Help, new here and after thoughts on a 100k e89

Specific discussion about the E89 2009 Z4 (sDrive35is, sDrive35i, sDrive30i, sDrive23i)
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Post by chilistrucker » Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:48 am

Thanks again all I genuinely do appreciate the info its been a big help :thumbsup:
I'm not just here to get info and then bugger off, sadly you'll probably be lumbered with me for a long time, lucky you's :rofl:
I have had a nose at other sections of the forum, mainly the e89 stuff, but also meets etc and will explore more once I get the time, its just been a manic week, yet here I am off the back of my nights work in the lorry :D

I'm off to get some sleep now as i'm up again at 7 to walk the dog and then set off to view the car, its only a 270 mile round trip :driving:

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Post by step_change » Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:59 pm

Have fun. Hope it's a good car but do not hesitate to walk away if you don't like it or if you have doubts. You should feel "wow!" when you see it in the flesh, not "Hmm, ok....".
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Post by chilistrucker » Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:08 pm

step_change wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:59 pm
Have fun. Hope it's a good car but do not hesitate to walk away if you don't like it or if you have doubts. You should feel "wow!" when you see it in the flesh, not "Hmm, ok....".
Thanks, I've just got home.

As soon as I saw it, it genuinely was a WOW moment. Loved it and from the pics and the ad it is 95% what I was hoping for. Couple of very, very minor points that I'll ask about later tonight when I'm sorted, but deposit paid and the car is mine.
Bloody hell, I'm a Z4 owner :thumbsup:

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Post by Phoenixboy » Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:12 pm

chilistrucker wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:08 pm
step_change wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:59 pm
Have fun. Hope it's a good car but do not hesitate to walk away if you don't like it or if you have doubts. You should feel "wow!" when you see it in the flesh, not "Hmm, ok....".
Thanks, I've just got home.

As soon as I saw it, it genuinely was a WOW moment. Loved it and from the pics and the ad it is 95% what I was hoping for. Couple of very, very minor points that I'll ask about later tonight when I'm sorted, but deposit paid and the car is mine.
Bloody hell, I'm a Z4 owner :thumbsup:
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Post by RustyZ4 » Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:19 pm

Been reading this thread today, and it looked like a cracker,, well done you :thumbsup:
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Post by chilistrucker » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:03 pm

Cheers, and thanks again to all for tips and advice.
The only faults I could find are,
The leather is not spotless, don't get me wrong it has no tears or scuff marks but I know I can get it much cleaner than it is, although currently perfectly acceptable. The bigger annoyance is the exhaust tips. I'm going to need a very big tin of metal polish and a stupid amount of elbow grease, I think I'll pop to the cleaning section for some advice.
No electric seats.


Other than that the car ticks every single box that I wanted, everything worked exceptionally well and it drove like a dream, I can't wait to pick it up in a week or two 8) :driving:
It will take me a while to acclimatise to the Z4 as this is a whole new experience for me but that's all part of the fun, the idrive system really does look very good and I'm hoping once I hook my iPhone up to it, the music will sound really, really good.

I definitely need 2 car mats and would like the right ones or up for recommendations, and may be need to consider some form of seat covers. Again up for any advice.

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Post by IRD » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:28 pm

Been following the thread. Glad it worked out for you. Looks like a lovely car. I bought mine last Summer and still love it. I’m sure you’ll enjoy improving yours too. One of the dangers of this forum is that it encourages you to spend money on your Z. It’s hard to resist the temptation. :thumbsup:

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Post by Mr Tidy » Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:58 pm

Congratulations chilistrucker - and welcome to Z4 ownership. :thumbsup:

But of course you do realise that this means we will need photos. :lol:

Leather cleaning shouldn't be too big a problem if there are no tears or scuffs. You can buy colour matched cleaning products online - Scuffmaster springs to mind but there are others.

As for the exhaust it may save you a load of work to just buy new tips. Some BMW parts aren't silly prices! Same goes for the mats - if you try Sopers BMW in Lincoln and mention the forum they give a discount. (You can get cheaper pattern mats on Amazon that fit OK but the quality is never quite the same IME).

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Post by chilistrucker » Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:11 am

Thanks, I will have a look at Sopers Lincoln re the mats, exhaust tips etc.

I'll get some pics up once I've got it home which should be within 2 weeks once the DVLA, or Swansea State Circus as I call them, pay me what they owe me :thumbsup:

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Post by john-e89 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:40 am

Congrats Chillstrucker, looks a very good car, pics when home is the law.. :wink:

Hope you enjoy the forum, lots of advice, handbags, and good stuff rolled into one silly place. :thumbsup: :driving:
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Post by SpiketheBike » Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:16 pm

Busterboo wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:50 am
SpiketheBike wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:00 pm
Is 40mpg realistic? I've got a23i, not an M admittedly, and I very 26, which I'm happy with. Certainly a lovely looking car.
26 seems quite low. Do you thrash it a lot?
No but its mostly town driving.
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Post by mr wilks » Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:25 pm

In over 3000 miles on my 23i manual i never managed over 35mpg & that was a 300mile m/way hike to Scotland .
Sat around 25mpg average for the majority of my ownership , Number 5 recently had the same car , pretty sure his numbers were similar too .
To compare the 35i manual i had mpg numbers were almost identical , the 23i does need some winding to gain momentum & suspect that's where the numbers soon fall
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Post by SpiketheBike » Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:28 pm

I've had 33/34 on motorways. But don't do enough long runs to up the overall average.
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Post by Busterboo » Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:28 pm

SpiketheBike wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:16 pm
Busterboo wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:50 am
SpiketheBike wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:00 pm
Is 40mpg realistic? I've got a23i, not an M admittedly, and I very 26, which I'm happy with. Certainly a lovely looking car.
26 seems quite low. Do you thrash it a lot?
No but its mostly town driving.
I wind my 35iS up quite a lot, am lucky to live near roads where n+40 & 50 is often possible for 20 or 30 miles, take it to n+60+ quite often, although never had it to its maximum, have some big hills to thrash it up to 7k revs in Sport+S, do the shopping at least twice a week, go shooting not far away through suburban traffic 3 or 4 days a week when it's not raining, use it for just messing about and so on. The one thing it rarely does, however, is long-haul, because that bores me and gives me cramp. In 30k miles in two years, the mpg display's never dropped below 25 fill-to-fill. Long-term it's 26.4.

So, your town-driving does seem a bit uneconomic.
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Post by SpiketheBike » Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:03 pm

It's actually spot on according to BMW, 26mpg at an average of 19mph.
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