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by mrscalex
Tue 24 Apr, 2018 19:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head Gasket blown again?! Advice needed
Replies: 4
Views: 67

Re: Head Gasket blown again?! Advice needed

If you need to, PM me and I can give you an idea. Not sure it's in your best interest to kick values around on here.
by mrscalex
Sun 22 Apr, 2018 11:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How nickable are Z3's?
Replies: 9
Views: 255

Re: How nickable are Z3's?

Any lock, even on a new car can be breached in 60 seconds. It’s probably more like 10-15 seconds on a Z3. And the boot is particularly vulnerable without even touching the lock. Keys are easy to copy from photos so never show anyone your key publically. So it’s laughably easy to get inside a Z3. And...
by mrscalex
Sat 21 Apr, 2018 23:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Loss of power
Replies: 12
Views: 1108

Re: Loss of power

I'd rather have a secondhand OEM than new cheapo make.

I bought one recently for £20 and it's doing a good job.
by mrscalex
Sat 21 Apr, 2018 10:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Loss of power
Replies: 12
Views: 1108

Re: Loss of power

stupot50 wrote:
Sat 21 Apr, 2018 08:49
Had a scanner on it. Only code was cam sensor, replaced it and it's no different :cry:
BMW part or 3rd party? Some 3rd party sensors are cr*p. Recommendation for critical stuff like this is BMW. Not cheap unfortunately.
by mrscalex
Tue 17 Apr, 2018 15:57
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: FOR SALE BMW Z3 Roadster 2.2 2001(X)
Replies: 2
Views: 171

Re: FOR SALE BMW Z3 Roadster 2.2 2001(X)

That I think, is one of the earliest of the 2.2 RHD manual cars off the production line.

It may account for why it entered and stayed in the hands of the supplying dealer and his family.
by mrscalex
Fri 06 Apr, 2018 19:16
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted - Antenna unit
Replies: 4
Views: 284

Re: Wanted - Antenna unit

PM me. I have a secondhand unit.
by mrscalex
Wed 04 Apr, 2018 23:23
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted: Headlight(s)
Replies: 4
Views: 284

Re: Wanted: Headlight(s)

Nothing received yet.
by mrscalex
Wed 04 Apr, 2018 21:20
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted: Headlight(s)
Replies: 4
Views: 284

Re: Wanted: Headlight(s)

Send me a PM. I definitely have a pair and may even have a single driver's side.
by mrscalex
Sun 18 Mar, 2018 20:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How to remove your ABS module
Replies: 15
Views: 1460

Re: How to remove your ABS module

Yes. And I understand why now.
by mrscalex
Sun 18 Mar, 2018 16:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How to remove your ABS module
Replies: 15
Views: 1460

Re: How to remove your ABS module

:bawl: I’m not completely convinced that’s the correct procedure. Unless somewhere an onboard backup is kept. Otherwise where do all the bespoke settings getting loaded from? My process takes a backup, copies it to the input file format required and uploads it. That process may copy the VIN around b...
by mrscalex
Sun 18 Mar, 2018 16:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How to remove your ABS module
Replies: 15
Views: 1460

Re: How to remove your ABS module

I’m not completely convinced that’s the correct procedure. Unless somewhere an onboard backup is kept. It is - the coding for the ABS module is also stored in the DME. When I got my Z3 someone had obviously swapped out the ABS module and hadn't recoded it, so they just took the warning bulb out of ...
by mrscalex
Sun 18 Mar, 2018 10:00
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: PARTS REQUIRED PLEASE
Replies: 8
Views: 769

Re: PARTS REQUIRED PLEASE

I know you’re not in UK. But most of those parts over here would be best bought new OEM or quality 3rd party. Reasons being secondhand parts are often as expensive as new for things like the marker lights which are only £25 new OEM anyway. And for something like the SRS badge they are difficult to f...
by mrscalex
Mon 26 Feb, 2018 18:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Dynamic Brake Control (DBC)
Replies: 7
Views: 635

Re: Dynamic Brake Control (DBC)

DBC is one aspect of DSC. The build option is whether it has the DSC system or not and hence the DBC as a component.

If you PM me with your email address I will send you a BMW document that explains the components of the system, the sensors/inputs and how it all works.
by mrscalex
Mon 26 Feb, 2018 11:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Dynamic Brake Control (DBC)
Replies: 7
Views: 635

Re: Dynamic Brake Control (DBC)

You quite possibly mean DSC - Dynamic Stability Control. Have a look on the passenger side of the engine bay. If you have a bunch of pipes going into a silver box with a black plastic module on top you have ASC. If there's nothing there and a similar arrangement is contained within the brake servo a...
by mrscalex
Fri 16 Feb, 2018 18:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hazards not working
Replies: 2
Views: 354

Re: Hazards not working

Is it just the switch? The switch is somewhere that muck can fall down into it and possibly gunge it up?
by mrscalex
Thu 08 Feb, 2018 21:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How to remove your ABS module
Replies: 15
Views: 1460

Re: How to remove your ABS module

I’m not completely convinced that’s the correct procedure. Unless somewhere an onboard backup is kept. Otherwise where do all the bespoke settings getting loaded from? My process takes a backup, copies it to the input file format required and uploads it. That process may copy the VIN around but I’m ...
by mrscalex
Thu 08 Feb, 2018 18:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How to remove your ABS module
Replies: 15
Views: 1460

Re: How to remove your ABS module

Can you post the links to the DIY module repair? I think I’ve seen them before but I’ve lost them now.

I fancy having a go. I’ve fixed a boiler board before.
by mrscalex
Thu 08 Feb, 2018 15:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How to remove your ABS module
Replies: 15
Views: 1460

Re: How to remove your ABS module

Well done! I have also done an ABS module in the last week and that makes my second in total. In both cases I bought a module off of ebay for around £30-£40. In both cases they were off BMWs other than Z3s. And to be honest if they are off a Z3 they still need the following issue addressed. Any modu...
by mrscalex
Mon 05 Feb, 2018 15:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: new outer sills
Replies: 9
Views: 835

Re: new outer sills

prices have gone up a bit labour at £550 parts £276 plus paint all told £1200 Inc vat that's from raybrooks shewsbury peterz3 That's a BMW dealer though. And I don't necessarily think they are better at putting paint on than a competent small bodyshop who would charge nearer the prices I mentioned.
by mrscalex
Mon 05 Feb, 2018 13:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Halfords Aftermarket Radio
Replies: 8
Views: 1167

Re: Halfords Aftermarket Radio

A blessing in disguise if Halfords won't touch it.

They cocked up the same job on my brother's Z3 and the new head unit never worked properly - loss of bass. In fact I still need to sort that out by putting an original head unit back in.
by mrscalex
Sat 03 Feb, 2018 22:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: new outer sills
Replies: 9
Views: 835

Re: new outer sills

The sills are about £130-£150 each from BMW.

Painting let's say £150.

And an hour of removing and refitting at £80.

So as a guide whole job between £500-£600.
by mrscalex
Fri 26 Jan, 2018 13:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Please help save my 2.8L all original atlanta blue!
Replies: 15
Views: 1382

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

As a Cat it will never be worth more than 60% of it's pre-accident condition when repaired. Add in loss of excess, hit to no claims, hit to premium and handing over to a garage you may not have picked yourself. It's why I always say first port of call see if you can fix it yourself for cheaper. Of c...
by mrscalex
Fri 26 Jan, 2018 09:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Central locking not working
Replies: 5
Views: 649

Re: Central locking not working

My siren is switched off but have similar problems to you, I have repaired two wires in the boot(loom of doom) some times but rarely they all lock but of late only drivers door and boot. I have obtained the brick type fob and programed it and works same as key but you can see the button on passenge...
by mrscalex
Thu 25 Jan, 2018 23:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Please help save my 2.8L all original atlanta blue!
Replies: 15
Views: 1382

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

An insurance quote is always going to be using BMW panels & parts or worst case a high quality and expensive alternative. And they will look to put eg a new bonnet on not repair the old one. It's very convenient for the insurance company to write-off rather than fiddle with a claim. Based on the quo...
by mrscalex
Sun 21 Jan, 2018 09:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Next on the list - leaking boot.
Replies: 6
Views: 606

Re: Next on the list - leaking boot.

I have exactly the same issue on a project car. But I’m not going to get to it for some weeks. I know all the places it can leak from so I’ll check through and report back in due course. The nastiest one is the roof. Not a difficult job but you need to do your research first and find 6-8 hours for it.
by mrscalex
Thu 11 Jan, 2018 11:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: off line for a bit
Replies: 15
Views: 1286

Re: off line for a bit

cheers guys start my chemo on the 22nd fir 4 weeks , tally ho peterz3 All the best for taking that in your stride and coming through it with a great result. When my best friend was having treatment he said 'Chemo had the big C' and 'cancer had the small c'. Your mental approach to give it a kick in...
by mrscalex
Wed 10 Jan, 2018 16:59
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WANTED - Z3 Alarm siren
Replies: 3
Views: 481

Re: WANTED - Z3 Alarm siren

I have one off a 1998 1.9. Same fit on all models I believe.

PM me if interested.
by mrscalex
Wed 10 Jan, 2018 11:25
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: 2000 Z3 2.8 FOR SALE
Replies: 5
Views: 935

Re: 2000 Z3 2.8 FOR SALE

Sounds tempting for someone to me. Presumably it's a facelift as it's 2000 which is going to make it more desireable.

You really could do with getting some photos up though. And details of where you are :)
by mrscalex
Mon 08 Jan, 2018 15:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: off line for a bit
Replies: 15
Views: 1286

Re: off line for a bit

FFS dude. Really sorry to hear that. Had way too much experience of that one with people close to me recently.

I hope you make a good recovery and have plenty to look forward to ahead of you.
by mrscalex
Fri 05 Jan, 2018 15:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Door lock actuators - Chinese v
Replies: 5
Views: 637

Re: Door lock actuators - Chinese v

Can help with secondhand if required. PM me if interested.
by mrscalex
Mon 01 Jan, 2018 17:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Valuation Required on 2.2 Sport
Replies: 3
Views: 580

Re: Valuation Required on 2.2 Sport

I think that’s good advice. You’ll get a lot of different views otherwise. And there’s not really enough information to be accurate.

The fact it’s Estoril Blue and has low mileage should help.

Anywhere between £3k-£5k depending on exact condition. But you probably know that much already.
by mrscalex
Thu 21 Dec, 2017 23:20
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WANTED!!!!!! 1.9 engine
Replies: 10
Views: 1527

Re: WANTED!!!!!! 1.9 engine M44

I plan too. Been to more than one garage and they're just not interested. as soon as they know they have to pop the bonnet it's like "sorry love, we don't really do engines here, that's a big job" ..... it was two gaskets..... :x That is pitiful. Presumably they are a Kwik Fit style garage only int...
by mrscalex
Thu 21 Dec, 2017 13:15
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted. Z3 bumper positional light marker lense.
Replies: 4
Views: 537

Re: Wanted. Z3 bumper positional light marker lense.

This is BMW (the BMW) on ebay.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-Genuine- ... 1080138289

They are normally £25.12 but as luck would have it they are currently discounted by 10% to £22.62. That's a good deal.
by mrscalex
Thu 21 Dec, 2017 13:12
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted. Z3 bumper positional light marker lense.
Replies: 4
Views: 537

Re: Wanted. Z3 bumper positional light marker lense.

As Gazza says, the best bet is from a dealer as second-hand ones are in high demand and fetch nearly as much as new ones. Although I think they are more like £25 than £20. I don't have one currently any how. But I do have a garage load of spares from multiple breakers and I'm just starting on a 1.9....
by mrscalex
Tue 19 Dec, 2017 18:15
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WANTED!!!!!! 1.9 engine
Replies: 10
Views: 1527

Re: WANTED!!!!!! 1.9 engine M44

I can help with a cheap option. Send me a PM.
by mrscalex
Mon 11 Dec, 2017 13:11
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: wanted hardtop mount guides
Replies: 2
Views: 563

Re: wanted hardtop mount guides

I’m not sure what part you are after.

But I have a complete mounting kit if any use. Complete with T-spanner for the front fixings.

PM me if interested.
by mrscalex
Fri 08 Dec, 2017 10:24
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted: Wide Body Rear Bumper (FOUND)
Replies: 6
Views: 723

Re: Wanted: Wide Body Rear Bumper (FOUND)

Pleasure to help. Cheers Adam.
by mrscalex
Wed 06 Dec, 2017 09:40
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted: Wide Body Rear Bumper (FOUND)
Replies: 6
Views: 723

Re: Wanted: Wide Body Rear Bumper

Always lots of spares here not required for my own projects. Happy to post smaller stuff. I live half the week in Swindon and half the week in Swansea so I'm forever up and down the M4 and happy to deliver bigger stuff or meet within 15 minutes of the motorway. I get out and about around the country...
by mrscalex
Tue 05 Dec, 2017 14:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rain Water Ingress - I'm out of ideas
Replies: 12
Views: 1403

Re: Rain Water Ingress - I'm out of ideas

There are 3 bolts securing the quarter glass. 2 at the top and 1 at the bottom. Can’t remember which definitely need loosening so do them all, just slacken so theres movement then relighted while pulling in towards the car. A split in the lower door aperture seal could let water in as it’s running o...
by mrscalex
Tue 05 Dec, 2017 12:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rain Water Ingress - I'm out of ideas
Replies: 12
Views: 1403

Re: Rain Water Ingress - I'm out of ideas

Have you loosened the quarter glass bolts, pulled the quarter glass in towards the car and tightened it under tension? That's how I solved my issue in that location. Are you 100% sure it's coming from there? Have you definitely sealed the door membrane correctly, with butyl tape? Are there any holes...
by mrscalex
Tue 05 Dec, 2017 10:47
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted: Wide Body Rear Bumper (FOUND)
Replies: 6
Views: 723

Re: Wanted: Wide Body Rear Bumper

Hi Adam.

I have a very nice one in Artic Silver. I will even deliver it to you at no additional cost in Newport on Thu evening.

PM me for photos/to arrange :)
by mrscalex
Mon 27 Nov, 2017 17:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Breakdown cover
Replies: 11
Views: 1274

Re: Breakdown cover

I've been with Autoaid for 2 years. I've not claimed yet. I've heard nothing but positive things about the claim process. And now they settle directly (with most, possibly all recovery companies) so you don't need to fork out. My gut feel is their model works well enough they'll expand, go household...
by mrscalex
Fri 24 Nov, 2017 09:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Help!!! Power steering pipe
Replies: 3
Views: 615

Re: Help!!! Power steering pipe

My best guess would be that something else in the system is either distorted and exerting undue pressure on the connection - like the cooling loop it connects to at the other end. It's not unknown for the cooling loop to get bent, eg an old accident repair. Or that the hoses are not properly secured...
by mrscalex
Fri 29 Sep, 2017 09:35
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: 2.8 front and rear springs
Replies: 4
Views: 973

Re: 2.8 front and rear springs

I would gratefully take these off your hands to help save the Z3s I rebuild and restore for fun. 3 done. 3 more in the queue.

But won't be up Loughborough way anytime soon.
by mrscalex
Thu 28 Sep, 2017 23:58
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: 2.8 front and rear springs
Replies: 4
Views: 973

Re: 2.8 front and rear springs

Is there a link or eBay number?
by mrscalex
Sat 16 Sep, 2017 17:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: MOT failure help!
Replies: 7
Views: 1196

Re: MOT failure help!

I really would suggest getting the same make as you did the other side with for your own safety and control of the vehicle. Where doing in pairs Meyle for the suspension arm. I wouldn't have them piddle around just changing the ball joint within the arm. Plenty of good deals for those on eBay. They ...
by mrscalex
Sat 16 Sep, 2017 13:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: MOT failure help!
Replies: 7
Views: 1196

Re: MOT failure help!

It depends if you want to patch it up by replacing bust side only or do it more future proofed/safely by replacing in pairs.
by mrscalex
Wed 13 Sep, 2017 09:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 1997 2.8 trailing arm
Replies: 3
Views: 777

Re: 1997 2.8 trailing arm

I have a complete rear axle with trailing arms, diff and propshaft. I was going to keep it for myself but happy to free the space and take the cash if it goes to a forum member. I'm looking for £250. It's from a well maintained 2.2 but the trailing arms/brakes are all the same. It's solid with surfa...
by mrscalex
Sun 10 Sep, 2017 13:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Which exhaust?
Replies: 1
Views: 608

Re: Which exhaust?

Yep. For a 1.9. About £45 on eBay. It's cheap so don't expect quiet but it's not deliberately noisy either. Very happy with it.