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by RichP
Tue 29 Aug, 2017 16:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: I'm coming back!
Replies: 2
Views: 669

I'm coming back!

Hi. After a couple of years out, I am finally coming back to Z! If anyone is bored enough, heres a little story :rtm: I got my Z3 about 7 years ago, aged 24. About 2 years ago, it overheated and blew the head gasket. Since then i have toyed with the idea of trying to do the change myself, of replaci...
by RichP
Sun 11 Sep, 2016 21:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 gone bang :(
Replies: 30
Views: 2187

Re: Z3 gone bang :(

I'm up north. In Runcorn. An ebay search for breakers has brought one up 15miles away at a scrappy I have been to a few times. No details on mileage etc. I'll give them a ring in the morning. How much does an engine weigh? 200-250kg? can i get that in the back of a 1.7d hyundai ix35? (using a hoist)
by RichP
Sun 11 Sep, 2016 21:03
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: FREE: 1998 1.9 Engine and/or bones of car
Replies: 8
Views: 1303

Re: FREE: 1998 1.9 Engine and/or bones of car

I was looking at this one:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-3-Series- ... Sw-kdXxpoP

it is off a 318, so could add complications, but 56k miles!

A lot of reading up to do before i get going though :rtm:
by RichP
Sun 11 Sep, 2016 18:02
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: FREE: 1998 1.9 Engine and/or bones of car
Replies: 8
Views: 1303

Re: FREE: 1998 1.9 Engine and/or bones of car

Hi,

I think you mentioned this on my other thread.

Where are you/the car in the country?

I'm on the look out for a lower mileage engine now, but this generous offer is tempting.

Cheers.
by RichP
Sun 11 Sep, 2016 17:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 gone bang :(
Replies: 30
Views: 2187

Re: Z3 gone bang :(

Thanks again for the replies. I'm now thinking i will go along this route. I have the space to do it, and it seems worth a shot. The satisfaction of getting it back up and running would be immense! Theres not a lot of engines on ebay, and they are all from 318's. I'll try the local scrappies, and th...
by RichP
Sat 10 Sep, 2016 21:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 gone bang :(
Replies: 30
Views: 2187

Re: Z3 gone bang :(

P.S. anyone know how to fix a skateboard? :wink:
by RichP
Sat 10 Sep, 2016 21:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 gone bang :(
Replies: 30
Views: 2187

Re: Z3 gone bang :(

If you can do a ball joint then changing an engine is just a series of jobs of a similar order of complexity :) But it will be a fairly long one if you've never done it before (you and me both, I'm about to do a 2.2). Is this really a job that i can have a crack at? I dont have a lot to lose to be ...
by RichP
Fri 09 Sep, 2016 16:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 gone bang :(
Replies: 30
Views: 2187

Re: Z3 gone bang :(

Thanks for all the advise/suggestions. As mentioned I can't do much beyond simple maintenance (I replaced the front ball joints once, that's as involved as i get). If i wanted to put the free engine in i would still have to pay someone to do it, which makes up the bulk of the cost. Sadly my father-i...
by RichP
Wed 07 Sep, 2016 20:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 gone bang :(
Replies: 30
Views: 2187

Re: Z3 gone bang :(

everything is fine except this development. Been an awesome car for the 6-7 yrs ive had it. Only thing i was going to get done was a bit of bodywork - little bit of rear arch/sill rust and the bonnet is "delaminating" (i suspect that could be a respray not original paintwork). YOu think i can get al...
by RichP
Wed 07 Sep, 2016 16:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 gone bang :(
Replies: 30
Views: 2187

Re: Z3 gone bang :(

thanks for the advice. was just dreaming that the 6cyls might just drop in :) Those engines are cheap, i was hoping for a fairly low mileage one as i plan on keeping the car indefinitely, but thanks. Is the radiator/cooling system the same on the 318's as the 1.9 z3? As you have proabably guessed, I...
by RichP
Wed 07 Sep, 2016 15:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 gone bang :(
Replies: 30
Views: 2187

Z3 gone bang :(

Hi, It's been a serious amount of time since i posted on here. life has been getting in the way. Wondering if any of you expert folk can help advise me on something. Story so far: I did a stupid. Z3 MOT expired, and we had a lot going on, so I sorn'd it for about 8 months. But then our other car rea...
by RichP
Tue 06 May, 2014 23:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 & Kayak?
Replies: 24
Views: 1837

Re: Z3 & Kayak?

Thanks for the help. I'll let you know how i get on.

My kayak friends think i'm insane for just suggesting it. we shall see! :D
by RichP
Tue 06 May, 2014 23:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 & Kayak?
Replies: 24
Views: 1837

Re: Z3 & Kayak?

i was wondering if the strap could be threaded between the roll hoops behind the seats to get it out the way whilst still allowing it to be tightened?
by RichP
Tue 06 May, 2014 21:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 & Kayak?
Replies: 24
Views: 1837

Re: Z3 & Kayak?

I've just been looking to solve this exact problem, and I find this thread from last week on none other but Z roadster. I'm off to do the lottery! Anyway, thanks for posting pics, I was considering whether to buy inflatable racks to give it a go, and was highly doubtful of how it would work, but my ...
by RichP
Wed 11 Dec, 2013 23:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: is this right?
Replies: 1
Views: 296

Re: is this right?

strike that, got my alphabet wrong, had V coming before T reg :dunce:
by RichP
Wed 11 Dec, 2013 23:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: is this right?
Replies: 1
Views: 296

is this right?

Just out of curiosity, i came across this for sale. Was there a 1.9 this early with the wide arches?

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/ ... ?logcode=p
by RichP
Tue 01 Oct, 2013 00:39
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Fab BMW Roadster Video
Replies: 6
Views: 835

Re: Fab BMW Roadster Video

about 8 seconds of z3 bashing :(

apart from that a good video.
by RichP
Thu 26 Sep, 2013 00:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Orange indicator lenses
Replies: 2
Views: 205

Re: Orange indicator lenses

Alan W wrote:I prefer them to the clear ones :)
Me too. there, that just saved me hundreds deciding that. :D
by RichP
Thu 26 Sep, 2013 00:07
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: What planet do insurance companies live on?
Replies: 8
Views: 1000

Re: What planet do insurance companies live on?

seriously though, age has its benefits... i pay £900 on my 1.9 with seven years no claims. I am 27. In a decent postcode. I can only pity/feel smug about younger folk.
by RichP
Thu 26 Sep, 2013 00:04
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: What planet do insurance companies live on?
Replies: 8
Views: 1000

Re: What planet do insurance companies live on?

Robert T wrote:But you have to remember the shocking statistic that 50% of people are of below average intelligence. :D

Cheers R.
did you know that 84% of all statistics are made up on the spot?!
by RichP
Sat 21 Sep, 2013 13:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Help rouge cold start again
Replies: 19
Views: 3013

Re: Help rouge cold start again

I think in the past I've just used mid range 10w 40 oil. I plan on changing before the weather gets too horrible, so I'll try the 0w 40. Thanks!

I hope all this helps hammers original problem, otherwise I've just commandeered his thread! :)
by RichP
Sat 21 Sep, 2013 01:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Help rouge cold start again
Replies: 19
Views: 3013

Re: Help rouge cold start again

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not to worry. i answered my own question. :D part 16 8-)
by RichP
Sat 21 Sep, 2013 01:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Help rouge cold start again
Replies: 19
Views: 3013

Re: Help rouge cold start again

My bet is air being drawn into the inlet manifold by a failure of the crankcase breather valve/cyclone filter, the resultant unmetered air making the mixture weaker than it should be, and being more noticable on a cold engine. At the current not-really-cold ambient temperatures the cold start mmixt...
by RichP
Sat 21 Sep, 2013 01:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wishbones
Replies: 6
Views: 361

Re: Wishbones

i replaced mine, just with standard unbranded bushes, and felt no noticeable difference. Tracking also made no difference.

Did you replace the bushes with solid ones or with ones with a gap between the inner and outer rings?
by RichP
Sat 21 Sep, 2013 01:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: glovebox lighting
Replies: 22
Views: 3317

Re: glovebox lighting

i think the "three-old-MOT's,-a-screwdriver-,and-a-2005-road-map-box" although more accurate is not as easy to say as "glove-box". :D Got my footwell lighting in the post today, i'll try and find some time on sunday to fit it. Thanks! you can never have too much LED strip lighting, so i'll probably ...
by RichP
Thu 19 Sep, 2013 23:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Falling Prices
Replies: 45
Views: 6382

Re: Falling Prices

I'm glad they fell! meant i could buy mine. 1.9 four years ago for £4000, probably worth less than £2000 now, but that means it has cost less than £10 per week! plus i have absolutely no intention of selling it, and seeing as i have taken it from 64k miles to 75k in all that time, i'm hoping to get ...
by RichP
Thu 19 Sep, 2013 10:59
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: New Z car in 2016
Replies: 9
Views: 1563

Re: New Z car in 2016

front wheel drive, 3 cylinder diesels, and i'm not sure about the styling, i agree about the lines down the sides.

doesn't tempt me.

I'm glad it is a new series, not replacing the z4.
by RichP
Wed 18 Sep, 2013 12:38
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: M Roadster Parts
Replies: 51
Views: 7532

Re: M Roadster Parts

Any news on the side vents?
by RichP
Tue 10 Sep, 2013 00:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: foot well lighting
Replies: 161
Views: 19847

Re: foot well lighting

also interested...
by RichP
Mon 09 Sep, 2013 00:32
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: M Roadster Parts
Replies: 51
Views: 7532

Re: M Roadster Parts

does it have the //m side vents (as in Althulas' sig pic)?

If so please pm me :thumb:
by RichP
Tue 13 Aug, 2013 10:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Anyone ever bought tyres on ebay?
Replies: 20
Views: 1602

Re: Anyone ever bought tyres on ebay?

Terrible news there g8jka, hope it gets sorted soon. Z3cade the current sizes are 225 45 17 v over the course of last night though i have been offered by a local company some part worn tyres. He can provide me a set of either continental or Michelin tyres with 5-6 mm of tread fully fitted for £140 ...
by RichP
Sun 11 Aug, 2013 11:23
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Wonder if this bloke works for the samaratins ??
Replies: 9
Views: 780

Re: Wonder if this bloke works for the samaratins ??

he is getting more publicity than a normal listing though!

i'm tempted to ask some questions..
by RichP
Sat 10 Aug, 2013 18:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: MOT Failure
Replies: 17
Views: 1717

Re: MOT Failure

or get some long planks to get it onto the ramp? (shallower climbing angle).

although the garage with pit may be easier.

i'm getting mine lowered soon, and i'm worried about our sloping path entrance :? form over function always wins for me though, hence a 2 seater convertable...
by RichP
Fri 09 Aug, 2013 11:06
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: My new Z3!!
Replies: 2
Views: 463

My new Z3!!

My new Z3 Picked it up the other day on impulse for a bargain. Narrow body model, black interior, tonneau cover, 5 spoke alloys. It was originally estoril blue but i had the whole car resprayed to Montreal Blue, because it is clearly the best colour. This is a rare chinese made model with rear frict...
by RichP
Fri 09 Aug, 2013 00:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Newbie
Replies: 22
Views: 1910

Re: Newbie

Cloz wrote:
Bonzo wrote:Lovely colour, almost as good as Montreal Blue!
+1
+2
by RichP
Wed 05 Jun, 2013 22:06
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: oulton park 9th June
Replies: 7
Views: 1442

Re: oulton park 9th June

just yesterday we got a surprise phone call off a friend of ours who knows James Cole (driver), who had a couple of hospitality tickets going spare! So I'll be there with bells on!

feeling pretty smug and lucky :D

:drive
by RichP
Fri 17 May, 2013 01:21
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Pictures of you and your car
Replies: 200
Views: 24627

Re: Pictures of you and your car

me and my favorite mode of transport apart from the Z...

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and Monty the Zed...

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by RichP
Thu 16 May, 2013 12:58
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Webuyanycar.com
Replies: 16
Views: 1572

Re: Webuyanycar.com

£1435

1.9 with 74k.

which is roughly what i just paid to get it through its last mot :? and a little more than 1/3 what i paid for it :shock:
by RichP
Mon 13 May, 2013 15:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: best soft top cleaner?
Replies: 15
Views: 1261

Re: best soft top cleaner?

good luck.

I found that using a nail/scrubbing brush worked best to get rid of the really ingrained growths.

And the treatment means water still beads nicely a couple of months in :)
by RichP
Sun 12 May, 2013 19:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: best soft top cleaner?
Replies: 15
Views: 1261

Re: best soft top cleaner?

tips on the autoglym stuff:

http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopi ... 02#p343402

this took a few hours:

Image

8-)
by RichP
Sun 12 May, 2013 15:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: My First Car.
Replies: 22
Views: 685

Re: My First Car.

I've discovered that the leak is coming in from the top of the passenger side window where it meets the windscreen. Is this a common place for leaks and is it easily fixed? Its fairly common. There is a 'plug' of rubber which shrinks and causes a gap. Common quick fix a bit of rubber glued on. i ha...
by RichP
Fri 10 May, 2013 15:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: My First Car.
Replies: 22
Views: 685

Re: My First Car.

my first was a metro rio grande in lime green. 45bhp! and i polished it a lot, so you must be very very happy with a Z in such a wonderful colour! :D seat bushes: http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=37561&p=348571&hilit=seat+bushes#p348571 is the leak from the roof seal at the point w...
by RichP
Sun 28 Apr, 2013 16:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Recently purchased my 1.9i and mpg whoa!
Replies: 13
Views: 516

Re: Recently purchased my 1.9i and mpg whoa!

i would expect 50 miles to cost me £10-£12 or so at todays fuel prices in my 1.9.

£10 gets my fuel gauge from empty to 1/2 tank, it then needs another £30+ to get it the second half. Once it drops below 1/2 i start looking for a petrol station!
by RichP
Fri 26 Apr, 2013 01:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 1.9 performance tips
Replies: 27
Views: 1326

Re: 1.9 performance tips

I've long accepted I won't be winning many drag races in my 1.9, I'd like more power, but like you I've had mine a few years now. I know it, and I'm rather attached to it. Any new one would feel unpredictable in terms of what might go wrong. Sometimes I'm grateful the lack of power keeps me out of s...
by RichP
Thu 25 Apr, 2013 13:23
Forum: Performance
Topic: Suspension Overhaul
Replies: 9
Views: 2321

Re: Suspension Overhaul

i changed the front wishbones recently. wasn't too bad a job if you've got some mechanical nous. Hardest part for me was getting the 'lollipop's' onto the end of the arm. If you have bought the bushes seperate to the lollipops you'll need a decent press (or vice?) to get them in. To get them over th...
by RichP
Thu 25 Apr, 2013 13:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: New z3 owner. Over the moon with my new car.
Replies: 84
Views: 1661

Re: New z3 owner. Over the moon with my new car.

snoops wrote:
Badman gee wrote:Had a drive last night with the roof down.

Feels good!

In the dark with the roar of the straight six!
Why does it not sound quite right when you say it :wink:
"the roar of a straight four" sounds worse. :roll:
by RichP
Thu 25 Apr, 2013 12:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 1.9 missing cat problem solved
Replies: 5
Views: 167

1.9 missing cat problem solved

Yesterday morning we noticed we hadn't seen the cat in a while. She's never normally out longer than 30 mins or so, so there was some worried people in our house, shaking bowls and such. Never returned last night :( Today, i went to silicone up an air intake hose. When i opened the bonnet i heard a ...
by RichP
Thu 25 Apr, 2013 10:07
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Insurance
Replies: 25
Views: 2062

Re: Insurance

I stereotype. Its faster. :wink:
by RichP
Wed 24 Apr, 2013 18:10
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Insurance
Replies: 25
Views: 2062

Re: Insurance

Why should an 18 year old not behind the wheel of an "m"? because i span a rover metro at the age of 17, and two people in my school year were killed in separate crashes in standard cars due to driving like 17 year olds. A car like an M3 needs very respectful driving. for sure there are sensible 18...
by RichP
Wed 24 Apr, 2013 11:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: New z3 owner. Over the moon with my new car.
Replies: 84
Views: 1661

Re: New z3 owner. Over the moon with my new car.

Another person who has chosen the best colour Z :D