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by NZ00Z3
Wed 08 Nov, 2017 23:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Import Z3s
Replies: 14
Views: 736

Re: Import Z3s

Down here in New Zealand where we don't have any car manufacturing plants, Jap import cars make up a sizable % of the cars on the road. I've owned several over the years. The mileage appears to be correct on them. There are many Jap import Z3's around here. We don't give its imported status much tho...
by NZ00Z3
Fri 27 Oct, 2017 22:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: soft top ram
Replies: 2
Views: 258

Re: soft top ram

Hi Peter The assumption I'm making is that you have a face-lift Z3 with a manual soft top. The gas ram that assists the raising of the soft top are getting to an age where they die. I have replaced one that seized and the top sleeve came off the rod completely, letting the ram rattle around. They ar...
by NZ00Z3
Thu 26 Oct, 2017 21:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Loss of power
Replies: 5
Views: 598

Re: Loss of power

Sounds like an inlet cam sensor fault. You will need to read the fault codes in the DME to know for sure.
by NZ00Z3
Tue 15 Aug, 2017 00:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: seat bushes advice/help please
Replies: 12
Views: 909

Re: seat bushes advice/help please

The seat bushings can be replaced without disconnecting the wiring. Just carefully twist the seat forward and lay it with the back across the hand brake. The wiring is just long enough. Have done this on Z3's with standard and sport seats.
by NZ00Z3
Tue 13 Jun, 2017 03:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Alarm sounding and volume?
Replies: 1
Views: 287

Re: Alarm sounding and volume?

Check the left rear well in the boot for water. That's were the tilt sensor lives and it is right below the aerial. It the aerial grommet is leaking, then it fills the well with water.

The other common alarm cause is the bonnet/hood switch.
by NZ00Z3
Wed 17 May, 2017 05:28
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: OBC reading in Km not Miles
Replies: 13
Views: 1361

Re: OBC reading in Km not Miles

Hi The DIY's and How To's for the other models (non E36/7 or E36/8) do not address our OBC. Played with the OBC (round version) in my 2000 Z3 today. There are 5 functions that you can access. - Hold both buttons down until 1 shows on the screen. - Use the Indicator stick end button to scroll through...
by NZ00Z3
Thu 11 May, 2017 22:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: My Mora Red Zed
Replies: 21
Views: 2925

Re: My Mora Red Zed

PM sent to you.
by NZ00Z3
Sat 15 Apr, 2017 01:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Expensive problem still not fully resolved
Replies: 35
Views: 4389

Re: Expensive problem still not fully resolved

Yes the ICV rattle is normal. Suggest you start with the accelerator cable. Check that it is installed and adjusted correctly. Have seem a incorrectly installed cable at the throttle body on a M52TUB25 cause a high idle issue. The cable had been installed incorrectly at the mounting for the throttle...
by NZ00Z3
Thu 30 Mar, 2017 20:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Radio Aerial
Replies: 6
Views: 816

Re: Radio Aerial

Yes its a signal amplifier. You need it if you want to listen to the radio.
by NZ00Z3
Wed 15 Mar, 2017 04:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head gasket 3.0
Replies: 12
Views: 1454

Re: Head gasket 3.0

Also check out your crank case ventilation system. It can get blocked in the hose that goes to the dip stick tube from lots of short run in cold winter conditions.
by NZ00Z3
Fri 10 Feb, 2017 21:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Calling all non lowered Z3s without wheel spacers!
Replies: 21
Views: 1680

Re: Calling all non lowered Z3s without wheel spacers!

Hi

Both Z3's in the garage are still running standard suspension and wheels.
by NZ00Z3
Wed 18 Jan, 2017 20:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Dual Mass Clutch Failure "Symptoms"
Replies: 10
Views: 1379

Re: Dual Mass Clutch Failure "Symptoms"

Had a clutch judder/shudder on my 2.0 L manual Z3. It was a pain to drive up the hill slowly and into the garage or to do a slight hill start. Replaced the DMF and clutch myself and the car is all good. There are several tests/checks for the condition of the clutch. Some can be done with the gear bo...
by NZ00Z3
Sun 25 Dec, 2016 08:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Recomendations for new shocks
Replies: 20
Views: 1918

Re: Recomendations for new shocks

I used Meyle front and rear. very happy with the ride.

There was a "M suspension" option available to the non-m Z3's when new. This suspension has about a 15 mm drop in height. We get a lot of Jap import Z3's down here with this option. Maybe this is the application for those sport units
by NZ00Z3
Sat 17 Dec, 2016 21:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Stainless steel exhaust
Replies: 14
Views: 1352

Re: Stainless steel exhaust

The 3.0 L Z3's don't normally have the tail pipe flap as the engine has a nice tone at all rev's. If you have a flap, run your Vin number through RealOEM and see if the car should have one. Maybe your car has an exhaust system from a smaller engine model. As a side note: That lovely cackle you get w...
by NZ00Z3
Tue 29 Nov, 2016 19:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: oil level lamp
Replies: 11
Views: 990

Re: oil level lamp

Its located at the base of the oil filter housing, under the inlet manifold.

Yes summer is starting to kick in with sunny days in the mid 20's C. The shaky Islands are still living up to their name at the moment with regular after-shocks.
by NZ00Z3
Mon 28 Nov, 2016 22:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: oil level lamp
Replies: 11
Views: 990

Re: oil level lamp

Hi. The light could be coming up for a variety of reasons. 1) Good oil pressure but you have a faulty oil sensor. 2) Poor oil pressure due to high oil flow somewhere in the engine. For non- M Z3's, there are two O Rings on the bottom of the oil filter cap basket/tube. These age and can let pressuris...
by NZ00Z3
Sun 27 Nov, 2016 03:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Coupe tramlining
Replies: 13
Views: 1278

Re: Coupe tramlining

Having sorted several Z3's tramlining problems, First make sure you have good new (under 6 year old tires on the front) Second, change is the front control arm rear rubber bushings. Don't use the standard Z3 bushings, use the Z3M bushing. It has more rubber and makes a far stiffer connection to the ...
by NZ00Z3
Fri 11 Nov, 2016 20:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: My Mora Red Zed
Replies: 21
Views: 2925

Re: My Mora Red Zed

My Mora Z3 came out from the UK to New Zealand in 2005. Now has 101,000 miles on her. She was a bit of an abused car when I got her out of Auckland in January this year. Over the winter I fitted shocks/struts, control arms, suspension bushings, tie rods, new clutch, VANOS seals and fixed a multitude...
by NZ00Z3
Mon 07 Nov, 2016 22:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Front end steering/suspension overhaul - recommendations
Replies: 4
Views: 612

Re: Front end steering/suspension overhaul - recommendations

I have fitted the Meyle control arms, tie-rods, shocks, struts and various rubber bushings. All good quality from a German manufacturer who also supplies BMW. By the way, don't fit the standard rear control arm bushings, too weak, wear out quickly and are the main cause of tramlining in the Z3. Use ...
by NZ00Z3
Mon 07 Nov, 2016 22:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine support beam
Replies: 3
Views: 489

Re: Engine support beam

Maybe purchase a strong strut brace, use the end rings as the mounting and fabricate the beam to attach to the two bolts on each ring. Means it will be safely mounted and not likely to slip. Plus you'll have a strong strut brace to fit to your favorite Z3 http://s227.photobucket.com/user/kelvinhao/m...
by NZ00Z3
Sun 23 Oct, 2016 22:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine Bay Strut
Replies: 2
Views: 419

Re: Engine Bay Strut

I have a Strong Strut on my 3.0 L Z3. works great.
by NZ00Z3
Sat 22 Oct, 2016 22:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: INPA Help
Replies: 11
Views: 1062

Re: INPA Help

PM sent.
by NZ00Z3
Wed 12 Oct, 2016 21:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Does the ECU take time to settle down?
Replies: 26
Views: 2552

Re: Does the ECU take time to settle down?

Some of the DME/ECU reset information here is starting to sound like 1980's and Interweb folk lore. Every one has read it somewhere on the interweb so it must be true. With the introduction of the emission's laws and the unification of protocols to ODB2, the design laws on resetting DME information ...
by NZ00Z3
Tue 11 Oct, 2016 21:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clunk when changing gears
Replies: 17
Views: 1754

Re: Clunk when changing gears

If first or reverse is hard to select first thing with a cold car, do the following test. Engine running, try to select first or reverse. If its difficult to get in, hold the shifter with the same force, but don't force it into gear. Turn the engine off and keep the same force on the shifter. - If i...
by NZ00Z3
Mon 10 Oct, 2016 04:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clunk when changing gears
Replies: 17
Views: 1754

Re: Clunk when changing gears

Hi Having eliminated the "Clunk" a couple of time in different cars, my findings have been: - Loose Flexi drive bolts. Also check for wear on the bolts and out of round of the flange holes. New Bolts and nuts fitted and torqued to specification. - Damaged flexi drive, replaced flexi drive - Old rubb...
by NZ00Z3
Wed 28 Sep, 2016 22:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Emissions? bent pipe failure
Replies: 12
Views: 1256

Re: Emissions? bent pipe failure

Yes its the secondary air pipe that goes between the pump and the valve on the engine. Secondary air only operates for about 30 seconds when the engine is started. Think of it as a system that produces a flame thrower that heats the cat's up really quickly to reduce emissions. Should you remove it? ...
by NZ00Z3
Wed 14 Sep, 2016 05:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wheel spacers and some other questions
Replies: 12
Views: 1161

Re: Wheel spacers and some other questions

One way to check which diff you have and not lay down rubber or other questionable driving maneuver is to jack the car up, remove the diff filler plug and insert an inspection camera to see what your diff internals look like. Compare it against the photo in the below link. http://i198.photobucket.co...
by NZ00Z3
Sun 04 Sep, 2016 21:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: My Mora Red Zed
Replies: 21
Views: 2925

Re: My Mora Red Zed

Snap, same year, colour and engine size.

I love them too. Not many of them around. Mine's ex UK and likely the only one in New Zealand.

Always interested in finding out how many Mora Red Z'3
by NZ00Z3
Thu 01 Sep, 2016 21:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Power.
Replies: 16
Views: 1989

Re: Z3 Power.

Also consider the anti rattle rings. If you do them, take particular attention to remove as much play as possible while still allowing the piston to turn freely.
by NZ00Z3
Wed 31 Aug, 2016 22:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: High lift of car
Replies: 29
Views: 2771

Re: High lift of car

Hi

Modern electric motor variable speed drive technology reduces the start up current issue. Have not done the research on this particular box of electrickery but I suspect it is a single to three phase converter with a varible speed function
by NZ00Z3
Sat 27 Aug, 2016 00:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Central Locking stopped working
Replies: 3
Views: 374

Re: Central Locking stopped working

Another fault with the seat is that the mechanics have got stuck as the very end of travel. There is a worm gear with a threaded block that runs up and down the gear. The block often gets stuck right at the end (fully lowered position) on the end of the thread where it has not been fully cut to shap...
by NZ00Z3
Wed 24 Aug, 2016 20:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Seat refurbishment
Replies: 6
Views: 788

Re: Seat refurbishment

Which seats do you have?
- standard
- sports
- M

Many people get the standard seats more comfortable by doing a seat tilt mod. They fit a 50 mm long rod coupler to the front seat mount to tilt the seat back. Gives your back much needed extra support.
by NZ00Z3
Wed 24 Aug, 2016 07:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Power.
Replies: 16
Views: 1989

Re: Z3 Power.

Research the replacement of the VANOS seals. Start at this link. http://www.beisansystems.com/ There are DIY procedures also. As you are a retired fitter and turner, you'll likely have the skills and tools to do the job yourself. An alternative source of parts from a quick E-Bay search include: http...
by NZ00Z3
Tue 23 Aug, 2016 00:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Power.
Replies: 16
Views: 1989

Re: Z3 Power.

Hi Nang Greetings from the Deep South. What year is your car? Maybe a better question is do you know the engine model you have? If not, put the last 7 digits of your VIN code into the link below. It will tell you a lot about your car. http://www.bmwvin.com/ If you have a M52TUB28 duel VANOS engine, ...
by NZ00Z3
Mon 22 Aug, 2016 23:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M52 vs M54 vs N52
Replies: 14
Views: 2006

Re: M52 vs M54 vs N52

Interesting approach. Hope you have good Electrickery skills or know someone who has. About this time you should get a full wiring diagram of your car and the donor car. Tack every wire and connection between the ECU/DME and all other systems. Work out if you should remake the connection or delete t...
by NZ00Z3
Mon 15 Aug, 2016 06:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Best tyres to eliminate tramlining
Replies: 26
Views: 2959

Re: Best tyres to eliminate tramlining

Hi Here's my standard reply to tram-lining or poor road handling questions. Have sorted 2 Z3's now with these simple solutions. Front Axle: - Replace front control arm rear bushings. Don't use OEM bushings. Use Z3M bushings, poly urethane or http://www.ebay.com/sch/sis.html?_nkw=Suspension+Control+A...
by NZ00Z3
Thu 11 Aug, 2016 05:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Air con fan stalling
Replies: 8
Views: 1167

Re: Air con fan stalling

Which fan are you referring to?

1) The two speed fan in front of the radiator and A/C condenser?

2) The Fresh air fan located between the windscreen wipers?
by NZ00Z3
Tue 09 Aug, 2016 20:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: road holding
Replies: 5
Views: 744

Re: road holding

Front Axle: - Replace front control arm rear bushings. Don't use OEM bushings. Use Z3M bushings, poly urethane or http://www.ebay.com/itm/Suspension-Control-Arm-Bushing-Front-Lower-Rear-MAS-BB14015-fits-96-02-BMW-Z3-/151980856403?hash=item2362c3d453 - How old are your tires? Had 10 year old tires on...
by NZ00Z3
Tue 09 Aug, 2016 20:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M54 engine swap - how difficult/long to do
Replies: 8
Views: 982

Re: M54 engine swap - how difficult/long to do

You may need to swap sumps and oil pick up depending on the model of the donor vehicle. The Z3 has a low engine mounting and a special oil sump to keep the engine/sub-frame clearance. Always take lots of photos of the hose spaghetti around and under the inlet manifold and label everything as you dis...
by NZ00Z3
Tue 09 Aug, 2016 05:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Anyone use a wind blocker ?
Replies: 26
Views: 2695

Re: Anyone use a wind blocker ?

I have a plastic one and its fitted Spring to Autumn. Never use it during the winter. Key difference is the winter here has lots of cold, fine and windless days and the blocker is just not needed for top down driving. It also allows for putting your puff jacket in the soft top shelve when the top is...
by NZ00Z3
Thu 04 Aug, 2016 03:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Impala Brown with unusual options
Replies: 16
Views: 1127

Re: Impala Brown with unusual options

I have a Z3 with "pre series management" in the option list. I think it is means that the car went into the BMW vehicle fleet for executives and managers etc before it went out for general public sale.
by NZ00Z3
Fri 29 Jul, 2016 00:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M52 vs M54 vs N52
Replies: 14
Views: 2006

Re: M52 vs M54

You would need to re-sleeve the cylinder after boring it out. Not sure how practical that would be? Keep in mind, that you will need to sort out the ECU (DME) to match the new engine capacity. Several options are available: - Re-map the fuel trims in your existing ECU, Will take some trial and error...
by NZ00Z3
Thu 28 Jul, 2016 06:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M52 vs M54 vs N52
Replies: 14
Views: 2006

Re: M52 vs M54

The blocks are fundamentally very similar and will take parts for both engines. There are differences. It starts getting very different when you look at the heads. - M52, single VANOS, Cooling water fed to the front of the head. - M52TU (M54 beta test), dual VANOS, Cooling Water fed through to the b...
by NZ00Z3
Sun 24 Jul, 2016 21:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M54 engine swap - how difficult/long to do
Replies: 8
Views: 982

Re: M54 engine swap - how difficult/long to do

The core engine will be the same. Various models have different set ups for controls powered by vacuum, so it would be easier to just swap your inlet manifold and vacuum services. You will need to change the oil sump and oil pump suction line. The sump on the Z3 is a unique shape due to the closenes...
by NZ00Z3
Sun 24 Jul, 2016 01:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M54 engine swap - how difficult/long to do
Replies: 8
Views: 982

Re: M54 engine swap - how difficult/long to do

There is lots to consider. I've spent a lot of time looking at doing it. Still haven't got off the starting blocks as I'm looking for a 2.2 L manual (M54B22 engine) or a 2.8 manual (M52TU28 engine) ready for a M54B30 transplant. Because the Z3 engines are computer controlled, it becomes a bit more d...
by NZ00Z3
Fri 22 Jul, 2016 22:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: gearbox and diff oil change
Replies: 9
Views: 993

Re: gearbox and diff oil change

Hi Its a easy job if you have the right tools. Need a couple of hex head sockets and an oil pump to pump the oil into the diff and gear box. Can't use gravity and funnels on these ones. You need to be careful when tightening up the drain/fill plugs. The gear box ones are tappered and will split the ...
by NZ00Z3
Fri 22 Jul, 2016 04:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: DSC and reduced power
Replies: 10
Views: 1018

Re: DSC and reduced power

You'll need to pull the codes to get any idea of what's wrong. We'll be guessing otherwise. The M54B30 engine uses the main throttle as the throttle control for the DSC, so the DSC overrides your right foot. The Idle control valve is used as the main throttle up until about 30 MPH (50 kmph) then the...
by NZ00Z3
Thu 21 Jul, 2016 21:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What am I missing? Boot loom/central locking/alarm issue :(
Replies: 8
Views: 829

Re: What am I missing? Boot loom/central locking/alarm issue

Hi The central locking is control by the General Module 4 (GM4) (ZKE in BMW language). It lives in a rack behind the glove box. Has three connectors on one side and two connectors on the other side. I have two PDF files on the ZKE that cover its operation and pin-out. Can't attach them. PM me your e...
by NZ00Z3
Wed 20 Jul, 2016 21:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What am I missing? Boot loom/central locking/alarm issue :(
Replies: 8
Views: 829

Re: What am I missing? Boot loom/central locking/alarm issue

If you stick pins through your insulation, ensure that you seal them up again. Pin holes are a future fault in the making if left open. There are many things that can go wrong with the central locking. The boot/trunk loom is a very common spot but there are others. You'll need to give us some more d...
by NZ00Z3
Wed 20 Jul, 2016 05:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: oil pressure light
Replies: 7
Views: 721

Re: oil pressure light

Hi

Follow this thread and links through to the end. It may be your problem. Oil squirters towards the pistons was the end result.

http://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/showt ... -Oil-Light

Hope this helps

Regards

Muzz