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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,740 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2004 BMW Z4 steering problems

steering problem

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2004 BMW Z4 Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 172014


  • 43,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 BMW Z4. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle failed to shift gears. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the steering column failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 43,000.

- Kelson, WA, USA

problem #5

Jul 192011


  • 11,000 miles
Normal drivng. Clunking sound in 2004 BMW Z4 steering column. 11500 miles. Nothing done to date.

- Eden Prairie, MN, USA

problem #4

Oct 282008


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 BMW Z4. The contact stated when driving at a minimum of 50 mph in warm temperatures, the power steering would sporadically fail. In addition, the vehicle would abnormally veer from left to right. The dealer advised that the steering column would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 25,000 and the current mileage was 34,388.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

Apr 192010


  • 42,500 miles


The contact owns a 2004 BMW Z4. While driving at approximately 55 mph, the contact noticed that the steering wheel stuck when driving above 50 mph. The failure occurred daily if the temperature was above 65 degrees. It was difficult to keep the vehicle centered. The vehicle was at an authorized dealership at the time of the complaint and the dealer suggested that the entire steering column be replaced. The contact called the manufacturer who stated that they were unaware of that particular problem. The failure mileage was approximately 42,500. The current mileage was approximately 43,000.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #2

Jul 072009


  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 BMW Z4. It becomes difficult for the contact to control the steering wheel when the weather is cold; therefore; he doesn't drive the vehicle during the winter months. The dealers diagnosis confirmed that the steering column needed to be replaced at an estimate cost of $3,000. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 42,000 and the current mileage was 52,000.

- Franklyn , NJ, USA

problem #1

Jul 312008

Z4 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,938 miles
The contact owns a 2004 BMW Z4. The steering wheel failed when the temperature was over 85 degrees. It was difficult to make right and left turns and drive normally without veering into another lane and loosing steering control. The dealer stated the failure was located in the steering column assembly. The estimated cost to repair the steering assembly was $3,400. The manufacturer is aware of the failure and stated that they will investigate and let her know if they will assist with the repair cost. The failure mileage was 62,938. Updated 10/5/09 updated 10/07/09

- Snow Hill, MD, USA

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