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by Rodent
Fri 23 Jun, 2017 12:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Exhaust vibration absorber
Replies: 4
Views: 690

Re: Exhaust vibration absorber

if its necessary to remove harmful vibration, why then has my exhaust system not shaken itself to pieces since I removed it? I read somewhere that for the USA market, it was felt that any sort of vibration would detract from the driving experience. I have to be honest and say that between pot-holed ...
by Rodent
Thu 22 Jun, 2017 10:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Exhaust vibration absorber
Replies: 4
Views: 690

Exhaust vibration absorber

My recently purchased 2.2 lit z3 had a strange metallic rattle on the passenger side. I had a look underneath and noticed that the vibration absorber (marked 80hz.) was very loose and wobbly. It looks like the spacers had rusted away, leaving the rubber lump very loose. I have taken it off but still...
by Rodent
Thu 15 Jun, 2017 12:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2088
Views: 224658

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

I just bought am Icarsoft code reader and adaptor to fit the 'pacman' connection. very pleased with the code reader......not quite so pleased that it 'cannot communicate with the ABS ecu'. my suspicion is that the ecu is broken!
by Rodent
Wed 14 Jun, 2017 20:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Steering wheel soft centred?
Replies: 4
Views: 551

Re: Steering wheel soft centred?

Yes, the horn does sound when I press the wheel. Sounds like all is ok, though the horn is very feeble.
Thanks for the help
by Rodent
Tue 13 Jun, 2017 20:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Steering wheel soft centred?
Replies: 4
Views: 551

Steering wheel soft centred?

My steering wheel is soft centred. When I press it, I can depress it by at least 1cm around the bmw emblem in the middle. Is this normal or am I missing something......like an airbag?
by Rodent
Mon 05 Jun, 2017 19:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Power steering
Replies: 6
Views: 888

Re: Power steering

I'm a new z3 owner and also found the steering quite heavy initially. Having now had the car up to a decent speed, the steering weight feels perfect to me, when 'making progress'. That little extra weight feels superb and nicely sporty to me.
by Rodent
Wed 31 May, 2017 22:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Icarsoft
Replies: 14
Views: 1561

Re: Icarsoft

Ps, i did clean up the pacman with a bit of electrical spray
by Rodent
Wed 31 May, 2017 21:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Icarsoft
Replies: 14
Views: 1561

Re: Icarsoft

Pacman socket looks clean enough. I wasn't sure whether i should spray some contact cleaner or not. When i plug in the tool, i go into bmw section, select non x3 model, then select automatic diagnose mode. It then takes about 3 minutes to scan through 44 different channels. Once i've done this i can...
by Rodent
Wed 31 May, 2017 19:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Icarsoft
Replies: 14
Views: 1561

Re: Icarsoft

So, my pacman adaptor arrived today and after connecting it to my icarsoft bmii i plugged it all into the car. All looked good and i scrolled through the menu's to find the ABS diagnostic function. It then goes through the 0 to 100% but then reports back: "Fault in communication with vehicle ecu" "P...
by Rodent
Wed 31 May, 2017 18:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: broken it already.....
Replies: 2
Views: 502

Re: broken it already.....

Oops, sorry folks. Was a bit hasty in my cry for help! Once home, it was an easy fix, even for me :)
by Rodent
Wed 31 May, 2017 12:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: broken it already.....
Replies: 2
Views: 502

broken it already.....

so, 10 days into Z3 ownership and I've already managed to break something. I took a mate out for a spin at lunchtime and he pulled what he thought was the seat adjuster on the drivers seat. turned out it was the linkage between the motor and the inboard side rail. now the seat motor only operates on...
by Rodent
Mon 29 May, 2017 06:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Flat battery
Replies: 2
Views: 469

Re: Flat battery

Thanks very much therealdb1, Now that you mention it, when i got the car started, there was an intermittent dull click coming from under the passenger seat about once every 5-10 seconds. I moved the seat forward a little and the noise stopped. I think you may have diagnosed the fault 'long-distance'...
by Rodent
Sun 28 May, 2017 20:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Flat battery
Replies: 2
Views: 469

Flat battery

Went out to my 2.2 z3that I've now owned for a whole week, and found that it wouldn't unlock on the remote. Turned out the battery was flat......actually flat is in understatement. It read 0.6v on my multimeter, I've never seen a battery so flat. I've had it on a battery charger all day and I also c...
by Rodent
Sat 27 May, 2017 23:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Icarsoft
Replies: 14
Views: 1561

Re: Icarsoft

Thanks, I've got the cable ordered. I did try searching on here but my search for 'icarsoft' didn't turn up much. DME is a term I was not familiar with as I have only been a bmw owner for 1 week. I noticed that although the round plug under the bonnet has about 20 spaces for wires, only 9 of them ar...
by Rodent
Sat 27 May, 2017 08:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Icarsoft
Replies: 14
Views: 1561

Icarsoft

I bought an icarsoft BMII code reader this week, it's one of the 2nd generation type. I plugged it in under the steering wheel and all seemed well as when I used the OBDII function (just reads engine codes) it worked just fine, bringing up a few non critical codes. However, when I went into the BMW ...
by Rodent
Fri 26 May, 2017 11:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Replacement Key
Replies: 19
Views: 1710

Re: Replacement Key

i spoke to two local dealers today. both quoted exactly the same price: £181.48 inc VAT with no additional programming required.
i don't think this is too bad. about 5 years ago i got a new key from audi for 'bog-standard' A3 diesel. they took about £250 for the key and 'programming'
by Rodent
Thu 25 May, 2017 19:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Replacement Key
Replies: 19
Views: 1710

Re: Replacement Key

I'm in the same situation, only 1 key. I'm going to phone a couple of bmw dealers tomorrow so it will be interesting to see what the prices are!
by Rodent
Wed 24 May, 2017 10:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Illuminated gearstick replacement
Replies: 3
Views: 533

Re: Illuminated gearstick replacement

Thanks shrs2000,
The plug is missing from mine and the 2 wires have been spliced together. Is the gear knob just a push fit? The metal dhaft on mine has a slot in the top end but there are no fixing screws there, and my leather knob is loose.
Is that price £94 direct from bmw?
Thanks
by Rodent
Wed 24 May, 2017 07:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hard seats
Replies: 7
Views: 860

Re: Hard seats

I'm new to z3's and find the seat in my 2001 model to be quite firm. Theres not much give in the seat cushion though it is comfortable. I thought for a 16yr old car the seat was in good condition and still felt quite supportive.
by Rodent
Tue 23 May, 2017 21:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Illuminated gearstick replacement
Replies: 3
Views: 533

Illuminated gearstick replacement

My illuminated gearstick is broken. The knob is loose and the wiring is broken. Under the gaiter it looks like the 2 wires have been taped together. I would like to get a new illuminated knob and wire it back up again. Is this tempting fate with the dash lights. I have read of problems with rheostat...
by Rodent
Tue 23 May, 2017 19:34
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: New owner
Replies: 8
Views: 1442

Re: New owner

Gazza, you were right....I screwed in the T handle and the roof works. That's amazing, I thought it would be broken. I wonder why someone would disable the motor?
by Rodent
Tue 23 May, 2017 12:38
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: New owner
Replies: 8
Views: 1442

Re: New owner

Hello Del, the auction I got my car also had a 1.9 and a larger engine (2.8 I think). unfortunately there was a lot of 'mayonaisse' in the 2.8 oil cap so I ruled that one out. The 2.2 didn't bid to reserve but I made a deal later through the auction house with the seller. Very happy so far. Also jus...
by Rodent
Mon 22 May, 2017 21:12
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: New owner
Replies: 8
Views: 1442

Re: New owner

Thanks Gazza, Didn't get any owners manual with the car so didn't know about the brake pedal. Anyway, I just tried it (with front clips released and hood pushed up at front) and I can hear the hood motor running on both up and down buttons but the hood didn't move. Perhaps I have damaged it as I hav...
by Rodent
Mon 22 May, 2017 20:22
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: New owner
Replies: 8
Views: 1442

New owner

Hello everyone, I went to the car auction this weekend to look at a cheap Alfa spider.......and instead picked up a Z3 - 2001 2.2lit. In silver with red/black leather interior. I had never even sat in a z3 before, but as I piloted the 'ultimate driving machine' home, i was hugely impressed with it a...