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by motco
Fri 10 Nov, 2017 14:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Import Z3s
Replies: 14
Views: 747

Re: Import Z3s

The one caution applied to Japanese imports of Japanese cars (typically MX5s) is the lower level of corrosion protection applied there. Heh, the UK market MX-5s weren't a great deal better, as I found to my cost! :head: Honda S2000s were not too good either. Japanese cars seem to lag behind ours in...
by motco
Fri 10 Nov, 2017 09:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Import Z3s
Replies: 14
Views: 747

Re: Import Z3s

The one caution applied to Japanese imports of Japanese cars (typically MX5s) is the lower level of corrosion protection applied there. In the case of 'foreign' built cars from Japan this worry may not apply. You need to know from BMW ideally whether the US factory differentiated European standard R...
by motco
Tue 07 Nov, 2017 12:57
Forum: Better Driving
Topic: You just go off the dual carriageway and then back on......
Replies: 6
Views: 469

Re: You just go off the dual carriageway and then back on......

Of course at J6 on the M6 (Gravelly Hill or Spaghetti Junction) it is a local sport to close up in lane one to force late lane changers to continue on the motorway. But that's Birmingham... :head: I'm from Birmingham and saw Spagehtti Junction being built. People have been doing that since it opene...
by motco
Tue 07 Nov, 2017 07:43
Forum: Better Driving
Topic: You just go off the dual carriageway and then back on......
Replies: 6
Views: 469

Re: You just go off the dual carriageway and then back on......

If I am on a motorway looking to leave at an exit, I'll begin the 'lane shuffle' at the half-mile marker. Usually I'll find I am still not in lane one for a quarter of the remaining distance, but never have I been caught out by the time the exit arrives - by some margin. A half-mile is plenty of dis...
by motco
Sun 05 Nov, 2017 09:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: DSC Warning Lights on
Replies: 6
Views: 474

Re: DSC Warning Lights on

Yes, sorry Mike, I should have checked your profile before I posted!

I seem to recall that there may well be a work-around but I cannot remember what it is. I think it involves the original poster of the images to add some code to the thread they're embedded in.
by motco
Sat 04 Nov, 2017 09:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: DSC Warning Lights on
Replies: 6
Views: 474

Re: DSC Warning Lights on

I doubt that this will be a lot of help but I had these symptoms on my 2.2 Sport accompanied by occasional engine misbehaviour. It was the throttle body faulty which sounds bizarre but all these systems are inter-dependent. If the pedal and the throttle position are out of sync and the revs don't co...
by motco
Tue 31 Oct, 2017 17:40
Forum: RoadZ
Topic: Ardarroch to Applecross
Replies: 9
Views: 5176

Re: Ardarroch to Applecross

It is a terrific road in the same league as Hardknott and Wrynose Passes in the Lakes. I first drove The Pass of the Cattle to Applecross in 1971 in a Hillman Hunter. If you're there you simply must do it. An RAF air sea rescue helicopter made a low pass overhead when I was up there in 1973 in my MG...
by motco
Wed 25 Oct, 2017 13:57
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: silver z3 53 plate whitchurch
Replies: 6
Views: 386

Re: silver z3 53 plate whitchurch

Registered 1 July 2005 which is three years after the last one was built. Very strange. :? FC04HGX Currently in the Telford area.
by motco
Sun 22 Oct, 2017 18:26
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: silver z3 53 plate whitchurch
Replies: 6
Views: 386

Re: silver z3 53 plate whitchurch

It must be as mine is a 52 plate and was made in the last week of production and registered on 24th September 2002. A 53 is at least 11 months down the line. Where had it been all that time? I've seen 03 plates before but not a 53
by motco
Sun 22 Oct, 2017 09:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Free 3rd party Image Hosting
Replies: 5
Views: 445

Re: Free 3rd party Image Hosting

I moved over to Imgur - seems okay so far.

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by motco
Fri 13 Oct, 2017 17:29
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Dakar Yellow Z3M Coupé (photo)
Replies: 3
Views: 417

Re: Dakar Yellow Z3M Coupé (photo)

Can't say what reg it would be because although I have a picture of it (bought some wheels from the owner) the number has been changed. I do know it was a 'X' prefix at the time.
by motco
Fri 13 Oct, 2017 09:19
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Dakar Yellow Z3M Coupé (photo)
Replies: 3
Views: 417

Re: Dakar Yellow Z3M Coupé (photo)

There used to be one in Garston, near Watford. Perhaps it was him - although he's off his home patch in Oxfordshire? There are certainly very few around in that colour.
by motco
Wed 27 Sep, 2017 09:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Temporary brake failure - advice
Replies: 11
Views: 1352

Re: Temporary brake failure - advice

It is possible that the caliper piston exceeded its normal travel and seized as a result. Pumping the pedal should have drawn in more fluid as it does when you've fitted new pads and have pushed the pistons back in to the cylinders. In any case you're back on the road with functioning brakes.
by motco
Tue 26 Sep, 2017 17:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Temporary brake failure - advice
Replies: 11
Views: 1352

Re: Temporary brake failure - advice

So how did the braking return if the pad had broken up?

This happened to my son's Z4M Coupé

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by motco
Sat 23 Sep, 2017 08:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hesitating throttle,
Replies: 2
Views: 516

Re: Hesitating throttle,

Cable operated throttles and fly-by-wire types each have their own features.
by motco
Fri 22 Sep, 2017 14:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: MoT rollers and Torsen diffs
Replies: 10
Views: 1151

Re: MoT rollers and Torsen diffs

I'd be surprised if your Ferrari didn't have a 'hard' LSD anyway, unless it's a new enough one to have an electronic LSD by way of the traction control system.
by motco
Mon 18 Sep, 2017 12:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: MoT rollers and Torsen diffs
Replies: 10
Views: 1151

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 motco
Thu 07 Sep, 2017 10:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: MoT rollers and Torsen diffs
Replies: 10
Views: 1151

Re: MoT rollers and Torsen diffs

Messenger mortally wounded! I claim no deep knowledge, only the sage words of the manufacturer. Personally, I don't risk it even though mine was probably tested four or five times before I acquired it.
Only Sport models and ///M cars were fitted with an LSD unless specified at purchase.
by motco
Wed 06 Sep, 2017 17:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Temporary brake failure - advice
Replies: 11
Views: 1352

Re: Temporary brake failure - advice

My understanding is that when the pedal travels to the floor like this it is the fault of the brake fluid. I would get some top quality Dot 4 in there with a much higher boiling point i.e. Castrol React Performance - I've got this in my cars. People (unlike me :D ) who regularly get involved in "sp...
by motco
Wed 06 Sep, 2017 08:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: MoT rollers and Torsen diffs
Replies: 10
Views: 1151

MoT rollers and Torsen diffs

Because I have not been able to find a definitive answer to the question of whether a Torsen differential is safe on brake rollers or not, I emailed the manufacturer for advice. Here's my question and their reply: Good Morning, I have a 2002 BMW Z3 2.2i Sport, one of the last off the Spartanburg lin...
by motco
Mon 04 Sep, 2017 15:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Temporary brake failure - advice
Replies: 11
Views: 1352

Re: Temporary brake failure - advice

Overheating pads will cause fade but that usually presents a hard pedal with little effect. I did a trackday with my Z and had exactly the phenomenon you describe: long, soft pedal after hard repeated braking on a circuit. It took a couple of hours to recover in my case. Change fluid and think about...
by motco
Tue 22 Aug, 2017 18:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS fault unsolvable bricked car
Replies: 20
Views: 1850

Re: ABS fault unsolvable bricked car

Managed to fix my ABS module last week. Removed the control unit, sealed unit so cut the lid off with a Dremel. 2 broken solder joints inside, resoldered. Fitted the lid and sealed with black silicone sealer. ABS light was still on, drove for 1/4 mile, lights went out and stayed out. Now lights go ...
by motco
Mon 21 Aug, 2017 17:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS fault unsolvable bricked car
Replies: 20
Views: 1850

Re: ABS fault unsolvable bricked car

Never had any of this kind of trouble with my Triumph Spitfire. Nor I when I had an MG Midget. Loads of other troubles, mind you, but no ABS trouble! My Westfield doesn't give trouble like this either... I don't use it on the road any more anyway - too dangerous thanks. God help me when/if either/b...
by motco
Tue 15 Aug, 2017 16:01
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Black roadster A4010
Replies: 0
Views: 272

Black roadster A4010

Travelling southward along the Wycombe Road (A4010) out of Princes Risborough at about 15:00hrs today (Tuesday 15th August) a black Roadster Z3. I was going the other way in a dirty black X-Type estate.
by motco
Fri 28 Jul, 2017 17:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: UFO in my car?
Replies: 9
Views: 829

Re: UFO in my car?

Yes they are ultrasonic movement detectors. The Devil's devices in a car with spiders in it. I have them in my 'other' car and I've put Sellotape over them.
by motco
Thu 20 Jul, 2017 17:04
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: OEM Hard top hoist
Replies: 7
Views: 890

Re: OEM Hard top hoist

My install guide from the knowledgebase has lots of piccys http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=29951 Well they certainly show the device better than my picture! It's a useful device but only marginally single-handed in use dependent on how well your hardtop has been adjusted in the ...
by motco
Wed 19 Jul, 2017 09:13
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: OEM Hard top hoist
Replies: 7
Views: 890

Re: OEM Hard top hoist

If it's of any assistance you can just make out mine in the picture below. I also have the installation sheet somewhere.

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by motco
Mon 03 Jul, 2017 09:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Are Z3's getting rare?
Replies: 12
Views: 1469

Re: Are Z3's getting rare?

None does a huge mileage either, so unlike the proverbial repmobile, they aren't to be seen at every turning. Mine lies unused for days at a time, and even weeks in winter. I dare not begin to work out the cost per mile! :bawl:
by motco
Sun 02 Jul, 2017 08:04
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Photobucket hosting ban!
Replies: 3
Views: 620

Re: Photobucket hosting ban!

I've downloaded all my pictures from PB and am trying Imgur instead.

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by motco
Tue 20 Jun, 2017 14:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 220455

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Another 'not quite bought' in that I replaced my BMW Business radio/tape player four years ago because the radio didn't work any more. A used identical unit which has been working well until recently came courtesy of eBay. Sadly, though, a cassette got stuck in it and I thought I might swap the deck...
by motco
Tue 20 Jun, 2017 14:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Auxiliary/ serpentine belt has come off, advice please!
Replies: 7
Views: 751

Re: Auxiliary/ serpentine belt has come off, advice please!

I wouldn't drive it there without a water pump operating because there could be localised overheating and some distortion of block/head. If it's on;y a few hundred yards scatter some pints of beer around your mates and get it pushed!
by motco
Tue 23 May, 2017 16:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: The cost of parts!
Replies: 12
Views: 1675

Re: The cost of parts!

........or how about £628.38 + fitting for the "genuine BMW" (possibly Hella) throttle body I had fitted by my Indy last week to my "W"-plate 2.8.............? Beemer Man It's cost of making and stocking a diminishing number of components I suspect. They're a pain to the manufacturer and the parts ...
by motco
Thu 18 May, 2017 07:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Screen Washers
Replies: 7
Views: 837

Re: Screen Washers

Hi thanks for your input, Have removed and cleaned the tank (4 parts Milton steriliser 1 water, works a treat flush well afterwards). Can live with the delay, when I was a bit younger you had too pump the screen wash up by a manual pump on the dash. When I was a LOT younger I didn't have any screen...
by motco
Thu 18 May, 2017 07:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine hunting when reversing.
Replies: 4
Views: 627

Re: Engine hunting when reversing.

My 2.2 Sport is a real pain to manoeuvre because of the fly-by-wire throttle. The tiny time lag between adjusting the pedal position and the engine's reaction causes a sort of feedback loop of revving and near stalling. My Westfield, with all its crudeness and harshness, is a delight to manoeuvre in...
by motco
Mon 08 May, 2017 07:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: B*stard main dealers
Replies: 20
Views: 2493

Re: B*stard main dealers

There was no need to worry about oil filters on my 1932 Standard Little Nine as there wasn't one. No worries about water pumps as it didn't have one of those either. No timing belts, although there was a chain clattering round on the front of the engine. When l took off the cover l found that the t...
by motco
Sun 30 Apr, 2017 13:30
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: LS1 V8 conversion
Replies: 4
Views: 860

Re: LS1 V8 conversion

Thanks Fok
by motco
Sun 30 Apr, 2017 09:29
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: LS1 V8 conversion
Replies: 4
Views: 860

Re: LS1 V8 conversion

Does the receiving car have to be an ///M or would any Z3 be compatible. I have a 2.2. I realise that suspension, brakes and diff mounting strength are important too, but it's the engine bay fit that is defining isn't it?
by motco
Sun 30 Apr, 2017 09:25
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: OEM Hard top hoist
Replies: 7
Views: 890

Re: OEM Hard top hoist

I have got one of these. They are very useful and make removal and fitting a single handed operation.
by motco
Thu 06 Apr, 2017 17:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Cruise retrofitted!
Replies: 3
Views: 577

Re: Cruise retrofitted!

Yes, it's easy of the fly-by-wire models. The hardest part is finding the hidden connector taped to the loom. Mine, also on a 2.2i, occasionally doesn't respond to a command, but after a stop and start it usually does.
by motco
Wed 05 Apr, 2017 09:05
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: London congestion charges
Replies: 11
Views: 1262

Re: London congestion charges

Oxides of nitrogen are the demon gases of the week, apparently. Something well known about more than ten years ago but conveniently ignored in order to pander to the CO2 warriors. PM2.5 particles are more dangerous than PM10 because they are small enough to penetrate into the alveoli (little air sac...
by motco
Sat 01 Apr, 2017 11:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Modifying and taking things off.
Replies: 14
Views: 1664

Re: Modifying and taking things off.

I'm sure that in some cases it's the driver who should slim down! I, for one, am no longer the 9st skinny blighter I was as a teenager. :oops:
by motco
Fri 31 Mar, 2017 12:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 220455

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Gookah, I am normally not a fan of the Z4 roadster (I love the coupé, but the rear end of the roadster jars somewhat) but that colour is perfect. Yours is beautiful!

This is my son's car:-

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by motco
Thu 30 Mar, 2017 15:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 220455

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Not quite what did I buy, but what did I do. In the true spirit of the old and lamented 'Innovations' catalogue: Before... http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v99/callom/3b414bcd-80cf-41b2-b19c-d5e126d501cf_zpskeu3fp8c.jpg After... http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v99/callom/20170330_144618_zpsvammzy...
by motco
Sun 19 Mar, 2017 14:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Help! Wipers stopping when stationary
Replies: 10
Views: 1291

Re: Help! Wipers stopping when stationary

TADTS, or TADTM in your case. 'They all do that sir/madam'. But they do usually start again as you drive off.
by motco
Sun 29 Jan, 2017 17:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Dead Battery.
Replies: 19
Views: 2330

Re: Dead Battery.

I strongly recommend you do not switch on the ignition even to position 1 or 2 until you have a fully charged battery in place and the charger is removed. I had a flat battery, put it on charge in the car, and turned on the ignition to check whether I had lost my radio code with the charger still co...
by motco
Mon 09 Jan, 2017 19:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Dual Mass Clutch Failure "Symptoms"
Replies: 10
Views: 1383

Re: Dual Mass Clutch Failure "Symptoms"

Failure of DMFs is more usually a diesel problem and is often caused by the massive torque and tendency of drivers to exploit that at too low a rev range. I never labour my X-Type 2.2D, and ensure that if I can sense the engine's firing strokes, I change down. Parted with my X type 2.2 at 84,000 st...
by motco
Sun 08 Jan, 2017 12:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Dual Mass Clutch Failure "Symptoms"
Replies: 10
Views: 1383

Re: Dual Mass Clutch Failure "Symptoms"

Failure of DMFs is more usually a diesel problem and is often caused by the massive torque and tendency of drivers to exploit that at too low a rev range. I never labour my X-Type 2.2D, and ensure that if I can sense the engine's firing strokes, I change down.
by motco
Sun 08 Jan, 2017 12:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: being dazzled
Replies: 15
Views: 1449

Re: being dazzled

got it sorted had some one behind me on the way homelast night with blinding bright lights so on road I know very well and straight I turned my lights off , I could see the road in front very clearly , I think he got the idea as he pulled back about 1/4 mile peterz3 He must be particularly bright h...
by motco
Mon 02 Jan, 2017 17:08
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: The law when indicating?
Replies: 11
Views: 1139

Re: The law when indicating?

IMO you and the other driver are jointly and severally blameworthy. I would never rely on the self-cancelling mechanism unless it cancelled before I can do it. Likewise, the other driver is foolish to believe a signal that was not initiated within their view. 50:50 fault distribution. Sorry, but you...