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by BladeRunner919
Mon 03 Apr, 2017 13:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Digital Clock same as 3-series?
Replies: 2
Views: 416

Re: Digital Clock same as 3-series?

If you put the visible part number for the E36 clock into realoem it shows as being for the E36 and the 4 cylinder z3.
by BladeRunner919
Fri 31 Mar, 2017 11:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Radio Aerial
Replies: 6
Views: 817

Re: Radio Aerial

Ah! I was trying to think if there was a special place for putting the owners manual etc! :lol:
by BladeRunner919
Thu 30 Mar, 2017 18:35
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted - Z3 rear center speaker/sub cover
Replies: 6
Views: 881

Re: Wanted - Z3 rear center speaker/sub cover

You can get them new for about €46 from https://shop.bmw-classic.de if that helps?
by BladeRunner919
Thu 30 Mar, 2017 18:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Radio Aerial
Replies: 6
Views: 817

Re: Radio Aerial

Not sure I understand what you've done. What's a 'book space''?
by BladeRunner919
Thu 30 Mar, 2017 17:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Modifying and taking things off.
Replies: 14
Views: 1666

Re: Modifying and taking things off.

Viscous fan. I took one off my Range Rover diesel, and many people remove them from BMWs (mine never had one). Avoids the fan exploding and destroying everything in it's path, plus puits less pressure on the water pump bearing. Z3s have an aux fan that is more than capable of doing the job.
by BladeRunner919
Tue 28 Mar, 2017 13:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Gearbox shift pins
Replies: 15
Views: 1607

Re: Gearbox shift pins

The point I was trying to make is that if the gearbox is behaving normally, the shift pins are ok. You'd notice if they needed doing, rather than needing to perform a specific test.
by BladeRunner919
Tue 28 Mar, 2017 11:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Gearbox shift pins
Replies: 15
Views: 1607

Re: Gearbox shift pins

Does the lever return to 3/4 from R, 1/2 and 5. If so, the shift pins are OK and should be left alone. If not, it will be cheaper to do it when the box is out than to have it done as a specific job. Can you clarify that test? Engine off. Put it in Reverse, flick it out and it should come to rest in...
by BladeRunner919
Mon 27 Mar, 2017 17:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: CD Changer removal
Replies: 19
Views: 1674

Re: CD Changer removal

From memory the black plastic things just secure the carpet trim to the mounting bracket. You need to remove the whole of that upper carpet, then you'll see the bolts that hold the mounting bracket to the top of the boot.
by BladeRunner919
Thu 23 Mar, 2017 15:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 100,000 miles and just 16
Replies: 8
Views: 1085

Re: 100,000 miles and just 16

Close to 150k for me.
by BladeRunner919
Wed 22 Mar, 2017 09:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: POPULAR MODIFICATIONS for Z3
Replies: 19
Views: 2390

Re: POPULAR MODIFICATIONS for Z3

Thanks! Was it a BMW mirror, or from a different car?
by BladeRunner919
Wed 22 Mar, 2017 08:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: POPULAR MODIFICATIONS for Z3
Replies: 19
Views: 2390

Re: POPULAR MODIFICATIONS for Z3

Boosh wrote:
I would, however, say that for me, the best mod was to fit a dimming rearview mirror, as other cars' headlights at night can be a right pain in the...eyes.

Boosh.
That's interesting. Is there a thread about it, or can you share some details?
by BladeRunner919
Thu 16 Mar, 2017 14:28
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fitting Z3M top mounts to a standard Z3 (2.8)
Replies: 13
Views: 2654

Re: Fitting Z3M top mounts to a standard Z3 (2.8)

That looks a nice car - I'd very much like a set of style 32s!
by BladeRunner919
Thu 16 Mar, 2017 14:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: warning light
Replies: 13
Views: 1386

Re: warning light

I do start it religiously every week in the garage and make sure it gets up to operating temperature That really isn't very good for engines. Even if you let the temp gauge get up to the middle, the car doesn't really get properly hot in the way it would if it was driven, and you'll encourage conde...
by BladeRunner919
Thu 16 Mar, 2017 10:12
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Hood dye/restorer
Replies: 11
Views: 1519

Re: Hood dye/restorer

A convertible car that is outside all winter will inevitably get mould. You can proof it all you like but that just stops the rain penetrating into the fabric. What you can't stop is the condensation in the car getting into the fabric of the roof from underneath and the moisture or mould forming on ...
by BladeRunner919
Wed 15 Mar, 2017 16:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hazard/indicator problem
Replies: 10
Views: 962

Re: Hazard/indicator problem

What if you unplug the switch but leave the relay in? It's going to be the relay or the switch, so unplugging the switch will tell you which one it is.
by BladeRunner919
Wed 15 Mar, 2017 09:52
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Hood dye/restorer
Replies: 11
Views: 1519

Re: Hood dye/restorer

I did wonder whether you are using the dye to cover up a mould issue? The dye is only really to deal with fading or discolouration so isn't normally a part of regular maintenance. I dyed mine 5 years ago when I first bought the car just to bring it back up to scratch, but regular annual maintenance ...
by BladeRunner919
Tue 14 Mar, 2017 13:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: warning light
Replies: 13
Views: 1386

Re: warning light

Sounds like you need to get the codes read. Either take it to a dealer/indy or have a look at the list of members that have diagnostics.
by BladeRunner919
Sun 12 Mar, 2017 16:50
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Hood dye/restorer
Replies: 11
Views: 1519

Re: Hood dye/restorer

Oh. I see. Renovo is a good range of products and I wonder whether your problem (what exactly is the problem you're experiencing) is down to how it was applied, or where the car has been. Leaving a convertible outside over winter is pretty much guaranteed to get some green mound, irrespective of wha...
by BladeRunner919
Sun 12 Mar, 2017 16:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head gasket 3.0
Replies: 12
Views: 1461

Re: Head gasket 3.0

Do you have any reson to think it's the HG? Is there anything on the dipstick to suggest there's water in the oil. As you say, the mayo in the coolant cap will probably be as a result of short journeys. Do you smell any coolant smells?
by BladeRunner919
Sun 12 Mar, 2017 13:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: steering judder c 50mph... occurring on and off
Replies: 36
Views: 3928

Re: steering judder c 50mph... occurring on and off

Thanks Howard. You mention the front wheels - is this on a front wheel drive car, or is there some other reason? The Z3 is a rear-wheel drive car. Sue It's because a problem at the rear may cause the whole car to shake a bit, but won't give judder through the wheel. Obviously the steering wheel is ...
by BladeRunner919
Fri 10 Mar, 2017 18:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: steering judder c 50mph... occurring on and off
Replies: 36
Views: 3928

Re: steering judder c 50mph... occurring on and off

If it's actually buckled, then that's your problem. You need to replace it. I wouldn't suggest you drive on a buckled wheel.
by BladeRunner919
Fri 10 Mar, 2017 16:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: steering judder c 50mph... occurring on and off
Replies: 36
Views: 3928

Re: steering judder c 50mph... occurring on and off

I would start by looking at the brake caliper on the side that you smelled 'burning'. The judder and the smell are both potential symptoms of a sticking caliper.
by BladeRunner919
Fri 10 Mar, 2017 08:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sticky Brake Caliper?
Replies: 13
Views: 1368

Re: Sticky Brake Caliper?

I can't see any reason to do both if only one is a problem. Why not just send yours to be refurbished by these guys: http://www.biggred.co.uk (assuming this isn't your daily-driver, of course).
by BladeRunner919
Fri 10 Mar, 2017 08:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: New steering rack - stiffness...
Replies: 18
Views: 2382

Re: New steering rack - stiffness...

I don't see how changing the bushes could be a factor, and the advice of driving round some twisty roads sounds like a fob-off. Did you get the wheel alignment re-checked at all?
by BladeRunner919
Thu 09 Mar, 2017 17:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Helpful Tips?
Replies: 20
Views: 2372

Re: Helpful Tips?

Always wear stockings and suspenders in case you need to replace the fanbelt.
by BladeRunner919
Thu 09 Mar, 2017 09:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: For sale
Replies: 1
Views: 391

Re: For sale

In the Stock Exchange: viewforum.php?f=11
by BladeRunner919
Wed 08 Mar, 2017 07:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Dreaded airbag light 2002 1.9 Z3
Replies: 1
Views: 324

Re: Dreaded airbag light 2002 1.9 Z3

The connector is under the seat, but the light won't disappear unless you get it reset. Whatever code reader you use to get it reset will also tell you what caused the problem in the first place.
by BladeRunner919
Tue 07 Mar, 2017 08:02
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted: Side indicator glass - clear Drivers side
Replies: 4
Views: 711

Re: Wanted: Side indicator glass - clear Drivers side

Do you mean the indicator inside the headlights? If you're getting condensation in there, then you need to look at the whole headlight, as that's just a component inside.
by BladeRunner919
Sun 05 Mar, 2017 15:04
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Z3M side mirrors assemble solution
Replies: 8
Views: 1274

Re: Z3M side mirrors assemble solution

If the price is right, I'm definitely interested!
by BladeRunner919
Tue 28 Feb, 2017 12:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Can I use a different part number? (Roof Pump)
Replies: 7
Views: 863

Re: Can I use a different part number? (Roof Pump)

Is there any voltage at the pump when it should be running? As Robert says, you are far more likely to have an electrical problem (brake switch, roof microswitch) than a pump failure. I'd go down the diagnosis route otherwise you'll be throwing money and parts at it in a 'hit-and-hope' fashion.
by BladeRunner919
Mon 27 Feb, 2017 15:10
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: angel eyes headlights upgrade for 1997 Z3
Replies: 8
Views: 1804

Re: angel eyes headlights upgrade for 1997 Z3

OK & thanks again. You sound very confident about this product's results. So will most likely give it try first, at least Best, Simon C When I got my Z3 I was looking for some new headlights (oem). Eventually I realised that what I didn't like about mine was that they were a bid cloudy and just loo...
by BladeRunner919
Mon 27 Feb, 2017 14:12
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: angel eyes headlights upgrade for 1997 Z3
Replies: 8
Views: 1804

Re: angel eyes headlights upgrade for 1997 Z3

Use the 3M headlight restorer for about £20 - they'll come up like new.
by BladeRunner919
Mon 27 Feb, 2017 12:54
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: angel eyes headlights upgrade for 1997 Z3
Replies: 8
Views: 1804

Re: angel eyes headlights upgrade for 1997 Z3

Do you mean adding angel eye units to your current lights, or replacing the whole headlight units with new ones?
by BladeRunner919
Sat 18 Feb, 2017 19:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: soft top ram
Replies: 5
Views: 870

Re: soft top ram

MIne doesn't have the ram - it was broken, and I just use it as-is.
by BladeRunner919
Thu 16 Feb, 2017 17:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: intermittent wipe
Replies: 12
Views: 1309

Re: intermittent wipe

4wheels wrote:No wonder they went bust its a bit excessive
That's quite common for cars with variable wipe speed. A couple of my cars have a bit on the wiper stalk that you turn to adjust the speed - half a dozen or so positions is about right.
by BladeRunner919
Thu 16 Feb, 2017 17:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: coolant
Replies: 8
Views: 916

Re: coolant

I may have missed it but nobody has mentioned the thermostat. The temperature gauge should go to the middle of the dial very quickly. If it doesn't get there then it's almost certain that your thermostat has failed which results in the mayo on the oil filler cap. The part is quite expensive for wha...
by BladeRunner919
Wed 15 Feb, 2017 16:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What price genuine diff carrier bushes
Replies: 12
Views: 1229

Re: What price genuine diff carrier bushes

You could try Danny Walker at bmwpartsonline.co.uk (sales@bmwpartsonline.co.uk) - he orders back-to-back from BMW in Germany so can pass on a decent discount, as long as you don't mind waiting a week or two to get the part. I have no affiliation, other than having recently saved money by buying from...
by BladeRunner919
Tue 14 Feb, 2017 17:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Water in trunk
Replies: 14
Views: 1917

Re: Water in trunk

The favourite culprit is the 3rd brake light. The seals are pretty old by now, so could need replacing. If you do replace it, bear in mind that it's very difficult to push the light hard enough to clip properly into place with a new seal (but it can give the impression of being properly seated even ...
by BladeRunner919
Wed 08 Feb, 2017 15:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Replacing rear beam bushes: 3 questions for you
Replies: 39
Views: 3132

Re: Replacing rear beam bushes: 3 questions for you

I wouldn't bother with poly for rhe the trailing arms but defo worth it for the beam and diff mount. My z3m caught me out a few times when on the limit. With solid bushes it's lots more predictable when you lose traction and a safer car. Thanks, hadn't thought too much about the diff mount. Will ch...
by BladeRunner919
Wed 08 Feb, 2017 08:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Replacing rear beam bushes: 3 questions for you
Replies: 39
Views: 3132

Re: Replacing rear beam bushes: 3 questions for you

Yes, I did, as well as polybushing the front control arms. I didn't replace the trailing arm bushes but I believe that the recommendation is to replace those with original bushes as polybushes tend to start squeaking after a while.
by BladeRunner919
Wed 08 Feb, 2017 08:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Replacing rear beam bushes: 3 questions for you
Replies: 39
Views: 3132

Re: Replacing rear beam bushes: 3 questions for you

I've also done it. Getting the old bushes out is a bit of a pain, but other than that it's very straightforward. I'm not really sure what the chap is concerned about, unless you have significant corrosion underneath? Seems like a strange concern for a mechanic, unless he normally only works on brand...
by BladeRunner919
Wed 01 Feb, 2017 08:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fuel injector servicing/cleaning
Replies: 6
Views: 628

Re: Fuel injector servicing/cleaning

Wouldn't a bottle of Redex do the trick? I want them properly cleaned and flow checked. Redex won't tell me if there's a leaky injector or some other problem that a proper service will. There are places online that you can send the injectors off to, I was just hoping that someone had a recommendati...
by BladeRunner919
Wed 01 Feb, 2017 07:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: GT trip France
Replies: 2
Views: 358

Re: GT trip France

I've just planned my summer trip in the Z3 as well! Also Le Mans first night (are you taking the ferry to Dieppe?), then Pau, then over the Pyrenees and down to Zaragoza in Spain, then on to Alicante where my parents live. 2 weeks there, then back with nights in Pamplona and Tours. I'm also staring ...
by BladeRunner919
Tue 31 Jan, 2017 14:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: I wouldn't leave home without it
Replies: 11
Views: 1108

Re: I wouldn't leave home without it

Nothing. I don't even always take a phone (not just in the Z3, in any car).
by BladeRunner919
Tue 31 Jan, 2017 11:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fuel injector servicing/cleaning
Replies: 6
Views: 628

Fuel injector servicing/cleaning

I'd like to get my injectors cleaned and serviced, and I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for companies that can do it?

Cheers!
by BladeRunner919
Sun 29 Jan, 2017 17:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: coolant
Replies: 8
Views: 916

Re: coolant

I'd agree - a little bit in the cap is probably just from short trips. If there are no symptoms of a problem, there probably isn't one.
by BladeRunner919
Sun 29 Jan, 2017 17:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Devastated -help needed asap
Replies: 11
Views: 1357

Re: Devastated -help needed asap

Can you buy the written-off car back and use it as a donor to swap the trans in the new car? It would be a very easy swap if you had both cars at the same time. Plus you'd have a spare engine at the end of, plus a load of spares (if you have the space to keep them).
by BladeRunner919
Fri 27 Jan, 2017 13:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: My 3.0 roadster for Switzerland
Replies: 7
Views: 827

Re: My 3.0 roadster for Switzerland

That's very nice - excellent condition.