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by Chiefy
Sun 31 Aug, 2014 17:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2088
Views: 233121

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

A new plastic knob that holds the storage bin in place in the boot and a new damper strut for the soft top mechanism.
by Chiefy
Sun 27 Jul, 2014 21:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Why bother. !!!
Replies: 41
Views: 4062

Re: Why bother. !!!

I'm not really bothered what other people do but my soft top is permanently down for most of the year unless it's raining - commuting - touring - whatever - that's what I bought it for...
by Chiefy
Wed 23 Jul, 2014 22:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clunking on acceleration and braking..
Replies: 22
Views: 3333

Re: Clunking on acceleration and braking..

Have a good look at the differential rear mount flexi to boot floor and possibly boot floor itself.
by Chiefy
Thu 17 Jul, 2014 11:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Where have all the Z3"s gone?
Replies: 31
Views: 2589

Re: Where have all the Z3"s gone?

Plenty up here in Dundee and around the Highlands. Just a hint of sunshine and temperature above 12 degrees and the shorts are on and the tops (soft tops) are down.
by Chiefy
Mon 14 Jul, 2014 19:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Halfrauds
Replies: 13
Views: 862

Re: Halfrauds

Sorry mate was just trying to he helpful. As I work in Halfords it's surprising how many people don't take advantage of the 3 for 2 offer which covers all car cleaning product. Many will walk in and buy two things and leave without a third item which they could of had for free. Both the hood cleaner...
by Chiefy
Sat 12 Jul, 2014 22:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Handling?!
Replies: 26
Views: 1748

Re: Handling?!

I have a 98 M44. I have replaced all of the bushes in the suspension, drop links and control arms. All are OEM with the exception of the rear subframe side bushes in which I have used poly bushes. It had huge Mtech wheels on when I bought it but I have gone back to the original 15" pepperpots. The t...
by Chiefy
Sat 12 Jul, 2014 21:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: seat ajustment
Replies: 2
Views: 174

Re: seat ajustment

Fixed mine recently. Passenger seat stuck in full up position. Took the seat out, disconnected the raise/lower mechanical linkage, wound it manually away from the end stop where it was jammed, oiled everything in sight. It's been fine ever since.
by Chiefy
Fri 11 Jul, 2014 21:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Halfrauds
Replies: 13
Views: 862

Re: Halfrauds

If you'd needed a couple of things from the car section then you could have got the conditioner/sealant for free on the 3 for 2 offer. I use the Wonderwheels cleaner and Wonderwheels sealant which have transformed my mouldy hood (as bought) into something that looks almost new.
by Chiefy
Thu 10 Jul, 2014 20:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Replacement outer sills
Replies: 15
Views: 2131

Re: Replacement outer sills

Checked up at my local Dealer today (Dundee BMW) as I will be needing an offside sill before too long. There are two in stock in the UK and 800 in Germany so they ain't gonna run out just yet.
by Chiefy
Tue 08 Jul, 2014 21:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: BMW Z3 A PERSONAL REVIEW.
Replies: 12
Views: 1897

Re: BMW Z3 A PERSONAL REVIEW.

I have lost count of the cars I've had over 42 years of driving. I've had most things and although I've always liked the look of the Z3 I never got round to buying one until 3 years ago. I am also a biker and had a very bad accident in 2011. I was unable to walk for quite a while and bought a Z3 M44...
by Chiefy
Tue 08 Jul, 2014 20:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Replacement outer sills
Replies: 15
Views: 2131

Re: Replacement outer sills

That's strange as I bought a new sill from my local Dealer a couple of months ago £150 with discount. They didn't mention anything about discontinuing them. That said I'm surprised an aftermarket company hasn't developed non metallic sills as they are only cosmetic - bit of a no brainer really and w...
by Chiefy
Sun 06 Jul, 2014 07:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: NEWBEE
Replies: 14
Views: 599

Re: NEWBEE

I went down the Classic Car route with Lancaster on a 98 1.9. With social use only, as a second car and restricted mileage of 1000 miles a year it came to £123 pa. I've spent the last 18 months replacing all the suspension consumables, discs, callipers etc. I'm so pleased with the way it drives that...
by Chiefy
Sun 08 Jun, 2014 08:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Strange thing.
Replies: 0
Views: 261

Strange thing.

Occasionally I've had the rough running on start up with my M44 that many others have reported. I've tried all the fixes including thinner oil but the problem always came back. Some time ago I revved the engine to to 2500'ish and then turned the key off. Don't ask me why - I just did. The next day w...
by Chiefy
Thu 22 May, 2014 20:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear wheel bearings on Z£ M44
Replies: 7
Views: 460

Re: Rear wheel bearings on Z£ M44

Over the winter I have done both rear wheel bearings on my 1998 1.9 M44. I did them, not because they needed replacing but because the backplates were shot and the hubs need to be removed to change the backplates. Removing the hubs invariably damages the bearings etc etc. This was part of a complete...
by Chiefy
Fri 22 Feb, 2013 19:28
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Help rough start up
Replies: 18
Views: 1142

Re: Help rough start up

Had exactly the same problem - firing in 1 or 2 cylinders for first 30 seconds. Changed filter, O rings and oil (Valvoline 0-40) and it hasnt missed a beat since.
by Chiefy
Wed 30 Jan, 2013 09:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 1.9 starting issues
Replies: 5
Views: 316

Re: Z3 1.9 starting issues

After standing and getting cold you may have sticking valves not quite closing properly. As post above my lumpy starting was solved by oil and filter change using good quality 0/40 oil. Couldn't believe the difference. I now run the car once a week but first warm the underbonnet area up with a fan h...
by Chiefy
Wed 16 Jan, 2013 21:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Well I Never.
Replies: 5
Views: 645

Re: Well I Never.

Hi Chiefy, What oil did you have in it before??!!! :-? To be honest I dont know - it was the oil that came with the car. Servicing by the previous owner has been a bit basic and altbough there is a bill for the last service the grade of oil and quality was not specifie. It looked reasonable when I ...
by Chiefy
Wed 16 Jan, 2013 17:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Well I Never.
Replies: 5
Views: 645

Well I Never.

I am gradually working through my 98 1.9 having bought a bit of a project. I run it once a week and as the weather has turned colder, although it starts straight away it more often than not runs quite rough for up to about 30 seconds. After that it runs fine and performs well. Having read several th...
by Chiefy
Wed 12 Dec, 2012 20:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Storing Spare Wheel in Boot
Replies: 71
Views: 3808

Re: Storing Spare Wheel in Boot

Aye - many thanks for your generous offer Trayton. It was worth the trip over just to see your Zed - a very nice motor indeed.
by Chiefy
Mon 10 Dec, 2012 09:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Think im gonna have an affair.......
Replies: 9
Views: 382

Re: Think im gonna have an affair.......

I have had a couple of divorces and yep worst time ever - stress or what. Anyway am now 57 and nirvana - I have a Zed and a good woman. I was also a biker too until I had a bad off 10 weeks ago so it's 4 wheels from now on - don't go much on broken legs, arms and a cracked pelvis. Anyway recovering ...
by Chiefy
Fri 07 Dec, 2012 07:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Storing Spare Wheel in Boot
Replies: 71
Views: 3808

Re: Storing Spare Wheel in Boot

Hi everyone. I agree a price on this spare wheel. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Alfa-Romeo-156-Space-Saver-Spare-Wheel-125-80-R15-/290825703911?pt=UK_CarParts_Acc_Wheels_tyres_Rims_Car_Wheels_ET&hash=item43b69011e7 The seller will stop the auction and I'll pay him by cash when I'll pick it up. 15£!! Ba...
by Chiefy
Tue 04 Dec, 2012 19:19
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Pagid Pads & Discs
Replies: 4
Views: 565

Re: Pagid Pads & Discs

I have used Pagid stuff on my previous car (Boxster) and my Zed - both fine with no problems.
by Chiefy
Tue 04 Dec, 2012 08:22
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: New Z owner
Replies: 19
Views: 2340

Re: New Z owner

Hi everyone. Does anyone has a photo of the spark plug socket which should be in the boot with the jack etc... I'm missing it and I'd like to buy the same as the original one! I also realised I need it to unscrew a bolt to have access to my spare wheel! I have others tools at home who can do the jo...
by Chiefy
Fri 30 Nov, 2012 13:20
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Eurocarparts 31% OFF!! ENDS SUNDAY..
Replies: 12
Views: 2959

Re: Eurocarparts 31% OFF!! ENDS SUNDAY..

I bought a new radiator for my M44 this morning £68 with the 31% off - absolute bargain.
by Chiefy
Wed 28 Nov, 2012 12:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Cooling system
Replies: 14
Views: 1196

Re: Cooling system

Just found the O ring(s) on TIS. Curiosity has got the better of me so I will have a look when I get back.
by Chiefy
Wed 28 Nov, 2012 12:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Cooling system
Replies: 14
Views: 1196

Re: Cooling system

At the moment they are £68 from Eurocarparts including the midmonth31 code discount which as you say is pretty cheap. Where is this O ring exactly ? I am away for a few days and not with the car otherwise I would have a look.
by Chiefy
Wed 28 Nov, 2012 11:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Cooling system
Replies: 14
Views: 1196

Re: Cooling system

Kamagloire - you could have saved me a few bib too as I have a drip in exactly the same area. I have recently changed - pump - belt - tensioner - thermostat - viscous coupling at 100,000 miles - all of which were faulty or worn out. After putting everything back together I have needed to top up a co...
by Chiefy
Fri 23 Nov, 2012 08:15
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Z3 Wheels for sale
Replies: 1
Views: 353

Re: Z3 Wheels for sale

PM sent.
by Chiefy
Sun 18 Nov, 2012 07:28
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: so what to do ?????
Replies: 14
Views: 508

Re: so what to do ?????

There's a few engines on EBay - some with 3 months warranty (which is all you equally need to make sure it's ok) and one with 80,000 miles for £230. I would certainly consider that route. Having had most of the ancillaries off, a DIY swap with a handy mate looks very feasible.
by Chiefy
Fri 16 Nov, 2012 13:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Radiator Hose
Replies: 7
Views: 318

Re: Radiator Hose

For future reference the main cooling water hoses top, bottom and expansion tank to engine are all about £25 from BMW Main Dealer. The flexi from engine to MAF is just under £20. BMW Coolant is £10 for 1.5 Ltr. All prices inc VAT. They usually give me 10% discount. Prices not bad really. The coolant...
by Chiefy
Thu 15 Nov, 2012 21:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Radiator Hose
Replies: 7
Views: 318

Re: Radiator Hose

Del - thanks for that - really appreciate it. I know lots about many other cars but have much to learn about Z3, so pointers like that are so helpful rather than waiting for things to go wrong. I'll probably move on to that area next while its fresh in my mind.
by Chiefy
Thu 15 Nov, 2012 20:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Radiator Hose
Replies: 7
Views: 318

Re: Radiator Hose

Brian H wrote:You could try http://www.bmminiparts.com, these guy supply OEM parts at a cheaper price than your dealer, they have good access to stock but sometimes need to order from Germany.
Thanks for that, I missed your reply while I was replying to Del. I'll give them a look.
by Chiefy
Thu 15 Nov, 2012 20:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Radiator Hose
Replies: 7
Views: 318

Re: Radiator Hose

No actual leaks yet but I was thinking 14 years old, they ain't gonna last forever. As it happens I do need to replace the MAF flexi as well so think I will head for the Main Dealer for the lot. I promised myself that as I progressed through the rolling resto, that I would wait and replace with good...
by Chiefy
Thu 15 Nov, 2012 18:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Radiator Hose
Replies: 7
Views: 318

Radiator Hose

Here's a job I should have done at the same time as the pump, stat, belt etc. Hey ho so I'm doing them now. It's a 1998 1.9 M44 and seem to be finding more US suppliers than Uk ones. Silicon coloured look appealing but can anyone recommend a Uk supplier - for any type really, other than BMW main dea...
by Chiefy
Mon 12 Nov, 2012 08:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Headlamp Level Electrical Adjustment
Replies: 14
Views: 465

Re: Headlamp Level Electrical Adjustment

Just wondering about those last two lines - is that all lighting systems or just special systems that require cleaning and self levelling? I read it as "if it is fitted it must work" but I could be wrong.
by Chiefy
Sun 11 Nov, 2012 16:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Headlamp Level Electrical Adjustment
Replies: 14
Views: 465

Re: Headlamp Level Electrical Adjustment

Forgot that bit - while I had the washer bottle and air box out for access to back of light units I did take the opportunity to have a good spray with WD all round the chassis, anti roll bar, cross member, steering column etc and with the actuators half out was able to lubricate moving parts with si...
by Chiefy
Sun 11 Nov, 2012 15:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Headlamp Level Electrical Adjustment
Replies: 14
Views: 465

Re: Headlamp Level Electrical Adjustment

Well thanks guys for your help especially on a Sunday. I have been out for an hour fiddling which is a bit difficult with a broken leg and arm. Anyway I have been very lucky - please dont shout when I tell you what it was. I started by partially removing the actuators and moving backwards and forwar...
by Chiefy
Sun 11 Nov, 2012 09:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Headlamp Level Electrical Adjustment
Replies: 14
Views: 465

Headlamp Level Electrical Adjustment

Today's job is to have a look at why mine isn't working (1998 1.9). Movement of the knurled thumb wheel doesn't appear to do anything. I wouldn't have bothered with it until later on in the project but I notice that it is part of the new MOT rules is if it is fitted it must work. Looking in my Bentl...
by Chiefy
Sat 10 Nov, 2012 11:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sill Removal for Inspection
Replies: 9
Views: 572

Re: Sill Removal for Inspection

Thanks guys - hopefully I won't come across any disasters - think I will just crack on with it.
by Chiefy
Sat 10 Nov, 2012 08:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sill Removal for Inspection
Replies: 9
Views: 572

Re: Sill Removal for Inspection

Apologies guys - I've just done a bit more thorough searching and found quite a bit on sill removal and what to expect. When I get round to it, if I find anything unusual I will post up, although it has been pretty well covered.
by Chiefy
Sat 10 Nov, 2012 07:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sill Removal for Inspection
Replies: 9
Views: 572

Sill Removal for Inspection

I am gradually working my way round my rolling restoration which will include removal of all bolt on panels (wings, fenders, quarter panels, sills, bumpers) to have a look behind them to treat as necessary and re-fit. Have many people removed the sills and if so what does the chassis tend to be like...
by Chiefy
Fri 09 Nov, 2012 08:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: temparture gauge
Replies: 10
Views: 528

Re: temparture gauge

I did my thermostat and pump and viscous coupling + belt all at the same time when I bought my 100,000 miler. It has full history but the belt looked original and I had no idea about the other bits. It was running ok but temperature not reaching normal which would be the thermostat most likely. It c...
by Chiefy
Thu 08 Nov, 2012 18:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: temparture gauge
Replies: 10
Views: 528

Re: temparture gauge

Two of the most common causes - thermostat and or water pump if you still have plastic impeller type fitted.
by Chiefy
Sat 03 Nov, 2012 07:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 60 days in the garage, leaving the Z3 What next?
Replies: 7
Views: 880

Re: 60 days in the garage, leaving the Z3 What next?

Had each Mark of MX5 and now a Z3. MX5's are good but just don't feel anywhere near a solid as the Z3. They are starting to show signs of significant corrosion, even some as young as 5 and 5 years old. Some of the Mk 2's are revealing some real nightmares with front chassis rails completely gone. Wh...