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      10-14-2019, 01:28 PM   #1
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Z4 s30i mSport - 2000 Miles later

Firstly, let me put some context here. I am a slightly overweight guy in the UK who is approaching 60, who is the best part of 6ft 4in tall. Size matters

This isn't really a review, just a collection of thoughts.

Having moved out of corporate life I was looking for something a bit more fun that my F25 X3 35d (which was a great car). I fancied a Boxster but I didn't quite fit, and was put off by the overall cost to purchase when specced up.

I was in the BMW garage in Exeter and I saw a Z4 s20i. I hadn't seen one on the road before and it was love at first sight.

Number one priority. I fitted in it! The seat was comfortable and I felt immediately at home.

After a few chats with the sales guy, and some research, I decided on the 30i. Yes, I was tempted by the M40i, but various people told me it was a bit tail-happy. If I was 30-years younger perhaps that would have suited me. Not now.

On paper the 30i seemed the best combination of performance, price and mpg (I am retired)

At my local dealer I saw a 30i that was a pre-reg. Just 75 miles on it. After a quick test drive I was hooked. It was in white, which I really like, and had the comfort plus and tech packs.

After some negotiation I picked it up 5 days later.
  • I've now done approaching 2,000 miles and I love it.
  • The power delivery and torque means it can be a relaxed cruiser and a fairly quick machine on country roads. I have never felt that I NEEDED more power.
  • I've done a couple of 600 mile round trips. Very comfortable, no aches and pains and 47 mpg (UK) on each trip.
  • The Harman Kardon system seems a bit weak, definitely not as good as in my X3
  • Voice activation seems to struggle a lot, even with the top up.
  • The boot (trunk) is very useable. In the past I had a Mercedes SLK350, and with the top down there was no space.
  • I love the way the top comes up/down very quickly - easy to deal with showers, and no stowage partition to worry about.
  • It goes round corners on rails
  • The heated steering wheel is an essential luxury now that the days are getting colder
  • I'm an Android user so I won't be paying the Apple Car Play subscription.
  • Allegedly it is possibly to mirror my Android screen to the display - I can't get it to work.
  • The cross-sectional profile of the steering wheel is oval. On a long journey this seems to dig into my hands a little
  • I've tried the various auto settings. I find sport-plus mildly irritating with the popping and blips on down-shift (see opening paragraph)
  • Eco-pro is a lot better than on my X3 where I felt it was dangerous with such a slow throttle response.

There's not much more I can think of to add. So here's a picture.
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      10-17-2019, 11:27 PM   #2
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I have a M40i and love it but I appreciate your feedback of the S30i. It was a tough decision between the two so it's good to hear about your positive experience. Your car looks great too. Thanks for the information in your post.
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My Harmon Kardon, as reported by others, seems to vary between having no presence and poor volume to decent volume with no noticeable pattern - esp using DAB.

I can start the car and instantly get weak sound which results in me having to 'pump up the volume'. On other startups the sound and presence is fine. On a couple of occasions I've been able to 'fix' the volume problem by making a phone call. On completing the call the volume magically increases.

I use the comfort access and noticed that this stopped working a couple of nights ago. The car didn't lock when walking away and didn't open the following morning. It turned out that the boot was open but i received no message or warning to indicate this.

I too am 6ft 4in and have found the car really comfortable on long journeys. No slipped discs yet!
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      10-18-2019, 01:40 PM   #4
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Is your system set to auto adjust volume depending on speed? Have you tried turning it off (or on)?

I notice significant volume differences between the different audio sources. My favorite list is made up from multiple sources and switching between them makes this very noticeable.
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      10-20-2019, 05:25 AM   #5
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Can you turn the auto volume off or do I need to slide the bar to the far left?

Anyway, I've slid the bar to the far left and still experience the volume issues.

Note that the issue arises when turning on the ignition (it's either loud or quiet) and never once I've got going.
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      10-26-2019, 12:09 PM   #6
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My Harmon Kardon, as reported by others, seems to vary between having no presence and poor volume to decent volume with no noticeable pattern - esp using DAB.

I can start the car and instantly get weak sound which results in me having to 'pump up the volume'. On other startups the sound and presence is fine. On a couple of occasions I've been able to 'fix' the volume problem by making a phone call. On completing the call the volume magically increases.

I use the comfort access and noticed that this stopped working a couple of nights ago. The car didn't lock when walking away and didn't open the following morning. It turned out that the boot was open but i received no message or warning to indicate this.

I too am 6ft 4in and have found the car really comfortable on long journeys. No slipped discs yet!
The comfort access does seem to be a bit unpredictable. Mostly it works but sometimes it doesn't open as I approach the car, but grabbing the door handle does the trick. I can't seem to find any pattern.
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      10-26-2019, 12:11 PM   #7
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Is your system set to auto adjust volume depending on speed? Have you tried turning it off (or on)?

I notice significant volume differences between the different audio sources. My favorite list is made up from multiple sources and switching between them makes this very noticeable.
I will give it a go. I should also spend time adjusting the equaliser. I find that either I don't get any bass, or I get way too much.
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