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by colb
Wed 21 Jun, 2017 10:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 215262

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Oil and Air Filter from CarParts4less who were cheapest between them and Europarts who have a 55% discount offer at the moment. CarParts4less had a ACTION9 code for a 9% discount, my filters with the code applied came to £8.85. Filters are Crossland brand. Europarts with their 55% discount code came...
by colb
Tue 20 Jun, 2017 23:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 215262

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

If your car has roll bars fitted it will not have the two holes in the rear trim for the wind blocker to be fitted. I have a 1999 1.9 no roll bars but I have two mounting holes in the rear trim with blanking caps, these are removed and the mesh wind blocker fits into the holes. There are two version...
by colb
Tue 20 Jun, 2017 14:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Auxiliary/ serpentine belt has come off, advice please!
Replies: 7
Views: 642

Re: Auxiliary/ serpentine belt has come off, advice please!

That short distance should be doable from a cold start engine without the belt on the water pump, have you considered putting the towing eye in the front bumper and getting a mate to tow you to the garage?
by colb
Tue 20 Jun, 2017 11:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Auxiliary/ serpentine belt has come off, advice please!
Replies: 7
Views: 642

Re: Auxiliary/ serpentine belt has come off, advice please!

Dels quite right the belt shouldn't just jump off, suspect the tensioner or one of the the deflection pulley bearings with wear in its bearings.
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showpar ... Id=11_6226

You are wise not to have driven it with no working water pump.
by colb
Thu 08 Jun, 2017 01:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Alarm going off continuously when parked
Replies: 6
Views: 785

Re: Alarm going off continuously when parked

Usual culprit is waterlogged tilt sensor in left hand side of boot floor that's where yours will be on a 1.9
by colb
Thu 01 Jun, 2017 16:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Icarsoft
Replies: 14
Views: 1251

Re: Icarsoft

As you get it communicating with the DME and have retrieved codes I would suspect your not using the correct ABS module your code reader can access, try another selection as mentioned earlier, see if that works.
by colb
Thu 01 Jun, 2017 08:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wax oil/undersealing
Replies: 12
Views: 1177

Re: Wax oil/undersealing

Good how to over on .org forum https://zroadster.org/articles/bmw-z3-sill-removal-and-protection.67/ Did this to mine earlier this year, very relieved to find no rust on mine, it was very clean. Good covering with clear and black Waxoyle, used a shultz gun on my compressor to apply it. You may have ...
by colb
Wed 31 May, 2017 21:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Icarsoft
Replies: 14
Views: 1251

Re: Icarsoft

What state is the pacman socket in, suggest spraying some electrical contact cleaner in it to make sure all connections are good. Can you access the DME engine module using your reader or are you just having a problem accessing the ABS module? If it connects to the DME ok then maybe its a fault with...
by colb
Sat 27 May, 2017 23:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Icarsoft
Replies: 14
Views: 1251

Re: Icarsoft

Sounds about right not all positions in the round socket are wired but with the round to OBD cable you will access all modules. You might consider adding a B800 Airbag code reader to your wish list http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Airbag-Reset-Tool-Diagnostic-Scanner-Code-Reader-B800-for-BMW-E36-E46-Z3-Z4-...
by colb
Sat 27 May, 2017 08:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Icarsoft
Replies: 14
Views: 1251

Re: Icarsoft

OBD2 socket under dash will only read engine module, need to plug in to the round pacman diagnostic socket in the engine bay to read other modules. You need to get a obd to bmw round cable to connect to your code reader. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-OBD2-20-PIN-ADAPTOR-DIAGNOSTIC-LEAD-CABLE-PLUG-OB...
by colb
Fri 26 May, 2017 22:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Buying cam sensors, whats all the fuss about?
Replies: 14
Views: 1049

Re: Buying cam sensors, whats all the fuss about?

Lucas would have been an acceptable make as would oem made by Bosch or Siemens, its the cheap Chinese ones you have to avoid.
by colb
Fri 26 May, 2017 16:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Buying cam sensors, whats all the fuss about?
Replies: 14
Views: 1049

Re: Buying cam sensors, whats all the fuss about?

Been there done that with cam sensor and Maf, oem for these don't throw money away on pattern parts.
by colb
Thu 25 May, 2017 17:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wet Carpet
Replies: 3
Views: 417

Re: Wet Carpet

If you can access a wet and dry vacuum it might pay to give them a good suck to help get the water out a bit quicker then dry in the sun. Don't use a hot air gun the carpet can melt.
by colb
Wed 24 May, 2017 17:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Front Stabi Drop Link Lower Brackets
Replies: 16
Views: 1134

Re: Z3 Front Stabi Drop Link Lower Brackets

Best bet then from BMW, I normally pop in the stealer armed with the part number order and pay for it and the parts are usually in next day, if your early they sometimes arrive same day.
by colb
Tue 23 May, 2017 22:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Front Stabi Drop Link Lower Brackets
Replies: 16
Views: 1134

Re: Z3 Front Stabi Drop Link Lower Brackets

Search on Ebay using the part number brought these back http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Genuine-BMW-E28-E30-E36-Z3-Suspension-Swing-Support-Bracket-OEM-33321127717-/142195867957?hash=item211b88c135:g:CmEAAOSwWxNYuUh9 £9.05 + £3 postage all the way from Latvia. Also http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Genuine-BMW-E3...
by colb
Mon 22 May, 2017 21:52
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: Tewkesbury Classic Car Show 19th & 20th August 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 1123

Re: Tewkesbury Classic Car Show 19th & 20th August 2017

Clashes with Zedfest on the 20th, thought you were going to that?
Have put it on Z org
by colb
Mon 22 May, 2017 12:52
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: Tewkesbury Classic Car Show 19th & 20th August 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 1123

Tewkesbury Classic Car Show 19th & 20th August 2017

Tewkesbury Classic Car Show 19th & 20th August 2017 for those not attending Zedfest as its on the same day. Full details here http://www.soglos.com/culture/33833/Tewkesbury-Classic-Vehicle-Festival and here https://www.facebook.com/tewkesburyclassicvehiclefestival/ Been a couple of times with the Z,...
by colb
Sat 20 May, 2017 09:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Replacement Side Marker lights fitted
Replies: 8
Views: 990

Re: Z3 Replacement Side Marker lights fitted

Got them from ebay seller in Germany, link on first post
by colb
Fri 19 May, 2017 16:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Overheating problem
Replies: 32
Views: 3501

Re: Overheating problem

The question asked earlier in the thread by mrluke regarding the noise of a fan running when starting first thing in the morning caught my eye. The answer is its is an air pump that forces fresh air into the exhaust side of the engine to lower emissions on a cold start when the engine will run rich....
by colb
Thu 18 May, 2017 20:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How do you remove the undertray?
Replies: 12
Views: 1140

Re: How do you remove the undertray?

To get underneath mine I run the front up on a pair of car ramps, mine just has enough clearance to get it on the ramps. Same for getting under the rear.
by colb
Tue 16 May, 2017 20:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wheel Arch Repairs
Replies: 9
Views: 952

Re: Wheel Arch Repairs

Probably going to be cost effective in getting used wings as suggested by Rayman less hassle than repairing yours.
by colb
Mon 15 May, 2017 18:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: OBC reading in Km not Miles
Replies: 13
Views: 1205

Re: OBC reading in Km not Miles

E30 how to on here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ituSvaQIbGk is that any good to figure out yours?
by colb
Sun 14 May, 2017 22:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Replacement Side Marker lights fitted
Replies: 8
Views: 990

Re: Z3 Replacement Side Marker lights fitted

Have got led bulbs in mine as per picture posted earlier, they are still bright through the smoked lens
by colb
Sat 13 May, 2017 22:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Replacement Side Marker lights fitted
Replies: 8
Views: 990

Re: Z3 Replacement Side Marker lights fitted

No, white, they are the cars sidelights not turn indicators, the cars indicators are housed at the edge of the headlights under an amber lens.
by colb
Sat 13 May, 2017 16:56
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: Big Welsh Car Show 2017
Replies: 0
Views: 617

Big Welsh Car Show 2017

2017 Bloodwise Event is at Chepstow Racecourse Sunday 17th September 2017 10:00 - 16:00

Entries are bookable via the Web https://bloodwise.org.uk/event-challeng ... -show-2017
£3 per Car.

Well supported event in the past for a worthy cause.
by colb
Fri 12 May, 2017 22:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What power supply for diagnostics?
Replies: 10
Views: 848

Re: What power supply for diagnostics?

You don't need a power supply to run diagnostic code readers, they get their power from the diagnostic sockets they are plugged into.
If you use a laptop with software diagnostics on it then the laptop mains cable can be plugged in to power the laptop if needed or just rely on the laptop battery.
by colb
Fri 12 May, 2017 13:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Replacement Side Marker lights fitted
Replies: 8
Views: 990

Z3 Replacement Side Marker lights fitted

Just replaced my chipped side/marker light units with these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-Z3-1999-On-Black-Lateral-Limiting-Lights-Lamps-Left-N-S-Right-O-S-Side-/302090689366?hash=item4656021b56:g:zZ4AAOSwzaJX7TXs They are described as Black but are more smoked than black. Straight fit replacement t...
by colb
Wed 03 May, 2017 22:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 1.9 Sports Exhaust
Replies: 4
Views: 632

Re: Z3 1.9 Sports Exhaust

Bad reviews over on Bimmerforums for this company.
by colb
Tue 02 May, 2017 22:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Can anyone confirms this works without causing issues?
Replies: 4
Views: 643

Re: Can anyone confirms this works without causing issues?

Yes the wire trick works without issues or you can buy a service light reset tool to plug in and do the same for little money on ebay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Diagnostic-Tool-for-BMW-OBD2-Car-Airbag-Scan-Oil-Service-Inspection-Light-Reset-/192164438900?hash=item2cbde4a374:g:OhMAAOSwJ4hY-X~Y If you ...
by colb
Sat 29 Apr, 2017 22:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Dashboard trim
Replies: 7
Views: 804

Re: Dashboard trim

Put your last 6 digits of your VIN number in oem site and look up the part for your particular model including right colour Here is mine for a 99 1.9 http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=CM12-EUR-12-1999-Z3-BMW-Z3_19&diagId=51_4082 OEM site is here http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/select?prod...
by colb
Sat 29 Apr, 2017 12:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 215262

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Thought I was correct just renewed my tax this morning Sat 29th April on line off SORN and was given the choice of either from 1st April or 1st May. You get the choice on the online site 2 days from the end of the month. You will need to put a vehicle back on SORN on the last day of the month as ent...
by colb
Fri 28 Apr, 2017 15:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 215262

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Could have sworn when I did it last year a couple of days before the month end it gave you a choice of either taxing from the current month or from the coming new month. Got to do mine for May 1st, been checking daily to see when it will take payment for 1st May.
by colb
Tue 25 Apr, 2017 14:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Inherited Z3
Replies: 24
Views: 2116

Re: Inherited Z3

Looks like a good project car that only needs a good clean and a bit of fettling to get it back to a good standard. The hood may still be good, I would give it a good clean and re proof it, either using one of the soft top kits available or using a soap soloution and follow that up with a waterproof...
by colb
Mon 24 Apr, 2017 13:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Tempted
Replies: 1
Views: 347

Tempted

Spotted a nice Z4 at a local car sales, had a quick look and its spotless, 128k on the clock which is 90k more than my Z3 and it has fabric seats where mine has leather. Think I will stick to mine.
http://www.motors.co.uk/car-42672821/?i=13&m=ds
by colb
Sun 23 Apr, 2017 19:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Badge Bar fitted
Replies: 3
Views: 528

Re: Badge Bar fitted

Nothing in the Construction and Use Regulations pertaining to Badge Bars, don't confuse them with Bull Bars that were fitted to 4x4's and considered a danger to pedestrians. You will draw attention to yourself if you fit mascots to the bonnet which could cause injury to a person in a collision. Badg...
by colb
Fri 21 Apr, 2017 16:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Badge Bar fitted
Replies: 3
Views: 528

Badge Bar fitted

Unearthed my old badge bar I had on my Morgan and fitted it to the Z. Cut out a couple of slots in the number plate surround and with a bit of fettling bolted it to the surround, had to drill a couple of holes in the bumper plastic to let the nuts sit in it so the surround sat flush to the bumper. N...
by colb
Wed 19 Apr, 2017 21:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 215262

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

10 Plastic screw fittings for under bonnet insulation, lost a couple when I changed the washer jet valves
http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?&_from ... 0947756688
by colb
Tue 18 Apr, 2017 11:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 215262

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

New MOT at 38,097 miles, fitted two new windscreen washer non return valves prior to test, passed no advisories. Fast idle test PASS CO 0.00% vol (max allowed 0.20%) HC 3ppm vol (max allowed 200ppm) Lambda 1.007 (Min allowed 0.970 max 1.030) Natural Idle test PASS CO 0.00%vol (Max allowed 0.30%vol) ...
by colb
Mon 17 Apr, 2017 09:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Slowly retracting seatbelt...
Replies: 4
Views: 830

Re: Slowly retracting seatbelt...

Yes washing with a natural soap soloution worked for me, used soap flakes in hot water. The belts get dirty with grime and oil from hands and this causes problems when they recoil. A good wash and allow to dry will probably sort it. Pull the belts out to their full extent and jam them so you can was...
by colb
Thu 13 Apr, 2017 09:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sill removed cleaned and waxoyled
Replies: 26
Views: 3177

Re: Sill removed cleaned and waxoyled

Al Its a bit of a wrestle getting the arch liners out, once all the screws are out I found it was best to drop the inner edge down and then use a screwdriver to spring the outer edge down and out from the outer wing edge being careful not to damage the wing edge when doing it, same for the front alt...
by colb
Wed 12 Apr, 2017 16:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Air Bag Reset Tool
Replies: 17
Views: 2116

Re: Air Bag Reset Tool

You want a B800 reset tool, loads on ebay at various prices, cheaper from China but I would go for this one from Manchester, it will arrive quicker. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Airbag-Reset-Tool-Diagnostic-Scanner-Code-Reader-B800-for-BMW-E36-E46-Z3-Z4-X5-/332110699699?hash=item4d53571cb3:g:x0UAAOSwYm...
by colb
Tue 11 Apr, 2017 20:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Diff sump plug
Replies: 3
Views: 546

Re: Diff sump plug

by colb
Tue 11 Apr, 2017 20:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Air con fan stalling
Replies: 8
Views: 1092

Re: Air con fan stalling

I think you will find fuse 48 in the Aux Fuse Box under the glovebox judging by what I found on the web. Just glad I don't have aircon on mine. More info on this post on bimmerforums https://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?1851194-1999-Z3-auxilliary-fan-fuse-location https://www.bimmerforu...
by colb
Tue 11 Apr, 2017 17:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: lambda sensor
Replies: 5
Views: 648

Re: lambda sensor

Quite right check for air leaks or a bad MAF, these will upset the lambda sensor. If you need a new sensor stick with known make such as Bosch or Siemens same goes for replacement MAF. Not worth gambling on the cheap parts on ebay, been there done that, lesson learnt. I replaced my lambda sensors pr...
by colb
Mon 10 Apr, 2017 12:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hazard Warning lights will not turn off
Replies: 12
Views: 1286

Re: Hazard Warning lights will not turn off

Too bad it wasn't the switch, sounds like the others are correct suspecting the alarm causing them to flash.
Bonnet switch sounds a possibility, strange the siren isn't sounding when they flash.
by colb
Sun 09 Apr, 2017 18:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hazard Warning lights will not turn off
Replies: 12
Views: 1286

Re: Hazard Warning lights will not turn off

I would check the hazard switch sounds like it might have developed an internal fault, disconnect the switch and try a known good one to see if that solves the issue.
by colb
Sat 08 Apr, 2017 20:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: First impressions
Replies: 9
Views: 982

Re: First impressions

Change the gearbox oil, check what yours takes, some use ATF, may be a label on the side of the gearbox unless its fallen off over the years.
BMW used fill for life fluid but a change is worthwhile to freshen up the box, gear changes will be smoother after a change, do it and see what you think.
by colb
Thu 06 Apr, 2017 22:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: B*stard main dealers
Replies: 20
Views: 2297

Re: B*stard main dealers

When I changed my fuel filter I found it was the original, car built in 1999, I changed it in 2015, given the mileage is only 35k I suppose it lasted well even though the car would have had services before I owned it and it hadn't been changed. I also dislike the current garage practice of the exorb...
by colb
Thu 06 Apr, 2017 20:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sill removed cleaned and waxoyled
Replies: 26
Views: 3177

Re: Sill removed cleaned and waxoyled

Had a go at the passenger side this afternoon, stripped down in an hour then cleaned, now awaiting a good dose of Waxoyle. Got to get some as I ran out doing the drivers side. The passenger side is just as good as the other side, no rust anywhere thank goodness. Only casualty was one of the front ar...
by colb
Thu 06 Apr, 2017 09:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sill removed cleaned and waxoyled
Replies: 26
Views: 3177

Re: Sill removed cleaned and waxoyled

That looks real nasty, hope it heals up quick so you can get back to fettling.