paddy wright wrote:cj10jeeper wrote:dpereira wrote:Narrowed down to either a 2.2 manual or a 3.0. I'd like to remain in the straight 6 family.
I'd steer clear of the 2.2 unless you find exactly what you want in spec and colour
Was not a well loved engine and short lived in the Z4. Has much less power then the 2.5 or 3.0
Not a well loved engine? Based on what logic- I've had mine nearly 10 years and very much love it- never missed a beat and is fun to drive. Short lived in the z4 yes, but there are tens of thousands of 3 and 5 series soldiering round with the 2.2 M54 trouble free.
OP with z's getting older buy on condition and history- find the right car, as long as it has 6cyl you can't go wrong.
You've really answered your own question. Very few were sold in Z4's it was only kept for a short time and replaced with the 2.0 4cyl, so no well loved by buyers. I never said it was unreliable, but it will always be the hardest to sell on and that reflects in prices.
Totally agree on age and condition and have said the same many times before.