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by therealdb1
Sun 13 Mar, 2016 22:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: So it's still not handling how I'd want...
Replies: 64
Views: 5601

Re: So it's still not handling how I'd want...

The "individuals" were factory cars; see here http://users.belgacom.net/bmw_z3/bmw_z3 ... ograms.htm
Yes there is a plate under the bonnet that states "individual" with the name and paint code.
by therealdb1
Sun 13 Mar, 2016 10:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: So it's still not handling how I'd want...
Replies: 64
Views: 5601

Re: So it's still not handling how I'd want...

Ah ah! We're back on the old chestnut of special editions! You would have thought that an efficient German company would have kept records of how many cars were made but apparently not. No one can give a definitive answer. The excuse I was given when I enquired about my 'Mora' was that the "Individu...
by therealdb1
Sat 27 Feb, 2016 00:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS sensors.
Replies: 12
Views: 1062

Re: ABS sensors.

Actually I've confused myself! The last ones I did were on my Volvo which drop in from the top on the front wheels. :dunce: However the technique I describe still holds but you shall have to remove the brake disc and possibly the hub too. It depends how much you want to save the sensor. Why are you ...
by therealdb1
Fri 26 Feb, 2016 22:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS sensors.
Replies: 12
Views: 1062

Re: ABS sensors.

No there is no locating groove and when freshly installed they can be wriggled side to side slightly. However it is a common problem for them to seize in the hole. A technique I have used with 50/50 success is to lift the car high enough to get a bar of aluminium (soft but stiff and non-magnetic) of...
by therealdb1
Fri 19 Feb, 2016 22:46
Forum: Performance
Topic: tyre pressure gauges.
Replies: 1
Views: 468

Re: tyre pressure gauges.

If you have a pump and pressure gauge at home why do you want to trust someone else's when you have no control over who uses it or how it is used? The question that needs to be asked is "where can you get your gauge and/or pump calibrated so you know they are correct?" I cannot really help you with ...
by therealdb1
Fri 12 Feb, 2016 22:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: HELP needed total loss of power
Replies: 36
Views: 3019

Re: HELP needed total loss of power

Good news! It's nothing to do with DSC or ASC. It sounds like an air leak which can be confirmed by resetting the code and checking that it recurrs when you try to drive the car. This then means old fashioned detective work with your fingers and eyes. You will need to check every rubber hose on the ...
by therealdb1
Mon 08 Feb, 2016 16:40
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: FOR SALE Z3M WHEELS & TYRES
Replies: 5
Views: 773

Re: FOR SALE Z3M WHEELS & TYRES

I always thought that Eagle NCT's were Goodyear tyres.
Dunlop tyres normally have "sport" in the name!
by therealdb1
Mon 08 Feb, 2016 16:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Kickdown not working
Replies: 3
Views: 472

Re: Kickdown not working

Have you checked the gear box oil level?
Autos can do some strange things when the level is marginal and you have been showing it what for!
by therealdb1
Tue 19 Jan, 2016 09:11
Forum: Z4 roadster and Z4 Coupe
Topic: Bonnet wont release
Replies: 17
Views: 3933

Re: Bonnet wont release

The bonnet release may not be a service item according to BMW but it definitely needs maintenance. Over time the system siezes due to lack of lubrication and you end up snapping a cable trying to open the bonnet. Then you really have made a job and a half for yourself! How do I know that? When after...
by therealdb1
Fri 11 Dec, 2015 23:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Decipher INPA codes
Replies: 12
Views: 1505

Re: Decipher INPA codes

Hi Julie, Before you go rushing in to the inlet cam sensor it is highly likely that there is anything wrong with it if the engine is running correctly. INPA is a great diagnostic tool, even in German since Google translation will give you the gist of what it says and I am sure the version I have con...
by therealdb1
Tue 01 Dec, 2015 23:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: INPA
Replies: 4
Views: 708

Re: INPA

I have one of these and it works perfectly on Windows XP and Windows 7. Haven't tried it on 10 yet but the advert claims compatibility. I also found that there was no path option when installing and it defaults to the C drive which is a minor inconvenience but if you are aware of that in advance you...
by therealdb1
Mon 09 Nov, 2015 00:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Is Cooper-BMW-parts.co.uk still running?
Replies: 10
Views: 1266

Re: Is Cooper-BMW-parts.co.uk still running?

Do you not have access to a telephone or e-mail? I have always found their phone and over the counter service exceptional. The guys in there are knowledgable and helpful. You don't even need to know the BMW part numbers. Give them your chassis number and they will look up the parts for you then if t...
by therealdb1
Thu 05 Nov, 2015 23:18
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: I'm back after 2 years.
Replies: 4
Views: 936

Re: I'm back after 2 years.

Hi Marty,
Welcome on your return from me but like Del I cannot believe it is 2 years since the pain of releasing the Z.
I'm glad that your fortunes have changed as they must have improved dramatically if you are considering an M!
by therealdb1
Tue 29 Sep, 2015 22:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Tyre noise or not.
Replies: 5
Views: 646

Re: Tyre noise or not.

What sort of noise?
Do you have the same type of tyre on both sides?
Has the noise changed at all with the new wheel bearing?
by therealdb1
Tue 29 Sep, 2015 22:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clattering noise from the front.
Replies: 39
Views: 4035

Re: Clattering noise from the front.

Could be your Vanos units. I would say search for a Youtube video of a double Vanos engine like yours with duff units to see if the sound is the same. Otherwise take it to a garage with BMW engine experience since they would have more idea what's wrong without stripping the engine. Do you notice tha...
by therealdb1
Tue 29 Sep, 2015 21:56
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Power Bond 806 Glue
Replies: 2
Views: 886

Re: Power Bond 806 Glue

Yes it is very good at bonding including fingers!
I had some years ago too, kept it in the fridge but it still went rock solid in about a year. Maybe my fridge had too much condensation inside but recommend you buy a small quantity regularly rather than rely on keeping a larger quantity indefinitely.
by therealdb1
Wed 16 Sep, 2015 09:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: oscillophone :D
Replies: 2
Views: 314

Re: oscillophone :D

I took the easy route and purchased a very nice Hameg twin beam scope on eBay for £20 which has far superior specifications to the smartphone adaptor shown in the link! Keep your eyes peeled and you can buy digital storage scopes for about £50 sometimes. Of course you do not get the enjoyment of bui...
by therealdb1
Thu 10 Sep, 2015 23:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Thermostat Query
Replies: 8
Views: 828

Re: Thermostat Query

Thermostats can fail either open or closed. Trust me I have had both... Several times each!
Not sure about the 4 cylinder but my 6 pot has a heated thermostat.
by therealdb1
Wed 09 Sep, 2015 10:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: exhaust emission warning light
Replies: 16
Views: 1398

Re: exhaust emission warning light

If it is running rich it may be that the ECU thinks the engine is cold. Hook it up to an INPA and see what engine temperatures you are getting. Also go to a friendly MOT station and get them to check the lambda and hydrocarbon readings at the exhaust. These will tell you if the mixture is over-rich ...
by therealdb1
Fri 04 Sep, 2015 17:16
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: M Roadster Breaking on EBay
Replies: 2
Views: 538

Re: M Roadster Breaking on EBay

It looks pretty sad! Seller goes on about how rare it is and then wants to break it!!! I can only assume it has NSF accident damage as he carefully has avoided showing that corner and the stance looks wrong. Even with the escalating prices of the M there is only so much that can be done to keep them...
by therealdb1
Wed 02 Sep, 2015 12:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fitting an air con unit.
Replies: 7
Views: 650

Re: Fitting an air con unit.

I applied for a job once retro-fitting air con into brand new cars on behalf of franchised dealers. They expected me to fit two or three a week and maybe an extra one by doing overtime if there was a long commute from the head office. I never took the job for several reasons but it gives an idea of ...
by therealdb1
Wed 02 Sep, 2015 09:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Thermostat question
Replies: 9
Views: 651

Re: Thermostat question

As I said the temperature is being measured at one point in the cylinder head, not the radiator as that temperature will fluctuate every time you stop or move or the fan cuts in. "Cool" water is being pumped into a "hot" engine through narrow ducts there will be all sorts of temperature gradients an...
by therealdb1
Tue 01 Sep, 2015 23:34
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: 1999 z3 2.8 for sale £2795
Replies: 3
Views: 712

Re: 1999 z3 2.8 for sale £2795

Nice looking car although with almost a million miles on the clock you must know it is reliable!
I would change the quoted mileage of "964500" if I were you!
by therealdb1
Tue 01 Sep, 2015 23:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Car cover or not?
Replies: 19
Views: 2316

Re: Car cover or not?

That's a bad move! Just watched one of those house hunting programmes on TV where the 'expert' was getting really frustrated with the guy looking to buy a house since he was putting more priority on the garage / workshop facilities for his Land Rovers than the living accommodation. I guess there are...
by therealdb1
Tue 01 Sep, 2015 23:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Thermostat question
Replies: 9
Views: 651

Re: Thermostat question

It's like that because that's the way it is. You cannot expect a temperature gauge to sit exactly in the middle of full scale and it will generally move slightly up or down depending on several things e.g. engine load, ambient temperature, airflow around the engine. The gauge is measuring the temper...
by therealdb1
Fri 21 Aug, 2015 11:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear Suspension and wheels and gaps and stuff
Replies: 18
Views: 1302

Re: Rear Suspension and wheels and gaps and stuff

"pry in and out"! Did you not use spring compressors? Changing springs without them is a very dangerous game! There also appears to be an emphasis on lack of tools which considering the enormity of the task of building a kit car is surprising. I hope the car turns out well, certainly what you have d...
by therealdb1
Fri 21 Aug, 2015 00:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 2.8 V6
Replies: 6
Views: 605

Re: 2.8 V6

Worryingly Mike there is a photo with the bonnet open and the engine looks pretty straight to me.

This suggests that the owner cannot tell the difference even when looking at the engine! :dunce:
by therealdb1
Fri 21 Aug, 2015 00:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fuel
Replies: 20
Views: 1787

Re: Fuel

I'm not saying that the fuel had no effect but you also need to take into account the ambient temperature, pressure and humidity especially since your tests were several weeks apart. Cold air will be more dense and therefore have more mass for the same swept volume. Since cars these days have a Mass...
by therealdb1
Tue 18 Aug, 2015 20:14
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Mor61e's Topaz Blue 2.8 - Respray time
Replies: 80
Views: 12222

Re: Mor61e's Topaz Blue 2.8 - Respray time

Whereabouts is your mate Craig based?
I have a rear quarter panel off the car that I need respraying and his handy work looks the business.
by therealdb1
Tue 18 Aug, 2015 20:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Help... Idle problem
Replies: 3
Views: 362

Re: Help... Idle problem

You say it is an "old" 2.8 so I'm guessing that it has a cable and it is one of those hybrid throttle bodies where the motor overrides the cable for traction control. I read somewhere that you should not try and move the butterfly on these by hand otherwise the unit can be damaged but since it revs ...
by therealdb1
Tue 18 Aug, 2015 19:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fuel
Replies: 20
Views: 1787

Re: Fuel

Absolute nonsense, Corky! Mugs is correct. If you put lead in the tank you will probably destroy your catalytic converter. What the guy is talking about is that you should use high octane fuel in other words 'super unleaded' RON 95 or above if you can find it not the usual rep-mobile supermarket unl...
by therealdb1
Fri 14 Aug, 2015 13:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Can You Program a Second Hand Key?
Replies: 16
Views: 1425

Re: Can You Program a Second Hand Key?

Forgot to mention, Bob, when I bought my replacement key from Motormec, not a franchised dealer, there was no need for any of this pfaffing about reprogramming it worked straight out of the packet. Remotely opened the doors and started the car as well as fitting all of the locks to manually unlock. ...
by therealdb1
Thu 13 Aug, 2015 23:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Can You Program a Second Hand Key?
Replies: 16
Views: 1425

Re: Can You Program a Second Hand Key?

When I got my Z it only had one key with the 3 buttons on it and looked like it had been used by a labrador! I initially went down the ebay route and found it was quite difficult to get anyone to cut a blank to fit my locks for less than about £50 and then guarantee it would work. You should be able...
by therealdb1
Mon 10 Aug, 2015 13:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Suspected Head Gasket Failure
Replies: 12
Views: 1029

Re: Z3 Suspected Head Gasket Failure

It could, of course, be leaking between cylinders and may not be showing any oil / water symptoms but then I suspect it would run like a pig if it started at all.
A compression check could spot this eventuality also.
by therealdb1
Mon 10 Aug, 2015 13:42
Forum: Boyz Toyz
Topic: Changing Head Unit
Replies: 5
Views: 1746

Re: Changing Head Unit

The sound comes from the speakers and the standard fit ones are not the best. Better electronics will still sound poor if the speakers are not up to the task so I would start here. Having said that part of the allure of the Z, particularly the 6 pots, is the exhaust note so why would you want a radi...
by therealdb1
Mon 10 Aug, 2015 11:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Suspected Head Gasket Failure
Replies: 12
Views: 1029

Re: Z3 Suspected Head Gasket Failure

The best way to be sure is the compression test as the other symptoms (oil in the water, white smoke from the exhaust) are dependant on where the breach in the gasket lies. Does the owner report high oil or water consumption with no obvious leaks onto the floor? You say the engine runs but how well ...
by therealdb1
Fri 07 Aug, 2015 20:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Who Supplies OEM Spares?
Replies: 11
Views: 1107

Re: Who Supplies OEM Spares?

Good call Bob.
Let us know if code 12 disappears for good.
by therealdb1
Fri 07 Aug, 2015 09:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Does this need fixing?
Replies: 42
Views: 2298

Re: Does this need fixing?

I am certain that those that suggest leaving it or gluing it back together are only having a bit of fun and are knowledgeable enough themselves to realise that this is a serious safety issue and the car should not be driven in this state. The worry is that the OP is obviously not so knowledgeable ot...
by therealdb1
Thu 06 Aug, 2015 22:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Who Supplies OEM Spares?
Replies: 11
Views: 1107

Re: Who Supplies OEM Spares?

Hi Bob, So I take it code 12 has reappeared? It could still be a fault elsewhere but if you wish to replace a sensor try www.motormec.co.uk. Their website is not particularly helpful since it always seems to be under construction but it has contact details and if you ring them they are extremely kno...
by therealdb1
Wed 05 Aug, 2015 16:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Brakes.
Replies: 15
Views: 1265

Re: Brakes.

Pagid were OEM for my Porker. Nuff said!
Still think Mintex are hard to beat for value and performance though.
by therealdb1
Wed 05 Aug, 2015 16:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Codes 8 & 12 shown on Peake code reader.
Replies: 4
Views: 409

Re: Codes 8 & 12 shown on Peake code reader.

If you had split inlet bellows then you are unlikely to need new sensors. These codes were probably registered by running with the air metering outside pre-programmed parameters. A word of caution: Now you are the proud owner of a code reader treat it like a newspaper and don't believe everything yo...
by therealdb1
Wed 05 Aug, 2015 09:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Brakes.
Replies: 15
Views: 1265

Re: Brakes.

Another vote for Mintex. Excellent value and stopping power so I have them on all 4 of my cars. They do (did last time I looked) something called Brake Box which they claim to be matched discs and pads which is what I fitted and have no complaints at the price. It takes the guesswork out of finding ...
by therealdb1
Tue 21 Jul, 2015 22:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Strange problem - car won't move
Replies: 25
Views: 1524

Re: Strange problem - car won't move

My last car with a carburettor was a 1978 Opel Manta that I owned in the early 1980's with a twin choke monstrosity. Fine from cold but a hot start - forget it! In 1986 I bought a fuel injected 1984 Manta GTE and have never looked back. Had it tuned by the legend Bill Blydenstein a couple of years l...
by therealdb1
Tue 21 Jul, 2015 13:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Strange problem - car won't move
Replies: 25
Views: 1524

Re: Strange problem - car won't move

Don't start me on that topic - A lot of designs these days are about making more money not to improve the product by making it more useful or easier to use. How regularly do we need to update a mobile phone for example? I grew up when a phone that was not in your house was fitted in a red box and yo...
by therealdb1
Tue 21 Jul, 2015 10:07
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: z3 individual velvet blue orinoco champagne leather
Replies: 2
Views: 1224

Re: z3 individual velvet blue orinoco champagne leather

Almost identical to my Mora Red (purple) individual except of course this one is errr, blue! Southernboy is right though, cream and body colour piping does set the interior off more than black. Just have to be careful what I say as the last time a thread went in this direction I was accused of being...
by therealdb1
Tue 21 Jul, 2015 09:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Strange problem - car won't move
Replies: 25
Views: 1524

Re: Strange problem - car won't move

True! I do remember many a Triumph owner carrying bags of frozen peas around with them trying to keep their early fuel injected cars running! I'm glad Mr Bosch et al got their act together as I for one would never consider a carburettor again. Wheels are ok provided they come in fours and as for fir...
by therealdb1
Sun 19 Jul, 2015 23:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Strange problem - car won't move
Replies: 25
Views: 1524

Re: Strange problem - car won't move

Lots of different manufacturers use this disc/drum set up for the rear it's not peculiar to BMW. My many large Vauxhalls, Jaguar, Volvo and Porsche all had a similar set up. In fact the only car that I have owned with rear discs that actually used the discs and pads for handbrake was a 1991 Volkswag...
by therealdb1
Tue 30 Jun, 2015 23:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Excessive co2 content ? mot fail
Replies: 15
Views: 1033

Re: Excessive co2 content ? mot fail

There is another possibility if the car is running as well as you say it is... When I took my daily driver Volvo for its first ever MOT when it was just 3 years old it failed on emissions at my local MOT station. I took it back to the stealer where I brought it brand new and they said "these never f...
by therealdb1
Tue 30 Jun, 2015 17:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Excessive co2 content ? mot fail
Replies: 15
Views: 1033

Re: Excessive co2 content ? mot fail

Hi, I would really worry if you had that much CO2 in your exhaust emissions. I take it you mean CO? That's not your only problem by the looks of it as there seems serious combustion issues to resolve. Have you checked the spark plugs to see what condition they are in? The kind of deposits on them an...
by therealdb1
Thu 25 Jun, 2015 09:37
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Repair advice
Replies: 2
Views: 562

Re: Repair advice

Yes Zederbee is correct. Don't dismiss a Stealer without asking the question sometimes their prices are almost realistic! I bought the rubber hoses from the MAF to throttle body and genuine BMW items from a franchised dealer were 2/3 of the price of some dubious replicas from the Far East on eBay. T...