really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,948 miles

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2004 BMW Z4 steering problems

steering problem

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2004 BMW Z4 Owner Comments (Page 10 of 16)

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problem #140

Aug 062011


  • 33,900 miles


Steering is sticky not allowing steering wheel to return to center. Takes constant pressure to steer and keep centered. Very difficult to keep in center of lane at highway speeds.

- Eden Prairie, MN, USA

problem #139

Aug 042011


  • 23,500 miles
Writes: I have the same problem. 2004 BMW Z4 with 23,500 miles! dealer iwill replace the steering column for a cost of $3,700! where can I find help in fixing this problem being a senior citizen on limited income the $3,700 repair bill is a problem is there a number to call BMW to issue a complaint thanks 2004 BMW Z4 roadster VIN the problem occurs when the outside temp get into the 90's. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #138

Jun 092011

Z4 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
After the car sits outside on a hot day when driving home on the highway between 55-60, the steering pulls to either the right or left and feels like it isn't going to unstick. It takes a lot of effort to correct the pull. It is very scary and definitely feels like something is terribly wrong with the steering. Three different days after sitting in the parking lot it did this when I was driving home. Never does it while driving to work in the morning from the garage and has never done it while driving in the evening or at night. We just bought the car from a different owner and of course she did not mention any problems. I am afraid to drive it to work now because it feels like it will get permanently locked up and I'll end up in the ditch.

- Middleton, WI, USA

problem #137

Jun 182011

Z4 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,500 miles


The contact owns a 2004 BMW Z4. The contact stated was driving 25 mph when the steering column began sticking. The contact stated that the failure was intermittent. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised that the steering column would need replacing. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 12,500. Updated 8/30/11 updated 09/27/11

- North Canton, OH, USA

problem #136

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 #135

Jul 102011


  • miles
Lack of steering control.

- Paw Paw, MI, USA

problem #134

Jul 102011

Z4 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles


BMW Z4 roadster 23000 miles steering column sticks which has the possibility of causing a crash with oncoming traffic.

- Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #133

Jun 302011


  • 2,927 miles
The steering has a loud popping sound when turned to the left or right. Steering has become stiff. A mechanic is doing a thorough inspection and we are awaiting his final analysis of this problem. This vehicle has less than 3,000 miles but because it is a 2004, BMW will not cover this defect. Please notify me if further information is needed. I do not know if the vehicle is safe to drive at this time.

- Butler, TN, USA

problem #132

Jul 082008

Z4 6-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
Steering sticks in straight position. Brought to dealer a few years ago and told nothing is wrong. Started driving again after a few years due to surgery, problem persists brought to repair shop, bad steering system. Acts up more in warm weather more so then in cool morning. Almost hit another car on highway, problem staying in lane. Told this is normal and has been approved by NHTSA. Dealer wants almost $5,000 to fix, I will have to sell car.

- Carmel, IN, USA

problem #131

Jul 012011

Z4 6-cyl

  • miles
Steering problems when the outside temp. Is hot (85+) the steering sticks and requires considerable force to keep from running into on coming traffic or off the road I first noticed it after I bought it two weeks ago around 7-1 the car has about 50,500 miles on

- Owens Crossroads , AL, USA

problem #130

Jun 132008


  • 53,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 BMW Z4. The contact stated that when the vehicle was sitting idle for long periods, the steering wheel would become tight and would not operate properly. When the contact was finally able to maneuver the steering wheel it would only move in one direction. Once the vehicle was turned on and warm, the steering wheel would operate normally. The vehicle was taken to a personal mechanic who confirmed that the failure was within the steering column, but was non-repairable. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 25,000 and the current mileage was 53,000.

- Old Tappan , NJ, USA

problem #129

Jun 012011

Z4 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Vehicle has a steering issue where it becomes 'sticky'; it holds very tightly to the center position and is difficult to turn. Once it 'breaks free', it turns suddenly and is very difficult to control. The behavior is intermittent and tends to exhibit itself on hot days.

- Savage, MN, USA

problem #128

Jun 152011


  • 62,500 miles
While operating vehicle on the highway, I encountered that the electrical power steering became stuck several times when turning the vehicle. This only seems to occur when the ambient temperature is high (<80 degrees Fahrenheit), especially during the summer season. This reoccurring problem has caused several situations that could have lead to potential crashes.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #127

Jun 222011

Z4 6-cyl

  • 22,000 miles
What does it take to fix a 2004 BMW Z4 that has notchy/sticky steering the car has 23000 miles on it appears to happen when the car is driven for 15-20 miles (is temp a problem) and why isn't there a recall on this problem this problem is very common and costly in the $3500-4000 range the steering column has to be replaced the car was purchased at BMW of chattanooga tenn in April of 2010 now I believe the car was sold to me with the steering problem it could easy cause a head on crash or you asked this BMW question on 6/24/2011 for $18.

- Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #126

Jun 112011


  • 72,001 miles
The power steering becomes "sticky" in warm weather. There is no problem with the steering in cool weather. I keep the car in covered parking at most times making the steering only slightly sticky although enough to make freeway driving a constant state of over-correction to keep the car in a lane. On one occasion I left the car parked in full sunshine on a 100 degree day and the power steering did not work at all at highway speed making the car unsafe to drive.

- Euless, TX, USA

problem #125

Jun 112011

Z4 6-cyl

  • 65,128 miles
My 2004 BMW Z4 experiences steering problems when the weather is hot. The steering becomes sticky and difficult to manage. It returns to normal after it sits int he shade. It is extremely unsafe to drive when the weather is hot. Although I am reporting this today it has been occurring off and on for over a year. I purchased the car in 2009 and do not drive it very much-5,000 miles since purchasing it. Would drive more if steering was not an issue.

- Pawley's Island, SC, USA

problem #124

Jun 072011

Z4 6-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
1. steering sticks when the temp. Is around 80 degrees. 2. the steering becomes very sticking or slightly locked and requires extra force to correct, which sends the car off course. It seems to happen in warmer temps and higher speeds. 3. nothing has yet to be done. I took it to the dealer but they told me they couldn't replicate it. This seems like it should be a no brainer to have a recall. It is very dangerous to have your wheel lock on you when you're traveling 55mph.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #123

Jan 172006


  • miles
On my 2004 BMW Z4 3.0I, on hot days my steering wants to stick and I have to use much more force than I usually have to make the steering move. In the winter I tend to not have this problem as much, but in the summer (I live in Texas) it gets very hot and the steering wants to stick more. This is a problem that needs to be fixed!! there are hundreds of other Z4 drivers that have the same exact problem as me.

- Cibolo, TX, USA

problem #122

May 012011


  • 45,000 miles
Steering becomes unsafe in hot weather, steering will not center, and car is very hard to control, when you turn right or left steering will stick and cause you to over steer, and causes a very dangerous situation.

- Lexington, TN, USA

problem #121

Mar 012010

Z4 6-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
2004 BMW Z4. Electric power steering on warm days will become chunky or notchy in feeling and requires excessive effort to steer the car. This can cause more steering input than is required and when the steering catches up the car can react more than intended. Very dangerous and needs to be recalled even for multiple owner cars.

- West Chester, PA, USA

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