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by BonBon
Thu 07 Apr, 2016 19:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Erratic indicator "click"
Replies: 27
Views: 1527

Re: Erratic indicator "click"

Funny you should ask. Our dog (a Canaan breed) was put down 6 weeks ago shortly after his 18th birthday.
We're now left with an 8 year old Pincer.
by BonBon
Thu 07 Apr, 2016 18:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Erratic indicator "click"
Replies: 27
Views: 1527

Re: Erratic indicator "click"

While this does not make sense to me - but it seems the health of the indicator relay 1388533 in the fuse box impacts the clicking of the "mysterious relay" that is inside the cluster. :shrug Changing out the relay under the bonnet fixed the return of the erratic clicking inside the cluster. http://...
by BonBon
Wed 06 Apr, 2016 08:03
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: For Sale 1997 1.9 Z3 Hellrot Bright Red 150k miles 1yr MOT
Replies: 2
Views: 342

Re: For Sale 1997 1.9 Z3 Hellrot Bright Red 150k miles 1yr M

Throw in a gallon of petrol so they can get home ;-)
by BonBon
Thu 31 Mar, 2016 22:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Seats / backache
Replies: 19
Views: 1988

Re: Seats / backache

Also being (a young at heart) 58 - you may benefit from my experience. My LHD Z is my daily drive. About a year ago (after 8 years of ownership) I developed a problem with my left hip. After a couple of months, I figured out that it was due to the stress on my hip from getting in and out of the car....
by BonBon
Sun 27 Mar, 2016 19:35
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Club logo
Replies: 86
Views: 9776

Re: Club logo

The anticipation is debilitating :bounce:
by BonBon
Wed 06 Jan, 2016 06:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Mid-chassis tapping noise
Replies: 7
Views: 1485

Re: Mid-chassis tapping noise

Exhaust brackets are a good guess - but I'll bet on worn foam on the petrol tank supports straps.
by BonBon
Fri 01 Jan, 2016 10:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Water....
Replies: 6
Views: 1554

Re: Water.... leak over window

If it's just a few drops the best solution is to take some Hydrophobic spray - usually used for waterproofing fabric (eg clothing, tents or roofs). Spray into the can cover and with your finger spread some on the top of your window and on the rubber seal of the roof. (The small gap is now hydrophili...
by BonBon
Wed 30 Dec, 2015 16:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Oil Filter Housing Leak
Replies: 6
Views: 1241

Re: Oil Filter Housing Leak

Te good news is that the front of the engine is clean - phew.
The bad news is that I now can see that there is a small leak in the rear oil seal.
Ain't no way I'm taking out the transmission until it becomes a disaster :?
by BonBon
Tue 29 Dec, 2015 10:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Oil Filter Housing Leak
Replies: 6
Views: 1241

Re: Oil Filter Housing Leak

I am talking about the o rings that sit in parallel to the gasket of the oil filter housing.
They are only accessible by removing the housing which neccessitates the removal of the alternator.
by BonBon
Sun 27 Dec, 2015 15:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Oil Filter Housing Leak
Replies: 6
Views: 1241

Oil Filter Housing Leak

Just for people to reference..... After going down the road of sorting virtually all the "regular" failures noted by others (and then some - caused by higher ambient temps than generally designed for), I finally got an abnormal oil leak after 326kkm. Seemed like the oil filter housing. When dismantl...
by BonBon
Sun 20 Dec, 2015 16:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Is this in stock anywhere? (window polish paste)
Replies: 6
Views: 936

Re: Is this in stock anywhere? (window polish paste)

The solvents in Brasso are not healthy for the plastic (over long term under extreme environmental conditions)
by BonBon
Wed 16 Dec, 2015 12:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Beware - Aftermarket MAF
Replies: 8
Views: 1004

Re: Beware - Aftermarket MAF

How do I 'reset adaptations'
by BonBon
Wed 16 Dec, 2015 08:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Beware - Aftermarket MAF
Replies: 8
Views: 1004

Re: Beware - Aftermarket MAF

The only problem is that I'm talking about sub-urban most at 100km/h.
Inner city I would do closer to 9km/l.
But what's another 150 quid thrown into this 326kkm barrel of fun ;-)
by BonBon
Wed 16 Dec, 2015 06:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Beware - Aftermarket MAF
Replies: 8
Views: 1004

Re: MAF/Lamda & 1.9L Auto Fuel Economy

Just to close the loop - changed out to new Bosch MAF and Lamda* - and no change in fuel economy - getting consistently 10km/l. The type of fuel, % inner city driving and use of AC are the biggest factors......
*There was no reason to suspect my old OEM ones - just age.
by BonBon
Wed 16 Dec, 2015 05:54
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WTB: Drivers side door handle (inner)
Replies: 14
Views: 1185

Re: WTB: Drivers side door handle (inner)

So I still don't understand why you say that a handle cannot be used twice (which I have done numerous times). I am not aware of any tab in the top bracket that is "melted" when inserted. If I recall correctly, there is a hole for the screw (behind the mirror) and a small nib that is used to positio...
by BonBon
Tue 15 Dec, 2015 11:15
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WTB: Drivers side door handle (inner)
Replies: 14
Views: 1185

Re: WTB: Drivers side door handle (inner)

I am referring to the plastic tab at the top of the handle (the housing for the mirror switch)
I think you are referring to the lower metal tab at the lower end of te handle that is set into the handle. I have never seen one of those tabs break off the handle and this is a bigger problem.
by BonBon
Mon 14 Dec, 2015 18:56
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WTB: Drivers side door handle (inner)
Replies: 14
Views: 1185

Re: WTB: Drivers side door handle (inner)

Denis, Not sure what you are referring to - but I've fit second-hand ones a number of times. As the molded plastic is old, a heavy handed passenger can snap the plastic area that holds the screw - but with care they will last a while. I've also managed to fix a broken part by using a fiber mat soake...
by BonBon
Thu 03 Dec, 2015 20:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Air Conditioning Servicing.
Replies: 12
Views: 1388

Re: Air Conditioning Servicing.

Telltale sign of missing gas (or weak compressor which is hard to imagine in the UK due to low usage) is if in hot weather the temp of the air from the vents is higher when the car is idling compared to when driving.
by BonBon
Mon 23 Nov, 2015 16:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Anybody want to buy my Z3 3.0
Replies: 53
Views: 4635

Re: Anybody want

Sounds delicious.
How about a few pics just to drool :shock:
by BonBon
Tue 17 Nov, 2015 21:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder - circa 1962
Replies: 4
Views: 864

Re: Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder - circa 1962

BTW - a complete top notch replica from the link provided above would come to $98,750 if you're intersted.
They no longer supply kits.
(Less than 100 of the real thing were manufactured - hence the price in excess of $11M.
by BonBon
Tue 17 Nov, 2015 12:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder - circa 1962
Replies: 4
Views: 864

Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder - circa 1962

Saw this on Sunday in Mayfair. Registration M250. Pretty cool. It had only 116 miles on the clock. As the real thing is worth over $11Million - I assume it is a replica was made by http://www.calspyderii.com http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii110/bonboniera_2008/image11_zps5gsevflc.png http://i262...
by BonBon
Thu 12 Nov, 2015 23:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Heritage Motor Center
Replies: 10
Views: 898

Prodrive - Astin Martin

The tour around Prodrive lasted about 2 hours and was an open door to the manufacturing process of Best of Breed Rally cars. Superb if you are a Rally fan. Call Jaquie and for 20 quid you've got a treat.
by BonBon
Tue 10 Nov, 2015 22:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Heritage Motor Center
Replies: 10
Views: 898

Re: Heritage Motor Center

We were there for close to 3 hours. How the Austin Seven impacted the motorcar industry was interesting and seeing all our family's early cars was a treat. (My Vauxhall Victor and A40, my Mum's Metropolitan and TR3a, and my uncle's Healey and E-Type). Shame to see that the site and the UK motor pedi...
by BonBon
Mon 09 Nov, 2015 20:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Heritage Motor Center
Replies: 10
Views: 898

Re: Heritage Motor Center

Was at Bletchley Park today and aiming to go tomorrow AM - so too short a notice :-)
by BonBon
Mon 09 Nov, 2015 19:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Heritage Motor Center
Replies: 10
Views: 898

Heritage Motor Center

On a short visit in England... can anyone recommend the museum in Gaydon?
The other option is to carry the wife's purchases in Bicester Outlet Center.
(I assume one cannot visit Aston Martin in Gaydon...)
by BonBon
Mon 19 Oct, 2015 20:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Erratic Indicator - Sorted
Replies: 1
Views: 260

Re: Erratic Indicator - Sorted

Well - simple this time. It was contacts on the Hazard/Flasher Relay. Touched it and it started working properly Removed it and sanded all contacts with fine sand paper. Happy camper. :lol: For pics an reference - http://www.ronstultz.com/knowledge/Documents/BMW%20Z3/BMW%20Z3%20-%20Intermittent%20Tu...
by BonBon
Mon 19 Oct, 2015 19:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Erratic Indicator - Sorted
Replies: 1
Views: 260

Erratic Indicator - Sorted

Please advise: My indicator always works when I signal left. But when indicating right, sometimes it works and sometimes it does not. When it does not work - the hazard lights also don't work. (When not working it also does not make the "clicking" sound) I assume it's a bad contact somewhere - is it...
by BonBon
Sat 17 Oct, 2015 20:33
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: FS: WIESMANN HARDTOP + FITTING KIT, other Z3 Parts
Replies: 5
Views: 928

Re: FS: Z3M and Z3 Parts, Wiesmann hardtop etc.

Could swear it's a Healey ;-)
by BonBon
Sat 12 Sep, 2015 18:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: New bloke wanting your kind help!
Replies: 18
Views: 1274

Re: New bloke wanting your kind help!

I have a post 200kmile 1.9L (320kkm). Bought it at 100kmile and it's my daily drive. If you read carefully through all the ailments (and I've had the vast majority), you will find that they are all age related and not mileage. In my case it is exasperated by my non garaged hot environment that is ha...
by BonBon
Thu 10 Sep, 2015 17:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: a couple of questions......
Replies: 7
Views: 621

Re: a couple of questions......

Even for an Auto with mediocre local 95 Octane? (Mix of Urban and Highway)
by BonBon
Thu 10 Sep, 2015 15:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: a couple of questions......
Replies: 7
Views: 621

Re: a couple of questions......

A couple of tanks ago, during a service, I had my battery disconnected and the fuel economy has tanked (pun intended). 27mpg to 24mpg.
Will it climb back or should I be looking for another cause?
by BonBon
Thu 13 Aug, 2015 19:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Airbag light and horn not working
Replies: 2
Views: 316

Re: Airbag light and horn not working

Sounds like the contact to the airbag in the steering wheel. Simple to remove the two allen screws that hold the airbag in place to have a peek.
by BonBon
Wed 12 Aug, 2015 07:44
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: 1.9 Z3 Arctic Silver, breaking for spares
Replies: 16
Views: 1525

Re: 1.9 Z3 Arctic Silver, needs some TLC

Those are the best routes
by BonBon
Tue 11 Aug, 2015 21:33
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: 1.9 Z3 Arctic Silver, breaking for spares
Replies: 16
Views: 1525

Re: 1.9 Z3 Arctic Silver, needs some TLC

Looks like it went through a bad divorce.
Breaking will get you over double the "Buy it now"
by BonBon
Thu 30 Jul, 2015 15:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Beware - Aftermarket MAF
Replies: 8
Views: 1004

Beware - Aftermarket MAF

I'm on a long term project to see how I can improve on my 10km/l on my 1.9L M44 Auto. I think a few years ago it was 11-12. I have relatively new Camshaft and Crankshaft Sensors - so I'm thinking MAF and Lambda. I have new aftermarket MAF lying around which I bought a few years ago on a whim. I gave...
by BonBon
Mon 20 Jul, 2015 08:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Flat spot and pinking cured
Replies: 15
Views: 1458

Re: Flat spot and pinking cured

No problem with you. Realoem shows that the M44 also has that bung - but in reality I don't.
by BonBon
Sun 19 Jul, 2015 21:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Flat spot and pinking cured
Replies: 15
Views: 1458

Re: Flat spot and pinking cured

Not clear - but in contrast to the pic in RealOEM the manifold on my M44 looks completely different and does not have the same structure with the nipples underneath and PN#7 http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=CH71-EUR-10-1997-Z3-BMW-Z3_19&diagId=13_1733 http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/i...
by BonBon
Wed 17 Jun, 2015 17:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fuel gauge fault Z3 1999
Replies: 7
Views: 775

Re: Fuel gauge fault Z3 1999

by BonBon
Sun 14 Jun, 2015 06:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: another knocking rear end - help needed
Replies: 15
Views: 1762

Re: another knocking rear end - help needed

Not sure what another tank will do. I would open the straps and also put foam underneath both straps.
by BonBon
Wed 10 Jun, 2015 21:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: "Adjuster Unit DISA" / Fuel Consumption
Replies: 29
Views: 3084

Re: "Adjuster Unit DISA" / Fuel Consumption

Not inner city mostly around 80km/hour.
by BonBon
Wed 10 Jun, 2015 21:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M44 DISA Valve Diagnosis
Replies: 10
Views: 1283

Re: M44 DISA Valve Diagnosis

I've finally found decent info on how to bench-test the DISA. See the post by G13N http://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?2070673-DISA-Valve-problem. In fact the solenoid is a simple valve - and many click when they work. Another good thread: https://youtu.be/q86gvOYrVw0. The vacuum to clo...
by BonBon
Wed 10 Jun, 2015 21:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: "Adjuster Unit DISA" / Fuel Consumption
Replies: 29
Views: 3084

Re: "Adjuster Unit DISA" / Fuel Consumption

My sums are right. I suspect you are using a superior fuel and mine is automatic. Some have had similar numbers to mine and others to you. I recently bumped into a local Z owner who also has a M44 1.9L Auto, who drives mostly inter-city and he gets 11km/l - so it all makes sense.
by BonBon
Wed 10 Jun, 2015 19:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: another knocking rear end - help needed
Replies: 15
Views: 1762

Re: another knocking rear end - help needed

My bet is that te foam supporting your petrol tank has deteriorated.
On a lift try to recreate by pushing up the tank (try both sides) and looking for the knock.
by BonBon
Wed 10 Jun, 2015 18:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M44 DISA Valve Diagnosis
Replies: 10
Views: 1283

Re: M44 DISA Valve Diagnosis

I have a DISA that I'm happy to bench test and/or sacrifice for the sake of humanity. Strange that over the years nobody seems to have documented a complete description of operation - and many have been stumped. (I recall encountering a simar problem with the heater core valve which was pretty simpl...
by BonBon
Wed 10 Jun, 2015 17:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M44 DISA Valve Diagnosis
Replies: 10
Views: 1283

Re: M44 DISA Valve Diagnosis

1. The closest I have seen to a recommended bench test is the following link - that you need to have vacuum first and then apply the 12V - and here he also experienced something similar to me - that it seems to do something first time and then just clicking of the solenoid. http://www.bimmerfest.com...
by BonBon
Wed 10 Jun, 2015 16:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M44 DISA Valve Diagnosis
Replies: 10
Views: 1283

Re: M44 DISA Valve Diagnosis

Just to be clear. Looking at the pictures the movement/play was moving the flap towards and away from you up and down (and not left and right). I probably could have fixed it by knocking the ring downwards and securing it in place. BTW - I have not found a definitive link of somebody who shows a DIS...
by BonBon
Wed 10 Jun, 2015 14:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M44 DISA Valve Diagnosis
Replies: 10
Views: 1283

Re: M44 DISA Valve Diagnosis

I removed my DISA and all looks fine 315kkm (PN 1247202). Compared to a newer used DISA (110kmile from ebay $50 - newer PN 1438404), the plastics etc. and vac integrity (sucking from the small hole on the bottom) were the same - so there was no immanent disaster awaiting (and it's been like this for...
by BonBon
Wed 10 Jun, 2015 14:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: "Adjuster Unit DISA" / Fuel Consumption
Replies: 29
Views: 3084

Re: "Adjuster Unit DISA" / Fuel Consumption

Just got a 110kmile DISA to replace my noisy one (315kkm). Now quiet. Had stable consumption at 10km/l. First tank after replacement was also 10km/l - so a working noisy DISA does not affect consumption.
by BonBon
Wed 10 Jun, 2015 07:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M44 DISA Valve Diagnosis
Replies: 10
Views: 1283

Re: M44 DISA Valve Diagnosis

BTW - when applying the 12V - is it clear which contact is the plus? (I don't want to risk damaging the solenoid)