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by Mr Silver
Mon 13 Nov, 2017 12:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Anyone got an automatic Z3?
Replies: 14
Views: 778

Re: Anyone got an automatic Z3?

I have owned a 3.0L for the last ten years, purchased primarily due to a disability in my left leg. On the congested roads down here in the south east it is far more sensible than my manual Audi. Don't be led into the idea that auto means slow, the 3.0 auto will beat anything 'out of the gate' (with...
by Mr Silver
Mon 15 May, 2017 17:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: OBC reading in Km not Miles
Replies: 13
Views: 1373

Re: OBC reading in Km not Miles

Maybe this thread will help? http://www.bmwe36blog.com/bmw-on-board- ... crets.html

Regards

Mod Edit: Link fixed.
by Mr Silver
Sat 29 Apr, 2017 10:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Chrome pack
Replies: 19
Views: 2149

Re: Z3 Chrome pack

Search for 'Chrome Windscreen Frame'.

Regards
by Mr Silver
Sat 14 May, 2016 16:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: EML Help needed please
Replies: 12
Views: 1386

Re: EML Help needed please

Yes. Usual safety stuff about jacks and axle stands apply here. [1] Start by removing the handbrake cable support brackets either side so that the cables are free in the air. This will save any damage to the handbrake mechanism when you go to the next step. [2] Remove the lower shock absorber bolt. ...
by Mr Silver
Mon 16 Nov, 2015 09:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Joined the 360 club
Replies: 6
Views: 701

Re: Joined the 360 club

Welcome to the club... and just think of the story a certain Ka owner will be telling them down at the pub for a few evenings!

One more up for the Z3!

...oh yes, and you as well.
by Mr Silver
Mon 16 Nov, 2015 09:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Steptronic gearbox - opinions
Replies: 13
Views: 1229

Re: Steptronic gearbox - opinions

There is no getting away from it, you can't drive an auto transmission in the same manner as a manual - if you want to get the best out of it. Granted, we all know that an auto is great in traffic jams but that's not why Z3 owners have them. Just my opinions... Nothing will beat them at a standing s...
by Mr Silver
Tue 06 Oct, 2015 10:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Tow bar/hitch on a Z3?
Replies: 4
Views: 448

Re: Tow bar/hitch on a Z3?

Hens teeth and rocking horse doodoo comes to mind! How rare is that kit going to be??


Regards
by Mr Silver
Wed 30 Sep, 2015 08:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clattering noise from the front.
Replies: 39
Views: 4281

Re: Clattering noise from the front.

Before tearing the cam cover off try the serpentine belt tensioner pulley. Replace with modified hydraulic tensioner. HTH.
by Mr Silver
Mon 14 Sep, 2015 20:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Chrome handles
Replies: 11
Views: 1083

Re: Chrome handles

Bought a set from Taiwan 6 years ago and still as new today. I was very sceptical about quality but they are undetectable from an original chrome part. Don't pay silly money for a set, they almost certainly all come from the same manufacturer.

Regards.
by Mr Silver
Thu 06 Aug, 2015 06:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Suspected Head Gasket Failure
Replies: 12
Views: 1081

Re: Z3 Suspected Head Gasket Failure

A quick check would be a cylinder compression test in each plug and look for oil in the cooling water.

Regards.
by Mr Silver
Mon 06 Jul, 2015 13:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Immobiliser removal
Replies: 9
Views: 731

Re: Immobiliser removal

Geez, you couldn't make this story up! I feel for you and have to say Hertz or Easyjet for £74. I can only offer my best wishes.


Regards
by Mr Silver
Fri 03 Jul, 2015 08:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: MOST COMMON CONSOLE COLOUR ?
Replies: 46
Views: 3650

Re: MOST COMMON CONSOLE COLOUR ?

Other - Red


Regards
by Mr Silver
Thu 18 Jun, 2015 12:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Exhaust rasp has gone after air inlet changed.2.2i
Replies: 18
Views: 1817

Re: Exhaust rasp has gone after air inlet changed.2.2i

The 3.0 auto does have the exhaust flap, at least my 2001 certainly does.


Regards
by Mr Silver
Tue 09 Jun, 2015 13:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: spare set of our wheels has just gone on ebay
Replies: 5
Views: 649

Re: spare set of our wheels has just gone on ebay

Mmmh... Free T shirt... Some things you just can't resist...
by Mr Silver
Sat 16 May, 2015 07:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 spring spacers
Replies: 5
Views: 653

Re: Z3 spring spacers

Spring pads available from BMW dealer:

5mm # 33 53 1 136 385
7.5mm # 33 53 1 136 386
9mm # 33 53 1 127 224
10mm # 33 53 1 136 387
15mm # 33 53 1 094 754

It would be better to replace the springs with standard originals. Plenty SH out there.

Regards
by Mr Silver
Wed 29 Apr, 2015 21:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: "Adjuster Unit DISA" / Fuel Consumption
Replies: 29
Views: 3175

Re: "Adjuster Unit DISA" / Fuel Consumption

Gee, £208 is no yoke, I bet you're dissapointed, (apologies BonBon)
by Mr Silver
Tue 03 Feb, 2015 15:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: BMW Z3 race car
Replies: 25
Views: 2782

Re: BMW Z3 race car

I know of a truly superb driver who would do it for two sandwiches and a packet of crisps (OK, forget the crisps).



Regards
by Mr Silver
Tue 02 Sep, 2014 23:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Anyone care to guess what car this is?
Replies: 10
Views: 619

Re: Anyone care to guess what car this is?

Citroen C3, Riley RMA (I think) and Riley RME.

..and I think the red one is a BMW Z3?


Do I get a lolly??
by Mr Silver
Tue 12 Aug, 2014 16:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Best way to confirm speedo reading.
Replies: 31
Views: 2870

Re: Best way to confirm speedo reading.

^ About right Alec. Unlike the cable drive instruments of old the speedometer in the Z3 is, I am led to believe, essentially a rotary servo. For those unfamiliar with this beast it is a device that converts serial digital data into a rotary position. Due to its method of operation it can't really gi...
by Mr Silver
Wed 18 Jun, 2014 11:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Arrrgggghhhhh!!!!
Replies: 27
Views: 925

Re: Arrrgggghhhhh!!!!

The er... the pop riveting is nice and even..!
by Mr Silver
Wed 11 Jun, 2014 21:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: After a puncture.
Replies: 88
Views: 9665

Re: After a puncture.

Just my two cents worth: I get 24 hour breakdown call out FOC (including punctures) with the Z3 insurance.

Regards
by Mr Silver
Fri 18 Apr, 2014 16:28
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Z3 3.0i Breaking.
Replies: 36
Views: 3220

Re: Z3 3.0i Breaking.

PM sent. Regards
by Mr Silver
Tue 25 Feb, 2014 11:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fuel system cleaner / additive
Replies: 10
Views: 934

Re: Fuel system cleaner / additive

Aaah... old school, crushed almonds mixed with fermented white rhino urine! Good but hell of a job getting it to go up a straw!



Regards
by Mr Silver
Sun 16 Feb, 2014 00:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Problem Rear Brakes
Replies: 14
Views: 660

Re: Problem Rear Brakes

** Rusty discs are not a problem...** Did you actually take the trouble to look at the pics the OP provided above?? The brakes on this vehicle are not functioning properly period - nothing to do with rusty discs. Any experienced engineer can diagnose the problems with these brakes from the photos ea...
by Mr Silver
Fri 14 Feb, 2014 23:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Radiator hoses (removal) M54
Replies: 4
Views: 518

Re: Radiator hoses (removal) M54

I may well be wrong but I do believe these clips are called 'clic' and/or 'clic-R and there are special pliers available to release and refit them.


Regards
by Mr Silver
Fri 14 Feb, 2014 23:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Problem Rear Brakes
Replies: 14
Views: 660

Re: Problem Rear Brakes

I have to say that those brakes are in a seriously bad condition. I would suggest that if you were unlucky enough to be involved in an accident that you may find the insurance company dodging a payout with brakes in such poor condition. It appears that the calipers have been seized for some time cau...
by Mr Silver
Wed 12 Feb, 2014 10:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M54 Radiator shroud 171017153214
Replies: 6
Views: 255

Re: M54 Radiator shroud 171017153214

The fan shroud is not there to for the purposes of protection from the fan blades. It's purpose is to increase airflow coverage through the radiator when the fan is the only means of air induction, i.e. when the vehicle is stationary. In this condition it is preferable to have the fan blades half co...
by Mr Silver
Fri 03 Jan, 2014 01:14
Forum: Performance
Topic: yellow koni's with eibach springs
Replies: 8
Views: 919

Re: yellow koni's with eibach springs

Hi Koen, I used my standard springs again as I didn't want to lower my suspension. I understand what you're saying. The adjusting knob with the pack (mine is red) is only used for making changes to the settings and are not intended to be fitted all the time. The adjusting shaft (sticking up) makes i...
by Mr Silver
Thu 02 Jan, 2014 09:05
Forum: Performance
Topic: yellow koni's with eibach springs
Replies: 8
Views: 919

Re: yellow koni's with eibach springs

I have used Koni's for all my performance cars. The 'yellows' are complete struts and, I believe, fully adjustable. FYI: As an initial setting for the front struts try fully clockwise and then back off anticlockwise by 90 degrees. Try and be accurate as there is a lot of difference with just small a...
by Mr Silver
Fri 20 Dec, 2013 09:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Strange clutch action - judder 2.2 58 k miles
Replies: 12
Views: 1159

Re: Strange clutch action - judder 2.2 58 k miles

The clutch consists of a friction disc clamped between the flywheel and the pressure plate at a pressure that requires a fair degree of force via hydraulics to disengage so there is no chance of water contamination or 'rust' affecting its operation. Further, the standard clutch will function quite a...
by Mr Silver
Tue 15 Oct, 2013 09:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Auxiliary belt tensioner.
Replies: 2
Views: 261

Re: Auxiliary belt tensioner.

A gentle reminder that if you are about to upgrade to the later hydraulic belt tensioner above you will require the long M10x150mm bolt (not supplied with the tensioner). Best to have this to hand before you start taking things apart. OEM part no. B07.11.9.904.677 from your dealer. This is for M54 e...
by Mr Silver
Sat 28 Sep, 2013 00:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: z3 lag! Please help!
Replies: 6
Views: 401

Re: z3 lag! Please help!

I wonder if in fact your problem is with the auto transmission? It could be that your box is not changing down at the right time which could explain why the car struggles uphill and the rpm peakes at 3500. Do you know if it is changing down and can you make it happen when you need to? Just a thought...
by Mr Silver
Tue 10 Sep, 2013 08:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Chrome Windscreen Frame
Replies: 10
Views: 630

Re: Chrome Windscreen Frame

Removing the screen is not at all necessary when fitting the OEM stainless surround trim set. There is a tab that is designed to be screwed to the inside root of each A frame but it is normal practice to cut these off as they are far more trouble than they're worth. The trim set comes with double si...
by Mr Silver
Wed 24 Jul, 2013 17:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Can any of you good people help me ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1564

Re: Can any of you good people help me ?

It may be that the problem lies with your initial fault, cam sensors. It is well documented that many 'alternative' sources of cam sensors originate in China and are as reliable as a chocolate kettle. It may be wise to refit the originals and then carry out another diagnostic, in other words, start ...
by Mr Silver
Thu 18 Jul, 2013 21:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Cruise control retrofit on a Z3 with M54
Replies: 86
Views: 13222

Re: Cruise control retrofit on a Z3 with M54

It would seem that there is some confusion reigning supreme here regards the cruise conversion. My research leads me to understand (the getout clause for 'it's not my fault') that the purpose of the 'clutch bridging cable' (a misnomer for a shorting plug) is to prevent engine RPM overrun when operat...
by Mr Silver
Wed 17 Jul, 2013 13:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Cruise control retrofit on a Z3 with M54
Replies: 86
Views: 13222

Re: Cruise control retrofit on a Z3 with M54

..er yes sir. The 'Bridging cable F clutch switch Part number: 61 12 1 385 400' is a 60mm length of electrical cable (wire) that joins both terminals of the plastic plug that is fitted to the clutch switch when a clutch pedal is present. Cost at last purchase £26... ...and no, you don't need it for ...
by Mr Silver
Tue 16 Jul, 2013 13:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Cruise control retrofit on a Z3 with M54
Replies: 86
Views: 13222

Re: Cruise control retrofit on a Z3 with M54

..er, the clutch switch is operated by the clutch pedal! Guess how many clutch pedals there are fitted to a vehicle with automatic transmission?


Regards.
by Mr Silver
Mon 15 Jul, 2013 21:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Cruise control retrofit on a Z3 with M54
Replies: 86
Views: 13222

Re: Cruise control retrofit on a Z3 with M54

The auto definitely does not require the clutch switch plug. I believe that the fly by wire will require only the switch and the switch interface (still available from BMW) and it's plug and play.


Hope this helps


Regards.
by Mr Silver
Sun 30 Jun, 2013 11:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Classic insurance
Replies: 12
Views: 716

Re: Classic insurance

Hagerty Classic Insurance. Real people to talk to, great company to deal with. Zedcar must be second car. Find them here: 01327 810600.
by Mr Silver
Mon 03 Jun, 2013 11:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 3.0i Intake Backfire Disaster Help Needed!
Replies: 63
Views: 3214

Re: Z3 3.0i Intake Backfire Disaster Help Needed!

I suggest it is unlikely that piston rings would be damaged as a result of an 'explosion' since this is their normal operating environment. Maybe if the problem was the result of a sticking valve then low compression may well be due to the valve still not fully closing. Sorry to hear the end of a go...
by Mr Silver
Sat 18 May, 2013 19:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Facelift rear centre brake light
Replies: 2
Views: 189

Re: Facelift rear centre brake light

That'll be an M5 nut sir. Don't forget the plain washer and waterproof seal/washer.


Regards.
by Mr Silver
Mon 06 May, 2013 09:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 99 relay
Replies: 11
Views: 628

Re: 99 relay

er... My Z3 3.0 already has this function in the wiper control! Is this not standard across the Z3 family?


Regards.
by Mr Silver
Tue 16 Apr, 2013 10:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wheel alignment
Replies: 14
Views: 524

Re: Wheel alignment

...not to mention that it will severely restrict the drivers ability to react to an emergency,

like the child running out from behind the parked for instance!

But that's not going to happen is it! More important to look cool!


Regards.
by Mr Silver
Wed 24 Oct, 2012 00:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: steering wheel wobble!
Replies: 17
Views: 571

Re: steering wheel wobble!

I hesitate to ask but have you had the wheels balanced recently.

Regards
by Mr Silver
Mon 25 Jun, 2012 09:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: front caliper changes
Replies: 43
Views: 1848

Re: front caliper changes

I hesitate to mention that it's all for show! The 'gas problem' disappeared in the late 60's with improved production methods and was never a problem at road speeds anyway. The concept of gas emmission was generated recently as a marketing idea to sell discs that are effectively of lower performance...
by Mr Silver
Thu 21 Jun, 2012 10:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: front caliper changes
Replies: 43
Views: 1848

Re: front caliper changes

Under normal operating conditions there is no mechanical connection between the two pistons. Movement of the second circuit (blue) piston (from the brake pedal) creates hydraulic pressure to the brake caliper cylinders on the secondary circuit and the first circuit (red) piston. If the secondary cir...
by Mr Silver
Wed 20 Jun, 2012 11:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: front caliper changes
Replies: 43
Views: 1848

Re: front caliper changes

The significance of the later design of tandem master cylinder, that shown in the drawing here, is that it will compensate for inefficency of either circuit (ie. air in one of them) and will apply equal pressure to all four wheels. A further advantage over the earlier 'solid cylinder' design is that...
by Mr Silver
Fri 15 Jun, 2012 12:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Chrome windscreen surround problem
Replies: 7
Views: 601

Re: Chrome windscreen surround problem

Part numbers for Chrome Windscreen surround available from BMW parts dept:

B51.16.8.398.505 COVER LH

B51.16.8.398.506 COVER RH

B51.16.8.398.507 JOIN CLIP

B51.71.8.226.190 CLIPS 2X

Hope this helps!

Regards
by Mr Silver
Mon 30 Apr, 2012 13:08
Forum: Boyz Toyz
Topic: Problem playing music from USB stick
Replies: 13
Views: 2528

Re: Problem playing music from USB stick

Hi Robert, there are a lot of bogus Mem Sticks doing the rounds, especially the high value ones. Believe it or not but the cases are purchesed in China from the real manufacturers (Sony etc.) and loaded with reject chips. It's a good reason to buy from a source that will replace a duff one. The King...