- Jan 19, 2006
Dangerous Curves? BMW Z8 owners reporting cases of chassis warpage
Apparently, BMW's high-end Z8 roadster really was best left on the show-stand. The gorgeous piece of 507-influenced sculpture rolled into dealerships in 1999, at which point no one could be forgiven for wanting to place red velvet ropes 'round its perimeter. Well, Z8 owners, long convinced of their convertible's collectible status, might now be considering a different use for those ropes-- to strangle the company's engineers with.
According to Business Week, owners are reporting that sections of the car's aluminum chassis are prone to warping. In specific, the James Bond special's shock towers are apparently given to distorting. The flexible uprights make themselves known by wrenching some of the car's sensuous curves into new and unintended forms, leaving the cars (to say nothing their owners) shaken and stirred. Due to the inherent difficulty of working on the Z8's aluminum structure, even a rudimentary fix could cost tens of thousands of dollars. The question is, who is going to pay for it?
The issue, first discovered by members of the Z8 Club of Munich has now gained sufficient traction among owner's groups that BMW has been pressured into launching an inquiry.