really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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2003 BMW Z4 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 312006

Z4 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2003 BMW Z-8. a number of owners have reported damage to the aluminum frame at the shock towers. As this affects the suspension and steering there is the potential for accidents resulting from this damage. BMW has been aware of this problem for a while and is not responding with a fix nor is it notifying owners of this condition. I believe BMW has a similar problem with other models. Note that the Z8 model is not listed in your database so I chose Z4 from the pull down list.

- Vernon, CT, USA

problem #1

Dec 292005

Z4 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 0 miles
There is a potential problem with the front shock tower supports and front chassis assembly on the BMW Z8. It is prone to deformation of the shock towers and flexing of the front chassis assembly, leading to steering problems and alignment problems. This problem has been known by BMW ag in germany since at least November 2005, but as of today, there has been no official response from BMW ag or BMW in the usa to the owners of this vehicle. The problem is that the frame / chassis of the BMW Z8 is made of aluminum, and as such, can undergo a greater degree of fatigue. Failure should there be a defect in the design, materials or both. This defect could lead or has already lead to the front strut / shock tower assembly deforming at its attachment points, and will or could lead to a failure of the attachment, causing a serious or fatal accident. Thus far, BMW has not responded to complaints. This was a limited production luxury sports car of which 5,550 were produced and about 2,550 were sold here in the usa. Based on preliminary data from our on-line club membership it appeared that at least 1 in 3 vehicles were affected by this defect. What we do not know is whether the vehicle is or is not safe to drive? BMW is silent as far as their customers are considered, and we need help to investigate this potential safety concern.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

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