thank you for your time.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #59

Jun 122010


  • 49,010 miles
At above 80 degree Fahrenheit temperatures, the steering sticks on my 2003 Z4, and worsens as the heat increases. It is very hard to correct steering on the highway as it tends to stay in one position and will eventually lead to an accident. This is a serious problem on many Z4's and BMW doesn't acknowledge the problem.

- Fenton, MO, USA

problem #58

Sep 082009


  • 35,000 miles


Experiencing very similar issue as documented under NHTSA action number PE10020-steering/steering column/power assist system becoming difficult to steer while driving in excess of 50mph. Contacted BMW customer relations and received no assistance only recommendation to take to service dept.

- Blue Springs, MO, USA

problem #57

Jul 262010


  • 61,984 miles
Steering wheel stiffens up and feels as if power steering turns off. Happened once, did some research and found it to be a common problem.

- South San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #56

Jul 142010


  • 69,000 miles
My BMW Z4 2003 suddenly has a steering problem where the wheel "sticks" in place and "catches" before allowing me to steer properly. BMW dealer was notified of the problem and asked that I not drive the car but that I bring it in for a look. Obviously they know it is dangerous for me to drive!!!

- Chatsworth , GA, USA

problem #55

Jul 052010


  • 28,000 miles
2003 BMW Z4 at times the steering becomes very tight. It seems that the steering on warm days becomes very tight, when the steering wheel is in the center it takes more force then normal to turn the wheel, making you over steer the car. When this happens you feel like the car has a mind of it's own.

- Bishopville, MD, USA

problem #54

Jul 262010


  • 74,000 miles


2003 BMW Z4 roadster has an intermittent sticky steering issue that adversely affects the ability to control the direction of vehicle in traffic. The condition is due to high ambient temperatures or after parking car in hot weather. The steering wheel will not allow the driver to steer a straight line without constant, sudden corrections that require use of the entire lane of traffic. A bicyclist was almost struck by vehicle which prompted this complaint. The failure happens every time the car is driven in weather above 75 degrees F and parked in sun. The condition will dissipate when car is parked in shade or temperatures fall for a prolonged period. BMW dealer servicewriter was contacted and knew nothing about other Z4 vehicles with electric steering having this issue. Dealer advises replacing the entire steering upper column assembly and the lower rack and pinion with an estimate of $4943. Owner is exploring options for repair or replacing vehicle with a newer model.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #53

Jul 232010


  • 8,082 miles
My 2003 BMW Z4's electric power steering stops working on hot days. The loss of assist get worse as speed increases. Yesterday at 97 degrees it was virtually impossible to drive the car. The steering is extremely difficult and when the steering wheel is released, the car does not return to center.

- Egg Harbor Township, NJ, USA

problem #52

Jul 192010


  • 37,000 miles
I own a 2003 BMW Z4 roadster that seems to have an intermittent steering problem. When the temperature rises, the steering feels heavy, requiring added force to return the steering to center position. The result is jerky steering and some difficulty in steering in tight circumstances. My dealer denies any knowledge of other complaints. Following internet research, I know other are having a similar problem.

- Tarpon Springs, FL, USA

problem #51

Jul 062010


  • 61,200 miles
On a hot day, the steering seems to stick when you turn the wheel. The steering wheel does not return to center after a turn. It makes the car want to wander all over the road, particularly on curving roads.

- Scottsville, VA, USA

problem #50

Jun 102010


  • 70,000 miles
Sticky, notchy steering feeling when the car has been exposed to temperature above 80F. Car becomes more difficult to control at freeway speeds.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #49

Aug 252009


  • 90,000 miles
Sticky steering column during hot weather on a 2003 BMW Z4 2.5I.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #48

Jul 102010


  • 73,727 miles
When my 2003 BMW Z4 is left out in the sun during the summer months, it is very hard to drive and almost non-responsive. Additionally at times the electric power steering indicator light will come on, resulting in the loss of power steering control (and the shutoff of other electrical equipment in the car). This typically is only for a few seconds, however that can be extremely dangerous.

- Baton Rouge, La, LA, USA

problem #47

Jul 092010


  • 55,000 miles
2003 BMW Z4 - sticky steering in hot weather. This is a recurring problem. The steering seems to momentarily seize... very scary! no actual accident yet, but only a matter of time!

- Georgetown, OH, USA

problem #46

Jul 012008


  • 30,000 miles
In hot weather the steering wheel becomes harder to turn seems to stick at times. 2003 Z4 3.0I it has been this way as long as I have owned the car. BMW refused to repair it under warranty and now the warranty has run out.

- Lusby, MD, USA

problem #45

Jun 012009


  • 7,000 miles
Steering problem that steering does not return to center. Constant problem and seems worse in hot weather.

- Chardon, OH, USA

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