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by mrscalex
Fri 29 Sep, 2017 09:35
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: 2.8 front and rear springs
Replies: 4
Views: 585

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: 585

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: 739

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: 739

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: 494

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: 417

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.
by mrscalex
Sat 09 Sep, 2017 23:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: long way arround screen washer pipe
Replies: 5
Views: 594

Re: long way arround screen washer pipe

Remember that on some Z3s the washer bottle is front left of the engine bay not rear right. It's possible BMW wanted to keep a single entrance point up onto the bonnet.
by mrscalex
Mon 04 Sep, 2017 16:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Temporary brake failure - advice
Replies: 11
Views: 1220

Re: Temporary brake failure - advice

I had that many years ago in an almost brand new XR3i company car. I was approaching stationary traffic at a roundabout.

I pumped the pedal repeatedly and it came back.
by mrscalex
Mon 28 Aug, 2017 22:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Leather Repair Kits
Replies: 4
Views: 662

Re: Leather Repair Kits

Yes. Try Furniture Clinic.
by mrscalex
Sat 19 Aug, 2017 21:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: MOT concern
Replies: 13
Views: 1084

Re: MOT concern

Years of clean mot results always sets of alarm bells for me. Everything wears and nothing lasts forever. Would rather see advisories. Makes me think it was an honest mot and gives me things to check have been done. Clean sheets on 15-20 year old cars is not the norm. Interesting view and I get the...
by mrscalex
Sat 19 Aug, 2017 21:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: MOT concern
Replies: 13
Views: 1084

Re: MOT concern

The oil leak and prop shaft joint wear are not frequently seen on advisories. The other items are and could go on fine for years if you do low mileage. It only needs a tiny bit of wear to get a tester excited. The oil leak I would probably want to trace but might just be a cover gasket gone. And the...
by mrscalex
Tue 15 Aug, 2017 18:39
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Sadly selling Silver/Grey 3.0i - very low mileage
Replies: 3
Views: 603

Re: Sadly selling Silver/Grey 3.0i - very low mileage

Sounds like a fair price with that sort of low mileage and hardtop. I am in the market for a 3.0 Sport but I'd prefer it wasn't Titan Silver as I've had too many silver cars over the years. The funds are also a bit tight at the moment with other Z3 projects on the go. If I move on a couple of these ...
by mrscalex
Fri 11 Aug, 2017 12:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How do I remove a seized on starter motor?
Replies: 14
Views: 870

Re: How do I remove a seized on starter motor?

My other half usually says don't even bother starting the job these days.
by mrscalex
Fri 11 Aug, 2017 11:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How do I remove a seized on starter motor?
Replies: 14
Views: 870

Re: How do I remove a seized on starter motor?

You'd only have 2 mounting points without the pin which may not be enough to stop the torque unseating it I guess. I wouldn't leave it out.

I'll have a look on my brother's 1.9 tomorrow (if i remember - busy day) and see if I can figure out something. I'm not sure cutting it is either wise or easy.
by mrscalex
Fri 11 Aug, 2017 08:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How do I remove a seized on starter motor?
Replies: 14
Views: 870

Re: How do I remove a seized on starter motor?

This tells you what you need to know. I wouldn't try and cut through it.

http://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/techart ... cement.htm
by mrscalex
Fri 11 Aug, 2017 00:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How do I remove a seized on starter motor?
Replies: 14
Views: 870

Re: How do I remove a seized on starter motor?

It will almost certainly be the locating pin seized. You can drift it out from the other side. I've had to do that twice but it was on engines out of the car. So I can't think if there is room to do it in situ. You can use all the releasing fluid you want but it won't really help. It gets very stuck...
by mrscalex
Tue 18 Jul, 2017 14:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Boot lid stuck
Replies: 22
Views: 3111

Re: Boot lid stuck

If you PM me I can advise. There is a convention on the forum not to share this info to the whole world (i.e. Non forum members) for security reasons.
by mrscalex
Sat 03 Jun, 2017 20:32
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Pair of side gills
Replies: 2
Views: 484

Re: Pair of side gills

Unusual colour to come up.

I'm thinking they might look okay on a Titan Silver car with red roof? As well as a Sienna car.

Just trying to broaden your market ;)
by mrscalex
Sat 03 Jun, 2017 20:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Mounting a hardtop
Replies: 5
Views: 567

Re: Mounting a hardtop

In case you're interested I have a Topaz Blue hardtop with mounting kit for sale at £900.

I'm a good 80 miles south of West Bromwich too ;)
by mrscalex
Thu 01 Jun, 2017 00:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sill Repair/Replacement
Replies: 8
Views: 998

Re: Sill Repair/Replacement

I'm not sure sill replacement counts as a 'big job'! They bolt on and off, so if you have a place that can paint to a reasonable degree, I'd just get them to do the painting and bolt them on yourself. Absolutely. And unlike a bodyshop you'll be bothered to clean out all the cr*p that lurks behind a...
by mrscalex
Thu 01 Jun, 2017 00:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wax oil/undersealing
Replies: 12
Views: 1268

Re: Wax oil/undersealing

Not a how to but some clues in the my rebuild thread here.

http://zroadster.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=44270

It's a worthwhile exercise. In fact it's vital to stop your Z3 from rotting away.
by mrscalex
Mon 29 May, 2017 23:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Coolant flushing
Replies: 16
Views: 1507

Re: Coolant flushing

BMW concentrate.

I'd happily use Halfords or quality alternative but the BMW stuff comes in around the same price.
by mrscalex
Mon 29 May, 2017 21:23
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: MOT Failure - £1000
Replies: 5
Views: 1004

Re: MOT Failure - £1000

I would have been tempted to take the clear front & rear lights off and replace with amber. And remove the split rims and replace with whatever cheapies. The surplus might have seen you £400 back. Then sell the car for £600. I think your problem is with a 1.9 the ceiling price for an MOT failure is ...
by mrscalex
Mon 29 May, 2017 21:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Coolant flushing
Replies: 16
Views: 1507

Re: Coolant flushing

When you drain the system via the radiator and block plug I believe a quantity of coolant remains in the heater matrix. So if you flush with plain water you will leave a quantity of it in the system. And whether you flush with plain or distilled you'll need to remember to make a stronger mix of cool...
by mrscalex
Wed 24 May, 2017 23:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hard seats
Replies: 7
Views: 752

Re: Hard seats

The Sport seats are definitely firmer than a non-Sport seat. I like a hard, tight seat. The ones in my 330 Gran Turismo are perfect.
by mrscalex
Wed 24 May, 2017 23:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Front Stabi Drop Link Lower Brackets
Replies: 16
Views: 1261

Re: Z3 Front Stabi Drop Link Lower Brackets

Hi Yeah - that's exactly what I am after...but I should have added that I want them sameday/next day. Just spoke to my local BMW dealer (Stephen James in North London) and they are only £7.10 each plus VAT! So, I shall get some genuine bits. The only problem is, if you do not have an account you ha...
by mrscalex
Wed 24 May, 2017 00:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Accelerator Removal
Replies: 2
Views: 499

Re: Accelerator Removal

Or release the floor end first by pulling the clip up then slide off the arm at the other end. That's the easier way round.
by mrscalex
Thu 18 May, 2017 07:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Screen Washers
Replies: 7
Views: 797

Re: Screen Washers

Tufarlian wrote:I remember manual screen washers :-)

The one way valves do eventually fail internally but they are really quite cheap to buy from your friendly neighbourhood dealer....
They are surprisingly cheap - £5 ish.
by mrscalex
Thu 18 May, 2017 07:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wheel Arch Repairs
Replies: 9
Views: 1029

Re: Wheel Arch Repairs

The catch is it's not that easy finding pre-facelift rear wings or sill covers without rust. And when you do you need them to be in your colour or you're looking at spraying. Rust free and your colour, probability not so good. Nice pair with no serious paint faults... The wings rayman mentioned were...
by mrscalex
Thu 11 May, 2017 10:20
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: For Sale - Z3 3.0i Very low mileage - immaculate
Replies: 12
Views: 2474

Re: For Sale - Z3 3.0i Very low mileage - immaculate

Within a certain corridor there isn't a right or wrong price. Just more or less interest. At £8k you'll be counting the interest on the fingers of one hand. But then you only need 1 enquiry to come off anyway. At £7k you may need 2 hands worth of fingers. At £6k you'll get both your hands bitten off...
by mrscalex
Thu 11 May, 2017 08:27
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WANTED: Z3 Engine M44 1.9 140bhp
Replies: 9
Views: 1198

Re: WANTED: Z3 Engine M44 1.9 140bhp

You may want to have a look at my M54 engine swap I'm doing currently. The M54 is a much bigger engine so I'm going to greater lengths to extract it easily by dismantling the front of the car. But that would give you the easiest access on any Z3. I've had the subframe/steering/suspension out on mine...
by mrscalex
Thu 11 May, 2017 08:19
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WANTED: Z3 Engine M44 1.9 140bhp
Replies: 9
Views: 1198

Re: WANTED: Z3 Engine M44 1.9 140bhp

You should be able to pick up a whole MOT failed/accident damaged car for around £500. Of course your issue is getting it home. £100-£250 ish in transporter fees. Still, if you need a few other bits it might be worth thinking about. You also have the option of getting one from an E36 3 Series. Acco...
by mrscalex
Wed 10 May, 2017 07:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How to replace Bonnet release on RHD Z3
Replies: 1
Views: 288

Re: How to replace Bonnet release on RHD Z3

To the level of detail you need to actually do the job - I believe not as I've checked previously. It's a fiddly, irritating job which drove me mad. The best advice I can give is to make very careful notes of how it goes together before you remove the old. In particular where the cable routes and ho...
by mrscalex
Tue 09 May, 2017 16:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 2002 Z3 Bonnet release.
Replies: 6
Views: 691

Re: 2002 Z3 Bonnet release.

Wow. Didn't know about that web site. Is it BMW themselves?
by mrscalex
Tue 09 May, 2017 14:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 2002 Z3 Bonnet release.
Replies: 6
Views: 691

Re: 2002 Z3 Bonnet release.

The only sensible source is the main dealer. Cost £30 ish for the main cable which includes the handle. I looked into making my own up but I don't think it's viable. However you also need to look into why it snapped. The 2 front panel latches become stiff over time and may be responsible for the cab...
by mrscalex
Fri 05 May, 2017 22:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 1997 corroded side skirts
Replies: 5
Views: 765

Re: Z3 1997 corroded side skirts

I'll have a pair of pre-facelift widebody sill covers in Montreal Blue soon if my next breaking project comes off. I wouldn't normally suggest secondhand for the reasons mentioned in this thread but when I inspected the car they were completely rust free, from the outside at least - obviously I have...
by mrscalex
Fri 05 May, 2017 21:53
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WANTED: Z3 Engine M44 1.9 140bhp
Replies: 9
Views: 1198

Re: WANTED: Z3 Engine M44 1.9 140bhp

You should be able to pick up a whole MOT failed/accident damaged car for around £500. Of course your issue is getting it home. £100-£250 ish in transporter fees. Still, if you need a few other bits it might be worth thinking about. You also have the option of getting one from an E36 3 Series. Accor...
by mrscalex
Fri 05 May, 2017 21:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS fault?
Replies: 11
Views: 1341

Re: ABS fault?

If I remember rightly the 78 battery issue is caused by a flat or removed battery.
by mrscalex
Wed 03 May, 2017 23:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(
Replies: 23
Views: 1898

Re: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(

Just got off the phone to an indy mechanic - and he's advised swapping out the engine - if i can source a decent one - is a much better option. Quoted £250 inc VAT to fit. I think he charges about £40 an hour. If he does a good job that's a bargain. If you do try it yourself I would allow for the c...
by mrscalex
Wed 03 May, 2017 16:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(
Replies: 23
Views: 1898

Re: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(

I'm doing a 2.2 engine swap now. You just need to be methodical. Mine is taking forever as I'm restoring the whole front end at the same time. However £250+VAT fitted sounds like a good price to me. That's either half a day at £60ish an hour or a full day at £30ish an hour. Realistically it has to b...
by mrscalex
Mon 01 May, 2017 23:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: tyre size
Replies: 11
Views: 1160

Re: tyre size

18" isn't a common Z3 size. You'd expect 16" with 225s all round or 17" with 225 front 245 rear more normally. It's possible they were a build option. But if so I think I'd expect them to be staggered, ie a wider rim at the rear to accept a wider tyre. And possibly wider than 8J. If 17s run 245 as s...
by mrscalex
Thu 27 Apr, 2017 11:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 3.0 Standard suspension to Sport suspension Query
Replies: 15
Views: 1626

Re: 3.0 Standard suspension to Sport suspension Query

Yes I remember lightning and I coming up with conflicting information previously. Perhaps there were production changes and we're both right! My 2.2 Sport has non-Sport front shocks fitted by the previous owner. It handles absolutely fine. In fact it's a very taught but comfortable car. The springs ...
by mrscalex
Thu 27 Apr, 2017 07:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 3.0 Standard suspension to Sport suspension Query
Replies: 15
Views: 1626

Re: 3.0 Standard suspension to Sport suspension Query

This thread is a good one. It's a generic discussion on Sachs struts but bears out what I said in my previous post. http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=398977 I don't actually have Sport struts on my Sport. Which is why I looked into all this. But it looks like the key is finding the corre...
by mrscalex
Wed 26 Apr, 2017 23:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 3.0 Standard suspension to Sport suspension Query
Replies: 15
Views: 1626

Re: 3.0 Standard suspension to Sport suspension Query

Your 3.0 non-Sport should have Sport suspension according to this extract from the sales brochure. http://learmouth.com/robert/Z3/Z3%203.0%20non-Sport%20v%20Sport.jpg If you put your VIN into bmwvin.com you are looking for this option to confirm. S704 M Sports suspension The Sachs (OEM) Sport part n...
by mrscalex
Wed 26 Apr, 2017 11:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Inherited Z3
Replies: 24
Views: 2266

Re: Inherited Z3

Interesting reading your post that you are in Swindon and that you break Zeds I am in Somerset and wondering if you know about central locking and remotes which I am having problems with which you may know how to remedy Geoff :) I'm sure if you start a thread explaining your woes we can help you ou...
by mrscalex
Tue 25 Apr, 2017 23:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Inherited Z3
Replies: 24
Views: 2266

Re: Inherited Z3

If you're in Wiltshire as per your forum name you're welcome to pop over to me with the car as I'm in Swindon. Especially if the 'saint' part indicates you are a fellow Southampton fan ;) I have a couple of projects on the go currently including an identical car for my other half's son. I also break...
by mrscalex
Mon 24 Apr, 2017 22:51
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Left (passenger) headlight clear, mint condition
Replies: 6
Views: 955

Re: Left (passenger) headlight clear, mint condition

If it was a driver's side it might have sold quicker. But more often than not people want the driver's side as it's in the line of fire more for accident damage. Or people want a pair.

I do have a driver's side available to pair up with your's if that helps anyone.
by mrscalex
Wed 19 Apr, 2017 15:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Interior carpets
Replies: 8
Views: 1254

Re: Interior carpets

That sounds like me on Gumtree (Swindon).

And I guess that's yourself z3ddie I just replied to :)
by mrscalex
Thu 06 Apr, 2017 18:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Exhausts?
Replies: 5
Views: 817

Re: Exhausts?

Bizarrely the £45 exhaust on ebay is actually okay. Noisy but in a good way. I bought one for my brother's 1.9. Labour brought the total out to about £110 I think. It did need heating up so the bend over the axle could be adjusted a little. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/161545926468 Just a guess but I d...
by mrscalex
Tue 04 Apr, 2017 09:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Replacement aerial
Replies: 5
Views: 905

Re: Replacement aerial

I'm as certain as I can be without double-checking on a car (none where I am today) that the bulb needs to be pushed through. If you look at the shape of it it's bullet-shaped to help it through the grommet. I'd also reflect on the fact if it was meant to live below/flush with the grommet they'd nev...