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by swabyk
Fri 10 Nov, 2017 16:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 1st generation or larger rear?
Replies: 2
Views: 186

1st generation or larger rear?

Trawling through the Z3s for sale it seems most sellers put large stock in the fact their car is the 2nd gen body with the larger rear arches, updated rear lights etc... Im not 100% sure which I prefer, the later cars are more 'squat' and mean looking but I also think the earlier cars had a purity o...
by swabyk
Fri 10 Nov, 2017 16:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Anyone got an automatic Z3?
Replies: 13
Views: 393

Re: Anyone got an automatic Z3?

Thanks all, appreciate the comments and feedback
by swabyk
Fri 10 Nov, 2017 16:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Import Z3s
Replies: 14
Views: 470

Re: Import Z3s

Thanks all, appreciate the comments and feedback
by swabyk
Thu 09 Nov, 2017 23:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Anyone got an automatic Z3?
Replies: 13
Views: 393

Anyone got an automatic Z3?

I’m considering buying an auto Z3 and wondered if anyone can tell me what they’re like in comparison to the manual? There’s surprisingly little info in terms of reviews of autos on t’internet!! I read many years back that an auto 1.9 was a bad choice as it lacked power even compared to the manual 1....
by swabyk
Wed 08 Nov, 2017 21:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Import Z3s
Replies: 14
Views: 470

Import Z3s

Hi guys,
What’s the view on Japanese import Z3s?

I have some concerns about knowledge of a cars exact history and mileage proof etc. I wondered if anyone had any experience of buying an import?

Thanks
Ken
by swabyk
Sun 14 May, 2017 20:12
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: FOR SALE; Low Mileage 1999 1.9 Z3 with many extras
Replies: 0
Views: 450

FOR SALE; Low Mileage 1999 1.9 Z3 with many extras

Selling my Z3 :cry: Low mileage pampered car. Nearly £1,000 spent in last 12 months keeping this car in perfect condition. This car had many options from new when ordered from BMW including the very rare Air-con option. Also included as from new options were; Chrome-line exterior Upgraded Alloy Whee...
by swabyk
Sun 14 May, 2017 20:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: If anyone is looking for a Z3?
Replies: 0
Views: 407

If anyone is looking for a Z3?

Hope this is ok here? Selling my Z3 :cry: Low mileage pampered car. Nearly £1,000 spent in last 12 months keeping this car in perfect condition. This car had many options from new when ordered from BMW including the very rare Air-con option. Also included as from new options were; Chrome-line exteri...
by swabyk
Thu 04 May, 2017 20:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Show us your steering wheels
Replies: 5
Views: 667

Show us your steering wheels

Im thinking of maybe changing my steering wheel but want something that looks genuine BMW and not too aftermarket. I like the idea of this I found on ebay, my original steering wheel refurbed in alcantara. Im undecided but think this might be the good compromise of original vs' modern. http://www.eb...
by swabyk
Wed 03 May, 2017 13:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(
Replies: 23
Views: 1892

Re: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(

Im far from being a mechanic but would assume it has to be massively easier to drop in a new lump than start skimming heads etc....
by swabyk
Wed 03 May, 2017 13:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(
Replies: 23
Views: 1892

Re: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(

One option might be an engine swap, theres some on ebay from £150, obviously fitting is not going to be cheap but you might be able to put in a new engine with half the milage of your own!

If you do scrap it, let me know what wheels you've got, im after a new set :)

Good luck buddy
by swabyk
Wed 03 May, 2017 12:28
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Becker Traffic radio/stereos
Replies: 4
Views: 566

Becker Traffic radio/stereos

Has anyone got or has used the Becker Traffic Pro or similar Becker systems. I like the look of the Becker products as they look in keeping with the age and style of the original radios but offer more modern gizmos such as gps sat-nav etc... There are a few on ebay around the £100 mark but I wondere...
by swabyk
Wed 03 May, 2017 10:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Can anyone confirms this works without causing issues?
Replies: 4
Views: 674

Re: Can anyone confirms this works without causing issues?

Cheers guys, appreciate the replies.
by swabyk
Tue 02 May, 2017 21:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Can anyone confirms this works without causing issues?
Replies: 4
Views: 674

Can anyone confirms this works without causing issues?

Can anyone confirms this works without causing issues?

I had a full service recently from an independent garage but they said they never had the right tools to reset the service gauge.

https://youtu.be/-UZP471VLiY
by swabyk
Tue 02 May, 2017 20:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Replacement roofs
Replies: 5
Views: 686

Re: Replacement roofs

Will do, need a blue one also. Ta
by swabyk
Tue 02 May, 2017 19:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Replacement roofs
Replies: 5
Views: 686

Re: Replacement roofs

Thanks for that, i was looking at a different site!!!! - http://www.thesofttopshop.com/bmw-z3

I presume then that the link you've sent is the one that people have been using then? makes sense.

Thank you
by swabyk
Tue 02 May, 2017 13:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Replacement roofs
Replies: 5
Views: 686

Replacement roofs

Been reading some historic posts on here from where people have had their replacement roofs fitted. Softtops in Croydon seems to be the most used and recommended but from reading the posts it seems the cost from them was £395 as recently as last summer and now their website is showing a price of £72...
by swabyk
Fri 21 Apr, 2017 10:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Sofa??
Replies: 5
Views: 889

Re: Z3 Sofa??

To be fair i love that trailer!! Havent a clue why its got seats in it though instead of being an actual trailer, but it looks expertly made!
by swabyk
Tue 18 Apr, 2017 09:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Sofa??
Replies: 5
Views: 889

Z3 Sofa??

Whilst creativity should be applauded im not sure the quality of this output quite reached the desired level!!

£800? You could buy an MOT'd Z3 for that!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/182498762489

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
by swabyk
Thu 06 Apr, 2017 17:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Exhausts?
Replies: 5
Views: 815

Re: Exhausts?

Thats great info, thanks for that. I dont suppose you have any links to custom garages online youve used/seen?
by swabyk
Thu 06 Apr, 2017 14:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: B*stard main dealers
Replies: 20
Views: 2406

Re: B*stard main dealers

no worries, it was a few months back - cheers
by swabyk
Thu 06 Apr, 2017 14:28
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: B*stard main dealers
Replies: 20
Views: 2406

Re: B*stard main dealers

I did post on here, trouble was I couldnt tell where the fault was between dash switch and boot-motor. Poeple on here did say they would be very surprised if it was the pump and not a switch somewhere. However, I thought, take it to the experts...........Lesson learnt!!! :head: :head: :head:
by swabyk
Thu 06 Apr, 2017 13:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Exhausts?
Replies: 5
Views: 815

Exhausts?

Anyone replaced their exhaust lately, just wondered if anyone had already done the leg-work on cheapest places to go. Mines a 1999 1.9. There's so many places that do exhausts i was hoping someone might be able to save me the time of calling round them all? Dont want anything special, standard exhau...
by swabyk
Thu 06 Apr, 2017 13:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: B*stard main dealers
Replies: 20
Views: 2406

B*stard main dealers

So, the electric roof on my BMW Z3 stopped working in late November, so I took it to the BMW main-dealer in Bishops Stortford (Elms BMW) for a diagnosis of the fault so I could then go and buy the part required. I needed to know was it the dash switch, roof microswitch, roof-motor etc etc.... They d...
by swabyk
Mon 03 Apr, 2017 14:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Digital Clock same as 3-series?
Replies: 2
Views: 402

Re: Digital Clock same as 3-series?

Cool, looks like im ok to buy either on ebay then :) thanks bud
by swabyk
Mon 03 Apr, 2017 12:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Digital Clock same as 3-series?
Replies: 2
Views: 402

Digital Clock same as 3-series?

HI Guys, I need a replacement digital clock for my Z3. Looking on eBay it would seem that the clock is the same model used not only in the Z3 but also in the E36 3-Series, they certainly look identical. Does anyone know if they are all the same? Reason im asking is that the ones advertised as E36 ar...
by swabyk
Wed 29 Mar, 2017 17:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Discs & Pads (to groove or not?)
Replies: 10
Views: 1437

Re: Discs & Pads (to groove or not?)

Thanks guys, really appreciate the input! Superb :)
by swabyk
Mon 27 Mar, 2017 18:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Discs & Pads (to groove or not?)
Replies: 10
Views: 1437

Discs & Pads (to groove or not?)

Hi Guys, I have a 1999 1.9 Z3 that needs new discs and pads on all corners. Best price I can find on fleabay being £130.00. Couple of quick questions if I may; Is it worth paying the extra £50 for drilled groove discs, or is this a waste of money on a 1.9? For info, the car does about 1500 miles a y...
by swabyk
Tue 28 Feb, 2017 11:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Can I use a different part number? (Roof Pump)
Replies: 7
Views: 834

Re: Can I use a different part number? (Roof Pump)

When i press the roof button nothing happens, no noise from the pump, just zero of anything! :(

I have noticed in the pics of mine the fluid is very low, would this be an issue? I would imagine even if the fluid inside was low you'd still get some sort of noise/engagement from the pump/motor?
by swabyk
Tue 28 Feb, 2017 10:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Can I use a different part number? (Roof Pump)
Replies: 7
Views: 834

Can I use a different part number? (Roof Pump)

Hi, I need a new roof pump/motor as mine just doesn’t work, when trying to down the roof there is nothing engaging, ive replaced all fuses, tried switches, contacts, cable breakages etc and can only think now its the pump that needs replacing. However, my question is this; My pump is shown in the fi...
by swabyk
Wed 07 Dec, 2016 17:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Roof Motor wanted - Please :)
Replies: 2
Views: 512

Roof Motor wanted - Please :)

Hi Guys,
I'm looking to buy a Z3 Roof motor (Hydro Unit), part number; 54348410305

If anyone has a spare or one from a car they've broke recently, please let me know.

Image

Thank you

Rgds
K
by swabyk
Wed 26 Oct, 2016 21:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Tribute
Replies: 7
Views: 990

Re: Z3 Tribute

If you google 'Tribute Z3' there are a few nice ones if tastefully done, but they are a bit weird, I admit.
by swabyk
Wed 26 Oct, 2016 21:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Tribute
Replies: 7
Views: 990

Re: Z3 Tribute

Struggling adding link on my iPad, the eBay auction number is;

332013772186
by swabyk
Wed 26 Oct, 2016 21:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Tribute
Replies: 7
Views: 990

Z3 Tribute

Just saw this on flea bay.....

Tribute Automotive Z300s BMW Z3 2.8

To be fair, I've seen a few 'Tribute' Z3s look ok but I'm not sure about this one.....

Mod Edit: Link fixed. R.
by swabyk
Tue 04 Oct, 2016 16:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fleabay - Should i be surprised?
Replies: 5
Views: 689

Fleabay - Should i be surprised?

Undiagnosed problems with my roof but thought id buy a dashboard switch to try to see if that helps....Saw one on eBay for £25 being sold by a breakers and sent the guy an offer for £20. Got this response; New message from: ********* If your collecting it then fine, otherwise by the time I get aroun...
by swabyk
Mon 26 Sep, 2016 13:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Little white window sliders
Replies: 3
Views: 479

Re: Little white window sliders

Its OK, found them on ebay, hundreds of them!! :lol: :lol: :lol:
by swabyk
Mon 26 Sep, 2016 13:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Little white window sliders
Replies: 3
Views: 479

Little white window sliders

Hi Guys, Anyone know the part number or where I can buy the little white sliders inside the door cards for the electric windows. Have to remove my door cards soon to refurb the speaker grills so want to do some general housekeeping whilst the cards are off, replacing the white sliders on a 17yr old ...
by swabyk
Mon 26 Sep, 2016 12:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Beige gearstick gaiters?
Replies: 16
Views: 1526

Re: Beige gearstick gaiters?

Paid £40 for the beige ones so would sell the wood ones for the same if you’re interested. To be honest though, it might be a good couple of weeks before I get round to this replacement job. Let me know if you’re interested and I will contact you when I have them removed. Thanks
by swabyk
Fri 23 Sep, 2016 17:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Roof failure - next steps
Replies: 7
Views: 860

Re: Roof failure - next steps

Plug 1 is the roof switch connector to the microswitch above your head in roof. Plug 2 goes to the motor/pump in the boot/trunk. Ive bridged the switches in plug 2 with a screwdriver and nothing happens, i.e theres no pump or motor noise as i might have expected. Just wondering if thats what others ...
by swabyk
Fri 23 Sep, 2016 17:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Roof failure - next steps
Replies: 7
Views: 860

Roof failure - next steps

OK, so I've taken the advice on this forum thus far and this is where ive got to....... Unplugged microswicth cable from behind passenger seat, as shown in the pic below. Whilst there are three pins in the connector shown marked (2) theres only the two leads in socket (1) as expected. So ive then br...
by swabyk
Fri 23 Sep, 2016 15:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Roof switch on console
Replies: 2
Views: 411

Re: Roof switch on console

Ah ok, thanks, easier to go up then that trying to go down. Ta bud.
by swabyk
Fri 23 Sep, 2016 15:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Roof switch on console
Replies: 2
Views: 411

Roof switch on console

Need to get to the roof switch on the console to see if thats the issue with my faulty electric roof, whats the easiest way, pop the radio out and try to get your hand down to push the button out, presume it pops out forward?

Thanks
by swabyk
Fri 23 Sep, 2016 14:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Beige gearstick gaiters?
Replies: 16
Views: 1526

Re: Beige gearstick gaiters?

Yep, I also have the darker wood, although strangely i had the outside centre console trim in the wood too. I see you have the beige hockey-stick shaped trim which is normal from what ive ever seen and had before. My car I have now was ordered with wood trim so this is an OEM and not an after-market...
by swabyk
Thu 22 Sep, 2016 16:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Anyone know how to remove this piece of trim?
Replies: 9
Views: 948

Re: Anyone know how to remove this piece of trim?

I thought of that but the microswitch in the roof section is a sealed unit so not sure how i could short the pins at all?? (is there a way?)

PS, Really appreciate the time taken to assist, thanks
by swabyk
Thu 22 Sep, 2016 13:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Anyone know how to remove this piece of trim?
Replies: 9
Views: 948

Re: Anyone know how to remove this piece of trim?

Yes, sorry guys, probably didnt explain it very well. The roof just stopped working so before I buy a new switch/cable replacement i am just working backwards to try and determine it is that part at fault and not something else, although less likely, pump or actual dash switch etc.....by testing thi...
by swabyk
Wed 21 Sep, 2016 19:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Beige gearstick gaiters?
Replies: 16
Views: 1526

Re: Beige gearstick gaiters?

Yes, thought that but for six squids its worth a shot to see what its like, might well be filed under B for Bin an hour after receiving it......
by swabyk
Wed 21 Sep, 2016 19:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Anyone know how to remove this piece of trim?
Replies: 9
Views: 948

Re: Anyone know how to remove this piece of trim?

Yes, theres a roof switch under there as described in the pics here; http://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?1630508-Replace-Conv-Top-Micro-Switch I need to get to it to test the power and try to determine where mine is breaking down........Just cant seem to work out how this piece of rubbe...
by swabyk
Wed 21 Sep, 2016 18:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Anyone know how to remove this piece of trim?
Replies: 9
Views: 948

Anyone know how to remove this piece of trim?

Need to get to the roof switch below.... :head: :head: :head: :head:

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by swabyk
Wed 21 Sep, 2016 18:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Electric roof failure
Replies: 19
Views: 1503

Re: Electric roof failure

Cheers guys, much appreciated.

Dont suppose you know how to remove this bit of trim, have tried and whilst access is tight there seems no obvious way to remove it! :head: :head: :head:

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by swabyk
Wed 21 Sep, 2016 17:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Electric roof failure
Replies: 19
Views: 1503

Re: Electric roof failure

Just found these pictures that show the braided lead and the white switch/connector. Apologies if im being dumb, but how does that help me know what is or isnt working, isnt it just a connector? Rather than a switch as such??? http://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?1630508-Replace-Conv-Top...
by swabyk
Wed 21 Sep, 2016 17:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Electric roof failure
Replies: 19
Views: 1503

Re: Electric roof failure

OK, followed it into the trim so its a 'trim off' jobbie?