really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,882 miles

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2005 BMW Z4 steering problems

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2005 BMW Z4 Owner Comments (Page 4 of 7)

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problem #71

Nov 042012

Z4 6-cyl

  • 18,475 miles


Original owner new 2005 Z4 BMW 18475 miles steering sticks while driving feels like it may not come back when you turn wheel kind of like flat spot on column hard to explain.

- Vero Beach , FL, USA

problem #70

Sep 042012

Z4 6-cyl

  • 72,634 miles
While driving, car tends to "dart" back and forth. This issue tends to become more noticable as the day gets warmer. I have read about this same issue and would like to know if there is a recall on this issue.

- Loudon, TN, USA

problem #69

Mar 142012

Z4 6-cyl

  • 53,457 miles
My 2005 Z4 3.0I has an intermittent steering problem. I never know when it will malfunction or when it will correct itself. It doesn`T seem to be effected by temperature or humidity. Road surface or any certain speed, when it binds up it requires both hands on the steering wheel to keep the car under control. It is impossible to drive straight down a freeway, when it wanders to the left I must use excessive effort to turn to the right and it oversteers and I have to bring it back to the left so I just wiggle my way down the road. On a three hour trip, both on freeway and two lane roads, my shoulders and hands were so tired I had to pull off the road and rest and I was only twenty five miles from returning home. Sometimes the problem doesn`T occur but I always must be vigilant because when it happens I had better be prepared, it could be so easy to lose control of this car. It is a really nice car if not for this problem. My wish is for BMW to remedy this situation voluntarily or have a NHTSA recall on all (and there are a lot of Z4`S with this condition), these cars because this is a glaring safety issue, besides being a real pain to drive. I have tried everything I can think of, like pulling off the road and shutting off the ignition and restarting besides three inspections at a BMW dealership, two of which I paid the going service rate. Also a four wheel alignment which didn't help at all. Z4 owners need some help from somewhere!

- Crescent City, CA, USA

problem #68

Jul 012012


  • 18,500 miles


The contact owns a 2005 BMW Z4. The contact was driving 35 mph when the steering tightened and seized, causing the contact difficulty in controlling the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified but offered no assistance. The vehicle had not been repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileages were 18,500.

- Newport Beach, CA, USA

problem #67

Jul 302012

Z4 6-cyl

  • 67,300 miles
Steering very hard to control and stcks to one side or other. Problem occurs after car has been sitting in sun for several hours and 95+ degree heat. I just bought this car in June 2012. Steering has a notched feel and will not center. Pulls to one side and requires significant pressure to turn, but over corrects and pulls to other side. Very dangerous. Will not let any of the women in my household drive it because it is so hard to turn in that condition. This is very dangerous! steering returns to normal after a night in my garage, but returns to dangerous condition for drive home after sitting in the sun all day.

- Brandon, MS, USA

problem #66

Jul 022012

Z4 6-cyl

  • miles
2005 BMW Z4. Consumer states with vehicle steering the consumer stated it required extra effort to return the steering wheel to its normal position. It was extremely difficult to drive and sometimes he found himself applying too much effort and the result would be over steering. He also stated the steering problem was much worse during warmer weather.

- Burns, TN, USA

problem #65

Jul 042009

Z4 6-cyl

  • 20,500 miles


When you drive the car for a distance in hot weather the steering gets hard and sticks. I am afraid to drive it on the highway because of that in hot weather. The dealer said there was nothing wrong with it.

- Uxbridge, MA, USA

problem #64

Jun 102008

Z4 6-cyl

  • 8,000 miles
Steering sticks when hot, has become much worse than when first identified and reported to BMW. My first reports were during the free year 3 and year 4 services and in the warranty period. Now when driving down a straight road, the car will not go straight and swerves from side to side in its lane. My fear is that the steering will get so hard that it may side swipe an vehicle in the next lane. My BMW dealer has verified the problem but BMW refuses to fix it.

- Pleasanton, CA, USA

problem #63

May 252012

Z4 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
This car has a problem with sticky steering during warm weather. It takes great effort to recenter the steering wheel especially at speeds 40 to 60 mph. This is not a problem isolated to just my car but a wide spread problem that is extremely dangerous. Every BMW blog is full of complaints from owners about this issue. There needs to be a recall or at the very least a tsb released so owners can have this safety issue corrected before someone gets hurt.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #62

May 262012

Z4 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
I just purchased this car on 5/26/12.driving home, I noticed the steering wheel felt as if it was sticking. Upon arriving at home, my husband who had been in front of me on the way home, said I had been weaving. I explained the problem to him and he looked it up online. I have found this week that when the car is cool, the steering is great. It's only after the car has been sitting in the sun and been heated. On cool mornings or evening, the steering is fine...fluid, responsive, just as it should be. But when it has been sitting in the sun, it feels as if the steering wheel sticks randomly. Sometimes very hard, sometimes lighter, but it makes steering the car very difficult. As I pulled out of my business yesterday I veered over almost out of control due to it sticking. It is really disturbing and worrisome since there's no way to predict what it will do.

- Decatur, TN, USA

problem #61

May 042012

Z4 6-cyl

  • 47,000 miles


I don't know if there's been any deaths in this faulty steering problem but I'm not going to let my 16 year old daughter take my BMW Z4 out because the steering can be so sticky I'm afraid for her life, BMW should have a recall on the 2003-2005 Z4's before somebody gets hurt. Come on BMW suck it up!! thanks

- Moravia, NY, USA

problem #60

May 052012

Z4 6-cyl

  • miles
Steering sticks when outdoor temperatures rise above 60 degrees F.

- Newbury Park, CA, USA

problem #59

Jul 042011


  • 63,000 miles
The steering started sticking on my Z4 BMW last July and is getting worse. The car was bought last March with 62000 miles now has about 66,000 miles and the problem is getting worse. BMW needs to fix this.

- Mt Olive, NC, USA

problem #58

Jan 122012

Z4 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Drove from Alabama to pa. To buy my Z4. Test drive was fine but as car warmed up and I got to highway speed I immediately noticed a problem with the steering. I have since found out by going online that 03 to 05 Z4's commonly have a problem called sticky steering. You have to force the car to turn. I have written BMW corporate and they instructed me to go to tom williams BMW in birmingham where they confirmed that it needs a new steering column at a cost of $3180. This car has 55,000 miles and obviously is the result of a defect that needs to be recalled. I have all the correspondence with corporate that I would like to forward to you. This problem almost caused me to wreck my car three weeks ago and its just a matter of time until someone gets killed. I know that you have heard of this problem and it is time that something is done. For a $40,000 car to have such a serious problem is just ridiculous. Please help us force BMW to resolve this deadly problem! thanks.

- Rainbow City, AL, USA

problem #57

Jan 192012


  • 50,000 miles
The steering column is defective as was determined by tom williams BMW of birmingham al. I have been on a BMW forum website and this is a very common problem. It resulted in a near accident 3 weeks ago, and a recall needs to be done on these very pricey cars. The price quoted me today was 3100.00$ BMW should be forced to recall and fix this problem. My car only has 55,000 miles on it so it is obviously a defective part! somebody is going to get killed and it was almost me!

- Rainbow City, AL, USA

problem #56

Jan 122012


  • 50,000 miles
I traveled to Pennsylvania from Alabama to buy my Z4 that I found on autotrader.com. During my test drive I noticed nothing funny, but on the interstate on my way home I encountered what I can only describe as sticky steering. After research on the internet I found out that this is a very common problem in the 03,04, and 05 models. This is too expensive a car to have a problem like this! hundreds of people and probably thousands of people have this problem as it is obviously a defect in the steering. We will not go away over this problem and something needs to be done before there are accidents and deaths and then lawsuits. You could force a recall and you should do this immediately!!!

- Rainbow City, AL, USA

problem #55

Nov 022011

Z4 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
Steering sticks while driving. I noticed this several times. I purchased the car used on 11/2/11, it has not been in any accidents. On driving home from purchase, noticed that the steering sticks while turning at times. Initially thought this might just be trim parts rubbing on each other, but it takes some significant effort to get the wheel to turn when it is in a stuck position. When the steering sticks at highway speed, it is very dangerous as it requires significant turning effort to move past the sticking point which could result in oversteer at highway speeds.

- Penfield, NY, USA

problem #54

Jul 272011

Z4 6-cyl

  • 75,500 miles
I bought the Z in July, during the dealer test drive it handled great. The test was about 20 minutes long. After we picked up the car on my first trip home, about 35 miles, on a hot summer afternoon, I noticed the steering seamed to freeze up and would need extra effort to make a steering correction. Once you turned off center it would feel ok until you needed to make another steering adjustment. We took it back to the dealer and they sent it down the street to a very reputable BMW dealer who test drove the Z and reported back "no problem ". there is a steering problem and it is a very serious one. While driving the speed limit one must always anticipate the problem, if you forget, you could have an accident by over steering while using extra pressure on the steering wheel to correct your direction.

- Bangor, PA, USA

problem #53

May 302011

Z4 6-cyl

  • 29,000 miles
Steering sticks and will not return to neutral without over correcting. Appears to happen at any speed after the car is hot or has been sitting in sun for awhile. No accidents but have come close to going into other lane or off the road while correcting.

- Lincolnton, NC, USA

problem #52

Jan 082011

Z4 6-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
2005 BMW Z4 32000 miles steering sticks while driving.very difficult to keep vehicle going in a straight line.very dangerous.

- Longs, SC, USA

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