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by motco
Thu 16 Apr, 2015 15:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: speedo reading a bit slow
Replies: 43
Views: 4098

Re: speedo reading a bit slow

I agree about satnav and loss of sense or geography, Mike, but a I cannot agree with you on tyre sizes. If by some means you increased the rolling circumference of your wheels by 50%, say, then the distance travelled per turn of the wheels, and by direct connection turn of the tailshaft from the gea...
by motco
Thu 16 Apr, 2015 12:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: speedo reading a bit slow
Replies: 43
Views: 4098

Re: speedo reading a bit slow

I've now checked my 2.2 and it's c.42 @ 2k rpm, and 62 @ 3k rpm both in 4th gear so not as far out as I feared. I suppose that unless you are using OEM tyres then there is bound to be a discrepancy.
by motco
Wed 15 Apr, 2015 15:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: speedo reading a bit slow
Replies: 43
Views: 4098

Re: speedo reading a bit slow

It is worth doing the GPS check a few times, on different roads at steady indicated speeds, as GPS signal accuracy can vary a bit, being dependant upon what is going on in the upper atmosphere, and the number of satellites currently visible. The 0.5 mph accuracy often quoted by manufacturers is a '...
by motco
Wed 15 Apr, 2015 10:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: speedo reading a bit slow
Replies: 43
Views: 4098

Re: speedo reading a bit slow

I have a 2.2 as well, and I am suspicious that my speedo is reading too high so I'll check the 20mph/1000rpm in 4th figure. My TomTom says about 8mph less than the dial at 70mph. My tyre pressures were significantly down, though, and that will contribute. I must make certain they're right when I do ...
by motco
Fri 10 Apr, 2015 17:37
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Dark blue/grey Z at Birling Gap Thursday
Replies: 0
Views: 319

Dark blue/grey Z at Birling Gap Thursday

Beautiful Z at Birling Gap car park yesterday (Thursday 9th April). See below and mine in the next row of the overflow car park.

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by motco
Fri 27 Mar, 2015 21:06
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Z3M Coupé at Abingdon track day
Replies: 0
Views: 341

Z3M Coupé at Abingdon track day

A beautiful Z3MC on track at the Motorsport Events trackday at Abingdon today. I was there with my son and his Z4M Coupé and my Westfield. Superb day with lots of dry track time.
by motco
Fri 13 Mar, 2015 17:43
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: New Z3 owner (MGB Convert!)
Replies: 14
Views: 2828

Re: New Z3 owner (MGB Convert!)

I seem to recall my Midget (1970 1275cc) getting through more oil in the front dampers than in the engine! That, and shedding big nuts from the suspension, screws from the starter motor, and swarf from first gear every time I snicked it en route to third. I did love it though...
by motco
Sun 08 Mar, 2015 09:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: z3 hardtop removal
Replies: 7
Views: 795

Re: z3 hardtop removal

I have a hoist for mine and even with that it's better with two people when re-fitting it so you avoid dropping those nasty prongs on delicate paintwork. My son has a Honda S2000 with a hardtop and that's awkward and heavy too. The Honda isn't as refined as the Z3 - you even have to unplug the scree...
by motco
Tue 03 Mar, 2015 11:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: oil level warning light
Replies: 9
Views: 532

Re: oil level warning light

My flashing yellow oil light that operates after engine stop illuminates when the level is midway between full and low. It's irritating and sometimes alarming although the oil level is fine.
by motco
Thu 26 Feb, 2015 09:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Odometer message.
Replies: 13
Views: 1463

Re: Odometer message.

Not, sadly. I was being misled by simply reaching in and pressing the trip button to check whether all was well. This, I now realise, restates the last state of the readout. As soon as the ignition is switched on from cold the dreaded EEP_1 reappears and remains until a warm restart. Next step? Swap...
by motco
Sat 21 Feb, 2015 11:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Odometer message.
Replies: 13
Views: 1463

Re: Odometer message.

The latest situation after a run yesterday allowed me to get the cluster operating and correctly go through the synching process, this morning after the car has been sitting in the garage overnight the odometer still shows miles correctly as it should. Not wishing to tempt fate, I'm not claiming a c...
by motco
Wed 18 Feb, 2015 17:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Odometer message.
Replies: 13
Views: 1463

Re: Odometer message.

Sounds like you have stepped "into" Test 1 - you should be able to cycle through the tests 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. and then into each of the displays for that test 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 etc. Timing is everything with this, as you need to step quickly, then pause to enter a test, then step again, and a longer pres...
by motco
Wed 18 Feb, 2015 16:40
Forum: Performance
Topic: STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS NEEDED.
Replies: 11
Views: 1862

Re: STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS NEEDED.

I tried to clear my odometer EEP_1 message problem today using the step by step instructions kindly provided by Robert T originally in April 2009, modified January 2014. However my display won't go beyond test 1.7. It steps through 1.0 1.1.1.2 etc,. but reverts to 1.0 when the numbers reach 1.7. The...
by motco
Wed 18 Feb, 2015 15:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Odometer message.
Replies: 13
Views: 1463

Re: Odometer message.

Is the battery past it? a discharge usually kills them once they are getting on a bit. Well I suppose it might be but it starts and runs satisfactorily and the message remains even when the engine is running and, therefore, the alternator providing a decent voltage. Edited to add that a battery on-...
by motco
Wed 18 Feb, 2015 09:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Odometer message.
Replies: 13
Views: 1463

Re: Odometer message.

EEP_1 again this morning... :head:
by motco
Tue 17 Feb, 2015 16:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Odometer message.
Replies: 13
Views: 1463

Re: Odometer message.

Went out just now to take advantage of the sunshine and EEP_1 was back! :cry:

After a brief stop about five miles down the road all was well again... :squeeze:
by motco
Thu 12 Feb, 2015 11:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Odometer message.
Replies: 13
Views: 1463

Re: Odometer message.

Googled and found this http://www.justanswer.com/bmw/7chug-z3-does-code-eep-1-mean-when-appears-dash.html "Your instrument cluster needs to be reprogrammed by the dealer. I have seen this occur due to low battery voltage. Most often the instrument cluster can be recovered with programming." Thanks ...
by motco
Wed 11 Feb, 2015 16:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Odometer message.
Replies: 13
Views: 1463

Re: Odometer message.

Thread resurrection! My Z3 2.2 (52 plate) has lain undriven for some weeks and today the alarm went off spontaneously (it was locked all the time it was parked in the garage). The main battery was flat, hence the alarm sounding, so I put it on charge. After a while on charge I switched on to positio...
by motco
Fri 06 Feb, 2015 12:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Is it just me?
Replies: 19
Views: 877

Re: Is it just me?

I always wave, having had a few MG's in the past and they being known as the marc of freindship,I have got into the habbit of waving to every Z3/4 I pass. Having said that don't see many in Mid Wales. Exactly. I once had a Midget and the camaraderie was widespread, as it is among Se7en drivers when...
by motco
Sat 17 Jan, 2015 08:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: anyone know what it could be?
Replies: 37
Views: 4014

Re: anyone know what it could be?

just had a look the only rubber plug i can find on the inlet manifold is just behind the dip stick its about 1/2 dia and 1" long haven't tried to take it off but i could be a blanking plug for an inlet/ out let for some thing not fitted , a couple of years ago i had some thing like what you describ...
by motco
Thu 08 Jan, 2015 16:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Cruise control retrofit on a Z3 with M54
Replies: 86
Views: 12911

Re: Cruise control retrofit on a Z3 with M54

Al, I see now what you are after! Sorry, I have no idea about that part. :?
by motco
Thu 08 Jan, 2015 12:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Cruise control retrofit on a Z3 with M54
Replies: 86
Views: 12911

Re: Cruise control retrofit on a Z3 with M54

Soper's in Lincoln do good prices (mention the forum) with P&P FOC
by motco
Thu 08 Jan, 2015 09:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Cruise control retrofit on a Z3 with M54
Replies: 86
Views: 12911

Re: Cruise control retrofit on a Z3 with M54

Ok, good luck! After a bit of dismantling - removing the EWS module and untying some sticky fabric tape and a cable tie from the loom, the plug was revealed on top of the loom. All fitted and working perfectly now, I'm pleased to say. Thanks to all who helped. :cheers I had previously decided again...
by motco
Thu 01 Jan, 2015 09:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Mazda MX5 OR BMW Z3? Your views guys...
Replies: 82
Views: 14621

Re: Mazda MX5 OR BMW Z3? Your views guys...

I was given a budget of £3600 I seem to recall, and chose the Princess because it was the only car in that price bracket that was wide enough to have a baby seat and a carry-cot body side-by-side on the back seat. The other choice was a Lancia Beta but as that didn't have kiddie-proof rear doors I c...
by motco
Wed 31 Dec, 2014 15:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Mazda MX5 OR BMW Z3? Your views guys...
Replies: 82
Views: 14621

Re: Mazda MX5 OR BMW Z3? Your views guys...

Not just me then gets a kick out of opening a bonnet with gas filled struts (always a sign of quality) No it's not just you. Sadly, though, it's not always a sign of quality. I had a company owned Leyland Princess 2200 HLS Auto from new in 1980 and that had gas struts on the bonnet. The 'R' reg (19...
by motco
Wed 31 Dec, 2014 10:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Mazda MX5 OR BMW Z3? Your views guys...
Replies: 82
Views: 14621

Re: Mazda MX5 OR BMW Z3? Your views guys...

A close family member has a Honda S2000. This is an exciting car but not made to the same standard as my Z3 of the same age: no electric seats (movement or warming), a crude wire prop for the bonnet instead of gas struts to name but two absent items. There's other little things too but they escape m...
by motco
Sun 28 Dec, 2014 16:58
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Car won't start - won't even crank / turn over
Replies: 20
Views: 2362

Re: Car won't start - won't even crank / turn over

I would say it's an immobiliser/key/barrel problem. If the starter was stuck the lights would dim, because the solenoid would then send all the current from the battery to try and unstick it, that would be like trying to start your car in gear. The no-click means the solenoid is not coming in to ev...
by motco
Sun 28 Dec, 2014 09:00
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Car won't start - won't even crank / turn over
Replies: 20
Views: 2362

Re: Car won't start - won't even crank / turn over

Either the battery is incapable of delivering sufficient current or the connectors are corroded would be my first port of call. The battery or connectors may be adequate for ancillaries such as dash lights or even headlights, but not for the very current heavy starter, and a second battery will not ...
by motco
Tue 23 Dec, 2014 12:36
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Oops!
Replies: 11
Views: 1718

Re: Oops!

Gazza wrote:'Members Only'
:devil:
by motco
Mon 22 Dec, 2014 18:07
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Oops!
Replies: 11
Views: 1718

Oops!

Seen on a long Pistonheads thread:

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Captions? :P
by motco
Mon 15 Dec, 2014 14:07
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Selling Z3 for 320D - Good or bad idea?
Replies: 12
Views: 2043

Re: Selling Z3 for 320D - Good or bad idea?

The economy of the 320D depends on the nature of the usage. For regular trips from SW17 to Dartford and back, the one in the ad returned mid-fifties but from SW17 to and from Camberwell, high thirties in rush hours. On a motorway run high fifties mpg is normal.
by motco
Mon 15 Dec, 2014 06:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Mazda MX5 OR BMW Z3? Your views guys...
Replies: 82
Views: 14621

Re: Mazda MX5 OR BMW Z3? Your views guys...

Vic-Z3 wrote:What about the Honda S2000 .................. Just a thought.

Err... a bit further up the page... :?

:)
by motco
Sun 14 Dec, 2014 08:58
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Selling Z3 for 320D - Good or bad idea?
Replies: 12
Views: 2043

Re: Selling Z3 for 320D - Good or bad idea?

I have a 53 plate 320D Compact cluttering up my driveway - my son has moved on to an S2000. It's really cheap, and could be even cheaper with arm twisting. http://tinyurl.com/lr29s78 The ad is honest and that's why it's still there. I refuse to have anything to do with false claims. It's been a reli...
by motco
Sat 13 Dec, 2014 16:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Mazda MX5 OR BMW Z3? Your views guys...
Replies: 82
Views: 14621

Re: Mazda MX5 OR BMW Z3? Your views guys...

Don't overlook the Honda S2000. Only two negatives: not as well equipped as a Z3, and has a rust tendency on the rear wheel arches. However, that engine! 9,000rpm and it sings like a soprano! The handling is really sharp, and it goes like stink (240bhp). Insurance is steepish, though. My BMW Indie t...
by motco
Thu 11 Dec, 2014 18:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Name THAT part!!
Replies: 8
Views: 1507

Re: Name THAT part!!

Hi Mark, It's the power steering cooling pipe - on RealOEM under "steering" part number 32 41 1 093 638 - if you enter the part number in RealOEM it will take you to the appropriate page. Is it hot or cold in operation? Well, it may get a little warm when operating the steering whilst parking but m...
by motco
Sat 06 Dec, 2014 07:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: To start or not to start?
Replies: 22
Views: 2835

Re: To start or not to start?

My Westfield is on SORN for six months of the year - actually all year nowadays - but I break it out for the track days season. Rock back and forth to free the brakes, and release the clutch occasionally, preferably while moving the car slightly in gear to rotate the gearbox with respect to the pres...
by motco
Fri 28 Nov, 2014 10:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 2.2 2002 z3 - LSD or not
Replies: 8
Views: 1500

Re: 2.2 2002 z3 - LSD or not

Mine is a 2.2 very late build and has a Torsen LSD. It is a 'Sport' model though if that's relevant.
by motco
Tue 04 Nov, 2014 08:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fitting cruise control
Replies: 48
Views: 6488

Re: Fitting cruise control

Mine was almost hidden in the helical 'bandage' around a thick bundle of cables.
by motco
Wed 22 Oct, 2014 17:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Cruise control
Replies: 18
Views: 2257

Re: Cruise control

The cruise control is de-activated by the clutch and brake pedals...How do you know when it's on??? Well, you don't need to have your foot on the gas.... Once fitted, have a look at the instructions on the control / column lever... it's pretty self explanatory.... Finding the interface connection i...
by motco
Mon 20 Oct, 2014 16:36
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Cloudy Rear Window
Replies: 19
Views: 3879

Re: Cloudy Rear Window

None of the polishes that I could find, including Renovo, are really meant for the flexible PVC of a Z's rear window. They are all aimed at Perspex or similar hard materials. There will be less benefit on plasticised PVC than on hard polymers, but there will certainly be an improvement. The BMW 'too...
by motco
Mon 20 Oct, 2014 16:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Cruise control
Replies: 18
Views: 2257

Re: Cruise control

Soper's in Lincoln will send you an interface for less than book price including p&p.

In my experience it does take five minutes but you have to factor in the hour of frustration to find the hidden connector for the interface!
by motco
Sun 19 Oct, 2014 17:02
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Cruise contril interface unit
Replies: 7
Views: 774

Re: Cruise contril interface unit

johnz3 wrote:Yes going to go through the dealers. Thanks.

Mention the Forum!
by motco
Sat 18 Oct, 2014 18:16
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Cruise contril interface unit
Replies: 7
Views: 774

Re: Cruise contril interface unit

Soper BMW in Lincoln - discounted price and f.o.c. p&p.
by motco
Thu 16 Oct, 2014 17:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wet wet wet. Help!!!!!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 981

Re: Wet wet wet. Help!!!!!!!

There are threads from a while back on leaking roofs. There's a rubber bung that needs re-bonding, and a drain channel that blocks. Search for leaking roof. Try http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=40836&p=379185&hilit=leaking+roof#p379185 and http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthrea...
by motco
Fri 10 Oct, 2014 17:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Silverstone Classic 2014
Replies: 2
Views: 247

Re: Silverstone Classic 2014

Thanks for the tip. I think it's been on before a few weeks ago. At least I have something on my PVR to that effect.
by motco
Thu 09 Oct, 2014 18:34
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Petition to make VED renewal fairer
Replies: 21
Views: 2540

Re: Petition to make VED renewal fairer

Fair enough Gookah, don't sign if you don't feel strongly about it. :) Others do and that's their choice too - good to live in a country where you don't get a knock on the door at 2am if you dissent! 8-)

Okay, so they don't take any notice either, but it does vent one's spleen... :evil:
by motco
Thu 09 Oct, 2014 17:02
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Petition to make VED renewal fairer
Replies: 21
Views: 2540

Re: Petition to make VED renewal fairer

You are quite correct that the cost of buying one day's "tax" is 1/12th of the annual cost, but you CAN buy it on one day and cancel it on the next. My point is that the petition is very poorly worded, and that you can currently do what the petitioner is petitioning for. If the charge was daily, yo...
by motco
Tue 07 Oct, 2014 16:30
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Petition to make VED renewal fairer
Replies: 21
Views: 2540

Re: Petition to make VED renewal fairer

Signed, I agree, It makes buying a car more complicated. It was nice to have a few months tax left on your purchase. It`s a bit like some car parks next to beaches down here. The minimum time you can purchase is 2 hours and one that I frequent for an evening walk is locked at night so you have to b...
by motco
Tue 07 Oct, 2014 13:52
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Petition to make VED renewal fairer
Replies: 21
Views: 2540

Re: Petition to make VED renewal fairer

Yes it is similar, but you could pass the unused 1 to 30 days on to the new owner (or benefit from your seller passing them on to you on buying your replacement) but now you are compelled to surrender it. Your buyer, if it's on the last few days of the month, is made to buy from the beginning of tha...
by motco
Tue 07 Oct, 2014 11:17
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Petition to make VED renewal fairer
Replies: 21
Views: 2540

Re: Petition to make VED renewal fairer

You cannot pass unused VED to a new owner, you have to get a refund of all unused WHOLE months. The new owner has to apply before taking the vehicle and will pay back to the beginning of the month which, if it's late in any month, means HMG is getting paid twice for the month to date.