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by OldskoolRS
Wed 15 May, 2013 18:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Terrible BMW CUSTOMER service, yet again!
Replies: 21
Views: 831

Re: Terrible BMW CUSTOMER service, yet again!

I get to see from both sides as I have a company 320d estate car which is main dealer serviced, but if I need any BMW specific parts for my Z3 then I use the same dealer, just a different desk. :) So far the service for both has been good (Coopers of Reading) but the estate is due it's second servic...
by OldskoolRS
Wed 01 May, 2013 22:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Jump start again, not turning over
Replies: 10
Views: 451

Re: Jump start again, not turning over

Stuck a new Bosch battery with 3 year warranty in tonight and all seems good so far. It took me longer to reconfigure INPA back to the Z3 (I'd been trying to sort out my daughter's Mini and had changed all the settings, then forgot how to change it back :oops: ). I cleared the engine management ligh...
by OldskoolRS
Tue 30 Apr, 2013 20:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Jump start again, not turning over
Replies: 10
Views: 451

Re: Jump start again, not turning over

My car wasn't used much over winter and I had to charge the battery a couple of times to get it to start. Today it just 'clicked' and even after an hour of charging wouldn't start without using jump leads. I'm measuring only about 10.6 volts across the battery when connected and when I disconnected ...
by OldskoolRS
Tue 30 Apr, 2013 17:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 215125

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

I think it might be a new battery since it keeps going flat. :( I had the chance of a nice drive this afternoon and it was completely dead, so had to take my boring works 320d instead. Not sure if the boot light is staying on since neither of the plungers in the lid seem to turn it off, so I've disc...
by OldskoolRS
Mon 22 Apr, 2013 16:23
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Selling my Z3 3.0i
Replies: 6
Views: 521

Re: Selling my Z3 3.0i

I know it's a lot more miles than mine, but not good to see how little this car went for (£2480 to save those unable to get onto eBay). Having owned my 3.0i just over a year, I thought I was buying at the bottom of the market, so my money would be safe so long as I looked after it, or improved it ev...
by OldskoolRS
Thu 18 Apr, 2013 14:41
Forum: Performance
Topic: A word of warning - mods and insurance rip offs !!!!
Replies: 30
Views: 2865

Re: A word of warning - mods and insurance rip offs !!!!

I just recently renewed my 2001 3.0 Z3 with zero no claims. I have a company car (and a letter from HR stating that I've had 7 years driving with them without a claim) but many companies would only use this if I was giving up my company car. In the end found a company that would give me a decent pri...
by OldskoolRS
Sun 31 Mar, 2013 10:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: It really is Oxford Green Metallic underneath!
Replies: 11
Views: 315

Re: It really is Oxford Green Metallic underneath!

But then mine isn't my main car so it doesn't get that dirty anyway, I suppose that is the difference, mine is my only day-to-day car and as such has to earn its keep. Regards Peter I know what you mean: My 320d company car hasn't been washed since last October...I think it's grey underneath the di...
by OldskoolRS
Sat 30 Mar, 2013 17:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: It really is Oxford Green Metallic underneath!
Replies: 11
Views: 315

Re: It really is Oxford Green Metallic underneath!

Sorry, I use the 'namby pamby' snowfoam :wink: and two bucket method afterwards, but then I spent last summer working round the car power buffing out the various swirls and micro scratches so I'd be a bit daft to just wash it any other way now. But then mine isn't my main car so it doesn't get that ...
by OldskoolRS
Mon 18 Mar, 2013 18:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Once in a lifetime.....
Replies: 14
Views: 565

Re: Once in a lifetime.....

Not a kit car, it's a TVR Chimaera. :) The car I was going to buy after I sell my Z3, but I seem to be quite attached to it now. :D
by OldskoolRS
Mon 18 Mar, 2013 12:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: transmission oil changes.
Replies: 26
Views: 2476

Re: transmission oil changes.

My gear change was very stiff when I first got my Z3 last year at 62,000 miles. I found the correct replacement oil (there was a coloured label on my gearbox which I needed to check first). I'm pretty sure it came from Fuchs. It was a fraction of the price of the same oil from BMW. It helped the cha...
by OldskoolRS
Thu 14 Mar, 2013 19:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: z3m gills ?
Replies: 40
Views: 3300

Re: z3m gills ?

Thanks! I found another link but they were £260. Probably other things I need to spend money on, but I've saved the link in case I feel a bit flush later. :D

http://www.zettiworld.de/BMW-Z3/Karosse ... iemen.html
by OldskoolRS
Thu 14 Mar, 2013 17:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: z3m gills ?
Replies: 40
Views: 3300

Re: z3m gills ?

I know this is an old thread, revived, but I'm really taken by the smoothed M side grilles. Can the M grilles still be bought new or are they only a secondhand option? I'm not keen on the chrome ones, but I fancy a change from the standard ones on my non M Z3.
by OldskoolRS
Thu 14 Mar, 2013 16:11
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: some cars are in a sad state
Replies: 25
Views: 1617

Re: some cars are in a sad state

for £700 i would have considered it and sold it off as spares, sports seats and door cards, white lights all round, wheels, and a load of other bits and bobs would soon pay that back.. and more.. Easily, a decent bonnet is worth at least half of that :shock: However, judging by the rest of the car ...
by OldskoolRS
Wed 13 Mar, 2013 17:50
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: some cars are in a sad state
Replies: 25
Views: 1617

Re: some cars are in a sad state

When you see the prices of decent Z3s I can't see why anyone would bother. By the time you'd put it right you'll have spent more than getting a good one to start with. I looked at 9-10 cars last year when I bought mine and I only saw one that was in any way scruffy and even then it didn't have visib...
by OldskoolRS
Sun 10 Mar, 2013 19:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Tramlining?..... what tramlining?
Replies: 26
Views: 1378

Re: Tramlining?..... what tramlining?

Not in my case: My other cars are a 320d Touring and a 1979 Mk2 Escort RS2000...I think I know tramlining when I see/feel it. :wink:
by OldskoolRS
Sun 10 Mar, 2013 09:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Tramlining?..... what tramlining?
Replies: 26
Views: 1378

Re: Tramlining?..... what tramlining?

I'm thinking more in terms of the new tyres on the front to maximise any improvement in tramlining (if the part worns aren't 100% evenly worn then they might be more prone to tramlining maybe?). Anyway, my plan is to replace the front wishbones in the better weather (since my RS2000 is still sat in ...
by OldskoolRS
Sat 09 Mar, 2013 17:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Tramlining?..... what tramlining?
Replies: 26
Views: 1378

Re: Tramlining?..... what tramlining?

Almost had to check that this wasn't something I posted myself: I bought my Z3 a year ago and it tramlined a bit, so like you I swapped the Avon ZV5s from the back to the front and put the Michelins on the back instead. Tramlining much improved (I've also replaced some bushes and fitted a strut brac...
by OldskoolRS
Sun 03 Mar, 2013 10:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: hardtop
Replies: 25
Views: 695

Re: hardtop

Would have liked to have taken mine off this weekend but the OH has hurt her arm so isn't up to lifting it (and I don't trust my 13 YO son to lift it) so it'll stay on a bit longer. I'm wondering if the soft top underneath is OK since if there was any trace of damp when the hard top went on, then I ...
by OldskoolRS
Sat 02 Mar, 2013 10:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 215125

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

12 months road tax and years insurance so £573 worth of paperwork (I've had a company car for 12 years plus so not used to paying for these 'details' :D ).

It's my first year anniversary as a Z3 owner as on this day a year ago I was collecting my Z3 from the dealer. 8-)
by OldskoolRS
Sun 20 Jan, 2013 11:29
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: For Sale: 3.0 Z3 51 plate, 71k, red
Replies: 17
Views: 1145

Re: For Sale: 3.0 Z3 51 plate, 71k, red

But have they sold at those prices? All very well advertising cars for high prices, but if they don't sell, then what's the point? For some reason many buyers don't seem keen on modified examples, hence why some people sell the extras separately and put their Z3s back to standard. I paid £5,500 from...
by OldskoolRS
Sun 20 Jan, 2013 11:02
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: For Sale: 3.0 Z3 51 plate, 71k, red
Replies: 17
Views: 1145

Re: For Sale: 3.0 Z3 51 plate, 71k, red

That may be true in your area Southern Boy, but the reality is that the OP is selling in the UK, during winter (during snow now) with a car that has an engine many would consider is a very large (and therefore deemed as expensive to run). I'm not even sure if the asking price would be achieved over ...
by OldskoolRS
Thu 10 Jan, 2013 21:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M Tec steering wheel
Replies: 9
Views: 499

Re: M Tec steering wheel

I've just recently had steering wheel done on my car for the very same reason, rim too thin after getting used to driving a E46 M3 for 3 years it felt positively spindly and slippery. I used Royal Steering wheels. Cost £114 exchange (+ £100 refundable deposit) did a great job. It really makes a dif...
by OldskoolRS
Thu 10 Jan, 2013 17:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M Tec steering wheel
Replies: 9
Views: 499

Re: M Tec steering wheel

Have you any links to a picture of this wheel? I have an 'M' steering wheel in my Z3 3.0 but find that the rims is a bit thin. I know there was someone who offered a service to retrim them, but don't know if this can make the rim thicker, so looking for alternative. Even my work 320d estate has a th...
by OldskoolRS
Sat 05 Jan, 2013 15:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 215125

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Well I was toying with the idea of making an offer on some CSL style alloys I saw just before Christmas in the marketplace section, but the thread seem to have vanished. :cry: Maybe it's done me a favour though as I think they might have needed a refurb as well so would have become a bit of an expen...
by OldskoolRS
Mon 31 Dec, 2012 15:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Dallan`s Wheels
Replies: 29
Views: 1086

Re: Dallan`s Wheels

I don't know...I just wanted a multicylinder engine with a sweet sound and no roof. That it came with a Z3 body around it was almost incidental. Probably other alternatives, but buying price and smiles per mile as PSCAM puts it made it a good choice for me. I don't imagine many people look at me env...
by OldskoolRS
Fri 28 Dec, 2012 11:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Top Gear special
Replies: 11
Views: 903

Re: Top Gear special

Oh dear...it's not that I want to get into an argument about how good Z3s are as of course I own one myself. However, the Pistonhead threads I'm thinking of typically compare the Z3 with the MX5 or Porsche Boxster so hardly 'family cars'. I'm sure there are plenty of 'keyboard warriors' that aren't ...
by OldskoolRS
Thu 27 Dec, 2012 12:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Top Gear special
Replies: 11
Views: 903

Re: Top Gear special

Oh I get what you mean Si forks. It just seems fashionable to slate the Z3 on Top Gear and similar on Pistonheads, however I also don't see the point trying to 'convince' the detractors either (though it might help resale prices I suppose on the outside chance that it worked). We've chosen them as t...
by OldskoolRS
Thu 27 Dec, 2012 10:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Top Gear special
Replies: 11
Views: 903

Re: Top Gear special

Every one seems to hate Z3s apart from those who have one. Still I like mine, so I don't care what others think.
by OldskoolRS
Wed 26 Dec, 2012 17:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wide bodied
Replies: 28
Views: 674

Re: Wide bodied

I didn't have any choice since I wanted a 3.0 as didn't think the extra was justified in my case for an M (in which case I would have just gone by condition rather than either version). However, I do like the wide bodied look of my 3.0, so I'm quite happy. What I don't like is the look with the hard...
by OldskoolRS
Sun 23 Dec, 2012 13:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: BMW Straight 6
Replies: 5
Views: 440

Re: BMW Straight 6

Someone did make a one off V12 as shown in this link: :shock:

http://www.topgear.com/uk/photos/bmw-z3-v12-2012-08-08
by OldskoolRS
Wed 12 Dec, 2012 22:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 215125

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

My mate has a saying: "If a job's worth doing, then it's worth paying someone else to do it!". :D I might treat my Z3 to a new soft top at some point, but I think it's one job I won't try myself. Meanwhile, back on topic, I haven't bought my Z3 anything this week or for a number of weeks as I've jus...
by OldskoolRS
Wed 21 Nov, 2012 22:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: There is some justice in the world.
Replies: 11
Views: 603

Re: There is some justice in the world.

I reckon I see at least one a day (not including my own :D ) if not more, as I drive around 500-600 miles a week around the South of England in my work car. Often see them on motorways too so not just parked up or on local roads.
by OldskoolRS
Tue 13 Nov, 2012 20:09
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: hardtop fitting kit-advice reqd from Rob T please
Replies: 7
Views: 434

Re: hardtop fitting kit-advice reqd from Rob T please

You can buy a Torx driver from any decent tool shop or even get a 'T' handled one on eBay, same for the screws/bolts as they aren't anything that special. So if the price is good, might be worth it still even with those bits missing.
by OldskoolRS
Sat 10 Nov, 2012 10:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sill Removal for Inspection
Replies: 9
Views: 538

Re: Sill Removal for Inspection

I did my drivers side over Easter this year. It was pretty good, with just a little silt build up behind and no obvious rust. I also took out the wheel arch liners, cleaned and then treated with Bilt Hamber UC which is clear. I think it gave a nice finish too. I intended to do the passenger side, bu...
by OldskoolRS
Tue 30 Oct, 2012 13:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 50 Years of Bond Cars
Replies: 27
Views: 1635

Re: 50 Years of Bond Cars

You talking about 'speedos' isn't helping our cause against the hairdresser comments. :wink: :D I hope it's on iPlayer a bit longer as I won't get chance now until next week. I accidently recorded some other Bond program last night instead of this one (and it was rubbish as it was a re edited show f...
by OldskoolRS
Sun 28 Oct, 2012 21:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Code readers not that good?
Replies: 11
Views: 510

Re: Code readers not that good?

Simple, you just need a leak detector sensor below the bath. :wink: :D
by OldskoolRS
Sun 28 Oct, 2012 20:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hard top on yet?
Replies: 32
Views: 3765

Re: Hard top on yet?

That's the point I don't really like driving it with the hardtop on so one is enough. :D I have a 320d Touring company car if I want to do long journeys apart from work stuff.
by OldskoolRS
Sun 28 Oct, 2012 19:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Code readers not that good?
Replies: 11
Views: 510

Re: Code readers not that good?

I get the feeling that code readers don't give enough information so there is still an element of skill required by the mechanic. I use the INPA software on an old laptop and it seems (so far) quite specific about what was causing the problem as it clearly stated that I needed an exhaust camshaft se...
by OldskoolRS
Sun 28 Oct, 2012 14:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hard top on yet?
Replies: 32
Views: 3765

Re: Hard top on yet?

Put mine on yesterday, made up some little rubber seals to try to stop where I think the rain was getting in before (in front of the boot lid edge where the gap goes upto the rear scuttle). I didn't get round to respraying it this summer, so it's not looking it's best in a scuffed metallic black, bu...
by OldskoolRS
Thu 18 Oct, 2012 19:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How big are your Rims?
Replies: 36
Views: 1457

Re: How big are your Rims?

Mine are the standard 16" alloys 5 spoke...they look a little small, but I tried to find some bigger ones without much luck, then decided to spend the money (and then some) on a newer projector, which is better for the dark nights now anyway. By the time we get to spring again I might look into some...
by OldskoolRS
Tue 16 Oct, 2012 19:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Talk me into a Hardtop
Replies: 24
Views: 845

Re: Talk me into a Hardtop

I do the same thing magicmitch as I'm quite deft at left foot braking now. :D I bought my hard top within 2 weeks of getting the car. Initially it was because I felt a bit nervous about leaving a soft top car outside as in years gone by my OH had her car tampered with when left on the drive. However...
by OldskoolRS
Wed 03 Oct, 2012 17:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hard top on yet?
Replies: 32
Views: 3765

Re: Hard top on yet?

Not yet, though mine has a slight leak that I need to sort otherwise by spring I'll have a mouldy interior. :( Still get the odd nice afternoon if I get home from work early I can go out for a roof down blast, with the hard top fitted I can't get it off on my own, so holding on as late as I can. Got...
by OldskoolRS
Sun 30 Sep, 2012 20:37
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Z3 Hardtop for sale (Sold)
Replies: 6
Views: 1547

Re: Z3 Hardtop for sale

This is why I only buy from here for Z3 pieces and on AVforums for AV gear...eBay just seems to attract idiot buyers that will also then try to claim money back afterwards for some minor issue that they were aware of before buying. :head: Sorry, I already have a hardtop, but sympathise with your sit...
by OldskoolRS
Sun 30 Sep, 2012 17:39
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 Brian I will do that now.

A 'thanks' button would be good on here too...
by OldskoolRS
Sun 30 Sep, 2012 17:26
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

I can't see a way to close or archive this thread (as is possible on some other forums I go on), so just to post that I'm no longer looking for alloys at this time: I've decided to upgrade my projector instead so funds are being diverted to that hobby now the dark evenings are upon us. I've got 2000...
by OldskoolRS
Fri 28 Sep, 2012 19:01
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Genuine 17 inch 1series M sport Alloys with tyres
Replies: 3
Views: 339

Re: Genuine 17 inch 1series M sport Alloys with tyres

Hello.

How much are they, will they fit a Z3 without doing any mods and can you post some pictures as I don't know which design they are?
by OldskoolRS
Fri 28 Sep, 2012 18:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 3.0 or M?
Replies: 19
Views: 763

Re: Z3 3.0 or M?

Swamper and Badman (living up to your name there) stop rubbing it in. :D Zedonist, I of course realise I have the most inferior model and my poor attempt at trying to disguise it as a more desirable model have obviously failed. :D This is the fastest car I've ever owned as well...(sheltered life you...
by OldskoolRS
Fri 28 Sep, 2012 18:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 3.0 or M?
Replies: 19
Views: 763

Re: Z3 3.0 or M?

To be fair this could happen on an abused 3.0 as well, so worth looking in any case. I don't want to hear how much faster a Z3M would be. :D As I chose not to buy one as I thought an M badged car sat on my drive might be too tempting compared to an unbadged 3.0 (it's been mistaken for a 1.9 by non Z...
by OldskoolRS
Wed 19 Sep, 2012 23:34
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 Z3cade. I have seen some adverts in a few BMW magazines for various wheels, just hoped I might get something in similar condition to my own for a bit less money than new.
by OldskoolRS
Wed 19 Sep, 2012 21:16
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

Not sure about having different sizes front and rear, sorry, but thanks for the offer.