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by BonBon
Wed 10 Jun, 2015 06:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M44 DISA Valve Diagnosis
Replies: 10
Views: 1279

Re: M44 DISA Valve Diagnosis

I'll have a look tomorrow and take some pics if I see anything.
As it only gets "activated" at 4200rpm my guess is that it's fluttering at all the lower rpms without doing anything.
by BonBon
Tue 09 Jun, 2015 20:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M44 DISA Valve Diagnosis
Replies: 10
Views: 1279

M44 DISA Valve Diagnosis

My DISA has been clicking quite loudly for a while and I'd like to take it out and have a look before I replace it. Has anyone removed a clicking M44 DISA and diagnosed the problem? (From the comment on the end of the following thread it seems that he had a cracked housing but not sure about a "crac...
by BonBon
Mon 08 Jun, 2015 07:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Please help seat nightmare
Replies: 44
Views: 2177

Re: Please help seat nightmare

My leaks were via the door cards over the foot ledge. Previous tinkerers simply removed the plastic sheet liners in the door cards. I cut my own from thick plastic bag material and siliconed in place.
by BonBon
Fri 08 May, 2015 11:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Knocking Sounds
Replies: 7
Views: 906

Re: Knocking Sounds

Do a search for Boot Welds - and look at some pics. That would be a mild panic :oops:
by BonBon
Sat 02 May, 2015 23:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: "Adjuster Unit DISA" / Fuel Consumption
Replies: 29
Views: 3079

Re: "Adjuster Unit DISA" / Fuel Consumption

False alarm.... My next tank gave 9km/l and the one after was 10 (my standard). So it was crappy fuel. I then did a tank with an added a fuel cleaner (I have bottle of Redline Si-1 on the shelf) - it gave me just above 10 - so no real difference. So we're back on a fuel consumption of 10km/l of 95 o...
by BonBon
Thu 30 Apr, 2015 20:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: "Adjuster Unit DISA" / Fuel Consumption
Replies: 29
Views: 3079

Re: "Adjuster Unit DISA" / Fuel Consumption

Please sign me up for one. :thumb:
by BonBon
Wed 29 Apr, 2015 15:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: "Adjuster Unit DISA" / Fuel Consumption
Replies: 29
Views: 3079

Re: "Adjuster Unit DISA" / Fuel Consumption

At 310k km I think it's worthwhile to bite the bullet and get a new DISA. (although a new engine would be a treat as my oil seals are hitting the dust one by one and I have a micro water leak in the head)
Anyone have a source for cheap parts? The best I have found is 208 quid. :rtm:
by BonBon
Wed 29 Apr, 2015 11:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: "Adjuster Unit DISA" / Fuel Consumption
Replies: 29
Views: 3079

Re: "Adjuster Unit DISA" / Fuel Consumption

Must it be
clacking
or clicking is also problematic? :wink:
by BonBon
Wed 29 Apr, 2015 10:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: "Adjuster Unit DISA" / Fuel Consumption
Replies: 29
Views: 3079

"Adjuster Unit DISA" / Fuel Consumption

In my last tank, for no obvious reason (like idling in traffic), I had a very uncharacteristic fuel consumption (from 10km/liter down to 7.5km/liter). No codes (eg Lambda Oxygen Sensor). Having a quick look under the bonnet, I noticed a louder that usual clicking from the Adjuster Unit. I'll wait to...
by BonBon
Tue 14 Apr, 2015 16:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Scratches in vinyl rear window
Replies: 50
Views: 8334

Re: Scratches in vinyl rear window

Bottom line: It took 1.5 hours to run through the 6 wet and dry pads with the drill. I can say that as shown above I got rid of most of the orange peel ripple. But TBH while it is much better than before I started (as also shown by pictures above) there is still about 30% of the ripple left (similar...
by BonBon
Tue 14 Apr, 2015 08:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Scratches in vinyl rear window
Replies: 50
Views: 8334

Re: Scratches in vinyl rear window

The best way to test to to grit between your teeth - like testing a pearl. :idea:
by BonBon
Tue 14 Apr, 2015 08:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Scratches in vinyl rear window
Replies: 50
Views: 8334

Re: Scratches in vinyl rear window

I guess/assume the particles are smaller than the Autosol=BMW paste.
by BonBon
Mon 13 Apr, 2015 21:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Scratches in vinyl rear window
Replies: 50
Views: 8334

Re: Scratches in vinyl rear window

Can you recommend a specific brand of liquid brass polish? Brasso? :shrug
(I'm afraid of the solvent)
by BonBon
Mon 13 Apr, 2015 15:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Scratches in vinyl rear window
Replies: 50
Views: 8334

Re: Scratches in vinyl rear window

Almost there - As described in the last message - I got both 800 and 1000 SIAAIR wet & dry pads. In order to do it in steps I decided to start with a manual tool pictured here. http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii110/bonboniera_2008/IMG_3273_zpsjwqhiwh2.jpg You can see a pic with a small section af...
by BonBon
Mon 06 Apr, 2015 18:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Scratches in vinyl rear window
Replies: 50
Views: 8334

Re: Scratches in vinyl rear window

Had a go with the following gear. All the pads are SIAAIR. I've never used these before or the Farecla G3 advanced liquid formula. First shot - I found that while it is much easier to use the hand drill, the result on a large area is inferior to doing it by hand (I could not get rid of the orange pe...
by BonBon
Mon 06 Apr, 2015 06:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Scratches in vinyl rear window
Replies: 50
Views: 8334

Re: Scratches in vinyl rear window

You were right not to go more coarse than 1500. Now that all the big scratches are removed you just need to polish out the fine scratches - the Autosol paste should work well. It's hard do buff them all out by hand - you may want to do it with a buffer or a hand drill with a wool cover.
by BonBon
Fri 20 Mar, 2015 10:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Leak above driver's door.
Replies: 3
Views: 293

Re: Leak above driver's door.

Two trivial fixes:
1. Add a small piece of flexible material between the pillar and the roof
2. Shorten the length of the latch that catches the pillar.
I think both are discussed many times in various posts...
by BonBon
Wed 11 Mar, 2015 13:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Seat & Door Card Upholstery
Replies: 33
Views: 2286

Re: Seat & Door Card Upholstery

The final touch on this project.... The plastic surrounding the radio has started to crack.... http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii110/bonboniera_2008/photo%201_zpsforpfvs2.jpg I really did not fancy taking all apart after finding a used part. So went for laminating an extra piece of leather to the...
by BonBon
Wed 11 Mar, 2015 13:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Scratches in vinyl rear window
Replies: 50
Views: 8334

Re: Scratches in vinyl rear window

Because I spent so much time on this -repeating what I did above as perhaps this will benefit others. After replacing my roof that was vandalized about 18 months ago - again I am finding that the rear screen is has deteriorated to the level that the cars in the rear view mirror look blurry. The prob...
by BonBon
Tue 10 Mar, 2015 19:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: front fogs retrofit
Replies: 6
Views: 326

Re: front fogs retrofit

The aftermarket Halo Fogs are ten times nicer! :wink:
by BonBon
Tue 03 Mar, 2015 21:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Is this in stock anywhere? (window polish paste)
Replies: 6
Views: 934

Re: Is this in stock anywhere?

From what I've checked - I don't think any of those listed actually have any in stock. BTW - If I did not know how to Google the PN, what makes you think I'd know how to click the link you provided :-) In one of my very old posts I see that the manufacturer was Autosol. Autosol just confirmed that t...
by BonBon
Sat 28 Feb, 2015 17:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Drivers door lock
Replies: 2
Views: 403

Re: Drivers door lock

Does this help? Seems a bit tricky...
http://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/showt ... k-cylinder
by BonBon
Wed 25 Feb, 2015 15:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Ignition coil pack
Replies: 0
Views: 310

Ignition coil pack

For the benefit of others... Over the last 3 days the car started sputtering intermittently (idle and acceleration) until it consistently behaved like running on 3 cylinders (shuddering - idle and driving). Confirmed that cylinder 1 is not working. Checked that cable resistance which was OK - so it'...
by BonBon
Wed 25 Feb, 2015 15:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Crack sound from window
Replies: 0
Views: 334

Crack sound from window

A weird one never reported before. Upon opening the passenger window there was a cracking sound and the door partially opened - the ultimate Z3 chauffeur service. Turned out the eyelet in the inner door handle was shot and the tiebar bent outward and interfered with the descending window. Easy fix :...
by BonBon
Sat 21 Feb, 2015 16:58
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WANTED STYLE 18 (5 SPOKE) ALLOYS
Replies: 14
Views: 928

Re: WANTED STYLE 18 (5 SPOKE) ALLOYS

Funny - I had the exact same dilemma yesterday. I have OEM style 73 17" and fed up with cleaning them. I also have painted calipers that are not visible........ I came across a set of new style 128 (must be replicas as they don't come in 17") and was seriously thinking to taking the plunge..... but ...
by BonBon
Wed 18 Feb, 2015 15:56
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted: 53mm Chrome Heater Rings (set of 3)
Replies: 5
Views: 532

Re: Wanted: 53mm Chrome Heater Rings (set of 3)

Same supplier as my link - but they are currently out of stock of 53mm.
The diameter of my 3 openings is 53.5mm so the 54mm rings are too big and the 52 are too smal.
( :| My dash looks pathetic now as I wait - I laminated grey leather on the cracking facia to match my seats)
by BonBon
Mon 16 Feb, 2015 16:16
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted: 53mm Chrome Heater Rings (set of 3)
Replies: 5
Views: 532

Re: Wanted: 53mm Chrome Heater Rings (set of 3)

There are a number of sizes - so check the diameter of your openings closely. All sizes are available from this ebay supplier (but now are temporarily out of 53mm) Not sure why the price is in $ and the sipping to UK is so expensive http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1995-2002-BMW-Z3-HEATER-SURROUNDS-A-C-DAS...
by BonBon
Sun 15 Feb, 2015 13:33
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: FYI - Good deal on Silver Vents
Replies: 0
Views: 374

FYI - Good deal on Silver Vents

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bmw-z3-side-v ... 339dce4708



Mod Edit, please observe http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopi ... 11&t=33588

This way the reader can make an informed decision before clicking an unknown link - thanks,Gazza
by BonBon
Fri 13 Feb, 2015 14:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Seat bolsters.
Replies: 7
Views: 452

Re: Seat bolsters.

At least on mine, due to aging the foam was so powdery, that duct tape would not have stuck well.
by BonBon
Fri 13 Feb, 2015 13:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Seat bolsters.
Replies: 7
Views: 452

Re: Seat bolsters.

You would need to replace the complete piece of foam. I found that a good fix is to glue the "broken" foam bolster with good RTV and on top laminate with a piece of fabric prior to replacing the seat covering. I posted some pics about replacing my seat leather here: http://www.zroadster.net/forum/vi...
by BonBon
Fri 13 Feb, 2015 11:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Noisey fuel pump?
Replies: 5
Views: 503

Re: Noisey fuel pump?

Most new Z3 owners complain about the diff whine in the first few months.
Just like the wife --- you get used to it after a while.
by BonBon
Thu 12 Feb, 2015 16:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Knocking behind drivers seat.
Replies: 11
Views: 948

Re: Knocking behind drivers seat.

I would bet on worn foam on the petrol tank straps.
On a lift push up the tank and see if you recreate the knocking.
by BonBon
Mon 09 Feb, 2015 12:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: I got bored - What do you think?
Replies: 15
Views: 1177

Re: I got bored - What do you think?

I also don't like chrome gills. Mine are Arctic Silver.
by BonBon
Mon 09 Feb, 2015 06:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3's in "unusual" places
Replies: 10
Views: 619

Re: Z3's in "unusual" places

by BonBon
Sun 08 Feb, 2015 10:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: I got bored - What do you think?
Replies: 15
Views: 1177

I got bored - What do you think?

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by BonBon
Sat 07 Feb, 2015 17:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Good bye and thank you
Replies: 8
Views: 696

Re: Good bye and thank you

Nice to see Jammy Spurs finally beat "them" - but that smile will only last a few days.
The Z keeps you smiling on....and on.....and on. :lol:
by BonBon
Thu 29 Jan, 2015 19:28
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: HELP!!! Think I've been an idiot.
Replies: 12
Views: 1312

Re: HELP!!! Think I've been an idiot.

The amount you added will not have any effect - aside from the color :roll:
Go back to watching telly.
by BonBon
Fri 23 Jan, 2015 12:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Anyone see one of these around?
Replies: 14
Views: 1586

Re: Anyone see one of these around?

Makes sense - thanks
cuz when I looked around the back there was no visible exhaust pipe :wink:
by BonBon
Fri 23 Jan, 2015 12:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Anyone see one of these around?
Replies: 14
Views: 1586

Anyone see one of these around?

Was in London yesterday and saw this beauty in a parking lot. Electric i8
Are there a few of these driving around?
With a range of only 23 miles (!!!) can barely make it to the suburbs and back. :shrug
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by BonBon
Mon 19 Jan, 2015 16:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Whirring rattle noise
Replies: 6
Views: 909

Re: Whirring rattle noise

BTW - My Meyle water pump just went 2 weeks ago after only 2 years and 40k km.
by BonBon
Mon 19 Jan, 2015 15:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Whirring rattle noise
Replies: 6
Views: 909

Re: Whirring rattle noise

I'll bet it's the water pump.
Take a short piece of garden hose and use it as a stethoscope. You should be able to locate the source of the whining.
by BonBon
Mon 19 Jan, 2015 11:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Door Button / Actuator / Latch
Replies: 23
Views: 3705

Re: Door Button / Actuator / Latch

The second time was simpler....52 minutes door card to door card.
OK a week later - so must have been the actuator.
BTW - the OEM actuators are manufactured by VDO :wink:
by BonBon
Tue 06 Jan, 2015 17:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hands-free remnant removal and head unit fix - help needed!
Replies: 16
Views: 2204

Re: Hands-free remnant removal and head unit fix - help need

Fine - but I don't see how accessing the back will help.
If you really have a problem understanding what is interfering - build a clear box or a frame the shape of the head unit (even one of the frames that support head units without the unit inside) and push it in.....
by BonBon
Tue 06 Jan, 2015 15:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hands-free remnant removal and head unit fix - help needed!
Replies: 16
Views: 2204

Re: Hands-free remnant removal and head unit fix - help need

Is there a reason you cannot pull out the head unit to see what is interfering?
On mine I need to push the back end upwards to get it to fit.
by BonBon
Mon 29 Dec, 2014 16:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Air bag light!
Replies: 10
Views: 1838

Re: Air bag light!

Try removing the yellow connector (two contacts inside connector) under the seat and spraying with contact cleaner - works for me and often need to do it a couple of times before getting a good contact.
by BonBon
Mon 22 Dec, 2014 16:28
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clock: Digital to Analog
Replies: 18
Views: 2663

Re: Clock: Digital to Analog

And please spell out what modification was needed to fit the clock (and also what the PN of the E30 clock is)
I'm happy with my solution - but would be even happier if my analog clock was illuminated ;-)