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by Bin
Wed 25 May, 2016 20:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How much do you like your Z3
Replies: 93
Views: 37940

Re: How much do you like your Z3

Thanks BertieJ. I would be very surprised if anyone who has owned and / or driven a Z3 would be able to find any real fault with them: it is truly a remarkable car and I have to admit I'm hopelessly in love with mine!
by Bin
Tue 24 May, 2016 20:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Zed fuel economy
Replies: 17
Views: 2130

Re: Zed fuel economy

Not bad for a performance car when all is said and done!
by Bin
Tue 24 May, 2016 17:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How much do you like your Z3
Replies: 93
Views: 37940

Re: How much do you like your Z3

I never rely on any of the so-called 'driver aids' as they are far from infallible. I firmly believe the overall standard of driving decreases proportionately to these devices: people drive on the bumper of the car in front, believing that their ABS will stop them on a sixpence. Etc. Etc. That aside...
by Bin
Mon 23 May, 2016 17:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: The oldest methods are often the best...
Replies: 4
Views: 668

Re: The oldest methods are often the best...

Still working..... :o
by Bin
Sun 22 May, 2016 20:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: The oldest methods are often the best...
Replies: 4
Views: 668

Re: The oldest methods are often the best...

Good job I left well alone then! Although I might just give it a try now the need is over...
by Bin
Sun 22 May, 2016 10:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: The oldest methods are often the best...
Replies: 4
Views: 668

The oldest methods are often the best...

Prior to taking my aged old ma for her trip up to the Lakes, I discovered that the passenger seat wouldn't lift electrically. Ordinarily, this wouldn't bother me too much but as she is a wizened diminutive 5' tall now and much of our time is spent driving around I thought it might be handy if she co...
by Bin
Sun 22 May, 2016 10:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fuel smell from tank filler pot
Replies: 1
Views: 487

Re: Fuel smell from tank filler pot

I had the same during my recent trip to the Lakes; turns out I simply hadn't turned the fuel cap all the way back on until it clicked into place. Having read a post by another member some time ago regarding persistent fuel smell, I was worried I might be in for the same trials and tribulations he ha...
by Bin
Fri 20 May, 2016 17:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Zed fuel economy
Replies: 17
Views: 2130

Re: Zed fuel economy

Thanks everyone for replying! I checked the owner's manual and, in fact, it would appear I got my sums wrong! My consumption agreed almost exactly with BMW figures: 37mpg which, frankly, is gobsmacking. Of course, having my 96 year-old mother along for the ride might have had something to do with it...
by Bin
Thu 19 May, 2016 21:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Zed fuel economy
Replies: 17
Views: 2130

Zed fuel economy

Or for you yanks: gas mileage (although how you manage to fit gas tanks to a Z is quite beyond me...) I have just enjoyed a short stay in the Lake District, enthusiastically threading Zeberdee through the rigours of Hardknott and Wrynose passes as well numerous other twisty narrow lanes that the Z3 ...
by Bin
Thu 19 May, 2016 17:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Front end rebuild
Replies: 15
Views: 1779

Re: Front end rebuild

Looks worth the effort to me; I say go for it!
by Bin
Sun 17 Apr, 2016 09:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Starting to get there (then bang...)
Replies: 15
Views: 1555

Re: Starting to get there (then bang...)

I don't recommend you try doing it yourself as they are bonded in. Job for the professionals I would suggest. As you have a donor screen, if you could find a fitter who was happy to do it 'in their spare time' for a 'tip' that might save you having to go through your insurance.
by Bin
Sat 16 Apr, 2016 11:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Reality check - Z style!
Replies: 3
Views: 517

Reality check - Z style!

I had to drive my mother's Astra this morning. Jeez, it was all over the road! Made me realise just how good the Z is! I've had the car just over a month now, drive it everyday to work which is the highlight of my day. I just love it. Off up to the Lakes in a month and can't wait to tackle Hardknott...
by Bin
Sat 16 Apr, 2016 11:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Help! Boot lid won't open
Replies: 14
Views: 1488

Re: Help! Boot lid won't open

Yep, it was that same plastic retainer that caused my locking issue. Luckily I have a few spares kicking around from my old Range Rover which I am busy building a whole new bespoke body for. Fitted a treat and so far works fine. Sorry you had drill through but at least the badge covers it and should...
by Bin
Sat 16 Apr, 2016 11:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Window angle adjustment
Replies: 10
Views: 1128

Re: Window angle adjustment

Just out of interest, I checked my door tops as a result of this thread. The driver's side is loose! The dealer I bought the car from had to replace the regulator as the window wouldn't go up or down and I guess they didn't tighten something back up properly. In any event, Zeb's going in on Tuesday ...
by Bin
Sat 16 Apr, 2016 11:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Advice required - central locking problem
Replies: 7
Views: 1156

Re: Advice required - central locking problem

Check the two torx screws that hold the boot lock assembly in place haven't come loose, allowing it to move freely as this will trigger the central locking mechanism and might thus interfere with it. Seems unlikely, I have to say, but worth a look.
by Bin
Sun 10 Apr, 2016 09:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Help! Boot lid won't open
Replies: 14
Views: 1488

Re: Help! Boot lid won't open

I would like to get into the boot this weekend. It has my INPA kit in and it's needed. What's INPA kit? I wish I could help here, I had an issue with mine not allowing the car to unlock without immediately relocking when I first acquired it, but that was an adjustment issue on the lock mechanism as...
by Bin
Sun 03 Apr, 2016 09:58
Forum: Event/cruise aftermaths
Topic: ACE CAFE BMW Night 04/04/16
Replies: 1
Views: 752

Re: ACE CAFE BMW Night 04/04/16

I would love to but way too far for me sadly. Plus it can get chaotic there if memory serves me right. Have a good one... :D
by Bin
Tue 29 Mar, 2016 17:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ICE sitrep
Replies: 6
Views: 739

Re: ICE sitrep

I was toying with the idea of a three-way set up too, Alan, only I had my eye on the centre tunnel as a possible location for the mid-range but until I know what is / isn't behind both sides I'm not committing myself. The alternative is, as you suggest, the door cards - assuming there is sufficient ...
by Bin
Mon 28 Mar, 2016 10:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: being dazzled
Replies: 28
Views: 3205

Re: being dazzled

It's the enduring curse of the low-slung sports car. In the old days it wasn't too bad: the only vehicle likely to piss you off thus was a somewhat myopic Series Land Rover but now it would seem most new cars are getting bigger - and taller - each successive model: they are all becoming a bloody nui...
by Bin
Sun 27 Mar, 2016 13:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ICE sitrep
Replies: 6
Views: 739

Re: ICE sitrep

Thanks bertiej - will do
by Bin
Sun 27 Mar, 2016 13:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: I know I'm thick but....
Replies: 12
Views: 1045

Re: I know I'm thick but....

Wow! I never that. Thanks - could prove useful in the future.
by Bin
Sun 27 Mar, 2016 11:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ICE not chillin' me: speaker issues. Help...
Replies: 9
Views: 636

Re: ICE not chillin' me: speaker issues. Help...

This issue has now been resolved and all is well.

Thank you everyone who helped out.
by Bin
Sun 27 Mar, 2016 11:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Need help for interior color
Replies: 25
Views: 3372

Re: Need help for interior color

I'm not terribly keen on the two-tone interiors; I think they look a bit gauche and detract from the sheer class of the Z3. Mine is black with tan interior (like my 944 was) which works very well and makes the cockpit a lot less gloomy and claustrophobic if it too was black. Not sure about the spott...
by Bin
Sun 27 Mar, 2016 11:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: I know I'm thick but....
Replies: 12
Views: 1045

Re: I know I'm thick but....

Something to do with nitrous oxide? I dunno...
by Bin
Sun 27 Mar, 2016 11:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Special Tool - Viscous Fan Removal
Replies: 13
Views: 2993

Re: Special Tool - Viscous Fan Removal

I have a passionate disliking for viscous fans having had issues with them in the past on Range Rovers and the like; typically, Haynes to mention that left-hand thread ploy....

Good post, thanks.
by Bin
Sun 27 Mar, 2016 10:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ICE sitrep
Replies: 6
Views: 739

ICE sitrep

In case this might be of interest to others: I had an issue with the front speakers not working which I first noticed when I replaced the original BMW Business tape player with a modern head unit because a: the original sounded awful and b: I wanted a USB unit to obviate the need to carry around hoa...
by Bin
Sat 26 Mar, 2016 17:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Is it just me....
Replies: 11
Views: 989

Is it just me....

or has anyone else noted the disarming similarity between the new MX5 and the Z3?

Mazda running out of inspiration perhaps?
by Bin
Sat 26 Mar, 2016 13:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How much do you like your Z3
Replies: 93
Views: 37940

Re: How much do you like your Z3

I've had my 2001 2.2 for about a month now and thus far I am extremely impressed with it. The Z3 has enormous presence; it's one of those very rare cars that looks good from any angle - like the Ferrari 308 / 328 / 512 Boxer. The interior is pure class: simple yet functional and built like a Porsche...
by Bin
Sat 26 Mar, 2016 13:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: I know I'm thick but....
Replies: 12
Views: 1045

Re: I know I'm thick but....

Thank 'ee kindly, sor!
by Bin
Sat 26 Mar, 2016 09:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: I know I'm thick but....
Replies: 12
Views: 1045

Re: I know I'm thick but....

Depends if it starts to rain, John - and here it usually does, especially on Bank Holidays.....
by Bin
Fri 25 Mar, 2016 17:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: I know I'm thick but....
Replies: 12
Views: 1045

Re: I know I'm thick but....

Yes, I could indeed have googled OEM but I prefer a little more human interaction - much more fun!
by Bin
Fri 25 Mar, 2016 11:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: I know I'm thick but....
Replies: 12
Views: 1045

I know I'm thick but....

Having browsed this site it is clear there are numerous very helpful posts by all and sundry to answer any question. I have noticed that the abbreviation OEM crops up a lot. A new one on me, and I'm guessing that the O represent Original and the E equipment but being two planks short of a picnic I'm...
by Bin
Thu 24 Mar, 2016 15:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ICE not chillin' me: speaker issues. Help...
Replies: 9
Views: 636

Re: ICE not chillin' me: speaker issues. Help...

Brilliant guys, thanks! The head unit is 50w so if needs be I will bypass the amp altogether. Got the holidays to get that little chore done. ....
by Bin
Wed 23 Mar, 2016 13:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ICE not chillin' me: speaker issues. Help...
Replies: 9
Views: 636

Re: ICE not chillin' me: speaker issues. Help...

Couldn't find any article or forum post on this. Head unit has a purple remote wire but which wire do I connect it to?
by Bin
Tue 22 Mar, 2016 20:28
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ICE not chillin' me: speaker issues. Help...
Replies: 9
Views: 636

Re: ICE not chillin' me: speaker issues. Help...

Ah-ha, I had a feeling that might be the case! Thank you Robert!
by Bin
Tue 22 Mar, 2016 17:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: New cam position sensor
Replies: 6
Views: 481

Re: New cam position sensor

Oh Lordy - this sounds expensive...

How did you know it was knackered?
by Bin
Tue 22 Mar, 2016 17:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ICE not chillin' me: speaker issues. Help...
Replies: 9
Views: 636

ICE not chillin' me: speaker issues. Help...

My Z3 came with the original cassette radio but quite frankly, it sounded crap - a bit light on the bass to put it mildly. Some previous owner has clearly decided to retain the CD autochanger and as I have a pathological dislike of loose objects floating at will around the cockpit I fitted a head un...
by Bin
Mon 14 Mar, 2016 17:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Cherry busted! But....
Replies: 5
Views: 878

Re: Z3 Cherry busted! But....

Hi Alpha - thanks for your response, sorry I missed it the first time! I've rechecked the filler cap and there is some condensation on it so I am attributing this to short journey to work in cold weather. There is no contamination of coolant so that augers well. I will do a compression test at the w...
by Bin
Sun 13 Mar, 2016 17:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: So it's still not handling how I'd want...
Replies: 64
Views: 5849

Re: So it's still not handling how I'd want...

I've only had Zeberdee for a week so my experience of a Z3 is very limited. Prior to this car, I had an X1/9 which was in a class of its own when it came to road manners. My Z3 can be a bit squirmy but I live in rural Herefordshire where the roads are usually covered in mud and a little rough to say...
by Bin
Sun 13 Mar, 2016 17:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Cherry busted! But....
Replies: 5
Views: 878

Re: Z3 Cherry busted! But....

Hi Brian, thanks for your response. It could well be short journeys that have caused excess condensation - especially at this time of year with frosty mornings. I took it for a good blat up the motorway yesterday but it was after that I noticed the black tail pipes so maybe the breather is the issue...
by Bin
Sun 13 Mar, 2016 10:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Cherry busted! But....
Replies: 5
Views: 878

Z3 Cherry busted! But....

Good morning one and all. I have recently become the slightly disbelieving proud owner of a 2.2 Roadster and I have to say, thus far I'm mightily impressed. For a moody teenager it's in surprisingly good shape, starts immediately and is very taut on the road. The speakers are crap so methinks the Ha...