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by lightning
Wed 12 Apr, 2017 18:04
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted: Z3 Chrome Bonnet Vents or wind deflector
Replies: 4
Views: 692

Re: Wanted: Z3 Chrome Bonnet Vents or wind deflector

You can get the bonnet vents from BMW.

I found that the best look was obtained with the chrome vents but using the black mesh grille part from the original vents. As the chrome vents with chrome mesh were a little too much in my opinion.
by lightning
Wed 12 Apr, 2017 16:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 3.0 Vibration when heavy accelerating issue
Replies: 15
Views: 1522

Re: 3.0 Vibration when heavy accelerating issue

I hope that fixes it.

Thinking about it, the noise on my 928 S4 was not so much a vibration, more of a "dub dub dub dub dub" noise under load and at tickover.

So yours might be just the bushes as suggested.
by lightning
Wed 12 Apr, 2017 09:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Slowly retracting seatbelt...
Replies: 4
Views: 833

Re: Slowly retracting seatbelt...

Try some silicone spray on the belt.

Or clean it with warm soapy water. Sometimes works.
by lightning
Wed 12 Apr, 2017 09:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 3.0 Vibration when heavy accelerating issue
Replies: 15
Views: 1522

Re: 3.0 Vibration when heavy accelerating issue

I had exactly the same fault with my Porsche 928 S4.
Nobody could find anything wrong. After a while the noise stopped, and then the auto box failed (no drive)
by lightning
Mon 10 Apr, 2017 18:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 at CCA auctions 2nd April
Replies: 3
Views: 641

Re: Z3 at CCA auctions 2nd April

Not if somebody's put the 2015 one in the book!

My FIL was present. The car was enthusiastically bid up to nearly £8,000 so it clearly didn't bother the punters.
by lightning
Sun 09 Apr, 2017 10:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: First impressions
Replies: 9
Views: 984

Re: First impressions

The door trim is fairly easy to remove if you need to.

Type "Z3 door card removal" into Google and there's a guide to show you how to do it.

http://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/techart ... cement.htm
by lightning
Sat 08 Apr, 2017 21:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: First impressions
Replies: 9
Views: 984

Re: First impressions

I agree with you that the Z3 is really well made, and easy to work on. The clutch could be past its best, l had to replace mine due to it being notchy to engage gear when cold. lt's probably the original still in the car. I did all the other stuff first, and it did improve the gear change but replac...
by lightning
Sat 08 Apr, 2017 11:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 at CCA auctions 2nd April
Replies: 3
Views: 641

Z3 at CCA auctions 2nd April

2000 3.0 black with tan interior. Nice looking Z3. Not the M Sport version. 38,000 miles. Very good condition throughout, no hard top though. Service history 11/10/02 6682 miles 21/9/03. 14,312 miles 11/11/04 20,788 miles 21/10/05 23,262 miles 09/9/15 34,009 miles Despite the 10 year gap in the serv...
by lightning
Sat 08 Apr, 2017 00:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Chrome exterior door handle covers
Replies: 3
Views: 428

Re: Chrome exterior door handle covers

Did you buy the expensive (£30+) or the cheap (£10) ones.

Just wondered what the difference is.
by lightning
Fri 07 Apr, 2017 22:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Chrome exterior door handle covers
Replies: 3
Views: 428

Chrome exterior door handle covers

Anybody fitted the chrome covers to the exterior door handles.

Do they look OK? I assume they just stick on over the black plastic handles. They seem to range in price from £10 to over £30 for a pair.
by lightning
Fri 07 Apr, 2017 22:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine Light and strange idle.
Replies: 8
Views: 813

Re: Engine Light and strange idle.

When were the spark plugs last changed?
by lightning
Fri 07 Apr, 2017 22:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: B*stard main dealers
Replies: 20
Views: 2304

Re: B*stard main dealers

That's not been changed in a while.

I bet the engine is fine though. Not that l'd ever recommend leaving it anywhere near that long.
by lightning
Fri 07 Apr, 2017 13:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: B*stard main dealers
Replies: 20
Views: 2304

Re: B*stard main dealers

There was no need to worry about oil filters on my 1932 Standard Little Nine as there wasn't one. No worries about water pumps as it didn't have one of those either. No timing belts, although there was a chain clattering round on the front of the engine. When l took off the cover l found that the te...
by lightning
Fri 07 Apr, 2017 08:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Exhausts?
Replies: 5
Views: 769

Re: Exhausts?

After experiencing aftermarket Land Rover exhaust systems l'd always go OE as long as it was not too dear.

An exception was a new CAT for my Defender TD5 (diesel, so not even a proper CAT) £900!!!
The Britpart one cost £250. It's not great, but l'm not paying £900 the robbers.
by lightning
Fri 07 Apr, 2017 08:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: B*stard main dealers
Replies: 20
Views: 2304

Re: B*stard main dealers

Fortunately modern cars will not be affected so much by poor maintenance. Most new cars have an indicator to tell you when a service is due. On a modern BMW this can be 20,000 miles or even more. I sold my Renault van with 100,000 miles on the clock. I'd serviced it regularly and it was running fine...
by lightning
Thu 06 Apr, 2017 20:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Cruise retrofitted!
Replies: 3
Views: 523

Re: Cruise retrofitted!

Fitting cruise control is easy on the later Z3 with electronic throttle. It took me less than an hour to do mine and as above it worked perfectly.
by lightning
Thu 06 Apr, 2017 20:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: B*stard main dealers
Replies: 20
Views: 2304

Re: B*stard main dealers

When l advertised my Z3 for sale recently somebody rejected the car outright as it only has a part BMW service history. There's a five year gap but l have receipts for the owner at the time carrying out service work during this time. Since l got the car l have serviced it myself, people should not b...
by lightning
Mon 03 Apr, 2017 14:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: CD Changer removal
Replies: 19
Views: 1552

Re: CD Changer removal

If anybody wants a piece of carpet to fill the gap left, and doesn't want to cut up their old carpet, PM me and l'll send you a square cut from my old one, as l have already cut a piece out of it.
by lightning
Mon 03 Apr, 2017 14:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Recommend me a front strut brace
Replies: 11
Views: 1401

Re: Recommend me a front strut brace

Great, thanks for the replies, there's a couple to choose from there.
by lightning
Sat 01 Apr, 2017 20:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Modifying and taking things off.
Replies: 14
Views: 1493

Re: Modifying and taking things off.

Doesn't help going into a corner on a trailing throttle though
by lightning
Sat 01 Apr, 2017 14:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Modifying and taking things off.
Replies: 14
Views: 1493

Re: Modifying and taking things off.

My Ferrari had a space saver spare wheel in the front, which was a waste of time as there was again nowhere to put the wheel that you took off. But the extra weight from the spare wheel improved handling due to it being over the front wheels. l would suggest that on a Z3 3.0 or M you need all the we...
by lightning
Fri 31 Mar, 2017 20:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Modifying and taking things off.
Replies: 14
Views: 1493

Re: Modifying and taking things off.

Yes l found the spare wheel in my 2.8 was shockingly rusted. But the one in my 3.0 still looked new. The underside parts generally on the 3.0 are free from surface rust so it's clearly been a Summer car. But l did realise you'd nowhere to put the full size wheel that you took off! So l've packed a c...
by lightning
Thu 30 Mar, 2017 20:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Modifying and taking things off.
Replies: 14
Views: 1493

Re: Modifying and taking things off.

Yes another Land Rover "take off" which l was tempted to do.

But the jury is still out over whether it's a good idea on the TD5 (as fitted to Discovery/Defender from 1999-2006)
by lightning
Thu 30 Mar, 2017 20:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Radio Aerial
Replies: 6
Views: 742

Re: Radio Aerial

I think he meant to say "boot space"

The aerial does have an amplifier and if you removed it from the wing, you probably in doing so removed the earth connection, so it will no longer work.
by lightning
Thu 30 Mar, 2017 13:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Modifying and taking things off.
Replies: 14
Views: 1493

Modifying and taking things off.

Most cars seem to have parts that people claim you are "better off without" On the Z3 it's the CDV. On my Land Rover there are a few "take off" items....the CAT, the EGR valve, the centre pipe. On my Honda Hornet 900 it was the flap valve in the air intake. On my Transit Connect the advice was remov...
by lightning
Wed 29 Mar, 2017 17:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: CD Changer removal
Replies: 19
Views: 1552

Re: CD Changer removal

As already noted, if you fit a new rear trim piece and your Z3 has the electric roof motor in the boot, it leaves a small gap in the boot carpet on the left side.

I cut a square out of the carpet l took out, and fitted it behind the side trim piece to fill the gap, and it looks pretty much perfect.
by lightning
Tue 28 Mar, 2017 23:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: CD Changer removal
Replies: 19
Views: 1552

Re: CD Changer removal

The carpet trim is still available new from BMW for £65.

As the CD changer was an option on all versions of the Z3, you can just order the "non CD changer" trim piece from your friendly BMW dealer's spares counter.
by lightning
Tue 28 Mar, 2017 08:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Gearbox shift pins
Replies: 15
Views: 1452

Re: Gearbox shift pins

4wheels wrote:Wow that's not far for a clutch
The clutch was not worn out, but had drag. When they took out the old clutch it turned out to be 50-60% worn. I am not entirely sure of the reason for the clutch drag, but it's fine with the new clutch fitted.
by lightning
Mon 27 Mar, 2017 20:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Which gearbox oil?
Replies: 16
Views: 1989

Re: Which gearbox oil?

I removed the CDV from my 3.0 Z3 some time ago and it did make the gear change better. However l just had a new clutch fitted and then found fast gear changes a bit jerky. So l refitted the CDV and it is smoother and easier to get snatch free gear changes. (I am talking about spirited driving but no...
by lightning
Sun 26 Mar, 2017 10:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Bonnet Stuck Shut
Replies: 7
Views: 894

Re: Bonnet Stuck Shut

Have a look at how the latch works, as suggested above.
Once you know how the mechanism operates you can most likely figure a way to open it.
by lightning
Sun 26 Mar, 2017 10:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Recommend me a front strut brace
Replies: 11
Views: 1401

Re: Recommend me a front strut brace

Thanks l'll go for one of those.
by lightning
Sat 25 Mar, 2017 18:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Recommend me a front strut brace
Replies: 11
Views: 1401

Recommend me a front strut brace

....for my Z3 3.0. The Bertini one is well reviewed but sold out. The Strong Strut is £400. Can anybody recommend one in the range £100-200? l have to say l want to fit it mainly for the looks, but l believe there is an improvement in handling, not that l am likely to notice as l never drive it anyw...
by lightning
Sat 25 Mar, 2017 18:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: The cost of parts!
Replies: 12
Views: 1555

Re: The cost of parts!

I just bought an A pillar trim as there was a little scratch on mine.
It cost £85, for a piece of plastic.

I nearly didn't bother....but l noticed the scratch every time l got in the car...
by lightning
Fri 24 Mar, 2017 19:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clutch not quite right. (update, new clutch now fitted!)
Replies: 6
Views: 886

Re: Clutch not quite right. (update, new clutch now fitted!)

56,000

The clutch was working but l was not happy with the action, and the bite point seemed high. They fitted a LUK clutch which is the same make as OE.
by lightning
Fri 24 Mar, 2017 19:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: The cost of parts!
Replies: 12
Views: 1555

Re: The cost of parts!

Be thankful the parts are all available.

BMW are one of very few manufacturers to make parts available for their older cars. Try that with Alfa Romeo for instance! And when l had my Ferrari l was told there was "no availability" of flywheels (generally needed replacing with the clutch)
by lightning
Thu 23 Mar, 2017 18:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clutch not quite right. (update, new clutch now fitted!)
Replies: 6
Views: 886

Re: Clutch not quite right.

Clutch fitted today and much better, smoother take up and better gear shifting. Also the bite point is lower down so no need for the extended clutch stop rubber that l fitted last year. They showed me the old clutch which they said was about 60% worn, so it was not worn out. They said the diaphragm ...
by lightning
Thu 23 Mar, 2017 17:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Gearbox shift pins
Replies: 15
Views: 1452

Re: Gearbox shift pins

Thanks for the reply, yes it does.

So one job l don't need to do.
by lightning
Wed 22 Mar, 2017 09:53
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Z3 3.0 M Sport for sale
Replies: 32
Views: 4286

Re: Z3 3.0 M Sport for sale

Currently nobody wanting to view the car at the asking price.

I have decided to take it off sale for the time being.
by lightning
Tue 21 Mar, 2017 18:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: cooling
Replies: 3
Views: 697

Re: cooling

The plastic ones are usually fine, mine's lasted 14 years so far.
The only time you'd likely have a problem is if tbe cooling system was over pressurizing for some reason (such as a faulty head gasket)
by lightning
Tue 21 Mar, 2017 15:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Gearbox shift pins
Replies: 15
Views: 1452

Gearbox shift pins

My 3.0 Z3 is having a new clutch fitted on Thursday. I was wondering, is it worth asking them to replace the shift pins while they are at it?
The car has done 56,000 miles.
by lightning
Sun 19 Mar, 2017 20:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sill tread plates
Replies: 5
Views: 778

Re: Sill tread plates

If somebody was to start re manufacturing Z3 OE mud flaps they'd make a killing.
by lightning
Fri 17 Mar, 2017 19:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clutch not quite right. (update, new clutch now fitted!)
Replies: 6
Views: 886

Re: Clutch pedal seems high on 3.0

I am surprised that nobody commented or replied.

Anyway, new clutch is £350 fitted.
And that's from a BMW specialist. So l'll get it done, can't be a bad thing.
by lightning
Wed 15 Mar, 2017 08:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clutch not quite right. (update, new clutch now fitted!)
Replies: 6
Views: 886

Re: Clutch pedal seems high on 3.0

I took it to my local BMW Specialist this afternoon and they said the clutch was not worn out (not heavy, biting point OK, no judder) but it was "dragging" slightly.
by lightning
Tue 14 Mar, 2017 22:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clutch not quite right. (update, new clutch now fitted!)
Replies: 6
Views: 886

Clutch not quite right. (update, new clutch now fitted!)

I just taxed my 3.0 Z3 and driving it for the first time in a few months the take up on the clutch seems high. There's a fair bit of travel on the pedal before the biting point is reached. However the clutch does not slip and the engine will stall if you try to pull away with the handbrake on. Does ...
by lightning
Sat 11 Mar, 2017 19:05
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Z3 TRIM
Replies: 4
Views: 1249

Re: Z3 TRIM

Why did you not put them on Ebay?
by lightning
Fri 10 Mar, 2017 22:42
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Z3 3.0 M Sport for sale
Replies: 32
Views: 4286

Re: Z3 3.0 M Sport for sale

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by lightning
Fri 10 Mar, 2017 22:41
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Z3 3.0 M Sport for sale
Replies: 32
Views: 4286

Re: Z3 3.0 M Sport for sale

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by lightning
Fri 10 Mar, 2017 22:37
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Z3 3.0 M Sport for sale
Replies: 32
Views: 4286

Re: Z3 3.0 M Sport for sale

Yes at the moment it is. Passed the MOT today with no advisories.

I think it's a bit early in the year to sell!
by lightning
Thu 09 Mar, 2017 19:10
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: For Sale - Z3 3.0i Very low mileage - immaculate
Replies: 12
Views: 2359

Re: For Sale - Z3 3.0i Very low mileage - immaculate

These cars are great value for what you get, when you look at other modern classics. They can only go up in value. Look at values for the Ford Capri 2.8 for instance.
And the Z3 is much better made, with few corrosion issues. Buy yours now! It can't last.
by lightning
Sun 05 Mar, 2017 18:54
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Z3 3.0 M Sport for sale
Replies: 32
Views: 4286

Re: Z3 3.0 M Sport for sale

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