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by OldskoolRS
Wed 19 Sep, 2012 18:42
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: FS single wheel BMW styling 78 8,5x17
Replies: 3
Views: 442

Re: FS single wheel BMW styling 78 8,5x17

Shame you haven't got another three as this is exactly the sort of thing I'm after in my wanted ad. Have a bump on me. :)
by OldskoolRS
Wed 19 Sep, 2012 18:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: dropping Z3 prices
Replies: 17
Views: 1119

Re: dropping Z3 prices

It was only to be expected that prices would drop once I bought one. :D Likewise the poor summer we had as I've never owned a convertible before. :D However, even though I originally planned to buy my Z3 as a stopgap to getting a TVR, I think that I may be keeping the Z3 much longer than I intended,...
by OldskoolRS
Tue 18 Sep, 2012 08:48
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: 17" or 18" alloys wanted: NOT NEEDED NOW.
Replies: 9
Views: 562

Re: 17" or 18" alloys wanted for Z3 3.0

Thanks for the reply ShinyDave, but not really what I'm after thanks.
by OldskoolRS
Mon 17 Sep, 2012 15:07
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: 17" or 18" alloys wanted: NOT NEEDED NOW.
Replies: 9
Views: 562

17" or 18" alloys wanted: NOT NEEDED NOW.

As my Z3 passed it's MOT last week I fancy getting some different wheels for it. It's a 2001 Y reg 3.0 so I believe I can't fit M type wheels (unless someone has four front wheels?) and not interested in older OEM types such as the 2.8 alloys. Ideally I'd like a set with decent tyres that could be p...
by OldskoolRS
Tue 11 Sep, 2012 17:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 214953

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Just paid for an MOT certificate. The first time I've put a car through one in many years, being a company car driver. I'd forgotten that slightly nervous feeling (not unlike going to the dentist) when dropping it of. No advisories, just compliments on how tidy it is, which makes a change from the u...
by OldskoolRS
Mon 10 Sep, 2012 16:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Newbie New Z3 Issues and codes please help
Replies: 45
Views: 4024

Re: Newbie New Z3 Issues and codes please help

Might be worth doing the reset that clears all the 'learnt' settings of the sensors. I can't remember what this is called now, but it's sometimes mentioned in the Bentley book to reset it after fitting certain parts. I'll edit this post later if the correct term comes to me later (I put it down to a...
by OldskoolRS
Sun 09 Sep, 2012 13:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Where to sell my Z3
Replies: 11
Views: 980

Re: Where to sell my Z3

A bit off topic, but has anyone seen the new Autotrader TV advert with the Blue Z3M in it? I wondered if it belongs to some one off here?
by OldskoolRS
Sat 08 Sep, 2012 18:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Where to sell my Z3
Replies: 11
Views: 980

Re: Where to sell my Z3

Pistonheads as its free, but e-bays your best bet. Never liked Autotrader as its expensive and you can get back street dealers making silly offers. Tim. Pistonheads isn't free anymore. It's £9.99 I think with no free option. I can't believe how the prices seem to have crashed since I bought mine in...
by OldskoolRS
Thu 06 Sep, 2012 17:58
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted: 3.0i badge
Replies: 3
Views: 410

Re: Wanted: 3.0i badge

I put a Pistonheads smilie on mine in place of the '3.0i'. In the hope that it makes the car slightly less likely to be bothered with as it might be assumed to be a less powerful model by those not in the know. :D
by OldskoolRS
Mon 27 Aug, 2012 23:39
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Red Z1 seen on Venice Lido
Replies: 0
Views: 261

Red Z1 seen on Venice Lido

Spotted a spotless red Z1 parked near to the Cinema area on Venice Lido, my son took a picture so I'll try to add that later. There were also quite a few Z4s on the island too, though I didn't see any Z3s...
by OldskoolRS
Fri 10 Aug, 2012 18:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 for Drifting - after some guidance on Z3 Models etc
Replies: 5
Views: 851

Re: Z3 for Drifting - after some guidance on Z3 Models etc

The 3.0 has an LSD (well mine has anyway but I believe it is standard). The 3 litre has a longer stroke which helps with the torque, but as you say you need to spend more to get one in the first place, not sure if this works out cheaper than modifying a 2.8. You can't change the manifold on the 3.0 ...
by OldskoolRS
Thu 09 Aug, 2012 23:29
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Light blue 2.8 on M40 southbound.
Replies: 0
Views: 243

Light blue 2.8 on M40 southbound.

I decided to take my Z3 out for a run today. I passed a tidy light blue 2.8(? was a wide body anyway) on the M40 going towards London. Shame your roof was up though as it was a lovely morning. :) I'm working up in Ware this week and I've often done this trip and wished I was in something more powerf...
by OldskoolRS
Thu 09 Aug, 2012 23:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: My experience (or lack of) with INPA, EDIABAS, etc
Replies: 13
Views: 1369

Re: My experience (or lack of) with INPA, EDIABAS, etc

I bought mine from http://bmwcables.moonfruit.com/ and like you found it quite a hassle to set up and install (I used to build and configure PCs for demanding Pharmaceutical customers too :shock: ). However, I followed the instructions set by step and managed to get the INPA part working (I believe ...
by OldskoolRS
Thu 09 Aug, 2012 19:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What A Drag (man).
Replies: 1
Views: 141

Re: What A Drag (man).

CD of 0.42 according to the Autocar road test of the 2.8 model in 1999. Doesn't say roof up or down though. I think it's roof up as I'm sure another road test mentions that it's a similar value the roof up but I can't find the review ATM.
by OldskoolRS
Thu 09 Aug, 2012 19:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fuel Quality
Replies: 9
Views: 395

Re: Fuel Quality

I used 95 RON unleaded when I first got my 3.0 not knowing any better. After I replaced a camshaft sensor I reset the ECU and filled up with 98 ROM super, but TBH it doesn't seem to get any more mpg as some claim, though it goes very well it's hard to tell which bit is down to the new sensor and whi...
by OldskoolRS
Mon 06 Aug, 2012 17:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.8ltr MPG
Replies: 21
Views: 805

Re: Z3 2.8ltr MPG

I'm impressed at the mpg some are quoting for the 2.8. I was under the impression that my 3.0 should be more economical than the 2.8, but even on a run 30mpg (from the OBC which does seem to be fairly accurate compared to my brim to brim readings) seems about the most I get. At 64,000 miles I wonder...
by OldskoolRS
Sun 05 Aug, 2012 15:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.8ltr MPG
Replies: 21
Views: 805

Re: Z3 2.8ltr MPG

I do glance at the OBC, but my mpg figures are calculated from brim to brim figures. I started doing it as soon as I got the car, just as a kind of history. It showed that replacing a faulty camshaft sensor did increase mpg a little as did changing to Superunleaded, but it's more of a side interest:...
by OldskoolRS
Sun 05 Aug, 2012 11:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.8ltr MPG
Replies: 21
Views: 805

Re: Z3 2.8ltr MPG

I think you will find your MPG about is about right for a early 2.8, the later twin VANOS 2.8’s do give better fuel consumption. I get about 200 miles for half a tank, on short journeys using Supermarket fuel. I’ve not checked the actual consumption for years, but I always fill to the brim when it ...
by OldskoolRS
Thu 02 Aug, 2012 21:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: The best and worst of 007
Replies: 3
Views: 297

Re: The best and worst of 007

To be fair the Z3 Bond appearance wasn't exactly an exciting chase scene, so it's not really going to figure highly in any list of Bond cars.
by OldskoolRS
Thu 02 Aug, 2012 20:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 DSC question
Replies: 16
Views: 1575

Re: Z3 DSC question

Price sounds OK to me, but then I paid £5.5k for a 2001/Y plate 3.0 earlier this year with only slightly less miles and I still need a couple of tyres in the next 1-2,000 miles. :D It depends on whether you intend to fix this yourself or pay a dealer: You could easily spend any saving at a dealer, o...
by OldskoolRS
Thu 02 Aug, 2012 19:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Sellers Overpricing Their Car
Replies: 34
Views: 2427

Re: Z3 Sellers Overpricing Their Car

Trouble is that buying a car as old as a Z3 at auction could well be a money pit. I've been plenty of times but never had the bottle to buy a car at one, even years ago when I was young and naive. ;) Personally prefer to be able to check a car over properly with a test drive to make sure...IIRC once...
by OldskoolRS
Thu 02 Aug, 2012 17:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 DSC question
Replies: 16
Views: 1575

Re: Z3 DSC question

I could be wrong, but it might be to do with the wheel sensors (ABS) as this is used as part of the system. It may also be that the car just needs a drive to clear it. However, unless the car is particularly cheap (you don't say how much it is) then you need to make some allowance in the price for t...
by OldskoolRS
Thu 02 Aug, 2012 16:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Sellers Overpricing Their Car
Replies: 34
Views: 2427

Re: Z3 Sellers Overpricing Their Car

This is true of the BMW E30 scene at the moment...these car are getting harder to find for decent ones anyway...the price of E30's has risen quite a lot over the last year. Ive bought , restored/fixed and then sold 6 E30's this year and ive made very healthy profit on each of them because the marke...
by OldskoolRS
Tue 31 Jul, 2012 19:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Front wishbone bushes!
Replies: 8
Views: 562

Re: Z3 Front wishbone bushes!

I put them on mine and I'm very happy with them: Easy to fit, tightened the front end up and hasn't made it harsh either. Welcome to the Z3 club. :)
by OldskoolRS
Tue 24 Jul, 2012 21:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Anti roll bar bush question
Replies: 3
Views: 261

Re: Anti roll bar bush question

I think you're right on this, there are anti roll bar bushes, but these aren't 'links' as your quote specifically mentions. FWIW I replaced mine with a whole new link (so I got a new ball joint as well as the bush). It was a really easy job, but I only did it to try to cure a clunk I have under shar...
by OldskoolRS
Sat 21 Jul, 2012 10:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Poor Starting and running Z3 2.8
Replies: 3
Views: 239

Re: Poor Starting and running Z3 2.8

FWIW I got mine from GSF (paid for the dearer of the two options) and it's been fine. £42 IIRC and no more error codes from it since (FYI mine is a 3.0 so may be a different part).

Just posted in case BMW don't have one in stock and/or you want to save a few £s.
by OldskoolRS
Sat 21 Jul, 2012 09:11
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: BMWCCGB Zedfest, 20 – 22 July 2012, Silverstone Circuit
Replies: 455
Views: 67844

Re: BMWCCGB Zedfest, 20 – 22 July 2012, Silverstone Circuit

I hope you all have a great time at this event and I look forward to the pictures. :) Turns out I'm not working after all, but it left me too late to get a ticket at such short notice. Looks like the weather will be good today as well, I might go out for a little drive myself later though not quite ...
by OldskoolRS
Fri 20 Jul, 2012 16:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Trade in Value?
Replies: 34
Views: 1319

Re: Trade in Value?

Added bonus with Mike's suggestion is that you have a backup source of parts if either car plays up: Handy if you think a sensor or similar has failed. :D I've noticed quite a few of the 'Compacts' since I got my Z3. I hadn't even realised they did a 6 cylinder version either as I've seen 325i (badg...
by OldskoolRS
Thu 19 Jul, 2012 22:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Trade in Value?
Replies: 34
Views: 1319

Re: Trade in Value?

Why not just buy a 'shed' car for winter? Something that you won't have to worry about getting the odd mark or dent on in a car park, but chose something reliable enough too (not sure I'm qualified to recommend a particular car though). Doesn't have to be 4x4 unless you live right out in the sticks,...
by OldskoolRS
Wed 18 Jul, 2012 19:13
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Hard top and fitting kit £450!
Replies: 12
Views: 798

Re: Hard top and fitting kit £450!

You can adjust the hardtop at both windscreen points and also at both locking points. I'm sure if you use the search facility you will find detailed instructions. It's leaking at the back, but no amount of adjusting seems to help (rubber seal is intact and grips evenly across the rear of the car), ...
by OldskoolRS
Wed 18 Jul, 2012 08:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Trade in Value?
Replies: 34
Views: 1319

Re: Trade in Value?

Sorry for the OT, but why do buyers still labour under the misapprehension that having cash makes them a better buyer in a dealer's eyes? They often make more money on the finance than the car itself, so a cash buyer isn't what they want. Fair enough not having a PX would help, but not cash. I think...
by OldskoolRS
Tue 17 Jul, 2012 23:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Trade in Value?
Replies: 34
Views: 1319

Re: Trade in Value?

Exactly, CAP / Glass' Guide is all car dealers go by. A mingin' 15k is worth more than an 80k minter of the same age. Go figure. Shame as really these cars are getting to an age where condition should be more important than mileage (didn't stop me paying too much for a lowish mileage Z3 myself thou...
by OldskoolRS
Tue 17 Jul, 2012 18:17
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Hard top and fitting kit £450!
Replies: 12
Views: 798

Re: Hard top and fitting kit £450!

Damn that was cheap and near to me as well: I paid £450 just for the hardtop (with scratches and needing a respray hence it was cheap) plus another £200 for the fittings kit. The plan was to leave the hardtop on when the car is parked outside my house and take it off at the weekend. However I can't ...
by OldskoolRS
Mon 16 Jul, 2012 16:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear wing removal
Replies: 5
Views: 440

Re: Rear wing removal

Out of interest, where are the wings rusting and what year is the car? I'd heard that they can rust where the wing meets the bodyshell, but thankfully (given my usual bad luck with used cars :D ) mine seems to be good, so I just cleaned, dried and then sprayed with the Bilt Hamber UC.
by OldskoolRS
Sun 15 Jul, 2012 22:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear wing removal
Replies: 5
Views: 440

Re: Rear wing removal

I took me about 20 minutes to remove my drivers side sill cover. Another 10 minutes to take out the wheel arch liner (including taking the wheel off). I don't know how much longer for the wing itself as I think there are quite a few bolts holding it on (I was just treating mine to a good dose of Bil...
by OldskoolRS
Sat 14 Jul, 2012 12:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Side lights / parking lights in headlamp
Replies: 37
Views: 5109

Re: Side lights / parking lights in headlamp

Slight off topic, but the DRLs on certain Mercedes and Citroen (D3?) models look like really cheap aftermarket lights have been stuck on by some misguided modder (IMHO). I certainly wouldn't want to modify my Z3 to look anything like one of those cars with their DRLs. Maybe it's my age, but I just d...
by OldskoolRS
Mon 09 Jul, 2012 21:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Error codes 227, 228, 39 & 120.
Replies: 6
Views: 305

Re: Error codes 227, 228, 39 & 120.

I'd highly recommend leaving your oil filler cap ON as my Z3 ran a lot better tonight on a quick run over to B&Q (the long way round ;) ). :oops: I'll check the codes tomorrow to see if any have reoccured, but I'm not expecting the 227 and 228 ones as they were likely caused by the 'air leak' I crea...
by OldskoolRS
Mon 09 Jul, 2012 15:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Error codes 227, 228, 39 & 120.
Replies: 6
Views: 305

Re: Error codes 227, 228, 39 & 120.

Thanks for the advice guys: The codes were cleared yesterday, but I've see the 39 and 120 previously (ie before I'd left the filler cap off but also before I replaced the exhaust camshaft sensor - which had it's own error code of course). Hoping it dries out later and I'll go out for a spin with the...
by OldskoolRS
Sun 08 Jul, 2012 23:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Error codes 227, 228, 39 & 120.
Replies: 6
Views: 305

Re: Error codes 227, 228, 39 & 120.

Yes, but I didn't even open the bonnet as I just plugged into the OCBII port under the steering column to check the codes. :D It was only later that I went to check for a split hose and saw the oil filler cap on top of the engine...
by OldskoolRS
Sun 08 Jul, 2012 21:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Error codes 227, 228, 39 & 120.
Replies: 6
Views: 305

Error codes 227, 228, 39 & 120.

My Z3 hasn't seemed itself lately and driving it today I noticed the idling seemed a little lumpy. When I got home I checked the error codes using INPA and got the following: 39 Signal Brake light switch/ brake light test switch. Error frequency 2 logistic counter 40. 120 Throttle flap pot. Error fr...
by OldskoolRS
Sat 07 Jul, 2012 17:09
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted : 4 x Centre Caps
Replies: 5
Views: 269

Re: Wanted : 4 x Centre Caps

Are these any good? I was going to get a set for my Z3 as a couple of mine were marked, but have cleaned up well enough so I didn't bother in the end:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/220932432215? ... 1438.l2648

Ebay Item number: 220932432215
by OldskoolRS
Tue 03 Jul, 2012 15:18
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Full set of Z3M alloys (Sold & collected)
Replies: 6
Views: 373

Re: Full set of Z3M alloys (S50 finish)

Thanks Murf. I'll need a pair of rear tyres soon (I'm on the standard 16" alloys), so I'm looking for an excuse to buy some bigger alloys with hopefully some half decent tyres on them. It doesn't sound like I'll be able to fit these then as I could be waiting for months for another front pair to tur...
by OldskoolRS
Tue 03 Jul, 2012 14:49
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Full set of Z3M alloys (Sold & collected)
Replies: 6
Views: 373

Re: Full set of Z3M alloys (S50 finish)

I'm interested in these, but wonder if they'd fit on a non ///M model such as my 3.0? I guess there are no tyres with them (or they need replacing) so would have to add that cost on too. The good thing is I go past newbury regularly so no worries about shipping.
by OldskoolRS
Tue 03 Jul, 2012 13:42
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Paint Correction Detail
Replies: 5
Views: 674

Re: Paint Correction Detail

Just had a read of the DW thread as well. Looks like it's really brought your Z3 to a lovely shine. Funny how your paint is soft as mine (2001/Y reg) is really hard and I've had to go to coarser polishes and harder pads on mine. Had he been a bit closer I'd be tempted to get mine done as I'd thought...
by OldskoolRS
Mon 02 Jul, 2012 23:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Goodwood Breakfast Club- anyone?
Replies: 32
Views: 1701

Re: Goodwood Breakfast Club- anyone?

I went to the Supercar Sunday at the begining of May (which was freezing and I had to put the roof up while I queued to get in). I didn't park as a supercar of course, just further up the track as the usual field was waterlogged. I'd planned to go to the soft top one in October so long as it's dry, ...
by OldskoolRS
Sun 01 Jul, 2012 14:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Windows 7
Replies: 14
Views: 493

Re: Windows 7

I suppose I don't overfill my C drive and partion the disc anyway so that the 'My Documents' is relocated onto another drive (physical or virtual/partion). I think my last Ghost was about 2Gb when compressed down, but it only had Office, a few of my son's games, DVB viewer (the main reason for Ghost...
by OldskoolRS
Sun 01 Jul, 2012 12:51
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: BMWCCGB Zedfest, 20 – 22 July 2012, Silverstone Circuit
Replies: 455
Views: 67844

Re: BMWCCGB Zedfest, 20 – 22 July 2012, Silverstone Circuit

How late can I risk leaving this before booking? I may have to work away over this weekend, so I don't want to buy tickets until I know for sure (and it could be very last minute as in the Wednesday before).
by OldskoolRS
Sun 01 Jul, 2012 12:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Windows 7
Replies: 14
Views: 493

Re: Windows 7

I was looking at Apple, but the laptop I was looking at was near £1,500 which I couldn't justify. One thing I have used previously on my PCs that I've built is Norton Ghost: You take an 'image' of your C drive then if there is problem (or even if you want to use a trial software more than once ;) ) ...
by OldskoolRS
Sun 01 Jul, 2012 12:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Windows 7
Replies: 14
Views: 493

Re: Windows 7

I''ve ordered a new laptop due later this week (to save getting into bother using this work one on line ;) ) so I'll have a play when it arrives if no one else has responded by then and report back.
by OldskoolRS
Fri 29 Jun, 2012 15:50
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Rear screen replacement
Replies: 11
Views: 1619

Re: Rear screen replacement

Damn I could have got mine done today as I in Cardiff, so not too far away...except that I was in my 320d. :head: