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by Grazza
Fri 24 Nov, 2017 13:12
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Control arm replacement
Replies: 9
Views: 991

Re: Control arm replacement

Hi, thanks for your replies. Not sure if the M is different but I can't see anyway of getting to the nut from above on the drivers side (might be possible on the passenger - I can sort of see it) as the engine is right up against the chassis at the point I would need to try and get to the nut. Even ...
by Grazza
Sun 19 Nov, 2017 18:13
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Control arm replacement
Replies: 9
Views: 991

Re: Control arm replacement

Gazza, thanks for the link. I had watched that video and tried in on the passenger side but the bolt was still turning even when I ended up at the point where I was worried about the car coming off the jack stand and given I was underneath trying to do up the bolt I did not feel comfortable continui...
by Grazza
Sat 18 Nov, 2017 18:24
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Control arm replacement
Replies: 9
Views: 991

Control arm replacement

Hi I'm going through the process of repairing my Z3M and also replacing the suspension all round at the same time. I had to replace the control arm on the passenger side as it was damaged so thought I would do the same on the drivers side but I'm struggling to get to the nut for the middle ball join...
by Grazza
Tue 24 Oct, 2017 18:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Getting back on the road, what do I need to do?
Replies: 2
Views: 529

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

Hi, I posted on here a couple of years back about getting my Z3M back on the road after I put it in a ditch. My plans were sidelined somewhat by a fairly messy divorce but I kept the car and now I'm back to the same place trying to work out how to fix the broken bits with the help of the forum and a...
by Grazza
Mon 06 Jul, 2015 21:08
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: BC Racing Coilovers
Replies: 5
Views: 805

Re: BC Racing Coilovers

Thanks to all for your advice. I bought them from Corby Motorsport and the guy assures me they are the camber and caster adjustable M version and they certainly look to be adjustable in two planes so hopefully are correct. I agree it's pretty disappointing they are selling the 6kg if not really suit...
by Grazza
Fri 03 Jul, 2015 22:19
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WTB
Replies: 0
Views: 409

WTB

Hi, I'm looking for the following if anyone is breaking and has them - given size of some of the items I'm guessing I will be collecting so somewhere within driving distance of Oxford preferred for those. Bumper carrier NSF bumper shock support NSF Bumper lamp NSF wheel arch liner ARB Links Track ro...
by Grazza
Fri 03 Jul, 2015 20:42
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: BC Racing Coilovers
Replies: 5
Views: 805

BC Racing Coilovers

These appear to have had positive reviews from a number of posters so I ordered a set which duly arrived. The set I received just say Z3 and I am aware that some websites offer two options, one Z3 with camber adjustment and one Z3M with castor as well as camber adjustment. Mine have also been sent w...
by Grazza
Sun 28 Jun, 2015 01:05
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Front bumper
Replies: 10
Views: 1257

Re: Front bumper

Totally agree it's not worthwhile putting a non M bumper on. Had originally been thinking that I could keep costs down by sourcing second hand but with M specific parts this does not seem to be an option. Have decide to just bite the bullet and spend what I need to in order to get the car back on th...
by Grazza
Fri 26 Jun, 2015 23:21
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Front bumper
Replies: 10
Views: 1257

Re: Front bumper

Thanks, helpful to know. I'm keen to return it to standard as far as possible, just trying to understand where I can save a bit of money by soucing second hand.
by Grazza
Fri 26 Jun, 2015 22:20
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Front bumper
Replies: 10
Views: 1257

Re: Front bumper

Have resigned myself to the fact that I am probably going to have to get a new bumper from BMW. Apparently I also need a bumper grill, does anyone know if this is specific to the M and if not does anyone have one for sale?

Thanks
by Grazza
Wed 24 Jun, 2015 19:04
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Repair advice
Replies: 2
Views: 641

Repair advice

My M has been sat forlornly on the drive for the last few months and I have finally accepted that I just do not have the time to try and fix it myself at the moment and I am missing too too much to leave it there any longer! So I have found a local mechanic to fix it for me but he's never worked on ...
by Grazza
Wed 24 Jun, 2015 15:31
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Front bumper
Replies: 10
Views: 1257

Re: Front bumper

That helps thanks. Spurs fan I will send you a pm.
by Grazza
Tue 16 Jun, 2015 21:41
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Front bumper
Replies: 10
Views: 1257

Front bumper

Need to get a new front bumper for my Z3M. I'm aware that the M is different in that it has air ducts in place of front fog lights but is the bumper effectively the same as all the others? Trying to keep costs down via eBay!

Thanks
by Grazza
Wed 13 May, 2015 18:50
Forum: Z4M roadster and Z4m coupé
Topic: Insuring a Z3M, an appreciating asset.
Replies: 23
Views: 3128

Re: Insuring a Z3M, an appreciating asset.

The £4k figure was set against the book valuation of £4900. When they finally agreed to the £8k valuation they would not change the value they would pay to get it fixed. To be honest the point I was trying to make is that the book values at the time bore no relation to the actual value of the cars (...
by Grazza
Wed 13 May, 2015 16:38
Forum: Z4M roadster and Z4m coupé
Topic: Insuring a Z3M, an appreciating asset.
Replies: 23
Views: 3128

Re: Insuring a Z3M, an appreciating asset.

As someone who has unfortunately just been through this you are right to be concerned about the 'book value'! I had a minor crash in mine only a few months after I bought it and the insurance co used Glasses Guide (which was the highest of the book values) which came back at circa £4900 (I paid £8k ...
by Grazza
Mon 23 Feb, 2015 18:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Service Indicator Board Batteries?
Replies: 2
Views: 394

Service Indicator Board Batteries?

Got my 'salvage' (aka my pride and joy) back from the insurance company recently and not a flicker of life from the battery. Bought a CTEK charger thingy but the battery does not seem able to hold a charge so I guess it's time for a new one. Read something on here about the batteries in the Service ...
by Grazza
Thu 12 Feb, 2015 10:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What's a Z3M worth?
Replies: 32
Views: 3368

Re: What's a Z3M worth?

As someone that bought a Z3M at the end of Sept last year (having spent some time looking), the prices for normal cars (70k miles upwards) at the moment seem to be several thousand higher. Obviously condition, mileage etc play a big part and original, immaculate, very low mileage examples will alway...
by Grazza
Mon 22 Dec, 2014 19:32
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Disaster - Advice needed
Replies: 19
Views: 3361

Re: Disaster - Advice needed

Lee, I agree I think it could be fixed for much less. I have another garage lined up who are prepared to take a more make do and mend approach but at the moment the insurance co will only pay up to £4k costs (based on their valuation) which I do not think will be enough. I am also concerned that the...
by Grazza
Mon 22 Dec, 2014 10:49
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Disaster - Advice needed
Replies: 19
Views: 3361

Re: Disaster - Advice needed

Del Thanks for the advice and the insight. Certainly not looking to make empty or vexatious threats and quite prepared to follow through. Given their starting point I just don't see them increasing their offer to anything like a sensible price. I have an AA HPI check that I did when I bought the car...
by Grazza
Sat 20 Dec, 2014 17:06
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Disaster - Advice needed
Replies: 19
Views: 3361

Re: Disaster - Advice needed

So insurance co have finally come back and offered £4910 saying this is based on retail value from glasses guide! Problem is when you look at these guides this is the sort of value they say - which is nuts given what they actually sell for. Problem is there aren't many up for sale at the moment so d...
by Grazza
Sat 13 Dec, 2014 11:14
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Disaster - Advice needed
Replies: 19
Views: 3361

Re: Disaster - Advice needed

Thanks to everyone for their kind words. Having spoken to the assessor the damage is to the steering rack and suspension but he did say there is always the chance they could find something else as they do the work. Don't think the windscreen frame is damaged, had the roof down when I crashed and the...
by Grazza
Fri 12 Dec, 2014 22:07
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Disaster - Advice needed
Replies: 19
Views: 3361

Re: Disaster - Advice needed

Thanks for your responses, think I have fixed the link now. Regards
by Grazza
Fri 12 Dec, 2014 21:13
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Disaster - Advice needed
Replies: 19
Views: 3361

Disaster - Advice needed

Spun my Z3M into a ditch last weekend - gutted! Too depressed to go into detail, was not going very fast, not pushing hard just one of those things. First impressions not too much damage but clipped a lamp post and estimate has come back at circa £10k and insurance co want to write it off - Cat C. T...
by Grazza
Wed 29 Oct, 2014 13:43
Forum: Boyz Toyz
Topic: Radio code
Replies: 2
Views: 1098

Re: Radio code

Thanks for the response, will go ahead and disconnect the battery and hope for the best!
by Grazza
Tue 28 Oct, 2014 21:15
Forum: Boyz Toyz
Topic: Radio code
Replies: 2
Views: 1098

Radio code

Hi been reading the forum avidly since getting my Z a month ago. Read a few posts about radio codes and wondered whether anyone can advise on my Alpine head unit, does anyone know if this will need a code if I disconnect the battery? I think the car originally came with a Business RDS and Bavaria 6 ...
by Grazza
Fri 10 Oct, 2014 15:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hello Z3 gang
Replies: 14
Views: 1148

Re: Hello Z3 gang

Ah, wondered if the 'strut mount' was the same as the 'shock mount' :oops: :dunce: Have a few tools (done a fair amount of DIY etc) but don't know much about cars.....yet!
by Grazza
Fri 10 Oct, 2014 09:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hello Z3 gang
Replies: 14
Views: 1148

Re: Hello Z3 gang

Wish I had read this before I bought mine!!

Re strut top mounts, is this a DIY job or do I need to get a garage to do it?

Thanks
by Grazza
Wed 08 Oct, 2014 22:05
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WTB: Z3M Centre Console 'Fascia'
Replies: 9
Views: 1482

Re: WTB: Z3M Centre Console 'Fascia'

Justbrowsing - can you tell me where you got the aluminium ones from?

Thanks
by Grazza
Tue 07 Oct, 2014 21:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: First day - 400 miles!
Replies: 10
Views: 1183

Re: First day - 400 miles!

Thanks. Door speakers were a pleasant surprise as I had heard the standard stereo was not that great. Has an Alpine head unit and amp in the boot and I think there may be something wrong with one of the door speakers so I need to take it off and have a look.

So glad I bought it, spiders and all!
by Grazza
Mon 06 Oct, 2014 21:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: First day - 400 miles!
Replies: 10
Views: 1183

Re: First day - 400 miles!

Finally managed to take some pics, only one I have of outside is after I spent all day washing polishing etc. and re-dying and proofing the roof. Still lots of swirls in the paintwork and some rusty looking stone chips but looking good I think. http://i1378.photobucket.com/albums/ah115/grazza91/phot...
by Grazza
Sat 04 Oct, 2014 08:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Indy around Oxford
Replies: 5
Views: 773

Re: Indy around Oxford

Thanks to all for the responses.

I'm west of Oxford to the south of Witney so Fairford option is probably the closest, can you let me have the details Alasdair (stock cars sounds interesting too!)
by Grazza
Thu 02 Oct, 2014 14:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Indy around Oxford
Replies: 5
Views: 773

Indy around Oxford

Loving my Z3M and spending far too much time reading up on the forum on all the things that I want to fix / change. Haynes manual on the way from Amazon but recognising I wont be able to do everyting myself can anyone reccomend a good independent around Oxford?

Thanks
by Grazza
Sun 28 Sep, 2014 22:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: First day - 400 miles!
Replies: 10
Views: 1183

Re: First day - 400 miles!

That would have been the fog lights :oops:
by Grazza
Sun 28 Sep, 2014 22:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: First day - 400 miles!
Replies: 10
Views: 1183

Re: First day - 400 miles!

Guilty! Yours looked so immaculate I thought mine needed to hide in shame.
by Grazza
Sun 28 Sep, 2014 22:29
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Tyre / Wheel size
Replies: 10
Views: 1412

Re: Tyre / Wheel size

Thanks for all the input, now the proud owner of a Z3M (see other post) and as the tyres are on their last legs need to work out what to do sharpish! Tyres on car are Eagle F1, been on there at least 4 years (during which time the car has done 4k miles). Rear tyres are nearly at the legal limit, fro...
by Grazza
Sun 28 Sep, 2014 22:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: First day - 400 miles!
Replies: 10
Views: 1183

First day - 400 miles!

So, spur of the moment thing, flew up to Edinburgh bright and early this morning and drove back in my new Z3M! Its been around the block a bit owner wise but not too many miles and only about 4k in the last 4 years! Needs a bit of TLC and have identified a number of issues based on things I have rea...
by Grazza
Sat 27 Sep, 2014 21:39
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Tyre / Wheel size
Replies: 10
Views: 1412

Re: Tyre / Wheel size

Hi, thanks for the responses. Bit confused, assume from the difference in size to standard spec that they are slightly wider than normal but nothing else? If so why would this affect the speedo, the seller also mentioned that this was the case? The seller also said that the wheels had been changed t...
by Grazza
Sat 27 Sep, 2014 19:32
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Tyre / Wheel size
Replies: 10
Views: 1412

Tyre / Wheel size

Looking at buying a 98 Z3M roadster that says the wheels have been upgraded to 255/40/17 rear and 235/45/17 front. I have been trying to get an understanding of how these vary from the standard wheels and think that the fronts are wider than normal but am unsure if the backs are as well? Can anyone ...
by Grazza
Fri 26 Sep, 2014 15:53
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: Help / Advice needed
Replies: 3
Views: 667

Help / Advice needed

Hi, recently saw an Estoril Blue Z3M Roadster and it reminded me how much I loved / lusted after this car when it first came out. So much so I have decided it's time for a mid life crisis and I have to have one! I've spent the last few weeks avidly reading this forum and any other info I can find an...