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by rambo
Tue 31 Oct, 2017 14:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: winters here
Replies: 14
Views: 652

Re: winters here

I'm getting a tad confused with the different ' plates and spacers' we are all talking about. My problem is that my hardtop squeaks and rattles slightly when driving along and I feel that it needs adjusting to reduce this effect. If the spacer is there to make sure the hardtop sits at the correct he...
by rambo
Mon 30 Oct, 2017 19:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: winters here
Replies: 14
Views: 652

Re: winters here

Thanks Peter
Look forward to receiving the up to date part number
Regards
Rambo
by rambo
Mon 30 Oct, 2017 14:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: winters here
Replies: 14
Views: 652

Re: winters here

Part no longer available from the Dealer.
Is anyone prepared to loan me their gauge so I can set it up properly?
Regards
Mike ( Rambo )
by rambo
Mon 30 Oct, 2017 13:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: winters here
Replies: 14
Views: 652

Re: winters here

Many Thanks
I'll talk to my local dealer.
Regards
by rambo
Sun 29 Oct, 2017 18:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: winters here
Replies: 14
Views: 652

Re: winters here

Can you tell me where you get the spacers from please?
Rambo
by rambo
Thu 22 Jun, 2017 16:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 boot badges
Replies: 7
Views: 708

Re: Z3 boot badges

Have a price from the Dealer for £20.60 for Z, 3 and 2.0 each plus vat. WHAT!!!!! Found some really sticky double sided tape from Sellotape in my workshop and with the aid of an extremely sharp model knife and a little bit of patience managed to refasten them to the boot lid. Thanks for all your com...
by rambo
Tue 20 Jun, 2017 16:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 boot badges
Replies: 7
Views: 708

Re: Z3 boot badges

I suppose I'm being a bit lazy but it's a fiddly job cutting round the inside of the letters and numbers but I'll give it a try.Thanks anyway.
by rambo
Tue 20 Jun, 2017 09:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 boot badges
Replies: 7
Views: 708

Re: Z3 boot badges

Thanks for that info and I'll give my dealer a try!
by rambo
Mon 19 Jun, 2017 19:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 boot badges
Replies: 7
Views: 708

Z3 boot badges

Wondered if any one can point me in the right direction? My son very kindly removed my boot badges, namely Z3 and 2.0, from the car as they appeared to be unstable due to the extreme temperatures we have experienced today! You would think a 42 year old would at least ask if I wanted this doing rathe...
by rambo
Thu 18 May, 2017 09:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine hunting when reversing.
Replies: 4
Views: 596

Re: Engine hunting when reversing.

Driving forwards at slow speed in a traffic queue does become uncomfortable sometimes and I have to lift the revs slightly to compensate but reversing does cause the car to hunt on a light throttle. Or maybe it's me, as my other car is a Volvo XC90 Diesel auto and I'm getting lazy in my old age! Tha...
by rambo
Wed 17 May, 2017 19:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine hunting when reversing.
Replies: 4
Views: 596

Engine hunting when reversing.

I've noticed that when I back my 99 2.0/ Z3 into the garage the engine hunts in waves and unless I keep the revs up it stalls. Any ideas as to what causes this?
Regards
Rambo
by rambo
Wed 19 Oct, 2016 13:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: engines fitted to z3's
Replies: 23
Views: 2043

Re: engines fitted to z3's

My Z3 is a 1999 2.0 litre straight six which is what BMW should have done from the start.
They did no favours to the launch model with the 4 cylinder unit as a starter, you can't beat the sound of a BMW 6 no matter what size the engine is!
by rambo
Thu 11 Aug, 2016 10:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: road holding
Replies: 5
Views: 722

Re: road holding

Thanks for the info guys. I'm sure it must be bushes or rear shocks so will have to get down and dirty to check
by rambo
Tue 09 Aug, 2016 16:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: road holding
Replies: 5
Views: 722

road holding

Hi Guys
I've noticed recently that on a poor road surface the car tends to skitter around both at the front and back. It is a 1999 2.0 litre and has only covered 43,000 miles.
Any pointers as to what to look for please?
Regards
Rambo
by rambo
Tue 03 Nov, 2015 08:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Shims
Replies: 16
Views: 1498

Re: Shims

Thanks for your reply.
Please let me know when they are free
Regards
mandlramsden@googlemail.com
by rambo
Sun 01 Nov, 2015 18:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Shims
Replies: 16
Views: 1498

Re: Shims

I have the same problem with my hardtop. Can anyone measure the thickness of these gauges please and let me know?
Thanks
by rambo
Fri 17 Jul, 2015 19:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 17 inch Alpina wheels for sale
Replies: 0
Views: 393

17 inch Alpina wheels for sale

Hi guys I have 4 genuine Alpina multispoke refurbed alloy wheels for sale with new tyres also new Avon ZV5 tyres. Only run on the car for 30 miles. Fronts are225/45R17 Rears 245/40 R17 8J x17 46 offset Fit the facelift Z3 perfectly New Alpina decal centres 2 new keys for centre caps I'm looking for ...
by rambo
Wed 27 May, 2015 18:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Auto electronics genius required....
Replies: 3
Views: 502

Re: Auto electronics genius required....

that's the ticket!! :lol:
by rambo
Sun 08 Feb, 2015 16:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 2.8 engine into a 2 litre body??
Replies: 11
Views: 889

Re: 2.8 engine into a 2 litre body??

Message to Sakari Matt
Gone off the idea now but the Z3 racer is being developed by Simon Thorpe Car Services in Grimsby.
01472 355520
Nice guy and if you any problems with your Z 3 he's your man!
Regards
by rambo
Sat 31 Jan, 2015 15:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 2.8 engine into a 2 litre body??
Replies: 11
Views: 889

Re: 2.8 engine into a 2 litre body??

Thanks for the swift replies. Certainly food for thought. I have the car serviced by an excellent BMW technician who has his own business and is in the process of building a Z3 race car and knows a fair amount about the BMW range so I'll ask him for his advice as well. Thanks for your input and I'll...
by rambo
Sat 31 Jan, 2015 13:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 2.8 engine into a 2 litre body??
Replies: 11
Views: 889

2.8 engine into a 2 litre body??

Hi Guys I have suddenly decided that I would like to upgrade to a 2.8/3.00 litre engine into my mint 1999 2.0 Z3. So the question is. Can I fit a larger unit into the car? Will the gearbox match or do I need to source a compatible gearbox.? Is the back axle of the right ratio? Does the exhaust fit o...
by rambo
Thu 29 Jan, 2015 19:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: HELP!!! Think I've been an idiot.
Replies: 12
Views: 1333

Re: HELP!!! Think I've been an idiot.

All BMW's should use the Blue. I have a 99 Z3 2.0 , E46 touring and E61 touring. The E 61 had Orange coolant whereas the other two were Blue I asked advice from my local BMW specialist who strongly recommended reverting to Blue. In any case I believe it should be changed every 2 years to protect the...
by rambo
Fri 31 Oct, 2014 15:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fitting cruise control
Replies: 48
Views: 6682

Re: Fitting cruise control

You get a great sense of satisfaction when you finish your project and, bugger me, it works. After following everyone's advice and took off the column shroud and the dash panel it all fell into place. The plug was hanging free. Fitting the switch lever was so easy after having cut out the hole in th...
by rambo
Fri 24 Oct, 2014 13:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Cruise control
Replies: 18
Views: 2312

Re: Cruise control

Got it thanks
rambo
by rambo
Fri 24 Oct, 2014 11:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Cruise control
Replies: 18
Views: 2312

Re: Cruise control

Thanks for that Southern Boy!
by rambo
Fri 24 Oct, 2014 10:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Cruise control
Replies: 18
Views: 2312

Re: Cruise control

Wow!
All that about trying to find the plug and after taking off the scuttle panel, there it is just hanging loose as they say.
Just waiting for the lever from Cincinatti, U.S.A and we should be good to go.
Do I need to have the system set up by my pet BMW specialist?
Thanks for everyone's help guys.
by rambo
Mon 20 Oct, 2014 16:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Cruise control
Replies: 18
Views: 2312

Re: Cruise control

Managed to source a switch from the States at a cost of £36.64 including post and import tax. Thanks for your advice
Going to order Interface from Dealer.
Regards
Rambo
by rambo
Mon 20 Oct, 2014 15:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Cruise control
Replies: 18
Views: 2312

Re: Cruise control

Thanks for that info .
Rambo
by rambo
Mon 20 Oct, 2014 14:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Cruise control
Replies: 18
Views: 2312

Cruise control

I know there has been a lot of discussion about retro fit cruise to the Z3 but after having spoken to my local BMW agent I am now totally confused. I have a 99 2.0 facelift model and was under the impression that the throttle was a fly by wire system. I am told my car has a mechanical action to a ce...
by rambo
Wed 10 Sep, 2014 18:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: tear in leather seat
Replies: 2
Views: 463

Re: tear in leather seat

I had an identical problem with my Beige leather seats, took the plunge and ordered a Beige repair kit from Furniture Clinic and was well impressed!!
You need to order the kit to suit your leather and then play around with the mix to match.
Brilliant job well done.
by rambo
Thu 21 Aug, 2014 16:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clunking on acceleration and braking..
Replies: 22
Views: 3157

Re: Clunking on acceleration and braking..

Sounds daft but I had half my 1966 MGB in bits with the same problem, took my pal out to demo and he found a U2 battery rolling around under the passenger seat.
Mind you there was no carpet under the seat!!
Best of luck.
by rambo
Wed 25 Jun, 2014 08:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fitting cruise control
Replies: 48
Views: 6682

Re: Fitting cruise control

Is it really as simple as you guys say?
Where does the interface fit and how much would the two components be?
I'm keen to add this facility to my 99 facelift 2 litre as my 525 touring and the wife's 330 touring both have cruise which we use all the time.
by rambo
Mon 23 Jun, 2014 13:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Whistly squeeky wind noise at speed
Replies: 7
Views: 321

Re: Whistly squeeky wind noise at speed

I get a whining squeaky noise from my passenger seat at speeds over 70 but it's the wife!!
by rambo
Mon 02 Jun, 2014 17:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Not much activity......
Replies: 18
Views: 611

Re: Not much activity......

Further to your comments on Z4 prices ,one of the Mechanic Journalists writing for Practical Classics has recently bought a 2.8 Z3 and has indicated that the car will start to become collectable and prices should start to move up! I'm a subscriber because apart from my 99 Z3 2.0 I have a 1933 Austin...
by rambo
Sun 09 Mar, 2014 17:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hardtop HRW switch
Replies: 6
Views: 458

Re: Hardtop HRW switch

Managed to source a supply.
Thanks for the offer
Regards
Rambo
by rambo
Tue 04 Feb, 2014 19:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Heated rear window switch - model specific?
Replies: 4
Views: 164

Re: Z3 Heated rear window switch - model specific?

I have just bought and fitted a works hardtop to my facelift 2.0 Z3 and withit came an old style HRW switch with chunky terminals.
I had to cough up £55 from the steelers but I did want it all to look original. Hence I have a HRW switch if any one wants to make me an offer
by rambo
Wed 29 Jan, 2014 09:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hardtop HRW switch
Replies: 6
Views: 458

Re: Hardtop HRW switch

Thanks for your help guys, but I've managed to source one from the Steelers at a knock down trade price.
by rambo
Tue 28 Jan, 2014 12:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hardtop HRW switch
Replies: 6
Views: 458

Re: Hardtop HRW switch

Stupid me!
Looking at the wrong plug when I asked if a simple switch would do the job as there is a multiplicity of wires leading to the plug
by rambo
Tue 28 Jan, 2014 12:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hardtop HRW switch
Replies: 6
Views: 458

Hardtop HRW switch

At last the hardtop is painted and fitted. Now I need to source a HRW switch for a post May 1999 facelift Z3 with electric hood BMW want £61.03 for a new unit ( The switch is of the mini pin variety not the E30 style with large pins ) If I can't source an original would a simple on/off switch do the...
by rambo
Sat 25 Jan, 2014 18:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hardtop Wiring Loom
Replies: 18
Views: 519

Re: Hardtop Wiring Loom

Thanks Bertiejaffa I may try Quarry spares first
Cheers
Rambo
by rambo
Sat 25 Jan, 2014 16:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hardtop Wiring Loom
Replies: 18
Views: 519

Re: Hardtop Wiring Loom

It's not the wiring loom I want but the correct HRW switch for a 99 Z3 with mini pins and not the big chunky ones on the switch I have
Thanks
by rambo
Sat 25 Jan, 2014 15:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hardtop Wiring Loom
Replies: 18
Views: 519

Re: Hardtop Wiring Loom

Eureka!! I've found the the plug exactly where you said it would be, taped with black gaffer tape in the aperture where the hood switch etc fits. Next problem is the switch supplied with the hardtop is from the 3 series and not a mini terminal type. Any ideas where I can source the correct one from?...
by rambo
Sat 25 Jan, 2014 15:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hardtop Wiring Loom
Replies: 18
Views: 519

Re: Hardtop Wiring Loom

Many thanks to you all for your replies.
I shall put my deerstalker hat on and start investigating tomorrow.
Best Wishes to all
rambo
by rambo
Sat 25 Jan, 2014 13:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hardtop Wiring Loom
Replies: 18
Views: 519

Re: Hardtop Wiring Loom

At last I have managed to strip out the plastic sections behind the seats and actually taken out the seats as well which I would recommend to gain access to the hood mechanism. The new hardtop mounts are in place and the wiring loom interrupted by the small loom that came with the hardtop plus the 2...
by rambo
Wed 15 Jan, 2014 13:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hardtop Wiring Loom
Replies: 18
Views: 519

Re: Hardtop Wiring Loom

Thanks for the info.
Weather has turned cold again so it may be a while before I get on with the job.
Better to be ready fully armed now rather than finding bits missing!!!
Once again, many thanks
mike
by rambo
Wed 15 Jan, 2014 08:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hardtop Wiring Loom
Replies: 18
Views: 519

Re: Hardtop Wiring Loom

Sorry forgot to say the car has an electrically operated hood.
Thanks again
by rambo
Wed 15 Jan, 2014 08:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hardtop Wiring Loom
Replies: 18
Views: 519

Re: Hardtop Wiring Loom

Thanks for the swift reply
It is an OEM fitting kit stamped with the BMW logo, came from a car purchased new with the hardtop fitted.
The n/s fitment has 2 white connectors at each end of a short length of cable connected to a bracket for the earth supply.
Thanks
by rambo
Tue 14 Jan, 2014 19:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hardtop Wiring Loom
Replies: 18
Views: 519

Hardtop Wiring Loom

Hi Just bought a Hardtop for my facelift Z3 and the question is do I need additional cabling to activate the heated rear window? I have all the rest of the kit to fit but before I start dismantling the back of the car to fit the internals I need to know if all the cabling is in place or not? Thanks ...
by rambo
Mon 11 Mar, 2013 20:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What's your private plate?
Replies: 82
Views: 2482

Re: What's your private plate?

My plate is WEE282 and it does get a little titter now and again!!
It's a Grimsby plate with EE as the town number before all this modern crap we are seeing now!
by rambo
Wed 05 Sep, 2012 15:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Can anyone identify this part?
Replies: 17
Views: 1222

Re: Can anyone identify this part?

Be carefull with what you have been advised as the rubber bushes are adjustable to take up any shake of the bonnet.We love our Z mzchines but they are not built to Rolls Royce standards and they are there for a reason