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by John Wilson
Thu 31 Aug, 2017 18:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: I'm coming back!
Replies: 2
Views: 669

Re: I'm coming back!

Welcome back! Not much advice to give you but it'll be interesting to know how you get on. I've taken the sills off my Z, had them sandblasted and repainted at a bodyshop but I'm guessing yours might be too far gone for that. Anyway, good luck with the project and keep us updated.
by John Wilson
Thu 10 Aug, 2017 23:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How do I remove a seized on starter motor?
Replies: 14
Views: 982

Re: How do I remove a seized on starter motor?

Oh sorry, I was thinking the starter was engaged. If its not,that wont do any good.
by John Wilson
Thu 10 Aug, 2017 23:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How do I remove a seized on starter motor?
Replies: 14
Views: 982

Re: How do I remove a seized on starter motor?

How about putting the car in gear and rocking it back and forward?
by John Wilson
Sat 29 Jul, 2017 22:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: It stopped ..downhill ?
Replies: 5
Views: 587

Re: It stopped ..downhill ?

Could it be the idle control valve just needs a clean out?
by John Wilson
Sun 23 Jul, 2017 18:28
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: w reg blue z3 3 ltr lidles
Replies: 2
Views: 458

Re: w reg blue z3 3 ltr lidles

There must be some mistake. Z3 owners only shop at Waitrose. It must have been an MX5.
by John Wilson
Fri 14 Jul, 2017 18:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS/DSC Problem?
Replies: 14
Views: 1160

Re: ABS/DSC Problem?

You dont need all that. Its almost certainly a wheel sensor that needs cleaning. Its an allen key bolt for each one. If they havent been done before, lots of soaking in releasing oil (not WD40). The bolts can shear so be careful otherwise they will need drilling out. The sensors themselves will be j...
by John Wilson
Thu 22 Jun, 2017 18:48
Forum: Site Announcements and Feedback
Topic: Forum Maintenance - Saturday 17th June 2017 12-3pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1531

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

Yea, thanks for all your hard work. Much appreciated.
John
by John Wilson
Wed 17 May, 2017 23:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine hunting when reversing.
Replies: 4
Views: 635

Re: Engine hunting when reversing.

Yes, I think it's just that You are going at a slow speed when going into the garage rather than the fact that you are reversing. It used to happen to my Z3 (a 2litre 2000 so similar to yours) when coming back from a run and going forwards into the garage. It would over rev then drop right down and ...
by John Wilson
Wed 03 May, 2017 16:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(
Replies: 23
Views: 1972

Re: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(

You make it sound so easy John!! :wink: I guess its one of those things you dont know until you open it up. The best quote I've got is £680 all in including skimming, so I guess a bit less without the skim. Half of the mechanics flat our refused to quote. Sorry, I didnt mean to sound cocky. I was j...
by John Wilson
Wed 03 May, 2017 16:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(
Replies: 23
Views: 1972

Re: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(

Do you really need to skim the head anyway. I have had head gaskets go on other cars in the past and Ive always just whipped the head off and bunged a new gasket on without any problems.
by John Wilson
Tue 25 Apr, 2017 14:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Inherited Z3
Replies: 24
Views: 2421

Re: Inherited Z3

Welcome to the forum. I was wondering if the roof could just be reproofed. It doesnt look generally worn and the window looks prety good, without the usual fold across the middle. The window can be polished up with Maguiars PlastX. That said, there does seem to be a gap at the window. Is it just not...
by John Wilson
Sat 22 Apr, 2017 12:28
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Badge Bar fitted
Replies: 3
Views: 584

Re: Badge Bar fitted

A nice big //M badge wou?d be good. (Im not trying to wind up certain M owners).
by John Wilson
Fri 21 Apr, 2017 10:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Sofa??
Replies: 5
Views: 938

Re: Z3 Sofa??

Yes, I like the trailer as well. Better quality. But can someone tell that woman to stop sitting on the bonnet. She'll put a dent in it. Unless she's giving it a quick shammy over with that leather.
by John Wilson
Thu 20 Apr, 2017 22:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS fault?
Replies: 11
Views: 1409

Re: ABS fault?

Before you do all that, have you tried cleaning all the wheel sensors. It should be easy to do if they have been replaced. Just one bolt each one with an allen key. I used to have regular problems with my ABS light years ago when I first got the Z3. Now I clean the sensors once a year and never have...
by John Wilson
Tue 18 Apr, 2017 10:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Sofa??
Replies: 5
Views: 938

Re: Z3 Sofa??

On a positive side, it's been cut down to a good size to throw straight into a skip.
by John Wilson
Sat 15 Apr, 2017 12:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Expensive problem still not fully resolved
Replies: 35
Views: 4439

Re: Expensive problem still not fully resolved

I suppose its not something simple like the regular problems of a split in one of the boots on the inlet side which developed through being disturbed with the original work?
by John Wilson
Tue 11 Apr, 2017 13:37
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: An S54 M Roadster for sale?
Replies: 20
Views: 2517

Re: An S54 M Roadster for sale?

The moderators will be complaining soon. Theres no price on it.
by John Wilson
Sat 08 Apr, 2017 00:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine Light and strange idle.
Replies: 8
Views: 917

Re: Engine Light and strange idle.

Theres the idle control valve. It could need cleaning. Its not a bad job except for access to the jubillee clips around the boots. While the inlet side is off, also check that the butterfly is not sticking when closed. Search the forum for how to do it.
by John Wilson
Fri 07 Apr, 2017 10:51
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: London congestion charges
Replies: 11
Views: 1277

Re: London congestion charges

How do you enforce 30 million vehicles? Once a year at an MOT. Youve answered your own question there. Theres loads of people on this forum who have had failed emissions on their MOT. Charging batteries from power stations is an incredibly inefficient way of powering cars. I cant remember the figur...
by John Wilson
Tue 04 Apr, 2017 22:54
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: London congestion charges
Replies: 11
Views: 1277

London congestion charges

I see that for Z1, Z3 and some Z4 drivers, we'll have to pay to drive through London. I think it will be £24 a day. The real problem on our roads are diesel cars. They produce the PM10 paticles that are small enough to penetrate into the lungs and have caused such a huge increase in asthma amongst y...
by John Wilson
Sun 02 Apr, 2017 11:25
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Z3 Wideboy
Replies: 5
Views: 796

Re: Z3 Wideboy

I quite like the term 'Wideboy'. It sounds a bit Harley Davidson like 'Softtail'
by John Wilson
Sun 19 Mar, 2017 16:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Helpful Tips?
Replies: 20
Views: 2385

Re: Helpful Tips?

Nick some of your significant other's E45 cream, massage it liberally into your leather seats and other leather bit on your Z. Leave it overnight to soak in then go over it with a microfibre to remove residue. I heard somewhere that the top leather guy at Aston Martin does this. It was just on the ...
by John Wilson
Sun 19 Mar, 2017 12:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Help! Wipers stopping when stationary
Replies: 10
Views: 1305

Re: Help! Wipers stopping when stationary

I think your boyfriend is just making a meal of it so that next time out, you'll be driving and he can have a few drinks. My wipers stop at traffic lights, by the way.
by John Wilson
Thu 09 Mar, 2017 23:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Helpful Tips?
Replies: 20
Views: 2385

Re: Helpful Tips?

Not for z's but, I used to own an old MG Magnette which had an electric fuel pump at the side of the boot. The points on it used to sometimes stick causing the engine to splutter and stop. I used to have a spanner hanging in the boot by a string. When I could feel fuel stavation happening, a small j...
by John Wilson
Sat 11 Feb, 2017 11:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Calling all lowered zeds! post a pic please..
Replies: 18
Views: 2093

Re: Calling all lowered zeds! post a pic please..

Looking back on this post, its nice to see Tori's Z3 back in 2011. Tori was a regular contributor on the site back in those days and I always thought that was the best looking Z3 I have seen. I wonder who bought it (for £6000?) and whether it's still around.
by John Wilson
Fri 06 Jan, 2017 20:14
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: To my .org friends!
Replies: 39
Views: 3103

Re: To my .org friends!

I cant work out whats happening here. Bonzos post has been removed just for mentioning the Sandringham meet on the org site. My post in support and being purely complementary about org members has also been removed. Ar we we not allowed to mention the 'other' site or what. I'm not trying to stir thi...
by John Wilson
Thu 29 Dec, 2016 09:41
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: To my .org friends!
Replies: 39
Views: 3103

Re: To my .org friends!

Go faster stripes anyone?
You're banned!
by John Wilson
Tue 27 Dec, 2016 23:23
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: To my .org friends!
Replies: 39
Views: 3103

Re: To my .org friends!

Well, keep posting on the net. If any of us disagrees about gills, I think we can get over it (though it might take some time).
by John Wilson
Tue 27 Dec, 2016 12:23
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: To my .org friends!
Replies: 39
Views: 3103

Re: To my .org friends!

Something to do with crome gills? I believe its an automatic ban if you dont like them -harsh but fair.
by John Wilson
Sat 19 Nov, 2016 16:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: tool box
Replies: 8
Views: 1044

Re: tool box

I've never seen Halfords advanced socket sets at anything other than half price, a bit like a DFS sale. They are good though except the box doesnt keep the sockets in place when closed, so you either have to keep the box upright or use the bit of foam to keep them in place, which quickly disintegrat...
by John Wilson
Thu 17 Nov, 2016 18:30
Forum: Site Announcements and Feedback
Topic: Performance Problems
Replies: 6
Views: 1786

Re: Performance Problems

Thanks for sorting it out, Robert. You re a hero. Now just come round and sort out my landline cold calling.
by John Wilson
Tue 25 Oct, 2016 21:01
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Northern Spain in a Z3M
Replies: 10
Views: 1558

Re: Northern Spain in a Z3M

Really interesting account. And fortunately the views didnt get in the way of the lovely Z3M.
by John Wilson
Tue 25 Oct, 2016 20:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Paint and where to purchase
Replies: 2
Views: 451

Re: Paint and where to purchase

I dont know about topas blue, but after trying a couple of specialist paint firms, that he best match for titan silver was from Halfords! The touch up pen is also really nice to use.
by John Wilson
Mon 19 Sep, 2016 12:02
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: More loutish behaviour...
Replies: 4
Views: 895

Re: More loutish behaviour...

I'm not sure what point is being made here. Surely he boot floor problems and the vanos problems are the fault of poor design by BMW and not that you should never accelerate hard in a Z3M. I have never had an M but I cant really see the point of owning one if you never put your foot down hard to exp...
by John Wilson
Sun 18 Sep, 2016 08:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Kwik Fit MOT – ABS & ASC+T lights on like a Christmas tree
Replies: 18
Views: 2001

Re: Kwik Fit MOT – ABS & ASC+T lights on like a Christmas tr

I think we're being a bit unfair to Kwik Fit. It's more BMWs fault for having such tempremental sensors. I take my wheel sensors out and clean them at least once a year to stop the lights going on together with the limp mode. If this happens in a Kwik Fit or other garage, they have to fail it if it ...
by John Wilson
Sun 11 Sep, 2016 22:17
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: What the..........
Replies: 8
Views: 1173

Re: What the..........

When we first got the Z3, we used to have the top down all the time, even at night and in winter, except when raining. Now the top is still mostly down, but on busy motorways (in this country) we sometimes put it up. Its just so noisy with the traffic noise and it's just not fun anymore. I know the ...
by John Wilson
Fri 09 Sep, 2016 18:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: accelerator pedal sticking
Replies: 6
Views: 730

Re: accelerator pedal sticking

I would go for a new cable. Its not a lot of money, easy to replace, and it makes such a difference in the driving. I used to be of the opinion that oiling it would do, put it tends to break down on the inside so doesnt work properly. Theres threads telling how to remove it- theres a ball on one end...
by John Wilson
Thu 08 Sep, 2016 21:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rust compared to SLKs
Replies: 5
Views: 713

Rust compared to SLKs

I was talking to someone at work. He has an SLK from 2001. He is just getting a full respray because of rust problems. It's apparently all over, including between the skins in the bonnet. With Z3s you might get a bonnet respray because of road chips but not rust from inside (mine is a year older tha...
by John Wilson
Tue 16 Aug, 2016 12:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Best tyres to eliminate tramlining
Replies: 26
Views: 2980

Re: Best tyres to eliminate tramlining

I agree with Bonzo. ZV5's on the front completely cured my bad tramlining. It is like driving a different car. And you have the bonus of having 'Z's enbossed all round the tyre.
by John Wilson
Sat 18 Jun, 2016 17:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: new tyres and rear window
Replies: 4
Views: 716

Re: new tyres and rear window

You must have more dextrous fingers than me. Im not sure doing it again, I could be much quicker with the zip. You must be the one in the sites video doing the job in a couple of minutes. I'm glad to hear yours lasted so long. I wasnt sure about how long the double sided tape would last, but it seem...
by John Wilson
Sat 18 Jun, 2016 14:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: new tyres and rear window
Replies: 4
Views: 716

Re: new tyres and rear window

Good luck with the fitting. You will need to get some linen thread for the final sewing stich. Another tip that I learnt eventually after several frustrating attempts is that of loosening off the roof. When you do the final zipping round, it is not enough just to undo the roof handles. The roof need...
by John Wilson
Sat 18 Jun, 2016 12:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: new tyres and rear window
Replies: 4
Views: 716

new tyres and rear window

I'vw had the Z3 for 7 years now and it's the first time I've replaced the front tyres. Ive always thought that tramlining was something I just had to put up with in return for having 18 inch wheels on the car, the ideal size for the looks of the car (that's the most important thing, of course). I go...
by John Wilson
Mon 28 Mar, 2016 17:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wheel heating up.
Replies: 13
Views: 1291

Re: Wheel heating up.

Could it be the wheel bearing, and nothing to do with the brakes?
by John Wilson
Fri 25 Mar, 2016 21:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: I know I'm thick but....
Replies: 12
Views: 1042

Re: I know I'm thick but....

Do you even need planks at a picnic?
by John Wilson
Sun 20 Mar, 2016 19:43
Forum: Z4 roadster and Z4 Coupe
Topic: lumpy idle on z4 2.0i sport
Replies: 3
Views: 893

Re: lumpy idle on z4 2.0i sport

It could be the idle control valve needs a clean. I had lumpy idle for years wih my Z3 and that completely cured it. My post about it is here http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=43422&p=404881&hilit=Idle+control#p404881 But, of course, thats for a 6 pot Z3, not yuor Z4, but I believe ...
by John Wilson
Sun 13 Mar, 2016 18:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS and ASC LIGHTS
Replies: 6
Views: 1030

Re: ABS and ASC LIGHTS

Could be the wheel sensors needing cleaning. A common fault. Do a search as theres lots of posts about the job. Its a pain to do the first time because they get rusted in. You have to be careful not to shear the allen headed bolt.
by John Wilson
Sun 21 Feb, 2016 19:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: HELP needed total loss of power
Replies: 36
Views: 3155

Re: HELP needed total loss of power

Giving birth is very similar. The butterfly opens and the baby comes out. At least, I, think that's what happens.
by John Wilson
Sat 20 Feb, 2016 20:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.8 power loss - help required!
Replies: 9
Views: 929

Re: Z3 2.8 power loss - help required!

Have you seen this current thread
http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopi ... =5&t=43817
Might be of some help
by John Wilson
Thu 18 Feb, 2016 17:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: HELP needed total loss of power
Replies: 36
Views: 3155

Re: HELP needed total loss of power

I just love this kind of thread. It's like everyone is there leaning over the bonnet chipping in with advice. Cant wait till its all back together and it's fired up.
by John Wilson
Mon 15 Feb, 2016 18:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Aceman seat bushes- how good?
Replies: 7
Views: 947

Re: Aceman seat bushes- how good?

So, if I can do some maths here, Tillys bushes from Aceman have lasted 4 and a half years. Z3s were produced since 1995. Obviously, by at least 2010 they were wearing out, otherwise there would be no need to manufacture replacements, giving them a life of less than 5 years. So given another 6 months...