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by Justin Time
Tue 10 Apr, 2018 19:12
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: It's been a while
Replies: 2
Views: 138

It's been a while

Hi everyone, It's been a while since I put my Z in hibernation, but she's now out of storage and I'm getting her back out on the road. Having looked through the posts on the forum since I left I can see there's been some new additions to the ranks, hi to you all and I hope that you're enjoying being...
by Justin Time
Tue 18 Oct, 2011 18:16
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: BMW Z2, yes, Z-2
Replies: 11
Views: 964

Keeping the reliability of such reports aside (these threads do pop up a lot, let's face it), the idea of a new softop - and lighter weight than average - BMW roadster has caught my attention. If only they'd plan on making an inline 6 pot engine for it, that would be the icing on the cake for me.
by Justin Time
Sat 01 Oct, 2011 14:45
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Kudos BMW
Replies: 3
Views: 537

I'd just go to a dealer than risk getting sub-par quality parts or service.
by Justin Time
Sat 01 Oct, 2011 14:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Steering judder
Replies: 2
Views: 256

Are you using aftermarket non-oem alloy wheels? If so they may be off centre and need spigot rings: http://www.performancealloys.com/spigot-ring-types.aspx
by Justin Time
Thu 29 Sep, 2011 18:19
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: help i think its broken!
Replies: 5
Views: 724

I'd suggest the cam sensors or the air intake rubber pipes need looking at. With regard to the steam, I'd err on the side of caution and nip it in to a dealership and have them take a look.
by Justin Time
Sat 10 Sep, 2011 21:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Running Rich?
Replies: 17
Views: 956

Shell V Power always gives a good exhaust note on my Z. Also, if you haven't tried it before, STP injector cleaner has a good effect.
by Justin Time
Thu 08 Sep, 2011 09:34
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Winter Car Cover
Replies: 2
Views: 321

Be careful as some of the sub-£50 covers have cheap linings fitted, I've regretted fitting one last winter as the lining rubbed against the paintwork and left quite a few areas of scratches. Unless you don't mind this or spending 2-3 hours correcting the damage I'd suggest you take a look at the mon...
by Justin Time
Thu 08 Sep, 2011 07:39
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Getting a soft top back to black
Replies: 6
Views: 930

With canvas cleaner i assume you just rinse it off I was bit concerend about paintwork I have been told to protect windows and paintwork from the proofer Yes Ray, it's just a simple rinse off. When using the proofer you do need to be careful but if you tuck in plastic sheeting or carrier bags aroun...
by Justin Time
Wed 07 Sep, 2011 10:36
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Getting a soft top back to black
Replies: 6
Views: 930

Take a look at the Autoglym roof kit for the cleaning side of things (in Halfords), it comes with a hard scrubbing sponge which is perfect for getting rid of the green mould but don't use the roof proofer until you apply a coating or two of Renovo roof fabric dye available from: http://www.renovoint...
by Justin Time
Mon 05 Sep, 2011 17:21
Forum: Boyz Toyz
Topic: Highly recommended compact sub
Replies: 6
Views: 3183

As long as the headunit has subwoofer pre-outs then yes it will be compatible (pre outs are the white and red connectors at the back of the stereo that allow the connection of cables such as: http://soundsheavenly.co.uk/2rca.jpg to link to the speaker amp), and you should be able to mount it behind ...
by Justin Time
Thu 25 Aug, 2011 12:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: anybody tried this
Replies: 6
Views: 430

Chances are highly unlikely. Taken from this thread: http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=31990 .....you can't just buy a key off ebay for your Z3 as BMW make the transponder key for your car the car cannot be programmed to the key. Basically BMW programmed around 10 transponder codes into...
by Justin Time
Tue 23 Aug, 2011 18:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Ouch! - advice needed
Replies: 10
Views: 739

Re: Paintwork Scratches

Have you tried "T-cut" polish? It used to be good at getting out minor scratches in paintwork. It used to be in common use but it really does more damage than it repairs. Try Autoglym Super Resin Polish as it contains abrasives that breakdown in size as you rub it in leading to a much smoother fini...
by Justin Time
Mon 22 Aug, 2011 17:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Smoother running
Replies: 5
Views: 413

There's a marked difference in exhaust note when running higher octane instead of standard unleaded petrol on my 2.0l. Using an injector cleaner also improves the engine acoustics, I find STP injector cleaner makes things a little crisper.
by Justin Time
Sat 20 Aug, 2011 01:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Does this rear window look OK
Replies: 16
Views: 659

I fitted mine with no prior experience and a hell of a fair bit of swearing in under an hour. Plus it saved me £90 in labour costs. I say give it a go before booking it in.

Welcome to the forum. :)
by Justin Time
Fri 19 Aug, 2011 13:52
Forum: Performance
Topic: 2 new tyres question
Replies: 7
Views: 686

Not really. If you have the same size all round you'll be able to change front tyres for the back halfway through their life as the rears wear quicker.
by Justin Time
Thu 18 Aug, 2011 16:32
Forum: Performance
Topic: 2 new tyres question
Replies: 7
Views: 686

I believe the standard wheel rim size for all corners on OEM style 103 rims is 8 inches (assuming Pete that you still have these rims fitted:
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so opting for B) in the short term is fine (shorter the better for safety reasons)
by Justin Time
Thu 18 Aug, 2011 14:25
Forum: Performance
Topic: 2 new tyres question
Replies: 7
Views: 686

I'd go with C) if I had the funds, Wanli sound terrible from what I've read* and having had issues with budget tyres on my last Z ( Click to see what effect budget tyres have on a Z in the wet ) I'd stretch the budget to accomodate matching Falkens all round. After all, tyres are the most important ...
by Justin Time
Tue 16 Aug, 2011 18:04
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WANTED User Manual for Z3 1999 2.0L
Replies: 2
Views: 227

If noone has a spare, any BMW stealership will have one in stock for aroundabout £10 IIRC. Welcome to the world of Z ownership! :D
by Justin Time
Fri 12 Aug, 2011 16:37
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Insurance Refund.
Replies: 11
Views: 1122

I'm not sure what your next move should be but it doesn't look as though you're the only one: Oh dear.
by Justin Time
Mon 08 Aug, 2011 11:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Lumpy Idle after New plugs 1997 2.8
Replies: 13
Views: 1284

Rough idling could also come under camshaft sensor issues. Does the engine conk out upon putting your foot down?
by Justin Time
Sun 07 Aug, 2011 18:18
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Toms 1.9 roadster project
Replies: 55
Views: 6025

Hats off to you, it's a brilliant piece of work.
by Justin Time
Sat 06 Aug, 2011 13:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine questions
Replies: 3
Views: 376

1. The timing chain doesn't require replacement normally, unlike cam belts on other engines. I say normally as it's not on any service sheets and the only time you'd consider it is if the current chain is diagnosed as being faulty or damaged by unforeseen circumstances.
by Justin Time
Fri 05 Aug, 2011 05:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: engine bay rattle
Replies: 7
Views: 585

Does the rattle sound anything like the plastic clackers you can fit to a bike's forks that hit the spokes as you go along? Does the noise eventually go when the car has been warmed up? Is the rattle evident upon startup and the engine being allowed to idle with no revving? If yes to the first two a...
by Justin Time
Thu 04 Aug, 2011 10:47
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Strut Braces and Insurance
Replies: 1
Views: 282

Sounds right, I was quoted an extra £25 by Admiral.
by Justin Time
Fri 29 Jul, 2011 09:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: thinking of buying a z3!!
Replies: 18
Views: 5627

6 cyl engines have a cam chain, and definately worth going for over a 4 cyl in my humble opinion (others will disagree) I agree wholeheartedly with this statement. Having owned both a 1.9 16v and 2.0 I'd stick with the 2.0 (6 cylinder) if given the choice. The exhaust note and burble is what does i...
by Justin Time
Sun 24 Jul, 2011 19:07
Forum: Performance
Topic: Too good to be true?
Replies: 17
Views: 1285

Untreated Fuel molecules tend to clump together due to the attraction between molecules with charges of opposite polarities. As an example, Petrol contains mainly hydrocarbons ranging from butane (C4H10) to octane (C8H18). Said hydrocarbons exist in a state where the electron charge of each molecul...
by Justin Time
Thu 21 Jul, 2011 14:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Door card removal
Replies: 2
Views: 375

There should be a plastic membrane fitted behind the door card, and thankfully these are easily sourced at a BMW dealership for not too high a cost. BMW also supply a very sticky adhesive for fixing seals which comes on large rolls with each roll separated by plastic sheeting, the adhesive itself co...
by Justin Time
Mon 18 Jul, 2011 15:37
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Car cleaning
Replies: 2
Views: 429

If noone posts up here regarding them, try detailingworld.com, it will no doubt be posted on there as it is a forum dedicated to car cleaning/detailing.
by Justin Time
Mon 18 Jul, 2011 15:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: annoying rattle
Replies: 16
Views: 1677

You may want to check the fuel tank mounting brackets as these can lose padding causing a full tank of fuel to be a bit squeaky/clunky when you go over bumps in the road. Another issue may be the rear shock absorber mounts, worth checking as these do tend to be a weak point in the Z3. Cat = catalyti...
by Justin Time
Sun 17 Jul, 2011 14:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Crank sensor replaced, new part and new harness BMW say!
Replies: 7
Views: 447

You could always try : http://www.c3bmw.co.uk/ to see if they can supply parts for a lower price than a Stealership.
by Justin Time
Sun 17 Jul, 2011 12:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Crank sensor replaced, new part and new harness BMW say!
Replies: 7
Views: 447

However, rather than guessing get a diagnostic run on it - it may save you alot of time and expense. +1 The sensor you are describing is the camshaft sensor, are you sure you have the right diagnosis as to the fault you're experiencing? (To me it does sound like the camshaft sensors are playing up)...
by Justin Time
Thu 14 Jul, 2011 16:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Poor running
Replies: 4
Views: 489

Check on the forum for camshafts sensors as it sounds similar to what I had (blip the throttle from idle/standing and the engine dies, sluggish even at higher revs, unrefined exhaust note compared to normal). Either the intake or exhaust cam sensor may be dirty/kaput. Other options to look at could ...
by Justin Time
Tue 12 Jul, 2011 20:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Cambering On Uneven Roads
Replies: 19
Views: 1123

Sounds like good old tramlining which the Z3 commonly encounters. If you do a search on the forum for tramlining you'll find quite a few solutions that others have posted up. One way I have found to limit this effect is to reduce the pressure in the tyres to 30 psi, in 18 inch tyres this is sufficie...
by Justin Time
Tue 12 Jul, 2011 19:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Car weight, ptw ratio, facts and figures ? how fast is yours
Replies: 12
Views: 803

Change for non-oem and non-motorised/heated seats, the standard ones in my Z weigh a substantial amount.
by Justin Time
Tue 12 Jul, 2011 19:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Pinking....possibly
Replies: 18
Views: 1181

I've had the same when using 95 unleaded, always goes when I change back to Vpower.
by Justin Time
Mon 11 Jul, 2011 10:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Newbie with a poorly Z3 hope you help...............
Replies: 10
Views: 1077

For the rough running, take a look at the maf sensor, camshaft position sensors and the exhaust sensors. Also worth checking are the rubber air intake hoses running to the throttle body from the airfilter box, they perish over time, split and cause running issues. It sounds a lot like the Cam sensor...
by Justin Time
Tue 05 Jul, 2011 16:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Ran out of Fuel, Question about system
Replies: 6
Views: 494

Z3cade wrote:mite be worth running an injector cleaner through it.
I've used STP Fuel Injector Cleaner twice annually for the last three years roughly and it's always improved response and exhaust note. No negative points to note.
by Justin Time
Sat 02 Jul, 2011 23:54
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Bmw Z3 2.0 For Sale
Replies: 6
Views: 428

Best of luck at that price, I feel you're going to need it.......

70% of something is better than 100% of nothing.
by Justin Time
Wed 29 Jun, 2011 18:18
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: RE: Newbie to Z3's and cleaning properly
Replies: 3
Views: 570

Re: RE: Newbie to Z3's and cleaning properly

Do I need to use a detergent that will take the polish off the paint that I applied last weekend to get the benefit of the clay removing the dirt from the actual paint underneath? Or do I just wash it with the shampoo meant to preserve finishes and clay the polish. Claying will remove any surface c...
by Justin Time
Wed 29 Jun, 2011 12:50
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: engine remapping and simota induction kit
Replies: 22
Views: 1380

If you are interested in what can be done with and S50 search for threads by JasonZ3M. Jason had the works done to his S50 (flywheel, Schrick cams, carbon airbox, MAF delete) and only ended up about 30 over stock. But christ it didn't 'alf shift! Other ///M owners who had a ride commented on the se...
by Justin Time
Tue 28 Jun, 2011 21:14
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: How much should I pay for a >1999 2.0L Z3 - Dealer/Privat
Replies: 21
Views: 845

Guide prices are that, they're never set in concrete so considering that the market is a bit slow these days, you may be able to get a deal. However, I wouldn't bet on saving much off the asking price on Z's, they seem to fetch their asking prices more often than not. The best conditioned ones are o...
by Justin Time
Tue 28 Jun, 2011 18:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Revs problem
Replies: 2
Views: 186

Worth taking a look at the camshaft position sensors and exhaust sensors.
by Justin Time
Tue 28 Jun, 2011 15:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Electric cooling fan
Replies: 6
Views: 628

I told you yes it was possible and that the method had been posted up previously. What more would you like?
by Justin Time
Tue 28 Jun, 2011 15:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Electric cooling fan
Replies: 6
Views: 628

Yes, there's several posts on the topic including a link to bimmerforums.com, have a search for them.
by Justin Time
Mon 27 Jun, 2011 20:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine temps in hot weather
Replies: 37
Views: 1556

I've been a bit enthusiastic in mine today and on other days like today in the past and never had that experience. Best get that checked out, you don't want a repeat performance as explained above.

It's not normal.
by Justin Time
Fri 24 Jun, 2011 18:56
Forum: Performance
Topic: Homemade intake system
Replies: 15
Views: 1269

You can also just buy a kitchen fan extractor pipe and some duct tape, nothing else is needed from my experience, and no cutting is required. Make sure to remove the inlet cone attached to the front of the airfilter box. Wedge the opening of the pipe next to the fog light (remove the plastic cover i...
by Justin Time
Thu 23 Jun, 2011 15:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Insurance renewal
Replies: 47
Views: 14637

Insured through Admiral and literally had my renewal through this past Tuesday for £520 with 4 years NCB.
by Justin Time
Tue 21 Jun, 2011 20:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Coil Pack ?
Replies: 5
Views: 290

I'd suggest you put it on to a diagnostic OBDII reader and see what crops up, it's quicker than disturbing anything else under the bonnet.
by Justin Time
Sat 18 Jun, 2011 18:38
Forum: Performance
Topic: Homemade intake system
Replies: 15
Views: 1269

Well after an hour of ignoring the female i have trawled my net history and found the page im after - http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8918 :P Interesting! I am sure that is the link I put above in the clicky? :smile: BWAHAHAHA! Open mouth insert foot huh Tom? :lol: Sorry, couldn't re...