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by John Wilson
Sun 14 Feb, 2016 12:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: idle control valve
Replies: 8
Views: 801

Re: idle control valve

I am wondering if all the rubber boots on the air intake side have been replaced correctly. If a jubbillee clip has been tightened without the boot being properly over the lip, it might have slipped off again after the one journey. I know they are a pain to get off and on because theres not much roo...
by John Wilson
Sat 13 Feb, 2016 14:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Aceman seat bushes- how good?
Replies: 7
Views: 945

Aceman seat bushes- how good?

I see that Aceman has been supplying his own seat bushes since 2010. All the comments about them have been positive, but,just out of interest, I was wondering how the early ones are fairing after 5 years use. What a valuable service he's provided over the years, and no price rises over that length o...
by John Wilson
Fri 12 Feb, 2016 23:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Idle control valve
Replies: 6
Views: 934

Re: Idle control valve

It's these small things that make such a big difference to the experience of Z ownership. Replacing a sticky throttle cable has such a big effect for such a small outlay and not much trouble to fit. Just curing a niggling little problem like poor idling is the same. You dont realise how irratating i...
by John Wilson
Fri 12 Feb, 2016 22:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Idle control valve
Replies: 6
Views: 934

Re: Idle control valve

Since getting the car, I had an annoying problem after the car had warmed up. The revs would sometimes rise and fall on idleing and then often the engine would cut out. It would happen when driving somewhere and then trying to park somewhere, it would stall. After removing and cleaning out the idle ...
by John Wilson
Fri 12 Feb, 2016 16:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: HELP needed total loss of power
Replies: 36
Views: 3154

Re: HELP needed total loss of power

There is the idle control valve that could need cleaning out. I've done mine because of idling issues, but I dont know why this would affect the ASC light. I did some pics of the job here. http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=43422 It's not a bad job but the rubber boots can be a bit o...
by John Wilson
Thu 11 Feb, 2016 18:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: HELP needed total loss of power
Replies: 36
Views: 3154

Re: HELP needed total loss of power

I dont think it affected the idle much on mine, or when you went at constant speed on the level. It was when you tried to accelerate or went uphill, there was no power there. If it is the sensors, it will take one or two journeys forthem to reset. I see you cleaned only one. They would probably all ...
by John Wilson
Wed 10 Feb, 2016 18:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: HELP needed total loss of power
Replies: 36
Views: 3154

Re: HELP needed total loss of power

It could be the wheel sensors need cleaning. My Z3 used to do the same when I first had it. When the ASC light comes on the power is reduced to a different mode. Now I remove and clean the sensors once a year and never have that trouble. The first time you do it, its hard because they get rusted in ...
by John Wilson
Tue 22 Dec, 2015 17:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Build a Z3 for Christmas
Replies: 13
Views: 1648

Re: Build a Z3 for Christmas

Sorry, Svenson, I cant find the button on photoshop to turn it into a coupe. It would be easier if you could change your car.
John
by John Wilson
Sun 20 Dec, 2015 20:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Build a Z3 for Christmas
Replies: 13
Views: 1648

Re: Build a Z3 for Christmas

A fine example of British engineering skill KF.
If anyone else does one over Christmas, it would be nice to have pictures.
by John Wilson
Fri 18 Dec, 2015 18:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Build a Z3 for Christmas
Replies: 13
Views: 1648

Re: Build a Z3 for Christmas

Alright, as its Christmas, heres a red one


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by John Wilson
Thu 17 Dec, 2015 21:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Build a Z3 for Christmas
Replies: 13
Views: 1648

Build a Z3 for Christmas

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Happy Christmas
John
by John Wilson
Sat 31 Oct, 2015 22:55
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: A big old cat!
Replies: 12
Views: 1588

Re: A big old cat!

what a lovely post. We get so much about offsets, sensors, fault codes, tramlining etc, that its good to be reminded of the important bit of our Z ownership experience. And if the Z was away sorned in the garage, you would have missed out on the day.
by John Wilson
Sun 18 Oct, 2015 13:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine bay improvement
Replies: 11
Views: 785

Re: Engine bay improvement

I know what you mean about wanting the engine bay left as standard and I have never been one for led' s all over the place, but I suppose I'm from an era where people who admired your car wanted to look under the bonnet to see the engineering there and how its all put together. All you get from the ...
by John Wilson
Sun 18 Oct, 2015 11:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine bay improvement
Replies: 11
Views: 785

Re: Engine bay improvement

Yes, it's looking better already. Or (just thinking outloud) how about a cover that fits underneath the coils with just holes drilled for them to go through. That way you would only see the good looking coils without seeing the messy bits around. On the link to the coil manufacturer that I mentioned...
by John Wilson
Sun 18 Oct, 2015 00:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine bay improvement
Replies: 11
Views: 785

Re: Engine bay improvement

Ive just looked at the price of the coils.........I could probably afford some red paint.
by John Wilson
Sat 17 Oct, 2015 23:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine bay improvement
Replies: 11
Views: 785

Re: Engine bay improvement

I realise that it doesnt look too good at the moment (I recognice a sarcastic comment when I hear one), but what about if these coils were fitted http://www.ignitionprojects.com/catalog/z3. You mght want to show them off. Im not too sure if I like the idea or not but I now find myself thinking about...
by John Wilson
Sat 17 Oct, 2015 19:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine bay improvement
Replies: 11
Views: 785

Engine bay improvement

I know the 6 cylinder BMW engine is great, and I can't say how fond I am of it, but the trouble is, when you try to show it off to interested people, it's hard for them not to be underwhelmed by just being able to see a load of plastic covers in the engine bay. I was changing the spark plugs today a...
by John Wilson
Sat 10 Oct, 2015 23:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: CUTTING LOUVRES INTO BONNET
Replies: 7
Views: 726

Re: CUTTING LOUVRES INTO BONNET

Years ago I shared a house with this bloke who had a Spartan kit car (based on a Triumph Herald chassis). That had louvres in the bonnet and when it rained, the distributor whould fill up with water resulting in a slight problem getting it started. Mind, compared to it's other problems, that was not...
by John Wilson
Sun 04 Oct, 2015 18:28
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Idle control valve
Replies: 6
Views: 934

Idle control valve

I've just taken out the idle control valve because of occasional idling issues. I know there's other pics of how to do it but I was still unclear so heres some pictures of how I did it. http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/z452/Johnzwilson/fb72c7553e105bf58eba25ea6b76a543.jpg This is the inlet manifo...
by John Wilson
Sun 23 Aug, 2015 11:16
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: essential Z3 purchase
Replies: 2
Views: 907

Re: essential Z3 purchase

Well, it is a V12 version.
by John Wilson
Sun 09 Aug, 2015 22:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 on next episode of Dragons Den
Replies: 2
Views: 538

Re: Z3 on next episode of Dragons Den

I just saw the episode. It was a car security system run from an ipad. Peter Jones tried to steal the Z3 after the inventors had gone but he couldnt start it. They didnt get any money.
by John Wilson
Sat 08 Aug, 2015 12:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Does this need fixing?
Replies: 42
Views: 2476

Re: Does this need fixing?

Its safer because the discs have more area to stop the car, the tyres have more rubber on the road so have a shorter stopping distance (they are not worn because they recently passed an MOT), the car is light so it can stop in a shorter distance,probably half the distance of a 4x4,it has firmer susp...
by John Wilson
Sat 08 Aug, 2015 10:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Does this need fixing?
Replies: 42
Views: 2476

Re: Does this need fixing?

So, how often do you have to check every mechanical part of your car before you drive it. Do you have your car up on your ramps looking at every steering joint before each journey, as you seem to be suggesting? I have a car that is well capable of doing Iver 100mph, but I dont drive it on the road a...
by John Wilson
Sat 08 Aug, 2015 09:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Does this need fixing?
Replies: 42
Views: 2476

Re: Does this need fixing?

MOTs are the way the government has devised to check whether a car is safe. Most people dont check the thickness of their discs between MOTs or a lot of other things on their car, because they are not knowledgeable enough and havent got a fully equiped workshop. Thats why we have to pay someone else...
by John Wilson
Fri 07 Aug, 2015 14:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Does this need fixing?
Replies: 42
Views: 2476

Re: Does this need fixing?

So........
Are you going to fix it,then?
by John Wilson
Thu 06 Aug, 2015 11:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Second fuel tank in boot
Replies: 17
Views: 1405

Re: Second fuel tank in boot

Dont worry about fuel consumption. You can buy a good Z3 for 3 grand instead of something like a focus for 10 grand. That gives you £7000 pounds spare for the difference in fuel comsumption. If youre forever driving a Z to try and get 35 miles per gallon, you would have more fun in a Kia Picanto.
by John Wilson
Thu 30 Jul, 2015 17:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Beware - Aftermarket MAF
Replies: 8
Views: 1051

Re: Beware - Aftermarket MAF

You have to be really careful cleaning the MAF. You can get a aerosol type cleaner specially for them so you dont have to touch the wire with anything. I know someone at a Z outing tried cleaning one and ended up having to complete the run by disconnecting it completely. Cant remember who it was. Th...
by John Wilson
Sun 19 Jul, 2015 20:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Strange problem - car won't move
Replies: 25
Views: 1616

Re: Strange problem - car won't move

There's discs as well as drums on the rears. The drum is in front of the disc that is just used for the handbrake.
by John Wilson
Sun 19 Jul, 2015 19:41
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Where's Pingu?
Replies: 13
Views: 1966

Re: Where's Pingu?

Is it the village of Diddle iddle iddle um?
by John Wilson
Sun 19 Jul, 2015 18:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Strange problem - car won't move
Replies: 25
Views: 1616

Re: Strange problem - car won't move

I've just spent the afternoon servicing the handbrake on my Z3. No problems with it at all. Just take a wheel off, then 2 16mls bolts holding the brake caliper on. Slide the caliper off and tuck it out of the way (be careful of the pipe). Then one screw on the front of where the wheel goes on. Its a...
by John Wilson
Sun 12 Jul, 2015 00:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Full Size Spare Wheel
Replies: 13
Views: 1377

Re: Full Size Spare Wheel

I suppose the boot mounted luggage rack would take the wheel with a few bungies.
by John Wilson
Sat 11 Jul, 2015 12:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Full Size Spare Wheel
Replies: 13
Views: 1377

Re: Full Size Spare Wheel

Injecting foam is alright for something like a nail hole but if the tyre shreds then its not a solution. I had this idea of the rack that holds the spare wheel sliding backwards from under the car which then can hold the full size wheel behind the car in a vertical position. I recall some car having...
by John Wilson
Sun 05 Jul, 2015 22:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Howbig is your boot
Replies: 9
Views: 797

Re: Howbig is your boot

Waitrose shoppers will be at a big advantage in this if we are just going by cost. Aldi customers can no doubt fill the boot for a fiver. An internationally recognised measurement of volume should be used, eg an 8 pack of baked beans should be used.
by John Wilson
Sat 04 Jul, 2015 23:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clear indicators, just fitted
Replies: 8
Views: 771

Re: Clear indicators, just fitted

I quite liked using the oven. It just takes a few minutes. Mind, my wife was trying to do a flan at the same time, and the pastry wasnt going well. Lets just say that there was a certain tension around the kitchen during the operation.
by John Wilson
Sat 04 Jul, 2015 14:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clear indicators, just fitted
Replies: 8
Views: 771

Clear indicators, just fitted

Just fitted clear front indicators from Barry (Southernboy). Very good service. They came in a nice sandwich box to protect them. Took about a couple of weeks to arrive from sunny South Africa (to much sunnier GB). they look great fitted. The bit with the oven that everyone worries about was easy an...
by John Wilson
Sat 27 Jun, 2015 19:08
Forum: Performance
Topic: Unintended acceleration
Replies: 6
Views: 900

Re: Unintended acceleration

Ive just ordered a throttle cable for my 2litre z3 , from main dealer Coopers in Norwich. Total cost just under £30 including posting to me as they didnt have it in stock (the postage was free). Very good service from them and had a good look round at all the shiny new cars there.
by John Wilson
Mon 15 Jun, 2015 10:56
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: Zedfest weekend Yorkshire - Cancelled
Replies: 39
Views: 10107

Re: Zedfest weekend Yorkshire - Cancelled

I'm a bit confused about the talk of apathetic members as there is 17 cars on the list. This seems quite good to me. Or are we aiming for Glastinbury proportions.
by John Wilson
Mon 15 Jun, 2015 09:36
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: MORA, OUR Z3, SADLY FOR SALE
Replies: 5
Views: 1376

Re: MORA, OUR Z3, SADLY FOR SALE

We're glad you're still in the area. I imagined you were moving to the other ends of the earth (Essex, or somewhere!). I'm sorry, but a Z4 can't fill the void. They don't even have a smart crease across the middle of the back window like some trousers straight from a Corby press. Anyway, anyone shou...
by John Wilson
Wed 10 Jun, 2015 22:46
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: MORA, OUR Z3, SADLY FOR SALE
Replies: 5
Views: 1376

Re: MORA, OUR Z3, SADLY FOR SALE

So sorry you're having to sell Mora, Mike and Sandy. You two have done so much in promoting the Z in East Anglia. You really are enthuziasts. Thanks for running such happy and memorable runs out.
All the best
John and Wendy x
by John Wilson
Sat 16 May, 2015 21:31
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: DavidZ3's 2000 1.9i Z3 - Scarlett
Replies: 104
Views: 18700

Re: DavidZ3's 2000 1.9i Z3 - Scarlett

Looks good with the whitewalls. just dont go through any dirty puddles
by John Wilson
Sat 16 May, 2015 16:51
Forum: Z4 roadster and Z4 Coupe
Topic: new model Z4?
Replies: 1
Views: 989

new model Z4?

I see the Z4 has made it into Topgear magazine's top 10 list. It certainly looks at its best in the photo.

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by John Wilson
Wed 03 Dec, 2014 18:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Loss of power
Replies: 4
Views: 779

Re: Loss of power

I would guess at the wheel sensors. A few years ago mine did the same thing regularly until I started to clean them once a year. Now, no trouble at all. Just on Allen bolt in each one, but hard to do the first time because they will be rusted in and the bolt can sheer off. So soak in lots of releasi...
by John Wilson
Tue 21 Oct, 2014 20:31
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: 'New topic' button has gone
Replies: 8
Views: 1607

Re: 'New topic' button has gone

There's just been a new IOS update issued today. I took a deep breath and went for it. It actually seems very promising. I can connect to the internet consistently and can run YouTube videos all through. It's just like the old days. Hope it lasts.
by John Wilson
Tue 21 Oct, 2014 15:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Throttle cable oiling
Replies: 10
Views: 1609

Re: Throttle cable oiling

It must be a couple of years since I had to free up the cable so I think it's worth doing. I was brought up to repair components rather than replace. I remember watching my father take apart a petrol pump, cutting a new diaphragm out of an old inner tube, and putting it back together, better than ev...
by John Wilson
Sun 19 Oct, 2014 15:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Throttle cable oiling
Replies: 10
Views: 1609

Throttle cable oiling

I've just freed up the throttle cable with a bit of oil down it. It might have been covered before, but I thought I'd share how I did it without having to take off any parts except the cable itself. This is the cable on my 2litre Z3. The problem is that where you are working you can't see at all so ...
by John Wilson
Sun 19 Oct, 2014 14:32
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: 'New topic' button has gone
Replies: 8
Views: 1607

Re: 'New topic' button has gone

Oh, the button has returned. It happened after I logged into the old Ipad. Sorry to Apple for doubting you.IOS 8 is brilliant. I quite like having the WiFi drop out continually.
by John Wilson
Sun 19 Oct, 2014 14:23
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: 'New topic' button has gone
Replies: 8
Views: 1607

'New topic' button has gone

I was trying to post a new topic from my Ipad mini, and the button for doing so had disappeared. My old ipad still had the button and I was wondering if it had something to do with the fact that my old Ipad had not been updated to the dreaded IOS 8 and the Ipad mini had been. The operating system ha...
by John Wilson
Mon 11 Aug, 2014 22:16
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: CLEAR HEADLIGHT INDICATOR LENS SETS - £48. All incl.
Replies: 66
Views: 6718

Re: CLEAR HEADLIGHT INDICATOR LENS SETS - £48. All incl.

Ah, yes sorry for the confusion. So the pics arent 'before and after' fitting, but with the lights off and on. It's me being thick. Sorry for doubting you.
by John Wilson
Mon 11 Aug, 2014 21:53
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: CLEAR HEADLIGHT INDICATOR LENS SETS - £48. All incl.
Replies: 66
Views: 6718

Re: CLEAR HEADLIGHT INDICATOR LENS SETS - £48. All incl.

Sorry to be a bit suspicious, but arent those 'before and after images' the same picture photoshopped. Even the reflections of the clouds on the bonnet are identical in both.