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by motco
Tue 07 Oct, 2014 13:52
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Petition to make VED renewal fairer
Replies: 21
Views: 2541

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: 2541

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.
by motco
Tue 07 Oct, 2014 09:17
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Petition to make VED renewal fairer
Replies: 21
Views: 2541

Petition to make VED renewal fairer

Ladies and Gentlemen, please sign this - if you agree obviously:

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/70266

Thanks!
by motco
Sun 05 Oct, 2014 14:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Saturday's mystery part
Replies: 19
Views: 1968

Re: Saturday's mystery part

corky wrote:Looks like the large nut that holds the steering wheel on :?:
Single most dangerous part on any car? The nut that holds the steering wheel! :P
by motco
Fri 03 Oct, 2014 17:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Indy around Oxford
Replies: 5
Views: 685

Re: Indy around Oxford

It all depends on how for away 'around Oxford' encompasses. The best Indie I know is in Amersham. If that's too far, and I expect it is, then I'm but I cannot help further. If it is a worthwhile trip for a particular problem, let me know and I'll PM you the details.
by motco
Sat 27 Sep, 2014 11:58
Forum: Z4M roadster and Z4m coupé
Topic: ///M S54 valve gear excessive wear
Replies: 12
Views: 2348

Re: ///M S54 valve gear excessive wear

I'll suggest asking the indie what procedure is specified on installation and see what he says. Again, thanks for the input chaps. :cheers
by motco
Sat 27 Sep, 2014 07:56
Forum: Z4M roadster and Z4m coupé
Topic: ///M S54 valve gear excessive wear
Replies: 12
Views: 2348

Re: ///M S54 valve gear excessive wear

Are all the lobes the same ? This time it seems on initial looking that it's exhaust side number five or six, I'm told. Last time it was more than one lobe but by no means all. I have the old camshafts but they have been hanging around the garage for a fair time and really need degreasing to examin...
by motco
Sat 27 Sep, 2014 07:53
Forum: Z4M roadster and Z4m coupé
Topic: ///M S54 valve gear excessive wear
Replies: 12
Views: 2348

Re: ///M S54 valve gear excessive wear

The initial S54 recal also included replacement of the oil pump due to "unfavourable tolerances in the oil pump". That damage really looks like oil starvation. Do you know if the followers were also replaced last to the cams were changed? Yes all followers and both camshafts were replaced. There wa...
by motco
Sat 27 Sep, 2014 07:49
Forum: Z4M roadster and Z4m coupé
Topic: ///M S54 valve gear excessive wear
Replies: 12
Views: 2348

Re: ///M S54 valve gear excessive wear

I'm aware that some very early S54 engines (pre-Z4M) had issues with a bad batch of bottom end bearings and that various Vanos issues have been alleged. I have never heard of any general problem surrounding either oil circulation or the camshafts. Bit of a brain teaser this one. :?: You're right ab...
by motco
Sat 27 Sep, 2014 07:48
Forum: Z4M roadster and Z4m coupé
Topic: ///M S54 valve gear excessive wear
Replies: 12
Views: 2348

Re: ///M S54 valve gear excessive wear

did it have the running in service done as they use a different grade oil which may block oil ways. also has it been serviced regularly early in its life time. ? Yes it did have its very important running in service (supplying dealer) with the first and only previous owner, and was serviced more th...
by motco
Fri 26 Sep, 2014 17:35
Forum: Z4M roadster and Z4m coupé
Topic: ///M S54 valve gear excessive wear
Replies: 12
Views: 2348

Re: ///M S54 valve gear excessive wear

Only a humble guess from me - but my thoughts go immediately to upper engine oil starvation due to either low oil pressure, thick oil and short journeys or some other mechanical problem e.g. oil pump :shrug Very interested to see the range of views on this one. One of the thoughts from the BMW indi...
by motco
Fri 26 Sep, 2014 14:31
Forum: Z4M roadster and Z4m coupé
Topic: ///M S54 valve gear excessive wear
Replies: 12
Views: 2348

///M S54 valve gear excessive wear

As above, a 56 plate BMW Z4 in my close acquaintance has an S54 ///M 3.2 litre unmodified engine and had a pair of camshafts fail by excessive lobe wear 18,000 miles ago. Now one of the replacements has started to fail too. The car is serviced more frequently than the specified intervals, uses the c...
by motco
Wed 24 Sep, 2014 12:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Bertini GT25 - new Z3 body change kitcar
Replies: 191
Views: 30031

Re: Bertini GT25 - new Z3 body change kitcar

I saw the Bertini at Kop Hill on Saturday. It certainly looks the part and I am sorely tempted. I love the look of my Z3 as it is, and I love this too. Cake? Eat-it? Hmmmm. :lol: there is someone on here selling their Z3 for £650 (also on autotrader) - so you could always have a second car! Alasdai...
by motco
Wed 24 Sep, 2014 12:16
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Bye-Bye VERA (Picc heavy)
Replies: 3
Views: 691

Re: Bye-Bye VERA (Picc heavy)

What are they doing about the borrowed engine? Sticking a first class stamp on it and posting it back? :D
by motco
Wed 24 Sep, 2014 12:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Thanks for all your help over years. :) Z3 no more :(
Replies: 15
Views: 813

Re: Thanks for all your help over years. :) Z3 no more :(

I am very sorry to hear about that. Try A-Plan insurance and try to speak to Clare Ironside 01635 874646; they specialise in awkward things like kit cars and classics, and as a broker they can shop around for you. I have a good deal on my X-Type and am promised a good one on my Z when it's due, and ...
by motco
Mon 22 Sep, 2014 12:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Bertini GT25 - new Z3 body change kitcar
Replies: 191
Views: 30031

Re: Bertini GT25 - new Z3 body change kitcar

I saw the Bertini at Kop Hill on Saturday. It certainly looks the part and I am sorely tempted. I love the look of my Z3 as it is, and I love this too. Cake? Eat-it? Hmmmm. :lol:
by motco
Thu 04 Sep, 2014 08:50
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Dakar yellow Z at Exceat Bridge, E Sussex
Replies: 1
Views: 315

Dakar yellow Z at Exceat Bridge, E Sussex

Yellow Z3 in the car park of the Cuckmere Inn (hitherto The Golden Galleon) near Cuckmere Haven and just west of Beachy Head. About 3 yesterday afternoon.

Was it you perchance Ragtop?
by motco
Thu 21 Aug, 2014 08:55
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Want to see two Lancasters flying? (w/ video)
Replies: 5
Views: 1296

Re: Want to see two Lancasters flying?

I had hoped to see them at Airbourne airshow at Eastbourne last Sunday, but the wind speed kept them on the ground unfortunately. :(
by motco
Wed 30 Jul, 2014 14:28
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Gear Change Very Hard
Replies: 18
Views: 1998

Re: Gear Change Very Hard

If the clutch engages 'right at the bottom', then you may well have a dragging clutch that fails to fully clear the flywheel. If the gearchange works smoothly and easily with the engine stopped that confirms it............. probably!
by motco
Sun 27 Jul, 2014 09:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Gear Change Very Hard
Replies: 18
Views: 1998

Re: Gear Change Very Hard

What is the gearchange like when the engine is not running? Try engaging first gear while the engine is running, then - while maintaining pressure on the gear lever, turn the ignition off, and see if it then slides into gear. If so, the problem is clutchdrag, a sign of either a worn-out clutch (dou...
by motco
Wed 25 Jun, 2014 08:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Cruise control failure, erratic fuel gauge and speedo
Replies: 17
Views: 327

Re: Cruise control failure, erratic fuel gauge and speedo

I have a similar car (very late June 2002 build, 2.2i Sport c.40k miles) and a sticky throttle body caused my bad running, failure to go above idle, dashboard full of lights, etc. These symptoms, variously occurring over a couple of years, were cured by fitting a second hand body but most pertinent ...
by motco
Wed 25 Jun, 2014 08:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fitting cruise control
Replies: 48
Views: 6565

Re: Fitting cruise control

It's only that easy on cars with fly-by-wire throttle control. I did this to my 2.2 Sport 52 plate car and the biggest problem was finding the connector for the interface as it's bound up in the loom under the dash. As has been said, stalks come up occasionally on the 'net, and the interface can be ...
by motco
Fri 13 Jun, 2014 11:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fly by wire throttle
Replies: 3
Views: 151

Re: Fly by wire throttle

FBW throttles are horrible. My 2.2 has one, and my son's Z4M too. The Z4M has the benefit of a 'SPORT' button which transforms the accelerator from a thing pushing into a pudding to something like a proper Bowden cable connection. On the Z3, apart from the adjustment Southernboy has outlined, you ca...
by motco
Thu 12 Jun, 2014 11:15
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: MIDWEEK HUMOUR...
Replies: 1
Views: 436

Re: MIDWEEK HUMOUR...

Nah! He's boasting! :twisted:
by motco
Sun 08 Jun, 2014 10:54
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Rough idle & running
Replies: 49
Views: 4557

Re: Rough idle & running

Glad you got it sorted in the end - I bet the car runs great now. I've never known a dirty throttle body cause such severe problems - but you learn something new every day :) The first time mine failed it was a total failure. The engine would idle only, and it had to be recovered to the specialist ...
by motco
Thu 05 Jun, 2014 09:04
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Rough idle & running
Replies: 49
Views: 4557

Re: Rough idle & running

Error code P0121 was returned on mine - "Throttle Position Sensor/Switch A Circuit Range/Performance Problem". Good idea to get a fault code check to confirm.
by motco
Wed 04 Jun, 2014 08:54
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Rough idle & running
Replies: 49
Views: 4557

Re: Rough idle & running

My 2.2 had these symptoms and it was the throttle body sticking. I don't know if yours is a fly-by-wire but if it is, this is a distinct possibility. I had the car booked in the garage today but it wouldn't even drive off the forecourt so I rang and cancelled the garage. Taking what you said, I bou...
by motco
Sun 01 Jun, 2014 15:14
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Rough idle & running
Replies: 49
Views: 4557

Re: Rough idle & running

My 2.2 had these symptoms and it was the throttle body sticking. I don't know if yours is a fly-by-wire but if it is, this is a distinct possibility.
by motco
Fri 30 May, 2014 17:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 2.2i Sport M54 OBD code P0121
Replies: 4
Views: 190

Re: 2.2i Sport M54 OBD code P0121

Well gentlemen (and any ladies who have been bitten by the zedbug) the second hand throttle body did the job! :)

Thanks again to all those who contributed to the answer - I am now officially a Happy Bunny! :o :D
by motco
Fri 16 May, 2014 20:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Is my Z3 a Sport model?
Replies: 23
Views: 1139

Re: Is my Z3 a Sport model?

No split rims on my Sport 2.2i, Jontt. Got all the rest though. See avatar for wheels from new.
by motco
Fri 16 May, 2014 20:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 2.2i Sport M54 OBD code P0121
Replies: 4
Views: 190

Re: 2.2i Sport M54 OBD code P0121

Colb, that clip looks valuable - I'd like his scanner! I'll study the info tomorrow 'cos I've just got in from dinner with daughter and grandkids at the pub! Brian4, that sounds about right. I rang Phil at CPC in Amersham (local top rate indie) and he said the brake/DSC comes on because it throws al...
by motco
Fri 16 May, 2014 15:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Is my Z3 a Sport model?
Replies: 23
Views: 1139

Re: Is my Z3 a Sport model?

I have a year 2000 cosmos black edition,which again is full individual spec,Arizona sun and black leather msport pack 17" staggered alpina alloys and no loading what so ever When I notified them of the change of alloys to the alpinas,they noted that I had not changed diameter from the standard 17 s...
by motco
Fri 16 May, 2014 14:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 2.2i Sport M54 OBD code P0121
Replies: 4
Views: 190

2.2i Sport M54 OBD code P0121

The code translates as: "Throttle Position Sensor/Switch A Circuit Range/Performance Problem" but what does this mean in practical terms on a fully fly-by-wire car? I did have throttle body problems a couple of years ago and my indi garage cleaned it up, cleared the codes and it went well thereafter...
by motco
Fri 11 Apr, 2014 10:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Have bled brakes but pedal travels and no brakes
Replies: 10
Views: 443

Re: Have bled brakes but pedal travels and no brakes

I was talking to my local independent about doing a big brake kit upgrade to my son's Z4M and he said use the pressure bleeder by all means, but also pump the pedal to get the air out of the DSC/ABS valve block. Haven't done it yet so cannot endorse the advice.
by motco
Wed 26 Mar, 2014 09:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z4 and M owners
Replies: 7
Views: 477

Re: Z4 and M owners

That is Z3-ist and should be deprecated! :wink:
by motco
Mon 24 Mar, 2014 09:05
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: FS: Cruise Control Parts
Replies: 9
Views: 451

Re: FS: Cruise Control Parts

There's far more there than is needed for a FBW car. I fitted cruise to my M54 2.2 (very late model) and all I needed was the stalk and the interface - no Bowden cables.
by motco
Mon 17 Mar, 2014 13:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Service Light resetting tool - £7.39
Replies: 14
Views: 1237

Re: Service Light resetting tool - £7.39

When a multimeter is set to audible (or silent) continuity it is not necessarily a dead short but it does apply a voltage and pass current through the circuit under test. I would be very careful about applying an external voltage like that for fear of damaging the ECU. When I get home I will measure...
by motco
Sun 16 Mar, 2014 13:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Service Light resetting tool - £7.39
Replies: 14
Views: 1237

Re: Service Light resetting tool - £7.39

another tip for anyone that has a electrical multimeter handy but no service reset tool is set the meter for continuity and use the probes to plug into pins 7 and 19 and thus short them out .As has been said many times before easy and been doing it for years on bmw's Z's three series and 5 series p...
by motco
Fri 14 Mar, 2014 18:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Service Light resetting tool - £7.39
Replies: 14
Views: 1237

Re: Service Light resetting tool - £7.39

No problem using a piece of wire, poked into pins 7 (reset) and 19 (earth) - I've been doing it for years! I did try it but all I succeeded in doing was extinguishing the little clock symbol. Try as I may, the service lights eluded me. I think the cost of this little device (postage included in the...
by motco
Fri 14 Mar, 2014 14:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Service Light resetting tool - £7.39
Replies: 14
Views: 1237

Service Light resetting tool - £7.39

As it says above, I have just acquired a service light reset tool through Amazon and it does the job for a princely sum of £7.39. It seems daft to mess about with bits of wire and crocodile clips when this thing just plugs in (20 pin socket) and sets the lights in seconds. It does not come with any ...
by motco
Thu 13 Mar, 2014 09:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hardtop
Replies: 11
Views: 522

Re: Hardtop

It's off! 8-)
by motco
Mon 10 Mar, 2014 15:12
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Good garage near North London? And other service related Qs
Replies: 10
Views: 1042

Re: Good garage near North London? And other service related

CPC have had my Z3, my son's 320TD Compact, and also his Z4M Coupé at various times. I was in there this morning actually. He's is a rare animal; he actually does know what he's doing. :)
by motco
Mon 10 Mar, 2014 09:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hardtop
Replies: 11
Views: 522

Re: Hardtop

Mine comes off this week too... :D
by motco
Sun 09 Mar, 2014 18:51
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Belle Tout Lighthouse
Replies: 7
Views: 1154

Re: Belle Tout Lighthouse

I posted this on the 'spotted' section as I'd bumped into Ragtop and Spouse (Ron and Gail) at Birling Gap, but had seen another Zed earlier - who is it?

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by motco
Sun 09 Mar, 2014 15:53
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Well almost! Birling Gap car park
Replies: 2
Views: 360

Re: Well almost! Birling Gap car park

Excellent pictures Ron - I wonder who this is that we spotted earlier in the morning:

Image

:?:
by motco
Sun 09 Mar, 2014 13:41
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Well almost! Birling Gap car park
Replies: 2
Views: 360

Well almost! Birling Gap car park

Mrs Motco and I were down in Sunny Sussex on Saturday for a brisk stomp up to Beachy Head and back and thence on to a pint'n'pie at the pub. Got back to the Zed after the strenuous bit of the day (occasioned by the National Health Stasi insisting on hard walking for health) and a friendly voice enqu...
by motco
Fri 07 Mar, 2014 07:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 215400

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Quote 'My son has a Z4M Coupé and my old trolley jack won't pass under the jacking point so a low profile one became necessary.' Got the same problem with our 2 cars and daughter's car so resorted to two 2" planks to raise the car enough to get the jack under and a home made low angle ramp to get t...
by motco
Fri 07 Mar, 2014 07:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 215400

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Quote 'My son has a Z4M Coupé and my old trolley jack won't pass under the jacking point so a low profile one became necessary.' Got the same problem with our 2 cars and daughter's car so resorted to two 2" planks to raise the car enough to get the jack under and a home made low angle ramp to get t...
by motco
Thu 06 Mar, 2014 14:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 215400

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Not specifically for my Z, but to use on it: http://www.sgs-engineering.com/hydraulic-jacks/trolley-jacks/tjl2-2-tonne-low-profile-trolley-jack My son has a Z4M Coupé and my old trolley jack won't pass under the jacking point so a low profile one became necessary. Yesterday I went to do an oil and f...