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by Del
Fri 29 Sep, 2017 21:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Headlights!
Replies: 8
Views: 662

Re: Headlights!

For old school halogen lights, I've found the Z3 quite good. I would try new uprated Osram/Phillips bulbs in the first instance as suggested above.
by Del
Sat 16 Sep, 2017 09:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: where is the sensor that reads vacuum ?
Replies: 17
Views: 840

Re: where is the sensor that reads vacuum ?

The UK twin cam M44 1.9 definitely only has one pre-cat Lambda - 100% certain.
The UK single cam M43 1.9 (TU) which followed around mid-1999 was OBD II/emissions compliant and had the usual pre and post cat lambdas
by Del
Wed 13 Sep, 2017 23:28
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: where is the sensor that reads vacuum ?
Replies: 17
Views: 840

Re: where is the sensor that reads vacuum ?

Definitely no MAP and/or Vacuum sensor on the M44. I thought these, plus the "boost" reading on your Torque app, relate to more modern turbocharged engines. Things like Torque and Carista (which I use on my Audi) are fairly generic. The M44 is quite "old school" and was not even an OBD II complaint ...
by Del
Wed 06 Sep, 2017 11:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Temporary brake failure - advice
Replies: 11
Views: 960

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 "spi...
by Del
Sat 02 Sep, 2017 08:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: I'm coming back!
Replies: 2
Views: 461

Re: I'm coming back!

The sills are just "covers" they are not structural. They can be removed for better treatment - see attached link:- https://zroadster.org/threads/sill-removal-and-rust-prevention.371/#p25361 I haven't seen them but if you are on a budget, you may be able to repair them for the time being. I've repla...
by Del
Mon 28 Aug, 2017 09:26
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: New Member
Replies: 2
Views: 378

Re: New Member

Hi and welcome - lovely engine the 2.8
by Del
Sat 26 Aug, 2017 18:16
Forum: Performance
Topic: Re-Map advice please
Replies: 3
Views: 698

Re: Re-Map advice please

My daily driver is a turbocharged Audi and many Audi owners use a firm called Revo who have nationwide operators. I haven't used them myself (I keep mine standard :D ) and I'm not sure if they just specialise in VAG cars. It sounds as if you want something designated "stage 1" which just optimises c...
by Del
Sun 20 Aug, 2017 10:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: MOT concern
Replies: 13
Views: 929

Re: MOT concern

For me, the priorities would be the rusty coil springs and control arm bushes. With regard to oil leaks - many wouldn't even bother to mention that - although it's nice to cure it if poss. Advisories can be a bit subjective and silly at times - one MOT station near me insists on mentioning OE under-...
by Del
Tue 01 Aug, 2017 10:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Handbrake service
Replies: 10
Views: 738

Re: Handbrake service

Not a fan of this rear (hand)brake drum system myself. I strongly suspect that the shoes and mechanism never get inspected at "inspections" and there are too many parts to potentially fail e.g. the shoes, the springs, the adjusters and the hole in the backing plate for the "spring pin" which ideally...
by Del
Sun 30 Jul, 2017 09:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: It stopped ..downhill ?
Replies: 5
Views: 490

Re: It stopped ..downhill ?

Not sure how steep this hill is but really there are only two things that I can think of that would be affected by the car being positioned on a very steep incline. Firstly, the petrol (as you have already outlined) and secondly, the engine oil. The latter is affected by extreme car "positioning" as...
by Del
Mon 24 Jul, 2017 21:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Pinking (pre-ignition) 1999 2ltre
Replies: 68
Views: 4384

Re: Pinking (pre-ignition) 1999 2ltre

Most modern MAFs contain an air temperature sensor so that they don’t just measure air passing the probe but also, by knowing the air temperature, the ECU can take millisecond calculations as to the density of the air going into the engine and adjust the mixture accurately. In hot conditions, the ai...
by Del
Mon 24 Jul, 2017 08:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sad day !!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 815

Re: Sad day !!!!

:bawl: :bawl: Dare I ask if you are replacing it with another sports car?
by Del
Sat 22 Jul, 2017 20:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Coolant flush reveals oil in water.
Replies: 3
Views: 358

Re: Coolant flush reveals oil in water.

Sounds as if there is a slight HG leak around one of the waterways. You don't really want water to find its way to the piston crown. Whilst opinions differ, many people think it is best to get a head skimmed after HG failure due to overheating as modern alloy heads warp quick easily - I don't know w...
by Del
Sat 15 Jul, 2017 23:14
Forum: Z4M roadster and Z4m coupé
Topic: Inspection 1
Replies: 4
Views: 648

Re: Inspection 1

Always best in my view to go with BMW as long is the price is right. I suspect your M model needs special oil - 10W-60? and one can never be sure what a smaller, high street garage sticks in. I guess that includes the price of oil, oil filter, pollen filter and a general check over? I know that brak...
by Del
Sat 15 Jul, 2017 17:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Help with some fault codes
Replies: 6
Views: 611

Re: Help with some fault codes

If you have a 1997 1.9 it will be the M44 engine as mine is. The INPA codes vary slightly depending on the version of the ECU (DME) you have in the car. The M44 has Bosch DME M5.2. Code 10 is a generic (unspecified) pre-cat lambda error code. The diagnostics on these pre-OBD II cars is not as sophis...
by Del
Fri 14 Jul, 2017 23:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Latest trauma - bonnet stuck!
Replies: 9
Views: 735

Re: Latest trauma - bonnet stuck!

make a small hook on the end of a piece of garden wire and probe into the catch. I've done this successfully
by Del
Thu 06 Jul, 2017 23:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS fault unsolvable bricked car
Replies: 20
Views: 1519

Re: ABS fault unsolvable bricked car

Suggest a search on this forum under "BBA Reman" who repair these things quite cheaply - common fault (solder joints) on these older BMW ABS pumps - I've seen the figure £200 banded about. :D
by Del
Thu 06 Jul, 2017 12:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Picked up my new-to-me Z3 yesterday and it rained overnight...
Replies: 4
Views: 656

Re: Picked up my new-to-me Z3 yesterday and it rained overnight...

I my view most likely to be the plug at the top of the windscreen pillar - it dribbles along the side and typically falls on the seat

viewtopic.php?f=5&t=36965&p=345112#p345112
by Del
Wed 05 Jul, 2017 22:34
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: Hello everyone !
Replies: 2
Views: 331

Re: Hello everyone !

Hi and welcome to another BMW fanatic :D
by Del
Wed 05 Jul, 2017 22:28
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Pinking (pre-ignition) 1999 2ltre
Replies: 68
Views: 4384

Re: Pinking (pre-ignition) 1999 2ltre

I would definitely recommend first getting the car plugged into a code reader to check if any errors have been logged on the ECU. Pinking due to carbon build-up is not at all common in these cars as they have traditional "port injection" and not the more modern "direct injection" to the top of the p...
by Del
Wed 05 Jul, 2017 22:16
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Z3M Brakes
Replies: 6
Views: 608

Re: Z3M Brakes

Good plan to replace the hoses at the same time as overhauling the brakes as the hoses can break down inside and cause flow restriction and similar symptoms to s sticking calliper. Complete callipers can be obtained from big companies like GSF and Euro Car parts – they will be original BMW/ATE “refu...
by Del
Sat 24 Jun, 2017 11:12
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: New owner
Replies: 5
Views: 497

Re: New owner

Hi and welcome

All those faults sound "do-able" and some typical for the vintage - if somebody plonked a Z3M on my own drive with those faults I'd still be happy :)
by Del
Tue 20 Jun, 2017 10:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Auxiliary/ serpentine belt has come off, advice please!
Replies: 7
Views: 623

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

As above. They shouldn't just pop off like that. It suggests that the belt is loose which would point the finger at the tensioner. It should be obvious when you try to pull back the tensioner with a spanner/socket to refit the belt.
by Del
Sun 11 Jun, 2017 23:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: rocker cover oil leak.
Replies: 3
Views: 399

Re: rocker cover oil leak.

It's quite common for the rocker covers to develop a leak. The rubber just shrinks and hardens with age. Crankcase pressure from hot oil vapours etc would normally be "vented" via the little round plastic valve at the rear of the inlet manifold system. If blocked you would experience running problem...
by Del
Sat 03 Jun, 2017 11:32
Forum: Z4M roadster and Z4m coupé
Topic: Coolant
Replies: 3
Views: 487

Re: Coolant

I don't know what your handbook says but my 1998 z3 one talks about changing it every three years. However, my wife's 2010 BMW Mini uses the same, inky-blue antifreeze and the service regime is now to leave it in indefinitely unless it discolours. My daily driver Audi uses pink and that gets left in...
by Del
Fri 02 Jun, 2017 13:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Expensive problem still not fully resolved
Replies: 35
Views: 3977

Re: Expensive problem still not fully resolved

Rough idle, a mysterious rattle and inconsistent running above/below the 3000 rpm threshold - I'd put a "possible" Vanos problem under the spotlight - lots of videos on YouTube giving examples of symptoms etc.
by Del
Tue 30 May, 2017 23:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sill Repair/Replacement
Replies: 8
Views: 910

Re: Sill Repair/Replacement

I agree with SHRS2000 if you are going to keep the car as a cherished 2-seater sports car. I took the view it was much cheaper to renovate an attractive BMW 2-seater than to buy a newer sports car. 2-seaters seem to age well in the "looks dept" anyway. The rust will be worse behind the stuff you can...
by Del
Mon 29 May, 2017 23:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Passenger door won't open
Replies: 15
Views: 1252

Re: Passenger door won't open

Are you absolutely sure its a mechanical problem with the door lock. A common problem is the batch of 8 or so wires which go through the rear bootlid. These are mainly alarm/central locking related and "stress fracture" with age causing an "open circuit" and for the relevant fuses to blow. They tend...
by Del
Mon 29 May, 2017 23:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Coolant flushing
Replies: 16
Views: 1368

Re: Coolant flushing

The BMW stuff is strange blue, inky looking stuff which I haven't been able to duplicate elsewhere - it's longlife so I tend to stick with it. I get my distilled water from Tesco - just over £1 for 2.5 litres. I 50/50 mix it in a separate container (litre by litre) and pour it in.
by Del
Tue 23 May, 2017 09:20
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: New owner
Replies: 8
Views: 1219

Re: New owner

Hi and welcome. The 2.2 is a nice model :)
by Del
Tue 16 May, 2017 22:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wheel Arch Repairs
Replies: 9
Views: 948

Re: Wheel Arch Repairs

All the panels bolt on/off. Involves a bit of faffing around and perhaps help with another pair of hands when it comes to lining up the rear etc - but all very do-able for DIYers like me. Best to work under cover or in dry weather and just take your time - some of the bolts holding the sills in plac...
by Del
Tue 16 May, 2017 20:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wheel Arch Repairs
Replies: 9
Views: 948

Re: Wheel Arch Repairs

I had some unpleasant rust on one of my rears (the petrol cap side) due to both age and an imperfect filler/repair sometime in the past. I managed to get an immaculate rear wing from a breaker, in the same 1.9, pre-facelift narrow body Arctic Silver for £60. Like colb I fitted new BMW outer sills an...
by Del
Sat 13 May, 2017 20:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How do you remove the undertray?
Replies: 12
Views: 1126

Re: How do you remove the undertray?

My 1998 1.9 (M44 engine) has a large undertray which joins a small front undertray under the radiator area. It stretches to the rear of the gearbox and just covers the aluminium fuel filter canister on the passenger side (UK). This tray is a bit of a pain to remove :( You need to remove the undertra...
by Del
Thu 04 May, 2017 20:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Show us your steering wheels
Replies: 5
Views: 613

Re: Show us your steering wheels

Most on this forum (myself included) have used Royal Steering Wheels. You choose what you want and from memory the price was less than this advert. Do a search for "Royal Steering Wheels" and you will see dozens of comments and pictures. You can choose the colour, holed or plain, extra thickness, co...
by Del
Thu 04 May, 2017 13:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 1997 corroded side skirts
Replies: 5
Views: 701

Re: Z3 1997 corroded side skirts

Replaced mine with new from BMW, the old ones will be worse on the inside. You'll struggle getting decent second hand ones for a pre-facelift car. They are specific to pre/post facelift and pre-facelift wide and narrow body.
by Del
Mon 24 Apr, 2017 17:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Tempted
Replies: 1
Views: 346

Re: Tempted

Not sure about those later 4 cylinder engines :shrug
by Del
Sat 22 Apr, 2017 20:12
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: For Sale - Z3 3.0i Very low mileage - immaculate
Replies: 12
Views: 2340

Re: For Sale - Z3 3.0i Very low mileage - immaculate

Sadly, I suspect the general car buying public just view Z3s as old cars and thus have a "price cap" in their minds which is not close to £8,000. :(
by Del
Wed 12 Apr, 2017 22:18
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: An S54 M Roadster for sale?
Replies: 20
Views: 2286

Re: An S54 M Roadster for sale?

Love Alpinas - lost my heart to an Alpina Roadster S a few years back - had a long test drive, dithered and didn't buy it. Regretted it ever since :D
by Del
Wed 12 Apr, 2017 10:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 3.0 Vibration when heavy accelerating issue
Replies: 15
Views: 1508

Re: 3.0 Vibration when heavy accelerating issue

I should probably change both of the transmission mounts and see what happens I agree, on a newer car one might consider that sort of thing a waste of money but when I'm chasing problems on my own Z3 I don't consider it a waste of money to renew a few 18-year old rubber components on the way to sol...
by Del
Wed 12 Apr, 2017 10:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 3.0 Vibration when heavy accelerating issue
Replies: 15
Views: 1508

Re: 3.0 Vibration when heavy accelerating issue

My experience of bushes and mounts under my own Z3 is that ones which look slightly mis-shaped or slightly cracked, have turned out ton be completely knackered. I think age plays a role and accentuates the problem. Vibration under load is difficult for us to "pick up" on a forum - common mechanical ...
by Del
Sat 08 Apr, 2017 22:39
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Topaz Blue 2.0
Replies: 2
Views: 580

Re: Topaz Blue 2.0

Competitive price for a facelift 6 cylinder with lowish mileage. Good luck with the sale. :)
by Del
Sat 08 Apr, 2017 22:28
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: First impressions
Replies: 9
Views: 976

Re: First impressions

As above - I'd definitely flush some fresh fluid through the clutch hydraulic system, inspect/change the hose and change the gearbox oil before moving on to possible clutch replacement. As it's the 2.2 which I believe had a Getrag gearbox which is not known to be naturally "notchy" as suffered on so...
by Del
Sat 08 Apr, 2017 22:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine Light and strange idle.
Replies: 8
Views: 802

Re: Engine Light and strange idle.

Very common fault on Z3s which are now 14+ years old - new BMW rubber bellows are not particularly expensive
Does this diagram help with part numbers etc?

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/en/showparts ... Id=13_1747
by Del
Fri 07 Apr, 2017 22:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine Light and strange idle.
Replies: 8
Views: 802

Re: Engine Light and strange idle.

Inspection 2 would normally include the spark plugs. Sounds like a vacuum leak to me - typically a leak would raise the idle speed and if the leak enlarges the other sensors would struggle to correct the situation. I believe on your car you have an upper and lower rubber bellows on the inlet side, e...
by Del
Wed 05 Apr, 2017 20:58
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: London congestion charges
Replies: 11
Views: 1122

Re: London congestion charges

Diesel cars are more thermally efficient (better MPG on a like-for-like basis) and produce less Co2 (so called greenhouse gas). Modern diesels have DPFs (soot filters) and so if you look at the tips of a modern diesel they will be completely clean. The recent fuss in the US was over NOX emissions wh...
by Del
Wed 05 Apr, 2017 20:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: thermostat m44 engine removal / symptoms
Replies: 1
Views: 311

Re: thermostat m44 engine removal / symptoms

Yep - the moving into the cold zone when the engine is not under load and you are travelling at a reasonable speed - is typical. Several things can cause an engine to overheat but for it to overly cool is typically the thermostat.
by Del
Wed 29 Mar, 2017 22:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 to Ferrari 250 swb
Replies: 5
Views: 795

Re: Z3 to Ferrari 250 swb

Thanks for sharing - I enjoyed the build thread. When one first sees these raw, fibreglass bodies placed on what was a tidy car, one's initial thought is "oh no" but as the parts get sprayed and the secondary parts fitted, the conversion comes to life. As a classic Ferrari replica I prefer yours to ...
by Del
Mon 27 Mar, 2017 19:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Discs & Pads (to groove or not?)
Replies: 10
Views: 1341

Re: Discs & Pads (to groove or not?)

You may get an array of views on this. The 1.9 has solid discs back and front and so the holes have no practical function. If you had vented discs (which you haven’t) the modern trend has been to move away from drilled in any event as the bonding materials in modern pads does not give off the level ...
by Del
Sat 25 Mar, 2017 23:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Bonnet Stuck Shut
Replies: 7
Views: 888

Re: Bonnet Stuck Shut

Had similar happen, I made a tool out of fairly thick green garden wire. It involved a suitable length with a small hook shape bent at the end - I then probed onto the latch there the cable and little barrel go, until it hooked up and then pulled. Difficult to explain on a forum but when you see how...
by Del
Sat 25 Mar, 2017 23:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sill removed cleaned and waxoyled
Replies: 26
Views: 3155

Re: Sill removed cleaned and waxoyled

That is in good condition - in fact the best I've seen on the forum and elsewhere. People normally get some rust, on the section with holes, at either end, with corresponding rust on the sill cover ends.