Z4 (E89) – MY2009-2016

BMW Z4 sDrive35is (E89)
BMW Z4 sDrive35is (E89) – photo by S 400 HYBRID

BMW Z4 (E89)

The E89 was the second generation of Z4, produced from 2009-2016. Unlike its predecessor, there was not a coupe variant, as all cars had an electronic folding hardtop. The car remained largely unchanged throughout its life cycle, though did undergo a minor facelift in 2013. In 2011, the sDrive30i trim was phased out, replaced by the sDrive28i trim. The car was considered much better-looking than its predecessor, and rides far better than the E85 as well with the adaptive suspension. While it’s not quite as engaging to drive as the Porsche Boxster of the era, it’s still lovely.

Desirable Features

  • 18″ wheels
  • Adaptive M-Sport suspension
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Autodim interior and exterior mirrors
  • Power seats w/ memory
  • Storage package, also includes cupholders
  • Wind deflector
  • Bluetooth

Engines

  • N20 (sDrive28i)
  • N52 (sDrive30i)
  • N54 (sDrive35i, sDrive35is)

Problems

All Vehicles

  • The roof may have some creaks or rattles over rough surfaces
  • Cars equipped with adaptive suspension may emit squeaks from the suspension

Certain Vehicles

  • MY14 and earlier sDrive28i: TSB – vehicles may require reprogramming of the DME software; symptoms include “service engine soon” warning, “drivetrain malfunction” warning, or logged VANOS faults