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by gIzzE
Fri 23 Jan, 2015 19:01
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Z3 blue leather seats on eBay
Replies: 9
Views: 1399

Re: Z3 blue leather seats on eBay

I bet the seller is posting on another forum somewhere... "I have given up on eBay, never get what something is worth, always get idiots asking for pictures and better description when I have already done all that, complete waste of time!!" You see it all the time, someone saying "My car hasn't sold...
by gIzzE
Fri 23 Jan, 2015 13:05
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Z3 blue leather seats on eBay
Replies: 9
Views: 1399

Re: Z3 blue leather seats on eBay

Are sellers really that ******* stupid?? :roll:
by gIzzE
Sat 17 Jan, 2015 01:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Gearbox oil: have I got the right one?
Replies: 14
Views: 2489

Re: Gearbox oil: have I got the right one?

I used Redline D4, massive improvement.

I'm sure just putting new fresh oil in helps no end.
by gIzzE
Tue 13 Jan, 2015 00:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.0 ltr Diesel Auto.
Replies: 35
Views: 6121

Re: Z3 2.0 ltr Diesel Auto.

Jesus wept. :lol: I know what you said, I quoted you. I then just quoted you again. You can't say you didn't say it. All I said was I agree, unless you work it out manually you know **** all. I then explained that I worked all my figures out manually. I am agreeing with you. I'm out, I can't take an...
by gIzzE
Mon 12 Jan, 2015 20:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 gearbox query
Replies: 13
Views: 1941

Re: Z3 gearbox query

Went to see my the independent bmw specialist earlier, they had not heard of CDV's on a bmw........ That's reassuring. :shock: Just remove it, don't buy a modified part. Some cars have a grommet inside, and people buy a modified one in case they damage theirs when trying to mod it, but it is dead e...
by gIzzE
Mon 12 Jan, 2015 20:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.0 ltr Diesel Auto.
Replies: 35
Views: 6121

Re: Z3 2.0 ltr Diesel Auto.

Hi again gizzE. I am a little confused here with your bit about :-- I was just replying to your comment saying that you need to calculate mpg properly. Do you mean you -as in me or you you mean you as in you in that I had stated that point. I cannot recall actually using that expression - please en...
by gIzzE
Mon 12 Jan, 2015 20:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.0 ltr Diesel Auto.
Replies: 35
Views: 6121

Re: Z3 2.0 ltr Diesel Auto.

Hi again gizzE. My BMW Z3 2.0ltr Auto is a 2000 (W) one that does not have a kidology OBC and therefore all of my figures are factual and actual. Hey? Yeah I know. I was just replying to your comment saying that you need to calculate mpg properly, I just said yeah obviously. I then explained how ou...
by gIzzE
Mon 12 Jan, 2015 18:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.0 ltr Diesel Auto.
Replies: 35
Views: 6121

Re: Z3 2.0 ltr Diesel Auto.

Hi again to you all out there. Whilst this is of my own doing and strictly speaking is off Z3 topic - it is nevertheless an interesting subject and point of debate. Now a profound statement :-- unless all of you professors of motoring fuel economy are only doing physical fuel checks and brimming ev...
by gIzzE
Mon 12 Jan, 2015 18:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.0 ltr Diesel Auto.
Replies: 35
Views: 6121

Re: Z3 2.0 ltr Diesel Auto.

Interesting how the quoted figures can be so far from the truth. Problem is the combinedn extra urban figures are calculated with an engine up to temperature and with the car doing 31mph over 4.5 miles, accelerating to 70mph once, meaning extra urban and combined is taken from an average speed of 3...
by gIzzE
Mon 12 Jan, 2015 10:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.0 ltr Diesel Auto.
Replies: 35
Views: 6121

Re: Z3 2.0 ltr Diesel Auto.

There are some luddites on this site, aren't there? Modern diesels are better than petrol in almost every way. More torque, very similar power (but at lower revs), and much better fuel economy. Haha, not at all. But......you are wrong. :D I have owned a few nice deisels, so called best of the best ...
by gIzzE
Sun 11 Jan, 2015 20:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.0 ltr Diesel Auto.
Replies: 35
Views: 6121

Re: Z3 2.0 ltr Diesel Auto.

So again, why would you want to do it? :D
by gIzzE
Sun 11 Jan, 2015 13:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.0 ltr Diesel Auto.
Replies: 35
Views: 6121

Re: Z3 2.0 ltr Diesel Auto.

It is turbo. But why would you want to do it? I had an E46 320d touring, which is the engine you are talking about, and it was auto. I used to average 33mpg in that, and round town it was down to around 26mpg, on a very steady run it would get 38 maybe 39mpg, only once saw 40 while in Scotland for a...
by gIzzE
Sat 03 Jan, 2015 09:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Steering wheel
Replies: 47
Views: 7366

Re: Steering wheel

I have not been on for a while, missed this thread. Well pleased with mine. http://www.zen104526.zen.co.uk/z3/stereringwheelfitted.jpg The difference it makes to the overall feel of the car can not be expressed enough imho. I bought a Jan 13 X3 last a couple of weeks back and that steering wheel now...
by gIzzE
Thu 02 Oct, 2014 18:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: HID conversion
Replies: 31
Views: 3186

Re: HID conversion

The problem with most cars with aftermarket HID kits installed is they buy the wrong bloody one!! The H7 hid comes in 2 guises, the regular H7 for a projector lens and an H7R for reflector style hedlamps. The difference is massive, one blinds on coming traffic and the other doesn't, if it wasn't for...
by gIzzE
Sun 21 Sep, 2014 23:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 purchase. Pros & Cons?
Replies: 16
Views: 2597

Re: Z3 purchase. Pros & Cons?

I have to say that I don't miss the aircon, my wife has had several cabs with air con and never really noticed it, and not noticed not having aircon at all until the other day, it was humid and a thunderstorm and we got in the car wet and the windows steamed up, took a bit longer to clear, normally ...
by gIzzE
Sun 21 Sep, 2014 23:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Steering and Suspension Wear.
Replies: 13
Views: 1674

Re: Steering and Suspension Wear.

I have been banging on about this for years. BMWs can become a complete twicthy mess on mixed tyres front and rear, if you have to mix at least keep them symmetrical or asymmetrical all round. I wouldn't say that symmetrical tyres are necessarily worse than asymmetrical tyres, but probably the fact ...
by gIzzE
Sat 13 Sep, 2014 08:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: car radio advice
Replies: 15
Views: 2393

Re: car radio advice

Don't know, I have not tried.
by gIzzE
Sun 07 Sep, 2014 21:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Looking forward to new shocks
Replies: 19
Views: 2848

Re: Looking forward to new shocks

]The guy at ATS says they should be replaced every 60/70,000 miles but I think he might be pushing for a sale. I would agree with that. I reckon most shocks start to go around 40-50k and by 70k new shocks will make a real difference. At 100k+ they will be shagged. The Z3 is a pretty soft and very c...
by gIzzE
Sat 30 Aug, 2014 09:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: car radio advice
Replies: 15
Views: 2393

Re: car radio advice

As said above, you need the BMW round pin to iso harness.
But £5 most places and no wires need adding or swapping etc. everything is on there ready.
by gIzzE
Wed 27 Aug, 2014 20:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: car radio advice
Replies: 15
Views: 2393

Re: car radio advice

I went with the Pioneer X560BT, cd less head unit that does usb, iPod, Android and matched the BMW interior. http://www.zen104526.zen.co.uk/z3/z3_pioneer1.JPG http://www.zen104526.zen.co.uk/z3/stereringwheelfitted.jpg http://www.pioneer.eu/uk/products/25/121/61/MVH-X560BT/page.html £99 at Halfords, ...
by gIzzE
Tue 19 Aug, 2014 23:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Gearbox and diff oil change
Replies: 4
Views: 375

Re: Gearbox and diff oil change

I used Redline D4 auto transmission fluid in my manual 2.8, can't recommend it enough, got rid if my sticking gear and no longer tries to pop into 5th instead of 3rd, and now feels so precise.
by gIzzE
Fri 08 Aug, 2014 08:40
Forum: Boyz Toyz
Topic: Upgrade sounds on my Z3M - advice please!
Replies: 9
Views: 1877

Re: Upgrade sounds on my Z3M - advice please!

Which one is it?

The one with Alpine ends or bare wires?
by gIzzE
Wed 06 Aug, 2014 22:08
Forum: Boyz Toyz
Topic: Upgrade sounds on my Z3M - advice please!
Replies: 9
Views: 1877

Re: Upgrade sounds on my Z3M - advice please!

I would get an Alpine head unit and one of their power pack amps, is all plug and play and will fit behind the dash, install takes 20 minutes at most. That is head unit sorted. Speakers? Before upgrading those I would consider a compact active sub, with the new head unit send everything below 120hz ...
by gIzzE
Wed 06 Aug, 2014 21:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Best way to confirm speedo reading.
Replies: 31
Views: 2829

Re: Best way to confirm speedo reading.

Sat nav is accurate as long as you are not changing elevation at all. :)
by gIzzE
Mon 04 Aug, 2014 16:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: foot well lighting
Replies: 161
Views: 19770

Re: foot well lighting

They look a bit too bright.

Could you trim a couple of LEDs off the end to reduce the amount of light output if you didn't want the as bright?
by gIzzE
Mon 04 Aug, 2014 13:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fans stink?!
Replies: 7
Views: 442

Re: Fans stink?!

Do you have air con?

If so do you turn it off?

Turning it off allows bacteria to grow and will smell musty. Just leave it on all the time.
Turning it off will dry the seals as well, and you will then get leaks.
by gIzzE
Wed 30 Jul, 2014 15:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: wheels and tyres 2.8
Replies: 5
Views: 247

Re: wheels and tyres 2.8

Nothing stopping you using 17s with the same tyres on, the wider tyres on the rear helped add a bit of grip and increase some understeer, which many prefer, I have found going the same all round can be preferable, less tramlining, and a slightly more neutral handling balance.
by gIzzE
Wed 30 Jul, 2014 15:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: wheels and tyres 2.8
Replies: 5
Views: 247

Re: wheels and tyres 2.8

zee3zee3 wrote:....on winter tyres 225/45r17 on 7.5 rims are fine per the specs ?
That is BMWs suggestion, narrower the better for winter.

90% of inurance companies are now fine with winter tyres, but I always call them to let them know I will be putting winters on.
by gIzzE
Wed 30 Jul, 2014 11:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fitting the CDV back in?
Replies: 17
Views: 1903

Re: Fitting the CDV back in!

I think that site makes more sense if your car is still in warranty, it keeps it looking stock, but when out of warranty just bypass the CDV completely.
by gIzzE
Tue 29 Jul, 2014 22:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fitting the CDV back in?
Replies: 17
Views: 1903

Re: Fitting the CDV back in!

I am not sure what they offer though?

If you can just bypass the cdv on Z's why do you need it?

Also, it is really simple to remove your current one, pop the grommet out yourself and put it back in again.
by gIzzE
Tue 29 Jul, 2014 21:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fitting the CDV back in?
Replies: 17
Views: 1903

Re: Fitting the CDV back in!

I think on most Zs you can just remove the CDV and atach the pipe direct, if it even has one, many don't.
by gIzzE
Mon 28 Jul, 2014 17:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Why bother. !!!
Replies: 41
Views: 3838

Re: Why bother. !!!

I was out the other night, it was about 6pm and still 27ºc, and I had the hood up, I was taking the car round the block after using Gummi Pflege on all the rubber seals. To my horror as I was coming back onto my street I saw another Z coming the other way! He gave me a wave, which was nice, but I fe...
by gIzzE
Sat 26 Jul, 2014 15:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fitting the CDV back in?
Replies: 17
Views: 1903

Re: Fitting the CDV back in!

And what transmission fluid have you got n there? Still got that diff treacle in the 'box? :D
by gIzzE
Fri 25 Jul, 2014 16:31
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WTB Drivers side bumper side light
Replies: 3
Views: 321

Re: WTB Drivers side bumper side light

Ask for it. ;)

Just say what is your best price, I understand there is around 20% available on these.

He will probably suck through his teeth and say 'we can do 15%?'
by gIzzE
Fri 25 Jul, 2014 10:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear Wheels
Replies: 16
Views: 851

Re: Rear Wheels

Del wrote:I am not aware that BMW ever approved different diameter wheels between front/back axles on the Z3.

Of course they haven't, that is why I was so surprised he said his had 17s up front and 18s at the rear.
by gIzzE
Fri 25 Jul, 2014 10:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Gear Change Very Hard
Replies: 18
Views: 2033

Re: Gear Change Very Hard

Yes it does get easier after a while, more so at the moment as it is unusually hot in UK :o The car has done 107000 miles Will different oil really make much difference? Yeah of course it will. The oil in your gearbox will no longer be acting like oil, creating a slippery coating to the moving part...
by gIzzE
Fri 25 Jul, 2014 08:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Gear Change Very Hard
Replies: 18
Views: 2033

Re: Gear Change Very Hard

Hi ........although it does get a little easier ( not a lot ) after been running for a while That sounds like it is definitely worth doing an oil change then. Mine was the same, plus it always went into 5th when I was wanting 3rd, the Redline stuff transformed it, from a notchy change that was a bi...
by gIzzE
Fri 25 Jul, 2014 08:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Gear Change Very Hard
Replies: 18
Views: 2033

Re: Gear Change Very Hard

And does it get easier, even if only slightly, when you have been driving it for a while and the gearbox oil has heated up a bit? What mileage is the car? I would say put some Redline D4 ATF in there to start off with, this is about as thin as you can safely go and in theory should make the changes ...
by gIzzE
Fri 25 Jul, 2014 08:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear Wheels
Replies: 16
Views: 851

Re: Rear Wheels

lightning wrote: My 3.0 Sport has 17" wheels on the front and 18" at the rear, as standard fitment. So the rear wheels look larger anyway.
What??!! :shock:

You serious?
by gIzzE
Thu 24 Jul, 2014 23:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: foot well lighting
Replies: 161
Views: 19770

Re: foot well lighting

I think I would prefer to go with less leds in a very warm white and splice into the instrument lights behind the heating controls, then you have a nice ambient lighting all the time?
by gIzzE
Thu 24 Jul, 2014 22:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear Wheels
Replies: 16
Views: 851

Re: Rear Wheels

It will make no difference.

The diameter is the same for both.
by gIzzE
Thu 24 Jul, 2014 17:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ZF gearbox shift pin change.
Replies: 5
Views: 591

Re: ZF gearbox shift pin change.

Flight wrote:Hi All.
I made my own bush fitting tools, and would be prepared to loan them to any one interested.
Best wishes
Flight
See, that is what I love about forums like this.

Great offer.
by gIzzE
Thu 24 Jul, 2014 17:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear Wheels
Replies: 16
Views: 851

Re: Rear Wheels

There is no difference in tyre wall height between a 245.40.17 and a 225.45.17 tyre, the width is different but not the sidewall. 24.977" overall diameter for the 225 tyre and 24.724" for the 245 tyre. The first measurement is the width, so 225 wide and 245 wide, the second measurement is the sidewa...
by gIzzE
Thu 24 Jul, 2014 11:37
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WTB Drivers side bumper side light
Replies: 3
Views: 321

Re: WTB Drivers side bumper side light

Main dealer can do them for around £26 mate.

http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopi ... 11&t=41167
by gIzzE
Wed 23 Jul, 2014 11:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Steering and Suspension Wear.
Replies: 13
Views: 1674

Re: Steering and Suspension Wear.

Yeah good thinking.

If may not make a difference, they may not like being mixed on either axle, but often it is the combo one way round they don't like, but if it does you know for definitely the tyres.
by gIzzE
Tue 22 Jul, 2014 23:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Steering and Suspension Wear.
Replies: 13
Views: 1674

Re: Steering and Suspension Wear.

I would do the tyres first.

The cheapest option.
by gIzzE
Tue 22 Jul, 2014 23:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Steering and Suspension Wear.
Replies: 13
Views: 1674

Re: Steering and Suspension Wear.

I have had a few BMWs where running different treads on the front to back gave exactly the results you have said. Back end becomes a twitchy mess. Not always the case, but what you describe it would be my first guess. I have just changed the shocks and two broken springs on my z along with roll bar ...
by gIzzE
Tue 22 Jul, 2014 22:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Steering and Suspension Wear.
Replies: 13
Views: 1674

Re: Steering and Suspension Wear.

Sounds more like mis matched tyres, you running the same front and rear?
by gIzzE
Thu 17 Jul, 2014 16:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Where have all the Z3"s gone?
Replies: 31
Views: 2481

Re: Where have all the Z3"s gone?

Been staying in Wells next the sea in North Norfolk this last week. The weather generally has been hot 8/8's top down blue skies :sunny. Been sitting on the various quaysides, biking rural roads and sitting outside various drinking establishments enjoying a beer or two.........but not a single Z3 t...
by gIzzE
Wed 16 Jul, 2014 21:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: scumbag keying door and bonnet
Replies: 12
Views: 951

Re: scumbag keying door and bonnet

You sure it needs respraying?

Have a look at some of the scratch removal threads on here...

http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/forum/f ... order=desc