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by DC
Fri 10 Nov, 2017 13:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Anyone got an automatic Z3?
Replies: 14
Views: 564

Re: Anyone got an automatic Z3?

I have a 1.9 Auto and find it perfectly adequate, I would entirely agree with Tilly's comments having owned and enjoyed mine for around 9 years. Having said that however if "adequate" is not what you are wanting, maybe look for a 2.8 or 3 litre, both of which I think will have a Steptronic box (whic...
by DC
Fri 10 Nov, 2017 13:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Import Z3s
Replies: 14
Views: 556

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 ...
by DC
Fri 10 Nov, 2017 08:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Import Z3s
Replies: 14
Views: 556

Re: Import Z3s

Hi guys, What’s the view on Japanese import Z3s? I have some concerns about knowledge of a cars exact history and mileage proof etc. I wondered if anyone had any experience of buying an import? Thanks Ken Mine is a 1998, imported to a dealer who specialised in imports when it was 10 years old and o...
by DC
Tue 02 May, 2017 08:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 central locking problems
Replies: 7
Views: 892

Re: Z3 central locking problems

The boot loom was the culprit with me and not all breaks in the same place, I would strip back the outer cover a bit further and see if any more breaks.
Dave.
by DC
Sun 23 Oct, 2016 19:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: long tearm storage
Replies: 13
Views: 1332

Re: long tearm storage

Keep the mice out! :)
Dave.
by DC
Mon 05 Sep, 2016 10:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Idle speed......
Replies: 11
Views: 1127

Re: Idle speed......

1.9 M44 engine is known for having a somewhat lumpy idle. My experience has been that using best quality petrol, Fuchs TITAN GT1 XTL 5W-40 fully synthetic and a yearly dose of Redex fuel system cleaner seems to keep the tickover sweet. Strangely, the change to the above oil made a very noticeable di...
by DC
Sat 03 Sep, 2016 11:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: oil filter tool m44 engine
Replies: 5
Views: 609

Re: oil filter tool m44 engine

Bought mine from Halfords a few years back it's stamped 76/14 and fits perfectly.
Dave.
by DC
Fri 15 Apr, 2016 09:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Advice required - central locking problem
Replies: 7
Views: 1125

Re: Advice required - central locking problem

I had some weird central locking issues a couple of years back which I found was due to the boot loom (where it goes from lid to body) as Robert suggests.
It looked perfect but on stripping the outer cover back there were a couple of broken wires.
Dave.
by DC
Mon 04 Apr, 2016 19:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: which oil for a 1.9 1997 z3
Replies: 7
Views: 947

Re: which oil for a 1.9 1997 z3

I used to use Fuchs Titan SuperSyn 5w 40 which seemed fine though the last couple of changes I've used Fuchs TITAN GT1 XTL 5W-40 fully synthetic engine oil since when I've noticed a slightly quieter tick over and now no "sticky valve lifter noise" since changing. OIL FILTER: UFI hydraulic oil filter...
by DC
Mon 21 Mar, 2016 16:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Door tweeter grill
Replies: 17
Views: 1641

Re: Door tweeter grill

Another thread which I found useful when I did mine a few years back.
http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11887

Dave.
by DC
Mon 26 Oct, 2015 18:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Slump in mpg?
Replies: 15
Views: 1159

Re: Slump in mpg?

Hi all - my 1.9 Auto recently had an MOT which failed on ' major leak of exhaust gasses ' & ' exhaust emmission Carbon monoxide content after 2nd fast idle excessive'. I was told the exhaust needed welding & car was then passed ok. Driving away,I noticed mpg display was low 20's but put this down t...
by DC
Sat 17 Oct, 2015 18:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: New Tyres Advice Please
Replies: 17
Views: 1452

Re: New Tyres Advice Please

Avon ZV5 on pepperpots:)
Dave.
by DC
Mon 12 Oct, 2015 14:22
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Just saw this on the bbc website
Replies: 9
Views: 1355

Re: Just saw this on the bbc website

ARoosterinaRoadster wrote:
What evidence was there to suggest that it might have been a 2.8
Exhaust system I think :)
Dave.
by DC
Sat 10 Oct, 2015 18:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: CUTTING LOUVRES INTO BONNET
Replies: 7
Views: 716

Re: CUTTING LOUVRES INTO BONNET

My Morgan came with louvres on the top and sides of the bonnet, designed to let the engine heat out. I never had a problem with water entering whilst the engine was running as the air flow was outwards but never parked facing down hill if it was raining. Looked good on the Mog but I don't think they...
by DC
Thu 24 Sep, 2015 18:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Spare wheel
Replies: 19
Views: 1562

Re: Spare wheel

I use ulta seal in all tyres + a spare under the boot + a RAC card Petet2b Same here. I recently hit a rock in the road and holed a tyre though not in the Z. The only thing that got me home was the spare. It was very late in the day, out in the sticks, no mobile phone reception and ultra seal (or p...
by DC
Thu 20 Aug, 2015 20:48
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Bmw z3 none rollover bar wind deflector
Replies: 7
Views: 783

Re: Bmw z3 none rollover bar wind deflector

Millhouse wrote:They pull out and they are longer pal
I guess it's the camera angle then :)

Dave.
by DC
Sun 16 Aug, 2015 17:22
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Bmw z3 none rollover bar wind deflector
Replies: 7
Views: 783

Re: Bmw z3 none rollover bar wind deflector

Looking at this the pins look much shorter than on mine.
Just wondering if they have been shortened at some stage as they don't look long enough to reach the mountings.
Apologies if it's just a bad camera angle.
Dave.
by DC
Thu 18 Jun, 2015 13:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rattle from rear right area!?? Suspension top mount?
Replies: 11
Views: 1129

Re: Rattle from rear right area!?? Suspension top mount?

I was lucky with mine, I was able to silence the rattle by lifting the handbrake gaiter and taking a little slack out of the cable that was causing the tinkling/rattling noise. I tightened the adjusting nuts very slightly and was careful not to overdo it and make the brakes bind on. This was a few y...
by DC
Wed 17 Jun, 2015 09:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rattle from rear right area!?? Suspension top mount?
Replies: 11
Views: 1129

Re: Rattle from rear right area!?? Suspension top mount?

Whilst hearing the noise try gently pulling on the handbrake, if the noise stops it will be the handbrake mechanism as Joycey says.
Speaking from personal experience the rear mounts noise is more noticeable with hood up rather than down.
Dave.
by DC
Sun 14 Jun, 2015 18:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fuel gauge fault Z3 1999
Replies: 7
Views: 800

Re: Fuel gauge fault Z3 1999

It's a very common thing, if you do a search you'll find lots of info. STP petrol treatment http://www.stp.eu/uk/products/item/id/189/petrol-treatment worked for me a few years back and hasn't done it since. Worth a go for around a fiver and will do your fuel system good as well. Best also to stick ...
by DC
Thu 11 Jun, 2015 18:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Name that part!
Replies: 15
Views: 1996

Re: Name that part!

Mine has a viscous fan and an electric fan.
1998 M44 pre facelift auto with air con.
Dave.
by DC
Tue 19 May, 2015 23:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sun visor extenders
Replies: 35
Views: 3860

Re: Sun visor extenders

If you don't have a passenger, dropping just the passenger side window removes the draught from the driver. Sounds weird but it works.
Dave.
by DC
Mon 30 Mar, 2015 10:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How do you change the plugs on a 1.9 Roadster using the BMW
Replies: 6
Views: 672

Re: How do you change the plugs on a 1.9 Roadster using the

It's a pretty easy job, even I can do it! there should be a blue ht lead removal tool under the plug cover, very handy as the leads can be very tight on to the plugs! If you google m44 plug removal tool You'll get lots of info edit, just realised yours may be the 8 valve engine but probably similar,...
by DC
Mon 23 Mar, 2015 19:56
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: M Roadster for sale on ebay
Replies: 35
Views: 2752

Re: M Roadster for sale on ebay

I also wasn't convinced about the rust-free condition he claimed it to be in, given that all the other Z3s I've seen from Scotland have suffered fairly heavily (including Scarlett). That's quite right, the winters here mean a lot of abrasive grit is used on the roads. The brakes, wheel bearings and...
by DC
Wed 18 Feb, 2015 19:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Unique ASC+T issue
Replies: 12
Views: 844

Re: Unique ASC+T issue

I would suggest you check the age of the tyres, anything more than about 6 years and they get a bit hard.
Sounds like there's a possibility they are a lot older than that and if so you are quite correct, they will be trying to kill you!

Dave.
by DC
Sat 31 Jan, 2015 17:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Only 1 speaker out of 4 works.
Replies: 4
Views: 417

Re: Only 1 speaker out of 4 works.

I don't know much about audio systems. Regarding my Z3 1.9 from 1997. I counted 4 speakers and only the one behind the driver works. Mine's always been the same, I never got to the bottom of the problem and replacing the radio didn't make any difference. Swapping the wires from the working speaker ...
by DC
Thu 22 Jan, 2015 10:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: which oil?
Replies: 19
Views: 2487

Re: which oil?

You get strong views on these pumps. I have a PELA one. The oil needs to be good and hot - so that it is nice and thin with dirt suspended in it. People say it does not suck "sludge" from the sump floor - but in my experience sludge does not accumulate there. We experimented on my son's car once (n...
by DC
Wed 14 Jan, 2015 16:13
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Where is best to get your Z3M serviced in Scotland?
Replies: 11
Views: 1317

Re: Where is best to get your Z3M serviced in Scotland?

Rory4711 wrote:Errm; no-one seems to have covered the original question - any info, anyone ?
Just what I was thinking :)
by DC
Tue 13 Jan, 2015 17:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Winter tyres, wheel sizes question
Replies: 4
Views: 699

Re: Winter tyres, wheel sizes question

Try entering the details of both cars in a website such as this: http://www.wheelbasealloys.com/alloy-wheels/wolfrace/x10/silver/16-inch# and cross reference them to see if you can get the same wheel and tyre combination to suit both. I know it's not that relevant to Z3 but I use 16" winter wheels w...
by DC
Tue 06 Jan, 2015 09:20
Forum: Performance
Topic: Best tyres for my Z3 2.0
Replies: 22
Views: 3355

Re: Best tyres for my Z3 2.0

hi everybody I,m new to the forum and thought I just tell everyone that I have just fitted the Avon zv5 on all corners and the tramlining that the car suffered from( Michelin fronts & perrili rears) has all but completely gone!!! Internal noise level has gone down and now the car is a joy to drive....
by DC
Sat 03 Jan, 2015 23:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: warning light indicator switch won't stay on!
Replies: 8
Views: 1239

Re: warning light indicator switch won't stay on!

Mines an auto, ash tray is the easy way in.
Dave.
by DC
Sun 28 Dec, 2014 18:01
Forum: Z4 roadster and Z4 Coupe
Topic: boot not opening from remote
Replies: 14
Views: 2998

Re: boot not opening from remote

I had pretty well the same problem and it was broken wires in the loom where it comes into the boot lid. It looked fine until I stripped the outer cover back and found the breaks, If that's your problem it's an easy fix, just solder up and insulate. Mines not a high mileage but the boot does get ope...
by DC
Fri 26 Dec, 2014 13:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Halfords socket sets
Replies: 25
Views: 4022

Re: Halfords socket sets

Z3Jeremy wrote:Thankyou Rafolian - onto it. Jeremy.
Watch out for the spanner length to fit the tool kit slot. Plenty out there are too long, I'm still looking!
Dave
by DC
Sun 07 Dec, 2014 15:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: To start or not to start?
Replies: 22
Views: 2947

Re: To start or not to start?

Mines never ever been out in snow or ice and being a Japanese import has never seen grit or salt. I'm sure if fitted with winters as Tim's is it would perform well enough but I just can't bring myself to do it.
I suspect that what I really mean is I cant be bothered cleaning two cars!
Dave.
by DC
Sat 06 Dec, 2014 20:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: To start or not to start?
Replies: 22
Views: 2947

Re: To start or not to start?

It gets a bit trickier when you have air conditioning. I start and run mine several times in the winter to keep the A/C in order. Always on a warm day and run for at least 30 mins, luckily I have a longish drive so it gets moved about a bit as well. never had any trouble from doing this. When I had ...
by DC
Fri 05 Dec, 2014 19:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fan heater bulb part No?
Replies: 7
Views: 902

Re: Fan heater bulb part No?

I recently did mine and though I did remove the radio I didn't find it helped me and went in behind the panel at the passenger side. I had to use long nose pliers to pull them out, they are just a push fit but very stiff. About an hour to find them and fathom out how to do it and two minutes to put ...
by DC
Sun 30 Nov, 2014 17:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Front side markers?
Replies: 10
Views: 1671

Re: Front side markers?

Mine has a plain bumper, no side marker lights, the side lights being in the form of an extra bulb set in the headlights.
Maybe a replacement bumper from a later car has been fitted and the side marker lights not connected up to come on as sidelights?
Dave.
by DC
Sun 16 Nov, 2014 15:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Taxed and ready to go!
Replies: 12
Views: 1664

Re: Taxed and ready to go!

I get it Tim. :)

Dave.
by DC
Mon 27 Oct, 2014 18:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Tale of a Z3 fuel sender unit (300k km)
Replies: 3
Views: 1269

Re: Tale of a Z3 fuel sender unit (300k km)

Superb write up and pics!
Dave.
by DC
Sat 25 Oct, 2014 15:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Front view parking sensors
Replies: 4
Views: 679

Re: Front view parking sensors

I am looking for a front view parking sensor kit that will protect my the spoiler. No need for a rear kit as I am confident with reversing. Whilst also confident with front parking it is the hight of kerbs that is the problem. The spoiler is most of the time below the kerb when parking and dont wan...
by DC
Thu 16 Oct, 2014 12:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Flickering internal light
Replies: 4
Views: 440

Re: Flickering internal light

Most likely the switch on the light itself particularly if it flickers when switched off.
Dave.
by DC
Thu 09 Oct, 2014 16:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Lights behind heater controls
Replies: 6
Views: 557

Re: Lights behind heater controls

You might stop grinning soon! I've just done mine, bulbs almost £12 each and the devil of a job to get at.
I found going in from the radio aperture didn't help me much and from the side was best with my large size hands.
Enjoy and keep smiling :)
Dave.
by DC
Mon 06 Oct, 2014 16:38
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: 100% clear windscreen
Replies: 17
Views: 1497

Re: 100% clear windscreen

For the first time ever I didn't get a reminder for my year old Scirocco, If they are going to "forget" to send reminders out it's going to be a nice little earner as a lot of folk will forget to tax and end up with a fine. Z tax will run out at the end of this month then it will be sorned, I wonder...
by DC
Fri 19 Sep, 2014 16:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Battery in key fob
Replies: 3
Views: 705

Re: Battery in key fob

Don't leave the battery out for long or you may need to re-initialise it which is a bit of a pain. I answered the phone in the middle of doing mine (which is how I found this out) and had to search on line for instructions. Dave. http://i743.photobucket.com/albums/xx71/willowclegg/initialisebmwkey_z...
by DC
Wed 30 Jul, 2014 15:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Automatic gearboxes realiability question on all Z3
Replies: 15
Views: 1932

Re: Automatic gearboxes realiability question on all Z3

My 1998 1.9 M44 is silky smooth and changes quite acceptably for a 16 year old car, not like James May's at all. Good quality fuel is a must to get the best out of it and never less than 36 mpg over the time I've owned it. 36000 miles to date, 13000 done by me. Definitely not for sale :) More power ...
by DC
Tue 17 Jun, 2014 18:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: After a puncture.
Replies: 88
Views: 9603

Re: After a puncture.

alec.m wrote:
Where`s this thread going?
I'm waiting for the "will it hold a body" post.
Dave.
by DC
Mon 16 Jun, 2014 19:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Tyre choice
Replies: 7
Views: 226

Re: Tyre choice

Avon ZV5 on mine, low noise, plenty of grip and absolutely no tram lining though that could be because of the size (205/60/R 15) or maybe the lighter front end due to having a 4 pot. I had Bridgestones on before and though only very slight tram lining the grip and noise were not as good as the Avons...
by DC
Mon 09 Jun, 2014 14:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Any one used thesofttopshop?
Replies: 27
Views: 1918

Re: Any one used thesofttopshop?

Thanks Guys, Fred I will contact the soft top shop and ask as I would like to know if their hoods include the seam pockets and if double layered otherwise its going to be a retrograde step if they don't. I have been recommended this company who do hoods with and without the pockets however I dont t...
by DC
Sun 01 Jun, 2014 13:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Standard or Super unleaded?
Replies: 75
Views: 4762

Re: Standard or Super unleaded?

Mike Fishwick wrote:As it states in the Owner's Handbook (which of course no-one ever reads!)
Mines in Japenese :(