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by lightning
Thu 21 Sep, 2017 08:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: MoT rollers and Torsen diffs
Replies: 10
Views: 810

Re: MoT rollers and Torsen diffs

The LSD will reduce wheelspin but won't prevent it altogether.
l was told by BMW that low speed roller rigs are not a problem.
But you can ask the MOT garage to avoid using it if you are still worried, with my Ferrari they road tested it instead as it was too low to go on the rollers.
by lightning
Sun 17 Sep, 2017 18:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: MoT rollers and Torsen diffs
Replies: 10
Views: 810

Re: MoT rollers and Torsen diffs

I asked this question at my local BMW dealer a couple of years ago, and was given the reply that "a single wheel roller rig may be safely used for speeds of up to 5mph" as the speed differential between the two wheels is not high enough to cause an issue. l would guess it's a lot less stress on the ...
by lightning
Mon 11 Sep, 2017 20:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: New windscreen
Replies: 4
Views: 567

Re: New windscreen

Just call Autoglass back, it's their job to put it right....not yours.
by lightning
Mon 21 Aug, 2017 08:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS fault unsolvable bricked car
Replies: 20
Views: 1519

Re: ABS fault unsolvable bricked car

Never had any of this kind of trouble with my Triumph Spitfire.
by lightning
Mon 21 Aug, 2017 08:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 96 Z3, picked up this little gem searching for a few good parts and suggestions.
Replies: 1
Views: 420

Re: 96 Z3, picked up this little gem searching for a few good parts and suggestions.

There's a guy on the forum who breaks Z3's l think his forum name is "spurs fan in a coupe"

He should have the parts that you need.
by lightning
Thu 27 Jul, 2017 08:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: HELP Advice on selling
Replies: 16
Views: 1229

Re: HELP Advice on selling

I would go with returning the car to standard. l don't think the extras will increase the value/desirability, and it may even discourage buyers who don't know about Z3's.
As in

"It's got different seats fitted, what does that mean....?"
by lightning
Sat 08 Jul, 2017 14:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS fault unsolvable bricked car
Replies: 20
Views: 1519

Re: ABS fault unsolvable bricked car

This is what can happen with modern cars. One of the reasons my daily driver is a Defender 110. People are often shocked at the repair costs, but it's sadly the way cars are these days. I go to many a customers house where a rot free car under ten years old is languishing on the drive with some faul...
by lightning
Thu 06 Jul, 2017 22:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS fault unsolvable bricked car
Replies: 20
Views: 1519

Re: ABS fault unsolvable bricked car

It may be of those faults where you may have to bite the bullet and take it in to a dealer/specialist. Considering how modern the Z3 is, we do well solving most faults ourselves and on this forum (try that with a newer model with its advanced electronics) But you might just have to hand over your cr...
by lightning
Thu 06 Jul, 2017 08:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Useless (French) BMW dealers
Replies: 7
Views: 605

Re: Useless (French) BMW dealers

The spares supply for older BMW's is better than most. Try getting spares for a 20 year old Fiat/Alfa/Vauxhall/Ford etc from the dealer
by lightning
Mon 03 Jul, 2017 21:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Useless (French) BMW dealers
Replies: 7
Views: 605

Re: Useless (French) BMW dealers

I believe the tank straps are currently on back order from the factory.
by lightning
Mon 03 Jul, 2017 21:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rubbish Bodyshop
Replies: 5
Views: 554

Re: Rubbish Bodyshop

It cost £250 to have my front bumper resprayed (to get rid of stone chips) so that sounds about right.
by lightning
Thu 29 Jun, 2017 08:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Aircon compressor question
Replies: 3
Views: 378

Re: Aircon compressor question

Thanks, just wanted to make sure it was not faulty.
by lightning
Wed 28 Jun, 2017 13:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Aircon compressor question
Replies: 3
Views: 378

Aircon compressor question

I've noticed that my aircon compressor cycles on/off rather than running continuously when l am in slow moving traffic. So it will run for maybe twenty seconds then turn off for twenty seconds then run again etc. l wondered if this was normal. I can't say what it does at higher speeds such as on the...
by lightning
Thu 22 Jun, 2017 21:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Exhaust vibration absorber
Replies: 4
Views: 551

Re: Exhaust vibration absorber

Must be there for a reason.
by lightning
Sun 18 Jun, 2017 22:31
Forum: Z4 roadster and Z4 Coupe
Topic: Had a Z3 and now thinking about a Z4
Replies: 61
Views: 15257

Re: Had a Z3 and now thinking about a Z4

I've still got my Z3 3.0.

I think it's the longest l have ever kept a car. I did put it on the market earlier this year to buy a Lancia Fulvia.
But after looking into it l decided not to bother. I've become quite attached to my Z3.
by lightning
Sun 18 Jun, 2017 22:26
Forum: Z4 roadster and Z4 Coupe
Topic: My lovely z3 had to go but...
Replies: 1
Views: 1032

Re: My lovely z3 had to go but...

How are you getting on with the Z4?

I was going to change my Z3 3.0 M Sport for a Z4 3.0 but after driving my brother's Z4 3.0 l decided to keep my Z3.
by lightning
Wed 14 Jun, 2017 22:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Speaker Advice Please
Replies: 5
Views: 664

Re: Speaker Advice Please

Yep, like l said any decent branded speaker is going to be fine.
by lightning
Mon 12 Jun, 2017 10:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Speaker Advice Please
Replies: 5
Views: 664

Re: Speaker Advice Please

Rockford Fosgate do a good range of replacement car speakers and not too expensive. I fitted them in my Land Rover and the sound quality is very good. But any branded two way concentric speaker costing over about £50 per pair will be fine. Most car audio units put out about 50w per channel RMS and m...
by lightning
Thu 08 Jun, 2017 19:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wax oil/undersealing
Replies: 12
Views: 1170

Re: Wax oil/undersealing

I've done it to both my Land Rover Defenders and all l get at MOT time is "it's nice to see one well protected against rust"
by lightning
Sun 04 Jun, 2017 22:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fuel quantity scare!
Replies: 4
Views: 645

Re: Fuel quantity scare!

We were on the end row opposite where the military vehicles were and further down. The Alfa Romeo stand was next to us. My Topaz Blue Z3 was on the front row of our small pitch under a large tree. I did wander around the show a fair bit but did not see any other Z3's or l would have stopped for a ch...
by lightning
Sun 04 Jun, 2017 16:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Power steering
Replies: 6
Views: 703

Re: Power steering

Nope, mine's great on my 3.0 Z3
by lightning
Sun 04 Jun, 2017 14:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fuel quantity scare!
Replies: 4
Views: 645

Fuel quantity scare!

So l went to Tatton Park Show yesterday and the Z3 attracted loads of interest/questions. It was parked in a line of much older Classics, on my Club stand. l think it's because people see it as a car they'd actually own, rather than an old car that needs an enthusiast to maintain it. Anyway, when l ...
by lightning
Thu 01 Jun, 2017 20:28
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wax oil/undersealing
Replies: 12
Views: 1170

Re: Wax oil/undersealing

Dilute the Waxoyl with 10% gearbox oil and it stops it from going hard/flaking off.

I tried it on my friend's static caravan chassis, six years later the coating is still sticky and mostly intact after being subject to six British Winters.
by lightning
Thu 01 Jun, 2017 08:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wax oil/undersealing
Replies: 12
Views: 1170

Re: Wax oil/undersealing

Worthwhile in my opinion.

I took all the wheel arch liners off and was pleased to find no rust at all. It's important to treat inside the sills and these can be removed once the liners are off.
by lightning
Sat 27 May, 2017 22:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Replacement Key
Replies: 19
Views: 1287

Re: Replacement Key

Not completely.

He could sell the Z3 and buy a Ferrari, as the keys are cheaper.
by lightning
Sat 27 May, 2017 16:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Replacement Key
Replies: 19
Views: 1287

Re: Replacement Key

....and a new key for my 2005 Defender 110 is £3 unless you want the transponder one which is, erm, £20
by lightning
Sat 27 May, 2017 10:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Replacement Key
Replies: 19
Views: 1287

Re: Replacement Key

A spare key for my 1990 Ferrari Mondial t cost £12.

That's progress!
by lightning
Sat 27 May, 2017 09:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Replacement Key
Replies: 19
Views: 1287

Re: Replacement Key

Nothing new.
l paid £300 ten years ago for two new keys for my Renault van, including the dealer charge to "re code" them to my vehicle.
by lightning
Wed 24 May, 2017 21:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hard seats
Replies: 7
Views: 681

Re: Hard seats

The leather sports seats in my 3.0 are great, l've never thought of them as hard. But they are certainly not armchairs!
by lightning
Tue 23 May, 2017 22:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Windscreen Replacement
Replies: 17
Views: 2718

Re: Windscreen Replacement

When mine cracked earlier this year l insisted that BMW fit the new screen. The insurance company was OK with that but the excess l had to pay was £140 rather than £70. But it was worth it to get a genuine screen. BMW replaced the surround as well which they had to order in. They had the car for a w...
by lightning
Tue 23 May, 2017 09:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: The cost of parts!
Replies: 12
Views: 1535

Re: The cost of parts!

One of the engine air intake grilles was broken on the Ferrari (on the rear wing). I called Maranello about this plastic part "NLA, try this company in ltaly" So the ltalian company had bought up all Ferrari's parts stock of various items for older vehicles. I called them "£1500, unpainted" I went o...
by lightning
Mon 15 May, 2017 19:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Seatbelt retraction.
Replies: 5
Views: 714

Re: Seatbelt retraction.

I sprayed mine with a silicone spray last week and it now retracts perfectly.

Only took me three years to get around to it!
by lightning
Mon 15 May, 2017 14:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How do you remove the undertray?
Replies: 12
Views: 1126

Re: How do you remove the undertray?

A full undertray sounds like a good idea.

Can anybody give me a part number of the undertray that will fit my 3.0? Looking underneath l currently have the front one.
by lightning
Sun 14 May, 2017 11:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How do you remove the undertray?
Replies: 12
Views: 1126

Re: How do you remove the undertray?

My 3.0 does not appear to have an undertray. Should there be one?
by lightning
Fri 12 May, 2017 14:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Seatbelt retraction.
Replies: 5
Views: 714

Re: Seatbelt retraction.

Yes this can also be achieved by washing the belt with warm soapy water.

In many cases it cures a slowly retracting seat belt.
by lightning
Thu 11 May, 2017 21:38
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: For Sale - Z3 3.0i Very low mileage - immaculate
Replies: 12
Views: 2338

Re: For Sale - Z3 3.0i Very low mileage - immaculate

Not sure l want all my fingers bitten off, they are fairly useful things, fingers.

Seriously though, l am sure you are quite right.
by lightning
Thu 11 May, 2017 09:40
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: For Sale - Z3 3.0i Very low mileage - immaculate
Replies: 12
Views: 2338

Re: For Sale - Z3 3.0i Very low mileage - immaculate

I think you both have a valid point. Realistically l guess my Z3 would sell quickly for £6,000. It's not yet old enough for "classic" status, which seems to be a byword for values to double every five years. I'm happy to keep the Z3. It's a great car, l was only selling to buy a Lancia Fulvia but ha...
by lightning
Wed 10 May, 2017 20:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Possible 2002, 46k, 2.2 Z3 sport, up for sale titanium silv
Replies: 2
Views: 620

Re: Possible 2002, 46k, 2.2 Z3 sport, up for sale titanium

Nice looking Z3.
Price seems a bit low for one with that mileage.
by lightning
Thu 04 May, 2017 22:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Seat lifters
Replies: 2
Views: 424

Re: Seat lifters

Which versions of the Z3 have electric seats with height adjustment?
by lightning
Sat 29 Apr, 2017 19:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Chrome pack
Replies: 19
Views: 1939

Re: Z3 Chrome pack

I am coming round to chrome trinkets on the Z3. I fitted the side vents (but with the black mesh from the original vents) and have also fitted chrome door handles. l have to say l like it. Contrasts well with the Topaz Blue body colour. Easy to remove if it's ever needed. Have to decide on the scree...
by lightning
Thu 27 Apr, 2017 18:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 3.0 Standard suspension to Sport suspension Query
Replies: 15
Views: 1516

Re: 3.0 Standard suspension to Sport suspension Query

I had a 2.8 and it was a great car, wish l'd never sold it. However my 3.0 is the M Sport version and is definitely a step up in handling, more like a sports car than the 2.8 which was more of a GT. I sold an Elise S2 to buy the 3.0 and while no Elise it's actually better to drive in the real world,...
by lightning
Thu 27 Apr, 2017 13:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Inherited Z3
Replies: 24
Views: 2095

Re: Inherited Z3

If l were you l would take up the very kind offer of help from Mrscalex, above.
He also offered a free set of wheels so it would be well worth a trip to see him, in my opinion. He's just done an engine change on a Z3 2.2 so should be able to help you out with any technical queries.
by lightning
Thu 27 Apr, 2017 10:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 3.0 Standard suspension to Sport suspension Query
Replies: 15
Views: 1516

Re: 3.0 Standard suspension to Sport suspension Query

I investigated this subject after a similar thread (including actually speaking to BMW after the forum debate became heated) and the sport suspension was definitely not standard on the 3.0
by lightning
Sun 23 Apr, 2017 19:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Chrome pack
Replies: 19
Views: 1939

Re: Z3 Chrome pack

Can't decide whether the chrome screen surround looks good, or is too blingy.
by lightning
Fri 21 Apr, 2017 22:42
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: For Sale - Z3 3.0i Very low mileage - immaculate
Replies: 12
Views: 2338

Re: For Sale - Z3 3.0i Very low mileage - immaculate

Mine was unsold at £8,000 and very similar to this one.
Nobody even came to see it.
Same colour, identical mileage, with hardtop, plus mine is the M Sport version. I think these 3.0 Z3's are undervalued at present.
by lightning
Fri 21 Apr, 2017 22:38
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: 2000 2.8 BMW Z3 now SOLD (Hardtop & fitting kit available)
Replies: 12
Views: 1764

Re: 2000 2.8 BMW Z3 now SOLD (Hardtop & fitting kit availabl

Looks like a great car for the money.
by lightning
Wed 19 Apr, 2017 13:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Interior carpets
Replies: 8
Views: 1191

Re: Interior carpets

There's a breakers who specialize in the Z3/4 and if you look on their website there's about ten Z3's breaking.
However when you call they don't have any parts....the Z3's on their website were all broken years ago mostly 2012 the latest in 2015.
by lightning
Sat 15 Apr, 2017 20:34
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Z3 3.0 M Sport for sale
Replies: 32
Views: 4268

Re: Z3 3.0 M Sport for sale

That's a great idea.
by lightning
Wed 12 Apr, 2017 18:16
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Z3 3.0 M Sport for sale
Replies: 32
Views: 4268

Re: Z3 3.0 M Sport for sale

No just on here and another Z3 forum.

It's at the higher end of Z3 prices, but if anybody had been to look at it they would have bought it.
by lightning
Wed 12 Apr, 2017 18:10
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: BMW Z3 2.2 with Hardtop, Roof Stand and Tonneau Cover
Replies: 3
Views: 1102

Re: BMW Z3 2.2 with Hardtop, Roof Stand and Tonneau Cover

It's not a lot of money for a larger engined Z3 with hardtop. £500 bodywork would make it very nice, for the same total outlay as a ten year old MX5 1.8.

I guess take your choice. Both are great cars.