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by colb
Fri 16 Feb, 2018 18:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hazards not working
Replies: 2
Views: 67

Re: Hazards not working

The Hazard switch is probably the cause, whip it out and check its operation, spray some electrical cleaning fluid in it, see if that resolves the problem and all its connections are clean.
by colb
Fri 16 Feb, 2018 14:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Condensation
Replies: 4
Views: 177

Re: Condensation

Drying bags or dehumidifier pots you can get from the pound shop type retail outlets are probably the best bet just to get the worst out of the interior, you will never get it all. Propper dehumidifier machines will just pull the moisture out of the air and if the car is outside or in a garage its j...
by colb
Thu 08 Feb, 2018 15:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Winter progress + second advisory-free MoT in a row!
Replies: 4
Views: 171

Re: Winter progress + second advisory-free MoT in a row!

If its leaking out of the water pump it would be prudent to change it out for a new one sooner rather than later. Just check its not one of the hoses leaking at a joint, the rubber on our cars is getting rather old now and tend to start leaking, the crimp clips they used to connect hoses often loose...
by colb
Sat 03 Feb, 2018 22:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: new outer sills
Replies: 9
Views: 383

Re: new outer sills

Thread from last year one contributor reported sills from BMW at £110 in April 2017
viewtopic.php?t=45073#p415824
by colb
Fri 26 Jan, 2018 15:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Please help save my 2.8L all original atlanta blue!
Replies: 14
Views: 649

Re: Please help save my 2.8L all original atlanta blue!

If you plan on keeping it forever then it's a no brainer, get it fixed, the only thing that worries me is the state of the chassis as Mr Scalex explained in his post and if it can be straightened if distorted. Really need to have the wheel off to see what got bent, you should be able to source body ...
by colb
Thu 25 Jan, 2018 17:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Please help save my 2.8L all original atlanta blue!
Replies: 14
Views: 649

Re: Please help save my 2.8L all original atlanta blue!

Better picture without the dog would be useful and take it parallel with the wheel arch to see how far back it pushed the wheel. You need to strip it down to assess the damage to the suspension components, it may be they have just bent so replacement would not be too much however you need to see if ...
by colb
Thu 25 Jan, 2018 10:36
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: M calliper paint colour
Replies: 1
Views: 199

Re: M calliper paint colour

Think you are right, probably silver finish, don't recall seeing painted calipers when they were new. Choice now will be dependent on what suits the car colour, as my car was Topaz blue metallic I went for blue which made a decent contrast. Choices seem to be Red, yellow, silver or blue and maybe go...
by colb
Tue 16 Jan, 2018 22:34
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Malta spotted
Replies: 3
Views: 290

Malta spotted

Couple of Z4’s spotted here in Malta today no Z3’s yet but did see a pristine 1960’s Hillman.
by colb
Sat 13 Jan, 2018 19:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: any ideas
Replies: 4
Views: 416

Re: any ideas

Sounds very much like a problem I had, noticeable after a night run using headlights, next day flat battery. Checked alternator output and found it was only pushing out 12 volts. Replaced alternator charged battery up and checked alternator output which was restored to over 14 volts when engine runn...
by colb
Mon 08 Jan, 2018 16:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: off line for a bit
Replies: 15
Views: 761

Re: off line for a bit

Sorry to hear what you have been going through, stay strong mate and fight it, lot of people on here wishing you well.
by colb
Mon 01 Jan, 2018 17:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Valuation Required on 2.2 Sport
Replies: 3
Views: 412

Re: Valuation Required on 2.2 Sport

Probably best to have a look on ebay to see what similar condition cars are going for. Its all down to condition and mileage in the end. Owners idea of value are often in excess of what the car will achieve. Wouldn't be a bad idea on hanging on to it if it dosn't owe you anything.
by colb
Fri 29 Dec, 2017 20:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2088
Views: 226901

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Christmas money spent on a perspex wind blocker, ordered on Tuesday delivered on Friday, fitted it and it fits like a glove to my stainless one piece hoops. Must say the Velcro on the holding strips is the strongest I've seen. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-Z3-WIND-DEFLECTOR-CLEAR-TO-FIT-DUAL-CHROME...
by colb
Thu 28 Dec, 2017 14:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Solar trickle charger
Replies: 13
Views: 921

Re: Solar trickle charger

Forgot to mention a 12v Wind generator, when the brother in law got rid of his boat I rigged it up outside the garage and fed it to the car. Worked quite well, always seemed to have enough wind to spin it up and produce a charge for the battery. Bit of an outlay but better than a solar charger as lo...
by colb
Thu 28 Dec, 2017 12:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Solar trickle charger
Replies: 13
Views: 921

Re: Solar trickle charger

Charger best connection would be direct to battery terminals in the boot although you could use the jump start the terminals in the engine compartment, the loss of current between the jump start terminals and the battery would be minimal given the length of wiring between the two. Don't forget there...
by colb
Wed 20 Dec, 2017 22:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Cold engine RPM
Replies: 18
Views: 1160

Re: Z3 Cold engine RPM

As it seems frozen at that reading might be worth pulling the Disa valve out and checking it is intact as per that video link I posted, could be thats the source of the problem. If a known good Maf fails to solve it then the Disa Valve would be the next place to check. If that checks out ok then one...
by colb
Wed 20 Dec, 2017 09:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Cold engine RPM
Replies: 18
Views: 1160

Re: Z3 Cold engine RPM

Just found this posted on another forum regarding cold start issues, worth a look
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3r7jvpf ... e=youtu.be
by colb
Wed 20 Dec, 2017 08:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Cold engine RPM
Replies: 18
Views: 1160

Re: Z3 Cold engine RPM

Your diagnostic results do point towards the Maf being bad, the exhaust lambda sensors are controlling the fuel mixture using the Maf readings it could of course be that the exhaust sensors are past their best as well. Its going to be expensive throwing new sensors at it just to see if they are work...
by colb
Tue 19 Dec, 2017 22:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Cold engine RPM
Replies: 18
Views: 1160

Re: Z3 Cold engine RPM

Try it with the Maf disconnected to see if it runs better with the default settings as gookha said. If you bought a cheap pattern Maf you were warned of the folly in doing that!! Wonder if anyone is near you with a working oem Maf you could try before shelling out on an oem one just to prove it is b...
by colb
Thu 14 Dec, 2017 21:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Cold engine RPM
Replies: 18
Views: 1160

Re: Z3 Cold engine RPM

Might be best to go for a known good used part from one of the guys who breaks Z's on here. What engine is in yours M43 or M44? Need to get the right one as they are different. M43 has a plug in socket on the Maf M44 has a screw in socket for the connector. Mine is a 1.9 M43, when I had to replace m...
by colb
Thu 14 Dec, 2017 15:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Cold engine RPM
Replies: 18
Views: 1160

Re: Z3 Cold engine RPM

Did a cold start on my 1.9 M43 engine today, on starting it revs at 1000rpm idling as it warms up revs decrease to 750-800rpm at idle. The maf should be reporting the amount of air passing through it, your readings are very low, if your viewing live data what is it showing when you rev it up it shou...
by colb
Wed 13 Dec, 2017 15:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Replacement Clutch
Replies: 3
Views: 405

Re: Replacement Clutch

Is it the clutch plate or is it the slave cylinder at fault? Big difference in repair price by a garage, if its the slave cylinder then that would be an easyish swap for a new one and a bit of a bother to bleed it by all accounts. Obviously if it needs a new clutch plate and cover + release bearing ...
by colb
Tue 12 Dec, 2017 23:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Cold engine RPM
Replies: 18
Views: 1160

Re: Z3 Cold engine RPM

From what you have replaced so far it looks like the water temp sensor is functioning ok, cleaning the Maf with the wrong stuff is not recommended it will often destroy it as would touching the sensor itself with anything. A bad Maf may well be the cause of your problems as you have already changed ...
by colb
Tue 12 Dec, 2017 10:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Cold engine RPM
Replies: 18
Views: 1160

Re: Z3 Cold engine RPM

Some advice on this previous post regarding this issue unfortunately he didn't get back with any results. http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=43652&p=403320&hilit=cold+start#p403320 Revs from cold start worked out by water temperature sensor and exhaust lambda sensor being compared by...
by colb
Tue 28 Nov, 2017 20:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Foxed by Electrical issue?
Replies: 2
Views: 462

Re: Foxed by Electrical issue?

Sounds like a classic case of shorting wires or broken wires in the body to boot lid loom. Going to need stripping back the outer cover to check individual wires in that loom for breaks. Solder any breaks and heatshrink them.
by colb
Sun 26 Nov, 2017 17:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Breakdown cover
Replies: 11
Views: 946

Re: Breakdown cover

That sounds like a bargain, mine is £150 a year for wife and me with the bank, will be looking to change if it works out better. Just checked it out, if I cancel my breakdown with the bank I also loose my annual travel insurance with them so weighing it up I'm better off with what I have. Wife and m...
by colb
Thu 23 Nov, 2017 21:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Broken suspension springs ??
Replies: 19
Views: 1427

Re: Broken suspension springs ??

Our road conditions are the main cause, deep potholes and the dreaded speed humps all over the place. Z Springs should be up to the job as with other makes of cars oem quality springs should be ok, you might consider some uprated springs, they are out there. Age of our cars also has some bearing on ...
by colb
Tue 21 Nov, 2017 16:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear tracking?
Replies: 8
Views: 700

Re: Rear tracking?

No adjustment for rear tracking unless you fit an aftermarket kit. Check out all the rear suspension bushes to see if any are worn, if so replace to bring it back to factory specs and see if that makes a difference to tyre wear. Only other thing if the wheel is out would be accident damage to the co...
by colb
Mon 20 Nov, 2017 10:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Key Lock in Door just spins round
Replies: 6
Views: 642

Re: Key Lock in Door just spins round

Would hazard a guess that the flat plates fixing at the end of the unit has failed and the block and spring broke for freedom. Is there another block with a hole in it for the spring to fit in, looks like it in the picture fit the spring with its block back in an compress it in with the flat plate m...
by colb
Thu 16 Nov, 2017 19:56
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: Tewksbury Classic Car Festival Sunday 19th August 2018
Replies: 0
Views: 1093

Tewksbury Classic Car Festival Sunday 19th August 2018

Held at Ashchurch High School Playing Field, just off Jnc 9 of the M5 so easy to get to. £5 Show Car + Driver and £7.50 each passenger. In aid of Air Ambulance. Always a wide range of vehicles attend this show, always something to see. On line booking will be available soon according to their poster...
by colb
Sun 12 Nov, 2017 23:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Bonnet keeps popping
Replies: 3
Views: 426

Re: Bonnet keeps popping

Must be the locking latch not engaging fully when closed, check out the release cable it may be dry and sticking so the latch isn't engaging fully to hold it shut.
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showpar ... Id=41_0040
by colb
Sun 12 Nov, 2017 17:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Window washer jets issue
Replies: 6
Views: 525

Re: Window washer jets issue

If you want replacements call in or phone your local BMW dealer quote the part number and normally they will be available next day for picking up. They will take a payment over the phone usually.
by colb
Sun 12 Nov, 2017 10:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Window washer jets issue
Replies: 6
Views: 525

Re: Window washer jets issue

Had to replace my one way valves on mine when it started spraying under the bonnet into the engine bay behind the sound deadening lining. Obtained mine from BMW dealer about £9 per pair. http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=CM12-EUR-12-1999-Z3-BMW-Z3_19&diagId=61_0171 Quite why they do this ...
by colb
Fri 10 Nov, 2017 22:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 1st generation or larger rear?
Replies: 2
Views: 420

Re: 1st generation or larger rear?

Personally I like the wide body, just looks right to me.
by colb
Thu 09 Nov, 2017 22:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS relay location...
Replies: 7
Views: 848

Re: ABS relay location...

Found this on an old thread is your fuse box like this?
http://www.tsac.co.uk/photo/2011/Fusebo ... verlay.jpg
by colb
Thu 09 Nov, 2017 08:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS relay location...
Replies: 7
Views: 848

Re: ABS relay location...

I think you will be looking for a red relay for the main ABS system and a grey relay for the ABS pump, would have thought both these would be in the main fuse/relay box in the engine bay.
by colb
Tue 24 Oct, 2017 20:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Getting back on the road, what do I need to do?
Replies: 2
Views: 449

Re: Getting back on the road, what do I need to do?

Change all the fluids, oil and antifreeze and brake fluid, whilst your about it do the gearbox and rear diff then you know where you are as a start. Fix the broken bits, inspect the tyres, sitting for three years may well have caused flat spots, check the sidewalls for cracking, you may need new tyr...
by colb
Sun 22 Oct, 2017 09:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Free 3rd party Image Hosting
Replies: 5
Views: 656

Re: Free 3rd party Image Hosting

Yes I moved over to IMGUR as well, simple to use
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by colb
Wed 18 Oct, 2017 12:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Headlamp replacement FUBAR
Replies: 15
Views: 1486

Re: Headlamp replacement FUBAR

Facelifts do not all have H7 bulbs as I found out when I checked mine with HB3 and HB4 fitted appears mine built December 1999 was factory fitted. English Owners manual shows H7 which it dosn't have.
by colb
Tue 17 Oct, 2017 19:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Headlamp replacement FUBAR
Replies: 15
Views: 1486

Re: Headlamp replacement FUBAR

Snap, mine has the same as you HB3 and HB4 bulbs.
Intrigued by what you found had a look at my Facelift wide body December 1999 built 1.8, handbook says HB3 High Beam and H7 Low beam, upon checking I find HB3 and HB4.
by colb
Tue 17 Oct, 2017 09:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Headlamp replacement FUBAR
Replies: 15
Views: 1486

Re: Headlamp replacement FUBAR

Could be the factory used up stock they had on hand, when your car was built or a previous owner if it had one, has been in there and changed them to H7?
by colb
Mon 16 Oct, 2017 09:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Headlamp replacement FUBAR
Replies: 15
Views: 1486

Re: Headlamp replacement FUBAR

Checked OEM for 3/2000 car revealed what should be fitted http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=CM12-EUR-03-2000-Z3-BMW-Z3_19&diagId=63_0316 Could it be you have item 12 Bulb adapter fitted to your car for H7 Bulbs? Looks like there was a change of bulbs in 4/99 check your car out on OEM usin...
by colb
Wed 11 Oct, 2017 21:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Steering rack
Replies: 3
Views: 591

Re: Steering rack

Part 32131096280 was found on the following vehicles:

3' E36   (11/1989 — 08/2000)
Z3 E36   (04/1996 — 05/2002)
by colb
Wed 11 Oct, 2017 14:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Loss of power
Replies: 5
Views: 803

Re: Loss of power

Put a code reader on it to see if it has set any codes that may guide you to what is wrong. Codes set may actually be caused by something else in the system so be aware that something in the system may be not working correctly and upsetting something else hence the codes you may see. A bad Maf is a ...
by colb
Fri 15 Sep, 2017 20:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Footwell Speakers Not Working
Replies: 5
Views: 761

Re: Footwell Speakers Not Working

If the radio works in another car then I would think you have no power on the loom in your car. Check with a meter or a test light with the ignition on at the accessory position and see if it has 12v on the radio feed. If there is no power and the fuse is ok then look for a break in the feed wire. I...
by colb
Fri 15 Sep, 2017 16:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Footwell Speakers Not Working
Replies: 5
Views: 761

Re: Footwell Speakers Not Working

Need to check fuse that powers the radio if its not working, once satisfied you have power at the radio + connection check out the speaker connections at the rear of the radio head and at each of the speakers. You should find the fuse in the fuse box under the bonnet, also check for a fuse behind th...
by colb
Wed 13 Sep, 2017 09:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 1997 2.8 trailing arm
Replies: 3
Views: 662

Re: 1997 2.8 trailing arm

The trailing arm is a hefty piece of metal, has yours corroded through revealing holes or is it just surface rust making it a bit thin in places? If its in a bad state and I would seek a second opinion it might be an idea to get a replacement in better condition from one of the Breakers who are memb...
by colb
Tue 12 Sep, 2017 14:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Coil packs
Replies: 2
Views: 617

Re: Coil packs

Real OEM search on a year 2000 Z3 2.0l revealed the following have same part numbers fitted Part 12131703825 was found on the following vehicles: 3' E36   (11/1992 — 08/2000) Z3 E36   (04/1996 — 10/2000) http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/part?id=CL32-EUR-01-2000-Z3-BMW-Z3_20&mg=12&sg=05&diagId=12_2009...
by colb
Mon 11 Sep, 2017 09:49
Forum: Event/cruise aftermaths
Topic: Merthyr Festival of Transport Sunday 10th September 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 808

Re: Merthyr Festival of Transport Sunday 10th September 2017

Al Bit wet yesterday wouldn't have been very interesting for the ladies unless they went swimming in the leisure centre or a free ride on a bus. Some nice cars but more focus on the buses and coaches. Next event is the Bloodwise Rally at Chepstow racecourse Sunday 17th September, have had my entry p...
by colb
Sun 10 Sep, 2017 16:26
Forum: Event/cruise aftermaths
Topic: Merthyr Festival of Transport Sunday 10th September 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 808

Merthyr Festival of Transport Sunday 10th September 2017

Rather wet day at Merthyr today, nice turn out of old buses and coaches and an assortment of classic cars from 1934 onwards. I was the only Z there although another member did come over and speak car less as he was working in the afternoon. Quite a few traders with die cast models, books and sundrie...