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by CoachOz
Sun 18 Dec, 2016 00:11
Forum: Z4 roadster and Z4 Coupe
Topic: More power from 2.5 si
Replies: 1
Views: 544

More power from 2.5 si

Is there a way to get more power out of the n52 2.5 engine such as an ECU flash?
by CoachOz
Mon 27 Jun, 2011 08:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Driving in the winter
Replies: 6
Views: 494

Mate, I think it is cold when we get down to single digits (and not the minus ones). I don't even go swimming until the water temperature hits 25 degrees, with the air temperature about 5 degrees above that. So in my mind you guys get the bravery awards for top down motoring in your climate. I get t...
by CoachOz
Sun 26 Jun, 2011 08:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Who is the oldest Zedder.........
Replies: 74
Views: 3590

One of us is September 1997 (that's the 2.8) and the other March 1951. (I wouldn't mind doing a swap!)
by CoachOz
Sun 26 Jun, 2011 08:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Driving in the winter
Replies: 6
Views: 494

Driving in the winter

Yes here in Oz it is winter time. Though my winter may be more like your summer in the UK with temperatures ranging from three to eighteen celsius. I reckon its more pleasant driving at this time of year with the top down, than in summer. Of course the heater on max, wind deflector and windows up an...
by CoachOz
Sun 17 Apr, 2011 12:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How much do you like your Z3
Replies: 93
Views: 36882

Well it's a BMW and I've been driving them for about 20 years - such engaging cars to drive. I love just about everything about it - the way it looks, sounds, handles, accelerates, the creature comforts ( leather, wood, air, cruise, heated seats, etc). Basically it is such a joy to drive - I still l...
by CoachOz
Sat 09 Apr, 2011 22:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Water leak
Replies: 11
Views: 627

Yes that's it - what an amazing piece of detective work! I never would have suspected the triangular grommet as the cause.

Do you have to use Gorilla Glue or will any adhesive do th job?
by CoachOz
Sat 09 Apr, 2011 13:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Water leak
Replies: 11
Views: 627

Thanks HT

I'll check the plug in the morning
by CoachOz
Sat 09 Apr, 2011 10:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Water leak
Replies: 11
Views: 627

Water leak

A water leak has recently appeared. It is on the driver's side above the very top point of the quarter window. i can't figure our why it is coming in as the seals seem to be ok. Not a major leak, just a slow drip. Any help would be much appreciated as the zed is now my only car having sold the e39.
by CoachOz
Thu 03 Feb, 2011 21:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: took legend out today for the first time so z3 3.0 v zm3.2
Replies: 11
Views: 629

Interesting comment about the steptronic. I've been driving my E39 528i steptronic (my first non manual car in decades) around for about four years before getting the manual 2.8 Zed. And honestly I've got to say that my next BM will almost certainly be a steptronic as in my experience this is the be...
by CoachOz
Wed 02 Feb, 2011 12:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: oil consumption ?
Replies: 14
Views: 597

We have 3, 2.8 BMW's including the Zed and none require top ups between changes. The two E39's have about 130k on them and the one we have owned the longest has changes at 20-25,000 without top ups. I can't speak for the Zed long term as have only had it a couple of months but appears not to have us...
by CoachOz
Tue 01 Feb, 2011 05:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rattles in roof
Replies: 18
Views: 830

Well actually it rattles even more with the handles closed.

The allen key socket only adjusts the length of the hook as you say. However the pivot points are lower down, one being just accessible but the lower one does not seem to be and unfortunately that's where most of the rattle comes from
by CoachOz
Sun 30 Jan, 2011 23:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rattles in roof
Replies: 18
Views: 830

Found the rattle in the roof

My clever 11 year old son found the source of the elusive rattle in the roof when it is down. It is the locking hooks that are the culprit as when the roof is down there is no tension on them causing them to rattle. The question is how to fix? The pin that goes through the eye of the hook seems to b...
by CoachOz
Fri 28 Jan, 2011 12:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fixing the ride - Kontrol Pro Damper System?
Replies: 4
Views: 275

thanks for that. I didn't realise that coil overs start off with a harder ride. The car came with near new Bilsteins on the front, so I'm hoping that some work on the back will help.
by CoachOz
Fri 28 Jan, 2011 04:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fixing the ride - Kontrol Pro Damper System?
Replies: 4
Views: 275

17 inch - I've had the same thought but I like the wheels and have just bought new tyres
by CoachOz
Thu 27 Jan, 2011 23:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fixing the ride - Kontrol Pro Damper System?
Replies: 4
Views: 275

Fixing the ride - Kontrol Pro Damper System?

Because my local roads are so bad I've either got to fix the suspension, get a kidney belt or sadly sell the Zed (I really don't want to do this), so I'd like to know if anyone has used the Kontrol Pro Damper System. http://www.ksportusa.com/asp/coilovers_detail.asp?product_id=cd01 Ksport Kontrol Pr...
by CoachOz
Tue 25 Jan, 2011 10:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Looking to Buy!
Replies: 11
Views: 754

If it really is a 2.8, the car is great value, but looking at the exhaust I suspect that it is not. I suggest that you check the hood out really carefully and verify the car's history. I bought a well loved 97 2.8 with 78,000k before Christmas and it cost me more than the car you are looking at even...
by CoachOz
Thu 20 Jan, 2011 03:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Looking for quieter tyres
Replies: 13
Views: 1073

Had the ZE912's fitted on the back today so here is the report so far: Much quieter than the worn out 11 year old directional Michelins and great around the bends (though I'm careful as the tires have yet to wear in). I asked the fitter to put 35psi in the rears but as I was driving home the car fel...
by CoachOz
Thu 20 Jan, 2011 03:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rattles in roof
Replies: 18
Views: 830

Thanks for the suggestions.

Went for a drive with the roof up - no rattle, put it down and the rattle returned. Any other ideas?
by CoachOz
Wed 19 Jan, 2011 14:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rattles in roof
Replies: 18
Views: 830

I'll take it for a drive with the roof up and have another listen
by CoachOz
Wed 19 Jan, 2011 10:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rattles in roof
Replies: 18
Views: 830

Is it a slight rattle or a heavy one - its pretty loud and I need to be travelling at 70 or 80k before the road noise overcomes it Constant or just when going over bumps etc - over bumps, but apart from the main highway all our local roads are bumpy, so actually its pretty constant What area approx ...
by CoachOz
Wed 19 Jan, 2011 06:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rattles in roof
Replies: 18
Views: 830

No rattlesnakes here in OZ, only death adders, tiger snakes and king brown snakes - all likely to be fatal.
by CoachOz
Wed 19 Jan, 2011 05:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rattles in roof
Replies: 18
Views: 830

Rattles in roof

There is quite a bit of rattling going on behind me when I have the roof down and I'm wondering whether this is normal or if I can do something to quieten it down.
by CoachOz
Mon 17 Jan, 2011 22:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Owners in Australia
Replies: 1
Views: 221

Owners in Australia

I'm wondering if any forum members are in Australia.
by CoachOz
Fri 14 Jan, 2011 10:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Thinking about repainting...
Replies: 16
Views: 1487

The car looks stunning with the new paint job
by CoachOz
Wed 12 Jan, 2011 09:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Looking for quieter tyres
Replies: 13
Views: 1073

Thanks Frank - I'll now go and hunt some up
by CoachOz
Tue 11 Jan, 2011 11:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Looking for quieter tyres
Replies: 13
Views: 1073

I'm wondering if anyone has used both the Falken FK452 and Falken ZE912 on their Zed. From the reviews I've read overall satisfaction is much of a muchness
by CoachOz
Sat 08 Jan, 2011 12:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Looking for quieter tyres
Replies: 13
Views: 1073

Thanks for the info - sad to say the Falkens are three times the price here in Oz - love to know why
by CoachOz
Sat 08 Jan, 2011 11:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Looking for quieter tyres
Replies: 13
Views: 1073

What is the difference between the two Falkens?

Still waiting for the bushes.
by CoachOz
Sat 08 Jan, 2011 00:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Looking for quieter tyres
Replies: 13
Views: 1073

Thanks, but very pricey here in Oz
by CoachOz
Fri 07 Jan, 2011 23:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Looking for quieter tyres
Replies: 13
Views: 1073

Looking for quieter tyres

I'm currently running Michelins on my 2.8 and find them really noisy (though they are quite worn on the back), so I'm looking for something quieter that won't tramline. Seems line the Falkens are pretty popular with Zeds but are also a directional tread, which I understand are noisier than assymetri...
by CoachOz
Thu 30 Dec, 2010 11:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Spare wheel
Replies: 16
Views: 823

Looks like a good product but I've never seen it for sale here in Oz. I've seen it on ebay UK but not for international sale. Also looking at the prices, enough to do the Zed would almost buy me a new tyre.
by CoachOz
Thu 30 Dec, 2010 11:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Spare wheel
Replies: 16
Views: 823

I've got a couple of cans in the boot, but reading the local reviews indicates roughly a 50% success rate. There is also a bit of debate on whether the stuff wrecks your tyres, so I'd rather not take the chance unless I have to. Hopefully I'll never need either the cans or the spare, but if I get a ...
by CoachOz
Thu 30 Dec, 2010 10:28
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Spare wheel
Replies: 16
Views: 823

Spare wheel

I decided that I would take advantage of the nice sunny weather and daylight to remove the spare wheel on the Zed. Thinking I'd better give it a go now rather than on a wet night, a flat tyre, a passenger and luggage in the boot. So I followed the directions in the boot and removed the wheel without...
by CoachOz
Tue 28 Dec, 2010 21:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: First drive in the rain
Replies: 6
Views: 463

Thanks, very useful information
by CoachOz
Tue 28 Dec, 2010 11:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: First drive in the rain
Replies: 6
Views: 463

What needs to be done to look after the seals?
by CoachOz
Tue 28 Dec, 2010 08:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: First drive in the rain
Replies: 6
Views: 463

First drive in the rain

I've only owned the zed for a couple of weeks and with some trepidation went for a drive in the rain today. Trepidation as the hood is the original with a number of wear marks on it. However I'm pleased to report - no leaks! And the only moisture encountered was on my leg when I opened the door, yes...
by CoachOz
Tue 28 Dec, 2010 05:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: The price of living in the ex colonies
Replies: 13
Views: 808

I wonder if there are any other Zed owners from downunder who are still active on this forum
by CoachOz
Mon 27 Dec, 2010 11:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Signature
Replies: 5
Views: 294

Thanks - trying again
by CoachOz
Mon 27 Dec, 2010 11:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Signature
Replies: 5
Views: 294

Thanks - now to see if it works.
The link appears in the preview but no pic unless I click on it - so what am I doing wrong?
by CoachOz
Mon 27 Dec, 2010 10:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Signature
Replies: 5
Views: 294

Signature

How do I get an image as part of my signature?
by CoachOz
Mon 27 Dec, 2010 10:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Parked next to a Z4.....................
Replies: 40
Views: 1655

Lonely in the Outback - not so lonely that we need to endear ourselves to our chooks. Then again it is highly unlikely that any Zeds (3 or 4) dwell in the Outback. Even X5's are unlikely to be seen off the tar.
by CoachOz
Sun 26 Dec, 2010 19:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Parked next to a Z4.....................
Replies: 40
Views: 1655

You must have some mighty strange looking chooks in your part of the world!
by CoachOz
Sat 25 Dec, 2010 00:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Parked next to a Z4.....................
Replies: 40
Views: 1655

I've loved the look from the first time that I saw a Z3, as to me it is a modern version of the classic British sports car (which is also why I'm so pleased with my Dark Green 2.8 with tan interior and wood wheel). But also it has all of those nice BMW touches that I've enjoyed over the years. When ...
by CoachOz
Fri 24 Dec, 2010 05:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Parked next to a Z4.....................
Replies: 40
Views: 1655

Parked next to a Z4.....................

My wife and I were out for a drive the other day and ended up parking the Zed next to a Z4. I said "which looks nicer to you the Z3 or the Z4?" She said "the Z4 and I wouldn't mind one!"
by CoachOz
Mon 20 Dec, 2010 22:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Newbie question - pre / post facelift?
Replies: 30
Views: 857

Ok, so two pretty comely rear ends?

So how do I get a pic of my zed below my posts?
by CoachOz
Sun 19 Dec, 2010 08:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Digital to analogue clock
Replies: 10
Views: 959

Good thinking 99! Pity the armrest hinges on the driver's side.
by CoachOz
Sun 19 Dec, 2010 02:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wind deflector
Replies: 6
Views: 334

Its in the garage for the same reason as the tonneau cover - so that I have a usable boot. Living out of town I'm always bringing stuff home, such as shopping and the like.
by CoachOz
Sat 18 Dec, 2010 20:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wind deflector
Replies: 6
Views: 334

Took it off and put it in the garage as too hard to see back with roof up. I might reintstall it for those sunny winter days
by CoachOz
Sat 18 Dec, 2010 20:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Newbie question - pre / post facelift?
Replies: 30
Views: 857

Well IMHO, the M looks best but to find one here in OZ would need to spend $10,000+ more than I paid for my 2.8. So back in the real world I have to say pre looks best to me - and I own one!
by CoachOz
Sat 18 Dec, 2010 12:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wind deflector
Replies: 6
Views: 334

It is the fold down type as in the pic - sure I could remove it from the car but then I have no wind deflector, so hardly the most desirable solution.

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