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by motco
Sat 21 Nov, 2009 10:49
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Bargain OEM Z3 Outdoor cover on eBay £35
Replies: 10
Views: 668

I saw this before it was sold, thanks to the OP, but I hummed and I haa-ed for too many seconds before it was snapped up. :(
by motco
Wed 18 Nov, 2009 14:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Alternative to Gummi Pledge? (Available today) + roof proof
Replies: 5
Views: 1003

The real gummipflege - aka rubber treatment from BMW dealers - is readily available. I got some only last week.
by motco
Tue 17 Nov, 2009 19:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Front Foglight Replacement - very easy
Replies: 2
Views: 272

Re: Front Foglight Replacement - very easy

This is annoying because I never use them :head: but they must be functional for the MoT. : Really!!! are you sure its not just the rear one included in the MOT, thats my understanding Well, this could be a matter of interpretation but I have been given to believe that no fog/driving light at all i...
by motco
Tue 17 Nov, 2009 16:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: creaking sound with hardtop
Replies: 8
Views: 812

I hope it's not the rubber treatment Freddy because I, too, am about to treat my hardtop rubbers with gummipflege. :?
by motco
Tue 17 Nov, 2009 15:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Front Foglight Replacement - very easy
Replies: 2
Views: 272

Front Foglight Replacement - very easy

Somehow my offside front foglight got broken recently. :( This is annoying because I never use them :head: but they must be functional for the MoT. GSF sold me a new one for £48+VAT which I thought wasn't too bad, and the fitting was so easy I could hardly believe it. A good point in favour of the Z...
by motco
Tue 10 Nov, 2009 17:28
Forum: Boyz Toyz
Topic: Tom Tom Satnav oddity
Replies: 9
Views: 1254

TomTom One V1

I got so fed up with my TT1 v1 going flat in a day or two that I bought a replacement battery. It was no better... :head: Actually with the first new battery - faulty - it took days to get any charge into it at all. The replacement is better but no better than the original. I bought a mains/12Vdc ad...
by motco
Sun 08 Nov, 2009 15:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Drive by wire throttle, any options?
Replies: 8
Views: 684

Tried it...

...and it appears to have worked! :o Hard to be totally certain but although it still shuts down as if there's a damper on the throttle, it responds to the opening more sharply and picks up, especially in lower gears, more sharply. A bit more than a handful of miles will confirm it, though. Thanks t...
by motco
Sat 07 Nov, 2009 14:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Drive by wire throttle, any options?
Replies: 8
Views: 684

Re: Thanks!

Many thanks for that - I'll try it and report back. My car had been owned unitl a couple of months ago by a lady who might not have been an 'enthusiastic' driver so perhaps the car learned her mild habits. Thanks again. :) That's exactly what has happened. You will need to drive it enthusiastically...
by motco
Sat 07 Nov, 2009 12:28
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Drive by wire throttle, any options?
Replies: 8
Views: 684

Thanks!

Many thanks for that - I'll try it and report back. My car had been owned unitl a couple of months ago by a lady who might not have been an 'enthusiastic' driver so perhaps the car learned her mild habits. Thanks again. :)
by motco
Sat 07 Nov, 2009 11:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Drive by wire throttle, any options?
Replies: 8
Views: 684

Drive by wire throttle, any options?

My 2002 2.2 Z3 Sport has a fly-by-wire throttle and it behaves like my son's Z4M Coupe with the 'Sport' option deselected. That is there's a delay in its reactions which makes smooth driving difficult until you learn its quirks. On the Z4M with 'Sport' on, this delay is eliminated which suggests it'...
by motco
Sat 31 Oct, 2009 07:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What is this tube?
Replies: 5
Views: 586

Nice to see someone else who keeps engine bay clean. The picture is lifted from LakesLee's posting on another thread. It showed the pipe better than my picture so I used it. It IS clean isn't it? Wish mine was as clean as that but I bought my car fairly recently and have been too busy with other th...
by motco
Thu 22 Oct, 2009 14:06
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Tonneau cover for sale
Replies: 11
Views: 1040

Tonneau

PM sent :)
by motco
Tue 20 Oct, 2009 14:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What is this tube?
Replies: 5
Views: 586

Re: Tube

Mike Fishwick wrote:Power steering oil cooler
Mike,
Many thanks! I clearly must deal with the rust asap or it'll haemorrhage PS fluid everywhere. :!:
by motco
Tue 20 Oct, 2009 12:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What is this tube?
Replies: 5
Views: 586

What is this tube?

:?: This pic of the fabulously detailed Lakes Lee car (hope you don't mind) shows a tube that forms a rectangular frame in front of the rad on myZ3 (and Lakes Lee's). Does anyone know what it is please? Mine is a bit corroded and if, as I suspect it's part of the aircon, I want to protect it from fu...
by motco
Sun 18 Oct, 2009 10:05
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Naeem's Z3 Journal-04/07 Z3M console and SM goodies :)
Replies: 181
Views: 23077

Naeem.m I particularly like the matt aluminium console panel. The most annoying thing about the interior of my Z is that amateurish looking 'scratched ally foil' look of the OEM panel. I wish I had the skill and patience to do the same. Well done! By the way, the car looks superb - there are few car...
by motco
Thu 15 Oct, 2009 18:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: halfraud extreme brilliance headlight bulbs
Replies: 8
Views: 571

Re: Wattage

In general, Halfords bulbs are made in an anonymous factory in Hungary or further east, and although marked withthe ECE37 logo, they do not conform to the EU standard. The result is a poorly-defined beam, and lots of wasted light doing nothing but dazzle other drivers. Good bulbs put most of their ...
by motco
Thu 15 Oct, 2009 17:19
Forum: Boyz Toyz
Topic: 'Must-Have' Bodykit!
Replies: 17
Views: 2336

Image
by motco
Thu 15 Oct, 2009 16:34
Forum: Boyz Toyz
Topic: 'Must-Have' Bodykit!
Replies: 17
Views: 2336

That belongs on http://www.barryboys.co.uk/mx/ there... :geek:
by motco
Wed 14 Oct, 2009 17:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Does this seem cheap to anyone else
Replies: 76
Views: 3058

It's probably never been near Spain in its life! :head:
by motco
Tue 13 Oct, 2009 18:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Does this seem cheap to anyone else
Replies: 76
Views: 3058

Whereabouts in Spain is Cumbria then? This sounds like a reverse of the old scam where someone in Spain wants to buy your car and will somehow con your bank details out of you by promising to fill your boots with gold. :puzzle: Run! Run while you still can... :clown:
by motco
Tue 13 Oct, 2009 11:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Does this seem cheap to anyone else
Replies: 76
Views: 3058

Richardenigma wrote:
Smellier than a dead fish on an antique fishmonger's slab.
Is this a simile or a metaphor? ;-)

I agree but warrants some investigation...
It's a Blackadderism! :D
by motco
Tue 13 Oct, 2009 11:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Does this seem cheap to anyone else
Replies: 76
Views: 3058

"tilt steering wheel" really? I don't have the handbook for my 2002 2.2 Sport but I cannot find any tilt mechanism.

It's said to be auto on the database, but it is shown in the pictures to be manual.

Smellier than a deads fish on an antique fishmonger's slab. :?
by motco
Mon 12 Oct, 2009 08:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Does this seem cheap to anyone else
Replies: 76
Views: 3058

Richardenigma wrote:In order to 'shed some light' on it I've written to 'Kathleen' in Cumbria asking a few questions...

Bearing in mind my missus only drives automatics (and tiptronics) this could be a real steal...

Lets see what happens...
Did 'Kathleen' reply? There's a strong fishy smell about this car. :wink:
by motco
Fri 09 Oct, 2009 14:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Dam!!! rear window went tonight
Replies: 5
Views: 526

http://www.emiata.com/Z3Window.asp for $85 + $22 international postage or about £67.00 total
by motco
Thu 08 Oct, 2009 17:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: brake lights
Replies: 3
Views: 239

Nope, sorry. Except to say that the voltage regulator in the alternator might be a bit slow to catch transients when a fat load is switched off - headlights, say - and weakened-by-age bulbs will tend to blow at that time. C'est la vie old bean! :lol:
by motco
Thu 08 Oct, 2009 08:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: brake lights
Replies: 3
Views: 239

Brake Lights

As a new owner myself, I don't have any specific Z brake light knowledge but as with any car you need to firstly check the bulbs - as you've already concluded - and then try to trace the supply cables back to where they part from the supply to the high level light. Two possibilities are: a common ca...
by motco
Sat 03 Oct, 2009 08:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: serious help after accident please.
Replies: 42
Views: 2006

Once in my 2.8 which had bog standard wheels I experienced sudden rear end breakaway at fairly low speed & rate of turn on a smooth damp slip road into a hotel. Within in an instant the car had done a 180. Being rear light & front heavy gives these cars great chuckability in the dry but makes them ...
by motco
Thu 01 Oct, 2009 16:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: serious help after accident please.
Replies: 42
Views: 2006

For those with DSC/ASC do you find it actually helps or is just voodoo magic thats not real? I have had one break away, but stupidly I changed down gear into 2nd round a tight left turn at about 15 mph, caught it ok but made my heart race for the wrong reasons :oops: . Lucky no car was coming the o...
by motco
Wed 30 Sep, 2009 13:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clutch change Z3 !!
Replies: 12
Views: 959

Re: Dmf

The M Roadster is not the only model with a dual-mass flywheel - the 2.8, and proabably all other six-cylinder models have them. It's like the 'Drive by wire' throttle - just another unneccessary piece of kit forced on us to suit the automatic transmission-trained Americans, who want the social kud...
by motco
Wed 30 Sep, 2009 09:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clutch change Z3 !!
Replies: 12
Views: 959

Jonttt wrote:
markrnorton wrote:thats a bit steep, is it made of gold :P
No its the dual mass flywheel on the ///M racks up the cost :head:
Do only the ///M models have a DMF then? They are common on 'ordinary' cars these days - Audi TT 225 for example.
by motco
Tue 29 Sep, 2009 16:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: serious help after accident please.
Replies: 42
Views: 2006

I wish I could give you a definitive answer to put your mind at rest but unfortunately I cannot. But, if I were BMW I might cover my backside by making such a disclaimer, whether or not there was an issue, for fear of comebacks through the courts. Can you not follow it up back through the dealer/rep...
by motco
Fri 18 Sep, 2009 07:33
Forum: Boyz Toyz
Topic: Itineries to Tomtom....Help?
Replies: 11
Views: 1374

T.y.r.e.

Google TYRE and TomTom and you'll find a very useful program that uses Google maps to build up an itinerary ready to transfer to your TomTom device. You need to be canny to find the link 'cos it's in Dutch but it's worth the effort. It is so much easier that doing it manually on the TomTom screen. :)
by motco
Tue 15 Sep, 2009 19:49
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: New owner of a Z3 in the Chilterns
Replies: 14
Views: 913

Titan wrote:
motco wrote:It seems to me that there's a large contingent of Z3 owners from somewhat north of Birmingham - am I the only southerner? :D
No - it's just that us northerners are more talkative :twisted:
:D :D
by motco
Tue 15 Sep, 2009 16:24
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: New owner of a Z3 in the Chilterns
Replies: 14
Views: 913

Thanks Robert - like your frogeye too! I had a 1970 1275 Midget for some years and it was one of the best cars to drive I have had. The build quality wasn't too good (BL in the 70s :( ) but when it was running properly it was great fun. It seems to me that there's a large contingent of Z3 owners fro...
by motco
Tue 15 Sep, 2009 15:21
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: New owner of a Z3 in the Chilterns
Replies: 14
Views: 913

Well the back remedy worked (it's how I brew it!) and I've bought an Autoglym roof refurb kit. Just waiting for it to stop raining! :?
by motco
Mon 14 Sep, 2009 20:06
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: New owner of a Z3 in the Chilterns
Replies: 14
Views: 913

Welcome motco. Try some Autoglym SRP on the rear window - clears it up a treat :wink: Thanks for the tip - I may well give that a go, or Renovo but that is very expensive so a less costly alternative is welcome. The Halford's stuff has made a big difference but I think it's mainly a deep clean rath...
by motco
Mon 14 Sep, 2009 18:08
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: New owner of a Z3 in the Chilterns
Replies: 14
Views: 913

Thanks chaps! :) Nice to be made so welcome - I hope I can make some worthwhile contributions as I become more aquainted with the car. I took the hardtop off this evening with the aid of my other half (SWMBO) - blimey! It IS heavy isn't it? Got some plastic window polish from Halford's and tried a c...
by motco
Mon 14 Sep, 2009 13:45
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: New owner of a Z3 in the Chilterns
Replies: 14
Views: 913

No pics yet.. still getting to know it

Thanks for the warm welcome, as I said no pics yet .... but here's the Westfield a couple of years ago at Abingdon. It's got a better (RAC approved) rollbar now and different mirrors but otherwise essentially the same. 2.0 Pinto engine, twin 40s, Maxflow 2 head, Kent fast-road cam. Roughly 140 BHP a...
by motco
Mon 14 Sep, 2009 09:21
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: New owner of a Z3 in the Chilterns
Replies: 14
Views: 913

New owner of a Z3 in the Chilterns

Picked up my 52 plate Z3 2.2 Roadster Sport last Friday and drove it to the Brighton Speed Trials on Saturday - great run and the car lovely to drive. It still has its hardtop on because the rear window needs a polish and I hadn't had the time, but it'll be a priority to do it while the weather hold...