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by Smartbear
Mon 06 Jul, 2015 20:32
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: NON 'M' GEARSHIFT SURROUND TRIM.
Replies: 8
Views: 665

Re: NON 'M' GEARSHIFT SURROUND TRIM.

Mugs wrote:chrome for me but i have had a thought......how does it fix to the console as i have a pre-face auto?
i am willing to do some modification to fit it :wink:
Are you familiar with "bluetack" :lol:
Regards
by Smartbear
Mon 06 Jul, 2015 20:01
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: NON 'M' GEARSHIFT SURROUND TRIM.
Replies: 8
Views: 665

Re: NON 'M' GEARSHIFT SURROUND TRIM.

I would have been interested, but we sold our z3 today :bawl: good luck with them :thumb:
Regards
by Smartbear
Mon 06 Jul, 2015 08:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clear indicators, just fitted
Replies: 8
Views: 753

Re: Clear indicators, just fitted

Hi lightning, there should be a list somewhere in the for sale section of all southernboys products & their prices.
Regards
by Smartbear
Sun 05 Jul, 2015 20:38
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Low mileage 2.2i z3 for sale SOLD!
Replies: 0
Views: 410

Low mileage 2.2i z3 for sale SOLD!

Mrs smartbear has decided to change her car so her z3 is up for sale, it's one of the last ones before the z4 was introduced being a 52 reg. Recent MOT with no advisories, recent discs&pads, nice clear soft top window fitted in our ownership, new air con rad, z4 "daisy" wheels fitted which really su...
by Smartbear
Mon 15 Jun, 2015 21:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Exhaust rasp has gone after air inlet changed.2.2i
Replies: 18
Views: 1784

Re: Exhaust rasp has gone after air inlet changed.2.2i

I would think the one to the closed box goes to the flap in the exhaust which opens under full load. ie high vacuum in the inlet. http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=CN52-EUR-06-2000-Z3-BMW-Z3_30i&diagId=18_0383 We changed this part on our car, it's just a closed resonator box which made n...
by Smartbear
Thu 21 May, 2015 18:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sun visor extenders
Replies: 35
Views: 3848

Re: Sun visor extenders

my smart roadster had some small plastic aerofoils just above the windscreen which helped to move the swirling air over your head, from memory they were pretty small & discreet.;
regards
by Smartbear
Tue 19 May, 2015 17:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: engine light on
Replies: 3
Views: 457

Re: engine light on

our z3 engine light was triggered by a split air inlet pipe, but without a reader it could be loads of things. PS ours still ran smoothly as well!
regards
by Smartbear
Sat 16 May, 2015 16:00
Forum: Z4 roadster and Z4 Coupe
Topic: What does "traction is enhanced" whilst in sport mode mean.
Replies: 6
Views: 1560

Re: What does "traction is enhanced" whilst in sport mode me

Hi, the only thing i can think of is that the treaction control is relaxed a little when the sport button is pressed, a bit like briefly pushing the DTC button?
regards
by Smartbear
Sun 10 May, 2015 09:42
Forum: BMW Car Club and Z Register
Topic: BMW feedback on issues?
Replies: 7
Views: 2061

Re: BMW feedback on issues?

1. The dreaded transmission "clunk" 2. Seat belt plastic guides - break regularly 3. Corner "ballast" weights in the rear bumper 4. boot light wiring loom 5. soft top micro switch 6. door mirror base corrosion 7. water ingress at the top corners of the windscreen / roof seal 8. Tramlining 9. diff w...
by Smartbear
Tue 07 Apr, 2015 23:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Exhaust Question
Replies: 33
Views: 3537

Re: Exhaust Question

is this exhaust valve fitted to the 2.2 models?
regards
by Smartbear
Sun 05 Apr, 2015 08:26
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Z3 UPGRADES STILL AVAILABLE...
Replies: 20
Views: 2718

Re: Z3 UPGRADES STILL AVAILABLE...

Wow, impressive r&d work going on behind the scenes there! What's your day job if you don't mind me asking?
Regards
by Smartbear
Sat 04 Apr, 2015 23:26
Forum: Z4 roadster and Z4 Coupe
Topic: Z4 questions before I buy
Replies: 3
Views: 1460

Re: Z4 questions before I buy

there is a guy on the z4-forum that will supply&fit the roof motor for around £550ish, its a bit of a job from what ive read!
regards
by Smartbear
Sat 04 Apr, 2015 23:23
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Z3 UPGRADES STILL AVAILABLE...
Replies: 20
Views: 2718

Re: Z3 UPGRADES STILL AVAILABLE...

Hi, any more news on the chrome gear change surround/trim you were developing?
regards
by Smartbear
Mon 16 Mar, 2015 07:06
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: z4 wanted
Replies: 3
Views: 358

Re: z4 wanted

:thumb: great news, what engine type did you get?
Regards
by Smartbear
Sun 08 Mar, 2015 19:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: stubborn rear screen
Replies: 7
Views: 530

Re: stubborn rear screen

When I replaced the rear screen it also zipped in with no effort but had slight diagonal lines across it, after a couple more attempts moving it along one tooth at a time all the diagonal lines vanished, it sounds as though your window is not aligned correctly :(
Regards
by Smartbear
Mon 02 Mar, 2015 23:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: oil level warning light
Replies: 9
Views: 557

Re: oil level warning light

Hi, you don't say what the oil level is on the dipstick-is it possible the oil is low enough to temporarily flag up the level light until it's run for a while a splashed around a bit?
Regards
by Smartbear
Mon 02 Mar, 2015 10:53
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Whats in your garage?
Replies: 31
Views: 3112

Re: Whats in your garage?

Sailorbaz wrote:
Smartbear wrote:a triumph speed triple & a bmw r1200gs, love my bikes!
Photos my man, 8-)
Here you are :)

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by Smartbear
Fri 27 Feb, 2015 09:16
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Whats in your garage?
Replies: 31
Views: 3112

Re: Whats in your garage?

a triumph speed triple & a bmw r1200gs, love my bikes!
by Smartbear
Sat 21 Feb, 2015 19:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: OEM AIR FILTER ELEMENTS vs "OILY" K&N TYPE FILTERS.
Replies: 19
Views: 1447

Re: OEM AIR FILTER ELEMENTS vs "OILY" K&N TYPE FILTERS.

Gazza wrote:Interesting, I have a K&N panel filter fitted, been on for a good few years now but I have never oiled it.
Hmm, I thought the k&n filter relied on oil in order to filter properly?
Regards
by Smartbear
Sat 21 Feb, 2015 08:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: OEM AIR FILTER ELEMENTS vs "OILY" K&N TYPE FILTERS.
Replies: 19
Views: 1447

Re: OEM AIR FILTER ELEMENTS vs "OILY" K&N TYPE FILTERS.

Yes, ours was coated internally as well, I also thought that as the disa look virtually new that I was discovering the remnants of the old disintegrated one! The particles seemed to "plastic" to cause any internal engine damage so I stopped worrying so much. It would be interesting to find out where...
by Smartbear
Sat 21 Feb, 2015 08:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: OEM AIR FILTER ELEMENTS vs "OILY" K&N TYPE FILTERS.
Replies: 19
Views: 1447

Re: OEM AIR FILTER ELEMENTS vs "OILY" K&N TYPE FILTERS.

Hi southernboy, I don't think its sand particles as that sounds the same as our z3 when I removed the disa for identical reasons (we live in essex not near the beach) i initially thought the disa itself had been wearing itself down in operation & coated the inlet with black plastic dust but the valv...
by Smartbear
Sat 07 Feb, 2015 04:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Must have a service?
Replies: 7
Views: 555

Re: Must have a service?

Warrior wrote:Thanks chaps...

Best I get up the cash and carry and get a drum of vegetable oil if they all need doing :wink:
will you be having a go yourself Martin?
regards
by Smartbear
Sat 07 Feb, 2015 04:11
Forum: Event/cruise aftermaths
Topic: What forum members live in Essex
Replies: 12
Views: 2071

Re: What forum members live in Essex

im not far from warrior :)
regards
by Smartbear
Thu 29 Jan, 2015 20:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: HELP!!! Think I've been an idiot.
Replies: 12
Views: 1332

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

you can get testers for coolant, its like a syring you draw it up in & a float (or something) tells you what temperature it will withstand before freezing.
Ive got one in my garage i put in a safe place.....
regards
by Smartbear
Tue 27 Jan, 2015 21:13
Forum: Z4 roadster and Z4 Coupe
Topic: Had a Z3 and now thinking about a Z4
Replies: 61
Views: 15390

Re: Had a Z3 and now thinking about a Z4

Hi lightening, we have a z3 & a z4 between us (and a micra) and while the z4 may be better on paper in some respects i can assure you the z3 is every bit as fun to drive :) As you say, they also have the added attraction of being "almost a classic" which gives them a different kind of charm-i quite ...
by Smartbear
Fri 23 Jan, 2015 12:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Anyone see one of these around?
Replies: 14
Views: 1613

Re: Anyone see one of these around?

It's not just electric though, it's got a turbocharged 1.5 triple petrol engine as well working in tandem with the electric motor & charging the cells.
It's a hybrid.
by Smartbear
Thu 22 Jan, 2015 07:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How long should seat bushes last?
Replies: 6
Views: 848

Re: How long should seat bushes last?

Ours has no movement after 65k miles, unless they had already been changed!
Regards
by Smartbear
Mon 19 Jan, 2015 20:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: anyone know what it could be?
Replies: 37
Views: 4105

Re: anyone know what it could be?

The ccv system returns the condensed engine vapour back to the sump via the dipstick tube, I've read that this blocks easily & causes the return path of the oil to "back up" the pipe until it starts to be consumed by the inlet manifold drawing it into the engine. I would remove this pipe & attempt t...
by Smartbear
Mon 12 Jan, 2015 16:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ZM and 3.0 sport
Replies: 23
Views: 3182

Re: ZM and 3.0 sport

Errr wasn't the lotus engine the rebadged, unreliable rover k series.....nice Regardless of what size,the bmw 6 cylinder is renowned for reliability,smoothness and a stunning retro sound track Just my 10p worth....I've only got a 2.0 as they didn't make mine in any other variant,so the rarity facto...
by Smartbear
Sun 11 Jan, 2015 21:50
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Sad Farewell Happy Hello
Replies: 4
Views: 921

Re: Sad Farewell Happy Hello

Same model as me, lots of power (265hp) and more economical than our 2.2 z3, better for road trips due to the far larger boot. They are harder edged cars with more twitchy handling, both great cars-it depends what mood you are in as to which is best http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/01/11/fe2a676...
by Smartbear
Sun 11 Jan, 2015 21:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.0 ltr Diesel Auto.
Replies: 35
Views: 6118

Re: Z3 2.0 ltr Diesel Auto.

Noooo! Queen Boudiccas chariot was never pulled by elephants :wink:
A sports car needs a petrol engine the same as toast needs butter!
by Smartbear
Mon 05 Jan, 2015 07:35
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Lightweight flywheel & shift pins - w/ Feedback + Video
Replies: 48
Views: 5841

Re: Lightweight flywheel and clutch

Hmm, is that the same as saying the engine will be 13% more responsive? Or will it have 13% less torque? Interested to read your opinion after driving it :drive
Regards
by Smartbear
Sun 04 Jan, 2015 22:33
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: New Z3 Owner from Gloucestershire
Replies: 9
Views: 1193

Re: New Z3 Owner from Gloucestershire

Yep, we have the same as you- a 2.2 sport individual model. Smooth running aren't they & sound fantastic as well. Got a 3.0si z4 as well, which I drive most days :) http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/01/04/3bc7e78bbe07d81d9bc6cf793ecdfef4.jpg http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/01/04/b0a335549edc...
by Smartbear
Sun 04 Jan, 2015 20:41
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: New Z3 Owner from Gloucestershire
Replies: 9
Views: 1193

Re: New Z3 Owner from Gloucestershire

Very nice olly, looks in good order :)
What size engine has it got?
Regards
by Smartbear
Sun 04 Jan, 2015 19:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ZM and 3.0 sport
Replies: 23
Views: 3182

Re: ZM and 3.0 sport

I've got a bit of experience with some of the cars discussed here, http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/01/04/b1562f5626de2e1f8d35295c6fa578c2.jpg We have a 2.2 z3 which is a lovely, smooth driving road car & a 3.0si which is similarly smooth engine wise but the chassis/suspension makes it feel firm...
by Smartbear
Thu 01 Jan, 2015 12:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hafords Oil
Replies: 37
Views: 5083

Re: Hafords Oil

If memory serves me, I'm sure they do this offer at least twice a year. As you have to buy two tubes of oil making 8 litres and the car only takes 6.5 litres with this purchase I have enough for two oil changes :D I must be missing something here, if you have got 2 tubs of oil making 8litres & the ...
by Smartbear
Thu 01 Jan, 2015 08:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hafords Oil
Replies: 37
Views: 5083

Re: Hafords Oil

its a good price, i popped in & loaded the micra with 8 containers of it-that should be enough for two oil changes each for the z3 & z4. I think that regular changes of engine oil keep the ccv clean & will stop any oil burning this can cause as well as lowering normal wear/tear to the engine parts. ...
by Smartbear
Wed 31 Dec, 2014 18:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 'quirky' rear fog lights.
Replies: 10
Views: 1626

Re: 'quirky' rear fog lights.

That sounds strange, can't see how having a bulb out would let you turn on the fogs without the lights being on?
Regards
by Smartbear
Wed 31 Dec, 2014 08:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Mazda MX5 OR BMW Z3? Your views guys...
Replies: 82
Views: 14998

Re: Mazda MX5 OR BMW Z3? Your views guys...

madleemark wrote:a lot of people knock soft top sportscars, but my guess is deep down they would like to have one, be it mx5 or z3, now then wheres the hairdressing school
yep, its normally jealousy from people that are forced to drive a ford focus etc
by Smartbear
Tue 30 Dec, 2014 15:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 'quirky' rear fog lights.
Replies: 10
Views: 1626

Re: 'quirky' rear fog lights.

Just checked our car & the fogs will only come on if at least the sidelights are on, with no lights on the fogs do not work.
Regards
by Smartbear
Mon 29 Dec, 2014 21:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 'quirky' rear fog lights.
Replies: 10
Views: 1626

Re: 'quirky' rear fog lights.

Hi bosh, I will check our zed tomorrow afternoon & get back to you.
Regards
by Smartbear
Mon 22 Dec, 2014 21:08
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Just purchased Z4 2006 3.0ltr SI sport
Replies: 4
Views: 740

Re: Just purchased Z4 2006 3.0ltr

Hi lurch1 we have the same cars, a 2.2 z3 & a 3.0si z4 like you, love driving both of them-the 6 pot engines are so smooth running :)
by Smartbear
Sun 21 Dec, 2014 17:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ZM and 3.0 sport
Replies: 23
Views: 3182

Re: ZM and 3.0 sport

I bet most owners of the 3litre rarely if ever have them flat out-after all its a very fast car. With this in mind I'd be really surprised if any m owners buy them for the increased performance as even stretching the legs of a 3.0 would quickly end in a jail sentence? Maybe it's the rareity value? R...
by Smartbear
Tue 16 Dec, 2014 23:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Battery Drain
Replies: 6
Views: 1054

Re: Battery Drain

Hi Juliez3, does your car have a tracker? I have read that old trackers (even ones no longer used) can cause parasitical drains on the battery-the problem is more difficult to investigate because the fitters generally tucked them away to hide them from the car thieves :shake:
regards
by Smartbear
Tue 16 Dec, 2014 23:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 prices
Replies: 15
Views: 2355

Re: Z3 prices

lightning wrote:I paid £6,000 in May this year for my mint low mileage 3.0 M Sport with hardtop. I thought at the time it was over the odds, but what other convertible sports car can you get in pristine condition for under £6,000 that will do 0-60 in under six seconds and close to 150mph?
A Z4! :wink:
by Smartbear
Thu 20 Nov, 2014 17:32
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: z3 2.2ltr 2001
Replies: 10
Views: 2588

Re: z3 2.2ltr 2001

Mrs smartbear loves her 2.2 zed, it's a great touring car if you pack wisely & sounds superb! :)
Regards
by Smartbear
Sun 09 Nov, 2014 18:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: spare wheel
Replies: 6
Views: 1159

Re: spare wheel

Hi Pete, the spare is a space saver skinny wheel-it hangs down a little lower than the rear bumper
Regards
by Smartbear
Sun 09 Nov, 2014 16:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Grilled
Replies: 2
Views: 520

Grilled

After I recently replaced the air-con condenser because of stone impact damage, I decided I didn't want the same to happen again. I purchased a sheet of ally mesh from b&q and trimmed it to the aprox shape with scissors & secured it to the standard grill with cable ties. Job done in 20mins. http://t...
by Smartbear
Sun 02 Nov, 2014 12:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: HELP - Front suspention bump stop
Replies: 12
Views: 1624

Re: HELP - Front suspention bump stop

Have you tried eurocarparts?
Regards
by Smartbear
Sun 02 Nov, 2014 12:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Anyone know the phone number for the Samaritans?
Replies: 13
Views: 1692

Re: Anyone know the phone number for the Samaritans?

I think I'm going to need it :( Thought I'd give my car it's first wax following the front end respray and already it's got a couple of stone chips on the front bumper! :bawl: I appreciate that being my daily driver and clocking up 20k miles a year it will be a struggle to keep it looking pristine ...