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by Mike
Thu 16 Jun, 2016 20:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clutch gone to !heaven
Replies: 3
Views: 659

Clutch gone to !heaven

Well after being totally fine for exactly 200,000 miles my 2.8 clutch has given up the ghost. It started making noises a few days ago and having got it home last night, it would not allow any gears to be selected as stuck in neutral. Engine runs fine but some nasty noises from the gearbox area. I gu...
by Mike
Sat 07 May, 2016 22:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Windscreen woes
Replies: 21
Views: 2671

Re: Windscreen woes

I changed my winscreen some years ago now for MOT reasons. Autoglass came with an aftermarket screen that was not bent enough to fit correctly. The top corners were very proud rather than snug. Credit to the guy who fitted it as he said they had a tendency to be like this. I obviously rejected the s...
by Mike
Fri 29 Apr, 2016 09:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Problem with Z3 running
Replies: 11
Views: 1267

Re: Problem with Z3 running

Well the story continues. Having got the camshaft sensor replaced all things were well BUT then after 2 days problems again and the code this time said it was the crankshaft sensor so having to replace that. Also 2 codes for left/right front wheel speed sensors came up. They are intermitant in actio...
by Mike
Wed 27 Apr, 2016 14:28
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Problem with Z3 running
Replies: 11
Views: 1267

Re: Problem with Z3 running

Well, !!i got the new camshaft sensor, installed it and car is like new. Also all the warning lights have gone out, my ABS and brake wear warning lights have gone out so i guess this was really it.
happy boy now LOL
by Mike
Tue 26 Apr, 2016 18:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Problem with Z3 running
Replies: 11
Views: 1267

Re: Problem with Z3 running

Thanks Robin, Error Code shows camshaft sensor. Got one on order from BMW Vannes, arrives tomorrow. Should not take too long to install. Had to run the car into La Gacilly village this morning. Alright for about 2Kms then the occasional hiccup when accelerating. Didnt do it on the way home. Investig...
by Mike
Sat 23 Apr, 2016 16:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Problem with Z3 running
Replies: 11
Views: 1267

Re: Problem with Z3 running

Well I put the car in the garage last night, started it this morning and possible to rev to the limit 6000. No sign of problem causing lack of revs. Guess this does point at the camshaft sensor being iffy. I am getting a slight rattle from Under the car that could be the cat; I wondor if this would ...
by Mike
Fri 22 Apr, 2016 14:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Problem with Z3 running
Replies: 11
Views: 1267

Re: Problem with Z3 running

Thanks for the reply Robin. I also think this is the case. I tried replacing aith and old one but same symtoms. I guess the old one is knacked as well. Got my local indi coming next week with his box of tricks so we will check the error codes.
by Mike
Fri 22 Apr, 2016 14:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Problem with Z3 running
Replies: 11
Views: 1267

Problem with Z3 running

Hi all, MY Zed today developed a wierd problem. Its been misbehaving on and off and down on power recently. Today it developed what seeems to be a misfire. Checked unplugging each coil pack and all give engine note change. Also replaced the crankcase sensor but same problem. OK on idle but it will n...
by Mike
Tue 09 Jun, 2015 20:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Starting Issues 2.8
Replies: 7
Views: 872

Re: Starting Issues 2.8

well i put a new battery in but nothing. Looks like starter motor is screwed. I think I can get it out from below as long as trhe screws are not too tight and I have 6 elbows!!! Will check power is at the starter terminals first but need a spare pair of hands to do so.
by Mike
Tue 09 Jun, 2015 11:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Starting Issues 2.8
Replies: 7
Views: 872

Re: Starting Issues 2.8

Just did a big check of the battery. Off load it shows 13V but when put on load it drops to 8V! so it seems it is a screwed battery. I run a fleet of electric boats so am quite used to having a 2V cell or two go down as each boat has 6*2V cells inline. Also the old battery is not taking charge quick...
by Mike
Tue 09 Jun, 2015 10:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Starting Issues 2.8
Replies: 7
Views: 872

Starting Issues 2.8

Hi, Currently have a problem with non starting. Car had been exhibiting a problem feeling like it was locking up on starting but did actually start on a 2nd twist of the key. Today car would not turn over at all just giving a click. Car is now not even clicking as key is turned and ignition lights d...
by Mike
Tue 17 Feb, 2015 18:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Export advice, moving to France
Replies: 7
Views: 658

Re: Export advice, moving to France

Easy job to get Z3 exported really even with the french hassles on such things. Pick a main prefecture, do not go to a subprefecture. Get a CoC document frm BMW head office (free) in both french and english. you will need at a minimum in the prefecture V5 document Proof of address in france and resi...
by Mike
Mon 06 Oct, 2014 11:34
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: 100% clear windscreen
Replies: 17
Views: 1504

Re: 100% clear windscreen

As in France I do not need a tax disc but have insurance and CT (MOT) stickers instead. I thought I'd remove the tax disc holder but then realised in incorporates the external aerial for the mobile phone. Looking for a Roadster "taxdisc" to put in it.
by Mike
Wed 24 Sep, 2014 22:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Trouble finding a new Radiator
Replies: 7
Views: 1056

Re: Trouble finding a new Radiator

Managed to finally get hold of a new radiator. Coming to France from Netherlands via UK. Seems like a run on busted ones at the moment. Arrives Friday, be fitted Friday so out and about again at the weekend.
by Mike
Wed 17 Sep, 2014 00:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Trouble finding a new Radiator
Replies: 7
Views: 1056

At least they are consistent.

So far I've had my user ID removed/banned for Angloinfo 9 times, average 3 times a year. My record was only 10 mins before ban.
by Mike
Tue 16 Sep, 2014 19:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Trouble finding a new Radiator
Replies: 7
Views: 1056

Re: Trouble finding a new Radiator

Thanks Pingu. I had not thought about recore. Ill try the place in Vannes tomorrow. By the way AngloInfo is the local "English whine about France forum" full of English who only move over here to complain everything is not as in the UK. Does have some good info but is the forum equivalent of the Dai...
by Mike
Tue 16 Sep, 2014 17:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Trouble finding a new Radiator
Replies: 7
Views: 1056

Trouble finding a new Radiator

I am having trouble finding a new radiator for my Zed. 1997 , 2.8. Seems like they are in short supply. Needs to be delivered into Brittany. Stupid water pump failed and the fan decided to attack the old one. Tried patching the old one with liquid metal but it is still leaking a bit. Needs to be rep...
by Mike
Wed 10 Sep, 2014 14:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Looking forward to new shocks
Replies: 19
Views: 2877

Re: Looking forward to new shocks

Well, spent a really good morning replacing the front right hand side shock. Pretty easy job really just bolts and bits. Will do the left hand side tomorrow when more energy and temperature fall to below 20 degs. The old shocks had done 300000Kms so not surprised they were knacked. Hold the old shoc...
by Mike
Tue 09 Sep, 2014 19:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: water/steam leak and fan bent.
Replies: 8
Views: 570

Re: water/steam leak and fan bent.

Thanks for the info on the tensioner. Rad is totally intact. Fan hitting pulleys seems to have done the damage to the fan. Lucky really. Total cost for pump, viscous bit and fan was only 130 UKP including delivery to France. Will be here is a couple of days. Easy fix really. I need to give the engin...
by Mike
Tue 09 Sep, 2014 17:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: water/steam leak and fan bent.
Replies: 8
Views: 570

Re: water/steam leak and fan bent.

Just had the same thing which is a pity as it was next on my schedule to replace after the suspension shocks. Luckily it broke only 100 yds from the house on the way home. Lots of grating noises. I Managed to get the old pump out with no special tool for the viscous coupling. Seems the front of the ...
by Mike
Fri 05 Sep, 2014 21:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: LIST YOUR REAR END HERE...
Replies: 19
Views: 3080

Re: LIST YOUR REAR END HERE...

Actually I find that screaming aside, the wife on the rack solves the weight/vibration damper problem very well.
by Mike
Fri 05 Sep, 2014 19:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: LIST YOUR REAR END HERE...
Replies: 19
Views: 3080

Re: LIST YOUR REAR END HERE...

My list is -

Exhaust due to needing new rubber bits

Petrol filler cap tapping as small rubber bung dropped off.

Screaming from the wife tied to the boot rack !
by Mike
Mon 01 Sep, 2014 08:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Looking forward to new shocks
Replies: 19
Views: 2877

Re: Looking forward to new shocks

New front shocks in the post. Hopefully they will stop the crazy shudder I occasionally get at 85 Km/Hr. The shocks have done 300000 Kms so can't complain really. Also the bush on the rear of the wishbone is a bit loose so will replace both sides at the same time. Local good garage is doing a deal o...
by Mike
Tue 12 Aug, 2014 20:20
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Question regarding legality
Replies: 25
Views: 3106

Re: Question regarding legality

Sorry luckycolourblue. I don't understand your comment. This guy is in a major problem if Mobility decide to check him out or if he has an accident. As his friend, I did my homework and told him the real facts of his situation a long time ago. I even offered to help him get though it some months ago...
by Mike
Fri 08 Aug, 2014 22:35
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Question regarding legality
Replies: 25
Views: 3106

Re: Question regarding legality

Well the French have given him 10 points and are forcing him to change to a French licence so he can have them. In the French system you start with 12 points and penalties are subtracted until you reach 0. So he has 2 left. Interestingly the French police contacted mobility directly and funnily enou...
by Mike
Fri 01 Aug, 2014 21:00
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Question regarding legality
Replies: 25
Views: 3106

Re: Question regarding legality

Davejue1, I broke this news to him this afternoon and suggested all the obvious things to minimise damage. He is still insisting he is legal but the paperwork says otherwise. I said I would help him find a french car and get the mobility car back to UK ASAP. Sad story really as France has its own sc...
by Mike
Thu 31 Jul, 2014 23:13
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Question regarding legality
Replies: 25
Views: 3106

Re: Question regarding legality

Emailed the Motorbility people yesterday and recieved this note. Calling for some final clarification tomorrow. Thank you for your email regarding your friends use of a Motability car whilst he is in France. From the facts that you have given me I can confirm that your friend is not in fact eligible...
by Mike
Wed 30 Jul, 2014 07:26
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Question regarding legality
Replies: 25
Views: 3106

Re: Question regarding legality

Well things have moved on. He wass stopped yesterday in a usual French roadstop for checks. List of problems; Driving licence photocard out of date and no paper backup required in france No yellow vests No first aid kit. Dodgy taillight As he gave his address as his french house they asked why drivi...
by Mike
Tue 29 Jul, 2014 21:10
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Question regarding legality
Replies: 25
Views: 3106

Re: Question regarding legality

Done some research on the validity of his benefits regards motorbility. He has a disability from ages ago whan he lived in UK so is actually OK to have extended motorbility allowance from UK while living in France. The disability will not improve with time, he lost a leg! Point is motorbility car is...
by Mike
Sun 20 Jul, 2014 21:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: A few pics from the France trip
Replies: 10
Views: 639

Re: A few pics from the France trip

Phil; If you are doing Loire visit us at La Gacilly in Morbihan - a nice drive into south east brittany and go for a trip on out boats www.day-boats.com. You can combine with a trip to Loudeac motor museum as well
by Mike
Wed 16 Jul, 2014 21:29
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Testing Britains worst drivers crash course
Replies: 6
Views: 859

Re: Testing Britains worst drivers crash course

Nice to see the Zed used in the test crash had no intrusion into the passenger cell. I think the Zed is actually a very safe car for the occupants. The damage to the Zed was all up front. Would like to see the result of a side impact on the Zed to compare.
by Mike
Wed 16 Jul, 2014 21:14
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Testing Britains worst drivers crash course
Replies: 6
Views: 859

Testing Britains worst drivers crash course

Anyone watching this with Jason who drives a Z3. Crazy or what§? Whats this guy on?
by Mike
Tue 08 Jul, 2014 19:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: BMW Z3 A PERSONAL REVIEW.
Replies: 12
Views: 1749

Re: BMW Z3 A PERSONAL REVIEW.

Im with Mike. There was no way I was going to leave my 2.8 in UK when I moved to France. I have had it since 2000 and it still puts smiles on my face. I have had the odd niggle but nothing that is not expected and easy to fix most things DIY. Forum knowledgebase is great. Over the years it has cost ...
by Mike
Thu 03 Jul, 2014 18:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Looking forward to new shocks
Replies: 19
Views: 2877

Re: Looking forward to new shocks

Finally got my money back on them. Old perished rubber bushes. Got old mounts in now as they are OK but will replace with better new ones when Ive read all recommendations from you guys.
by Mike
Sat 28 Jun, 2014 22:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Looking forward to new shocks
Replies: 19
Views: 2877

Re: Looking forward to new shocks

HI Pingu? I changed the top mounts as well. Fairly easy with a vice, spanner and mole grips to hold the shock bar whilst undoing the top nut. Problem I now have is one of the new top mounts failed within 20 mins of driving. The bush suddenly appeared in the parcel shelf with a pop after being pushed...
by Mike
Sat 28 Jun, 2014 15:28
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Looking forward to new shocks
Replies: 19
Views: 2877

Re: Looking forward to new shocks

Well finally replaced the rear shocks and mounts this afternoon. Only took 1hr to do both sides. process Car up at the rear on ramps for access. Crack the bottom botton bolt on the shock Fiddle tha parcel shelf corner to access the top mounts and undo the 2 holding screws Back under the car, remove ...
by Mike
Wed 25 Jun, 2014 19:27
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Question regarding legality
Replies: 25
Views: 3106

Re: Question regarding legality

There is no doubt this guy deserves mobility assisatance which happened when he lived in the UK. He had the mobility car then. When he moved to France I suspect he did not inform the mobility people giving his daughters address instead so as to take the car full time into France with him. He returns...
by Mike
Tue 24 Jun, 2014 07:54
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Question regarding legality
Replies: 25
Views: 3106

Re: Question regarding legality

Update. I emailed the mobility car provider with the relvent questions regarding this matter to try and find out the rules. Got a nice email back stating data protection etc. and also saying they could not comment on such things. It was a simple question "can one have a motorbility car UK registered...
by Mike
Sat 21 Jun, 2014 23:56
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Question regarding legality
Replies: 25
Views: 3106

Question regarding legality

Not a Zed issue but can anyone be definative on this because information is contradicory depending upon what forum you search. A friend has UK registered UK plated mobility car. He has lived a French resident for 10 years or so. So he does the UK MOT and insurance using daughters address in UK. He l...
by Mike
Sat 21 Jun, 2014 20:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Headlight Converter / France Trip
Replies: 22
Views: 738

Re: Headlight Converter / France Trip

The breathlyser law is currently suspended not removed. This means that it is illegal not to have them in the car BUT the fine for not having them is set to 0 euros so the police cannot fine you for it. My suggestion is to get one or to ( in French supermarket as they are a fraction of the cost of t...
by Mike
Fri 20 Jun, 2014 21:02
Forum: Performance
Topic: Tyres - A post to accumulate members' experience
Replies: 50
Views: 10944

Re: Tyres - A post to accumulate members' experience

Continental sports all round. Been happy with them for a lot of years now.
by Mike
Fri 20 Jun, 2014 20:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Headlight Converter / France Trip
Replies: 22
Views: 738

Re: Headlight Converter / France Trip

I agree with Phil. The glue clouds the plastic if left on too long. Last time I tried them they only stayed fixed for about 100Km when whizzing to the south of France. I then used black plastic tape to mask off the light beam that tipped upwards on the passenger side the rest of the trip. Trouble is...
by Mike
Fri 20 Jun, 2014 20:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Happy 300k
Replies: 12
Views: 474

Re: Happy 300k

Good to see someone else has joined the 300000 Kms club. Mine did the same a few months ago. Usual Z3 niggles on the way but nothing odd.
Congrats and look forward to another 300K
by Mike
Fri 20 Jun, 2014 20:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Looking forward to new shocks
Replies: 19
Views: 2877

Looking forward to new shocks

Well after 188000 miles my rear shocks have finally decided to give up the ghost. Rattles from the rear on the drivers side being the main symptom. Ordered shocks and mounts that should arrive early next week. 1 couple of hours to get the old ones out and the new ones in I guess. Depends on the assi...
by Mike
Sat 08 Feb, 2014 09:49
Forum: Performance
Topic: Accelerator Pedal
Replies: 28
Views: 2798

Re: Accelerator Pedal

I had a similar problem resulting in snapping the accelarator cable near the throttle pedal. I suggest you dont mess with oiling the old cable but just replace with a new one. Not a difficult job just a PITA getting the new cable through bulkhead.
by Mike
Fri 06 Dec, 2013 21:04
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Change to Speed Camera Rules in France
Replies: 0
Views: 388

Change to Speed Camera Rules in France

For those of you visiting France from now on please be aware of the new rules regarding speed cameras Static Cameras ( like the ones on main roads ) now have no tolerance IF it says 110 or 90 Km/hr then tickets are issued at 111 and 91 plus accordingly Handheld cameras ( like the ones the flicks use...
by Mike
Thu 05 Dec, 2013 12:52
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Tax discs to be scrapped
Replies: 18
Views: 1729

Re: Tax discs to be scrapped

So how are the powers that be going to cover the loss of revenue this generates? Are the public going to be allowed to query the status of cars left lying about? All cars to be on a register online I hear so the very expensive camera recognition system will be able to track everyone. Therefore a pay...
by Mike
Fri 13 Sep, 2013 18:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Failed MOT high CO?
Replies: 17
Views: 2084

Re: Failed MOT high CO?

My 2.8 used to have problems with MOT emmisions. Having moved to France and tightened a hidden screw at the back of the head it flys through French CT emmisions now. I have a powerflow cat back exhaust and the cat is only just OK in the UK tests.
by Mike
Tue 10 Sep, 2013 18:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 220394

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

A full set of new boots. The old tyres were well shot and techinally illegal I suppose. Nice to be able to go around corners again.
by Mike
Tue 20 Aug, 2013 20:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Mileage ?
Replies: 24
Views: 1957

Re: Mileage ?

2.8 just passed 170,000 miles