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by Robert T
Tue 17 Oct, 2017 23:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Headlamp replacement FUBAR
Replies: 11
Views: 312

Re: Headlamp replacement FUBAR

Intrigued by this thread, as I don't recall anyone mentioning that they had to change the headlamp bulbs when the swapped to later headlight units. Does the adapter for the H7 bulb have the same fitting at the HB4? And are the connectors the same between the two bulbs? Cheers R. Sent from my SM-T810...
by Robert T
Wed 11 Oct, 2017 20:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Abs / traction light
Replies: 6
Views: 352

Re: Abs / traction light

Get the codes read and find out whether it is a wheel sensor or the pump/control board. Having the wheels off may have disturbed some dirt, or the wiring, but unless you read the codes, you won't know which wheel to check.

Cheers R.
by Robert T
Tue 10 Oct, 2017 22:09
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Z3 near Denwick
Replies: 0
Views: 96

Z3 near Denwick

Spotted an interesting coloured Z3 this afternoon near Denwick. Colour looked a pale goldy yellow, which could have been Pistachio or Sahara Beige. Attempted to wave, but as I was in the back of a white 1 series at the time, I seriously doubt you would have noticed. [emoji38] Cheers R. Sent from my ...
by Robert T
Tue 10 Oct, 2017 08:43
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Silver Z3 - A1 Northumberland
Replies: 2
Views: 149

Re: Silver Z3 - A1 Northumberland

Did it have top down and also black stone guards on rear wings? Saw a silver Z3 heading south down A19 near Wynyard Services around 10:45 yesterday. Looked good. Didn't see the stone guards, but definitely had the roof down, as did we. Would indeed have been somewhere around 10:45. Good to see you,...
by Robert T
Sun 08 Oct, 2017 22:28
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Silver Z3 - A1 Northumberland
Replies: 2
Views: 149

Silver Z3 - A1 Northumberland

Heading South as I was heading North between Alnwick and Berwick. 'Twas I that flashed and waved at you. Thanks for reciprocating. [emoji16]

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Fri 29 Sep, 2017 20:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Headlights!
Replies: 8
Views: 661

Re: Headlights!

What bulbs are you running? A fair few of us have swapped standard for 100%+ brighter bulbs. Philips, Osram and Ring do variants, going by the names nightbreaker, silverstars and such. They are conventional bulbs, so no issues with MOTs, and simply burn brighter at a slight expense of lifespan. Pric...
by Robert T
Thu 21 Sep, 2017 13:42
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Dash warning lights
Replies: 1
Views: 294

Re: Dash warning lights

First two are likely related, as I believe the Z3 tyre pressure monitoring system uses the wheel rotation sensors, as does the DSC. It is common to see the ABS light at the same time, so I'd query whether it was the brake wear light or the ABS light. Getting it plugged into diagnostics will confirm ...
by Robert T
Fri 15 Sep, 2017 23:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Footwell Speakers Not Working
Replies: 5
Views: 367

Re: Footwell Speakers Not Working

Sounds like neither if the remote control wires are connected. There is one that operates the relay in the footwell amp, and another that supplies power to the aerial amplifier. I had the footwell speaker problem and just had to mate some additional bullets in my wiring loom - though this may have b...
by Robert T
Fri 25 Aug, 2017 10:59
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: wind deflector, no hoops
Replies: 11
Views: 2752

Re: wind deflector, no hoops

Hi Al, Bit of a thread resurrection after almost 10 years! The deflector is a genuine BMW item, but can only be bought second-hand. As I said in my original post, when it arrived, it was only the deflector, no fitting brackets at all - yes, that's what the seller showed in his photos, but he could h...
by Robert T
Thu 10 Aug, 2017 15:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Interior changes.
Replies: 3
Views: 617

Re: Interior changes.

There are a number of interior difference over the years. Pre-facelift there were standard and chrome-line interiors, with the latter adding chrome bezels in the instrument cluster, chrome door pulls, a chrome headlight knob and a chrome indentation in the ashtray. The facelift introduced a lot of s...
by Robert T
Thu 03 Aug, 2017 00:01
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Alarm LED/Switch
Replies: 3
Views: 361

Re: Alarm LED/Switch

Maplin don't seem to have much in that department, but RS Components have quite a selection. Would need to see the pinout, but I think it is a microswitch with a separate LED and possibly a common ground. If you are stuck to get an exact replacement, it should be possible to construct a replacement ...
by Robert T
Mon 31 Jul, 2017 12:22
Forum: Z4 roadster and Z4 Coupe
Topic: Z4 programmable functions scanner tool
Replies: 6
Views: 1304

Re: Z4 programmable functions scanner tool

I should add that when I was testing on Android, I was using my existing BMTechnic cable and adapter that I normally use with INPA on a PC, but with an OTG (On The Go) adapter cable from a Samsung tablet. Not sure why it couldn't read the other 2 ECUs when it was using exactly the same adapter. The ...
by Robert T
Sat 29 Jul, 2017 23:03
Forum: Z4 roadster and Z4 Coupe
Topic: Z4 programmable functions scanner tool
Replies: 6
Views: 1304

Re: Z4 programmable functions scanner tool

Well I was sufficiently unimpressed with Carly Lite to not want to buy the Pro edition. It claimed to have read 3 out of a possible 33 ECUs on my car. INPA can manage 5, and that is pretty much all there is! The adapter I have doesn't seem to want to connect to an 07 plate 120d, but INPA should with...
by Robert T
Fri 21 Jul, 2017 21:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 214710

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Inspection II and Brake Fluid change for £290 at my local BMW specialist. Most expensive part was the oil. On an M44, it includes plugs and air filter. Cheapest part was new nut to fix a loose vibration damper, which was resonating horribly at 3k RPM, which cost me nothing. I had suspected the visco...
by Robert T
Mon 10 Jul, 2017 22:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Boot Leak finding
Replies: 18
Views: 1360

Re: Boot Leak finding

If you can't see it after that, remove the carpets and sprinkle talcum powder round the inside of the boot. Any water will makes tracks in the talc and you will be able to trace where it comes in.

Cheers R.
by Robert T
Thu 06 Jul, 2017 19:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Picked up my new-to-me Z3 yesterday and it rained overnight...
Replies: 4
Views: 656

Re: Picked up my new-to-me Z3 yesterday and it rained overnight...

That was going to be my first suggestion as well.

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Sat 01 Jul, 2017 22:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 214710

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Pot of touch up paint from Halfords for £11. Had to be ordered from the paint code. Dent and scratch on the double-skinned part of the bonnet, right through to the steel, after something came off the lorry in front of me on the motorway. Bah humbug.

R.

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by Robert T
Thu 29 Jun, 2017 18:45
Forum: Site Announcements and Feedback
Topic: Forum Maintenance - Saturday 17th June 2017 12-3pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1296

Re: Forum Maintenance - Saturday 17th June 2017 12-3pm

Also working for me. What browser are you using?

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Tue 27 Jun, 2017 19:25
Forum: Site Announcements and Feedback
Topic: Forum Maintenance - Saturday 17th June 2017 12-3pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1296

Re: Forum Maintenance - Saturday 17th June 2017 12-3pm

Thank you all for the messages of support. As for the recent topics. It's a setting in software in that it it is my code that does it! I thought it was working correctly when I was testing, but I will double-check. The structure of the page changed in the new version, so it is possible that one of t...
by Robert T
Sun 18 Jun, 2017 14:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Expensive problem still not fully resolved
Replies: 35
Views: 3975

Re: Expensive problem still not fully resolved

Mine makes a buzzing sound when I turn the ignition to position II and it carries on for maybe 20 seconds after I turn the ignition off again. AFAIK it has always done this, so I would say that it was normal.

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Sat 17 Jun, 2017 18:59
Forum: Site Announcements and Feedback
Topic: Forum Maintenance - Saturday 17th June 2017 12-3pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1296

Re: Forum Maintenance - Saturday 17th June 2017 12-3pm

There was a slight issue with Tapatalk after the DNS changes took effect. The Tapatalk plugin has now been upgraded to the latest version and is now working again.

Cheers R.
by Robert T
Sat 17 Jun, 2017 14:20
Forum: Site Announcements and Feedback
Topic: Forum Maintenance - Saturday 17th June 2017 12-3pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1296

Re: Forum Maintenance - Saturday 17th June 2017 12-3pm

Upgrade complete at 14:12. Changes to the DNS may need to propagate before you are directed to the new server and should settle over the next few hours. If you still see a page showing the that forum is offline, please keep refreshing your browser. Please ask if you cannot find something, as one or ...
by Robert T
Fri 16 Jun, 2017 21:51
Forum: Site Announcements and Feedback
Topic: Forum Maintenance - Saturday 17th June 2017 12-3pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1296

Forum Maintenance - Saturday 17th June 2017 12-3pm

I will be taking the site down at noon tomorrow for maintenance. The main purpose of this is to move to a new server, but in the process I will be upgrading the forum to the latest phpBB, which offers better performance and greater security. During this time, the site will be taken offline, so will ...
by Robert T
Thu 08 Jun, 2017 12:51
Forum: Announcements
Topic: 2017 events
Replies: 5
Views: 14253

2016 events

Upcoming Events 22nd February 2016 - BMWCC Trackday - Snetterton 300 Circuit 17th May 2016 - BMWCC Trackday - Cadwell Park Circuit 3rd July 2016 - Doncaster Classic Car and Bike Show 18th July 2016 - BMWCC Trackday - Croft Circuit 26th September 2016 - BMWCC Trackday - Donington Park Circuit 7th Oc...
by Robert T
Mon 05 Jun, 2017 13:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Power steering
Replies: 6
Views: 703

Re: Power steering

but it has more of a frog-eyed sprite ... feel. What? Immediate, nimble and precise? :lol: The Z3 power steering is not as assistive at that found on some more modern cars - you can't turn the wheel with your little finger - but believe me, parking the zed is a lot easier than parking the frog. :D ...
by Robert T
Sun 04 Jun, 2017 22:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fuel quantity scare!
Replies: 4
Views: 645

Re: Fuel quantity scare!

I was in the Sprite, so you'd not see me if you were looking for the zed. [emoji38] It had another shower just before I left yesterday, so I drove home with the roof on and then had to wash the dust off ready for today. A couple of showers today including one big one whilst we were cooking the bacon...
by Robert T
Sun 04 Jun, 2017 18:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fuel quantity scare!
Replies: 4
Views: 645

Re: Fuel quantity scare!

You didn't come and say hello! I was on the AH stand all weekend. There was even some cake going spare! I only saw one Z3, which I know wasn't yours, but I didn't get round the whole show. Corky popped by today and said he'd been turned down as his car was too new, despite exhibiting it other years,...
by Robert T
Sat 03 Jun, 2017 19:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Mounting a hardtop
Replies: 5
Views: 519

Re: Mounting a hardtop

It's not difficult. I fitted the brackets to a friend's car in a car park with basic tools and the seller of the hardtop helped me adjust it to get a good fit. The adjustments are fiddly, but mainly because you have to keep lifting the roof on and off. Once adjusted it pops on and off easily. Cheers...
by Robert T
Wed 31 May, 2017 10:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Light switch - panel illumination
Replies: 10
Views: 1093

Re: Light switch - panel illumination

That's not quite true. Assuming that I am reading the wiring diagram correctly, the supply to the rheostat is protected by a 10A fuse (F37), which also supplies a few other things as well. The problem I think is that the rheostat itself is not rated at 10A, so in the event of a short circuit in one ...
by Robert T
Tue 30 May, 2017 21:07
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wind Deflector
Replies: 7
Views: 727

Re: Wind Deflector

This was my type I. Sold it many years ago, sorry.

viewtopic.php?t=15081

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by Robert T
Tue 30 May, 2017 09:35
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wind Deflector
Replies: 7
Views: 727

Re: Wind Deflector

There are actually three types of wind deflector - one that fits to the tops of the seatbelt turrets and two that fit to brackets mounted under the storage box trim with different width variants for pre- and post-facelift cars. I had the turret type fitted to my car before I retrofitted roll hoops t...
by Robert T
Thu 25 May, 2017 22:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Light switch - panel illumination
Replies: 10
Views: 1093

Re: Light switch - panel illumination

Yes. It is there to help you find the headlight switch. This is why they are frequently burnt out.

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Thu 25 May, 2017 22:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Replacement Key
Replies: 19
Views: 1286

Re: Replacement Key

Search "grey service key" on here. This seems to be the cheapest way to get a non-remote key.

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Tue 23 May, 2017 10:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Waterless Coolant
Replies: 2
Views: 333

Re: Waterless Coolant

I'm still not sure I "get" waterless coolant. It is supposed to be better at cooling than normal coolant, but unless you have an overheating problem, then I don't see much point in changing it - this is more something for older classic cars that don't like sitting in traffic jams. Another downside i...
by Robert T
Mon 15 May, 2017 18:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: OBC reading in Km not Miles
Replies: 13
Views: 1198

Re: OBC reading in Km not Miles

Not sure any of that will help. The Instrument Cluster Self-Test Mode is fully documented in the knowledgebase for both cluster types used on the Z3 here . The OBC described above is not the same as the one used on the Z3 - it describes buttons which the Z3 variant simply does not have. To my knowle...
by Robert T
Fri 12 May, 2017 21:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What power supply for diagnostics?
Replies: 10
Views: 837

Re: What power supply for diagnostics?

What sort of diagnostics? I run INPA on a laptop running on its internal battery, with the car on ignition position II running on its battery. This works just fine, which is good as I have no power in the garage. Or are you trying to power components away from the car? Cheers R. Sent from my SM-T810...
by Robert T
Sun 07 May, 2017 18:16
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: An S54 M Roadster for sale?
Replies: 20
Views: 2286

Re: An S54 M Roadster for sale?

It is for sale at Sytner Solihull: http://usedcars.sytnersolihullbmw.co.uk ... c=se_ce_re_

Cheers R.
by Robert T
Fri 05 May, 2017 13:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: tyre size
Replies: 11
Views: 1062

Re: tyre size

Or fit spacers...

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Tue 02 May, 2017 19:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: tyre size
Replies: 11
Views: 1062

Re: tyre size

The standard wheel on the prefacelift 1.9 was the 15" pepperpot. The standard wheel on the prefacelift 2.8 was the 16" Z-star. The standard wheel on the ///M was the staggered 17" roadstar. I paid extra to have the Z-star option on my car. Not sure of the other model's standard wheels, but the sport...
by Robert T
Mon 01 May, 2017 23:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: tyre size
Replies: 11
Views: 1062

Re: tyre size

Depends upon whether the car had a staggered setup. This is normally a wider rim on the rear. For example the ///M had 225s on the front and 245s on the rear. It is common to see a 255 on the rear on the same rim. The 35 or 40 is a percentage of the tyre width, so to keep the sidewall the same you d...
by Robert T
Fri 28 Apr, 2017 14:45
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: Tour de Yorkshire 2017 (not much notice)
Replies: 12
Views: 1415

Re: Tour de Yorkshire 2017 (not much notice)

Watch out for the frog and I around Bedale. We should be passing through during the afternoon on our way to Whitby, along with another 30 or so Healeys.

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Wed 26 Apr, 2017 19:19
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Said Goodbye to the M
Replies: 2
Views: 524

Re: Said Goodbye to the M

:-(

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by Robert T
Wed 05 Apr, 2017 14:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Air Bag Reset Tool
Replies: 17
Views: 2099

Re: Air Bag Reset Tool

If you are thinking of poly seat bushes, then I'm not sure a garage will fit them as they are a non-standard part. An Indy might do it, but it is unlikely that they will have done it before. I had the alternate wiring loom fitted to mine by my local BMW-specialist many years ago after my airbag ligh...
by Robert T
Tue 04 Apr, 2017 14:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Instrument cluster lighting
Replies: 7
Views: 867

Re: Instrument cluster lighting

Hi and welcome to the forum. There are two small bulbs used to illuminate the odometer and service indicator displays. Sounds like your odometer bulb has gone. Mine went a while back and whilst it is a little fiddly to remove the cluster to change the bulb, actually changing the bulb is very easy. I...
by Robert T
Tue 04 Apr, 2017 14:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Replacement aerial
Replies: 5
Views: 850

Re: Replacement aerial

This thread may help: viewtopic.php?f=18&t=8613

Cheers R.
by Robert T
Sun 02 Apr, 2017 14:21
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Z3 Wideboy
Replies: 5
Views: 700

Re: Z3 Wideboy

https://youtu.be/cOiNAWPYpe4

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by Robert T
Mon 20 Mar, 2017 12:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Help! Wipers stopping when stationary
Replies: 10
Views: 1138

Re: Help! Wipers stopping when stationary

I also have another problem with my car, which may be related. Once in a blue moon, all the dials on the instrument cluster stop working - the rest of the cluster works fine - turn it off and wait long enough for the immobiliser to cut in and it will work fine again. My theory is that a chafed wire ...
by Robert T
Sun 19 Mar, 2017 19:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Angel eyes
Replies: 7
Views: 853

Re: Angel eyes

No, no angels. They are all aftermarket on the Z3.

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Sun 19 Mar, 2017 17:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Help! Wipers stopping when stationary
Replies: 10
Views: 1138

Re: Help! Wipers stopping when stationary

It's at times like this that you wish you had RobertT's Frogeye. Hmmm. The wiring might be simpler, but they don't self-park, intermittent involves operating them for a single wipe manually and the drive cable periodically needs re-greasing! Regarding the Z3 wipers, mine has an intermittent fault r...
by Robert T
Thu 16 Mar, 2017 21:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hazard/indicator problem
Replies: 10
Views: 889

Re: Hazard/indicator problem

It's a process of elimination. :wink:

And that's another one to chalk up on the list of possible alarm faults. Thanks for letting us know.

Cheers R

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