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by therealdb1
Mon 10 Aug, 2015 11:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Suspected Head Gasket Failure
Replies: 12
Views: 1088

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: 1170

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: 2480

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: 1170

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: 1347

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: 437

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: 1347

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: 1618

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: 1618

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: 1249

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: 1618

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: 1618

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: 1094

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: 1094

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: 582

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...
by therealdb1
Tue 09 Jun, 2015 20:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: spare set of our wheels has just gone on ebay
Replies: 5
Views: 650

Re: spare set of our wheels has just gone on ebay

Yes being sold by such a specialist company too that think that ET 2 and ET 9 rims will fit on an E 36!
by therealdb1
Wed 27 May, 2015 12:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: running out of revs
Replies: 16
Views: 1991

Re: running out of revs

I feel sorry for the poor old M54 spending its life bouncing off the rev limiter!
It's likely that the cost of fuel will be the least of your worries before long!
by therealdb1
Thu 21 May, 2015 23:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Deep Purple...
Replies: 7
Views: 1036

Re: Deep Purple...

I wondered what the candlestick on the dashboard was for!!!
by therealdb1
Mon 18 May, 2015 23:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Deep Purple...
Replies: 7
Views: 1036

Re: Deep Purple...

Yup! It is Mora Red paint code 359. It was applied to the Mora individual with matching piping on cream seats and a few other extras over the standard spec. I have only ever seen it with the 2.0 engine which is unfortunate unless someone knows different. I have a Mora Z3 but you do not see many in t...
by therealdb1
Mon 11 May, 2015 15:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine won't start - and it's not the battery!
Replies: 27
Views: 1873

Re: Engine won't start - and it's not the battery!

I had similar issues a month ago. Just after its winter lay-up turn the key and the engine did not spin. Try several times and then it would start. As Mike suggests, a simple bit of Holmes and Watson with my eyes and fingers and I found a loose connection at the battery. Not the battery connection i...
by therealdb1
Thu 07 May, 2015 09:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS error code - speed sensor required ?
Replies: 22
Views: 1281

Re: ABS error code - speed sensor required ?

Yes, it does not specifically mention E36/7 Z3 but I can access all modules on my 2000 2.0l by using a combination of the E46 and E39 tabs.
by therealdb1
Wed 06 May, 2015 23:24
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted
Replies: 4
Views: 715

Re: Wanted

Not sure UK Plod would approve of a tinny of ale within arms reach of the driver should you be stopped!
A neat job all the same.
by therealdb1
Wed 06 May, 2015 23:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS error code - speed sensor required ?
Replies: 22
Views: 1281

Re: ABS error code - speed sensor required ?

I have one of those BM Cables it is excellent. All sorts of useful data pops up on the screen. Be aware that you will also need an adaptor cable from the rectangular OBDII connector to the circular pacman connector under the bonnet to read any codes other than the engine related ones but presumably ...
by therealdb1
Tue 28 Apr, 2015 23:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 220760

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

The two little o-rings that never come with the oil filter and no one ever changes but will hopefully stop it taking a couple of seconds for the oil pressure to build while it refills the filter with oil after start up. £4.51 including postage from a franchised BMW dealer (can't really call them a s...
by therealdb1
Fri 10 Apr, 2015 09:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Anyone know what this is?
Replies: 12
Views: 927

Re: Anyone know what this is?

Are you sure that it is not a comb that hairdressers fit to their clippers?
After all all soft-top sportsters are tarred with the hairdresser brush!!!
by therealdb1
Fri 20 Mar, 2015 22:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: MOT failure
Replies: 4
Views: 625

Re: MOT failure

Way to go Del!
I wouldn't even contemplate replacing a single ball joint on one of these arms.
Great price too for a pair.
by therealdb1
Fri 20 Mar, 2015 22:50
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: eBay auction help
Replies: 24
Views: 2301

Re: eBay auction help

Hi Inferno, you don't say what time on Sunday the auction ends. If the seller is experienced and wants top dollar it shall end late afternoon early evening. This is when there is maximum traffic on the site. Be prepared for the price to escalate many times in the last minute so if you really want th...
by therealdb1
Thu 19 Mar, 2015 22:54
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Guess the car price...
Replies: 14
Views: 1683

Re: Guess the car price...

I got 10 out of 10... on the second attempt!!! 4 from 10 first time through. It's a duff quiz anyway; 3 are French rubbish that no one would be interested in at those prices and 2 are ridiculous Italian (German really) supercars that cost as much as my entire street of houses! The quiz should theref...
by therealdb1
Thu 12 Mar, 2015 08:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Mystery Noise after stone passed under car
Replies: 25
Views: 2281

Re: Mystery Noise after stone passed under car

When you do eventually find the culprit perhaps you should take a photo and take it back to the stealer and ask why they did not find the problem that they were expressly asked to look for. My guess is that they just did the routine service and left it at that as the message to look for the particul...
by therealdb1
Tue 10 Mar, 2015 23:33
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Cars as investments
Replies: 11
Views: 1428

Re: Cars as investments

You have to compare like with like. The sort of cars that are making big money are exceptional and in the main fairly rare, low mileage examples. To compare you would need to be buying exceptional shares not those of a high street bank or exceptional property in an up and coming area not the house t...
by therealdb1
Tue 10 Mar, 2015 12:40
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Cars as investments
Replies: 11
Views: 1428

Re: Cars as investments

An interesting idea but personally if financial reward was my goal I would invest in bricks and mortar every time. I would feel sorry for that poor M Roadster that was bought ten years ago (and the Ferrari also although I never understand what people see in them) to add a handful of miles. BMW's are...
by therealdb1
Thu 05 Mar, 2015 10:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What to look for ? (viewing Z3 tomorrow)
Replies: 13
Views: 873

Re: What to look for ? (viewing Z3 tomorrow)

Sounds like it does have air-con then. Heated seats too a bonus!
Check the air-con works if it is fitted since it can often be an expensive fix if you need a new condenser rather than just a gas recharge.
If it's not working then this is a price haggling tool!
Let us know how you get on.
by therealdb1
Thu 05 Mar, 2015 00:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What to look for ? (viewing Z3 tomorrow)
Replies: 13
Views: 873

Re: What to look for ? (viewing Z3 tomorrow)

Not all the 6 pot cars had powered hoods as mine has never had one fitted and doesn't have the ram gear in the boot so don't feel short-changed if it doesn't have one. I generally find that people who dismiss air-con have never had it. Personally I would not buy a car without it but not for balmy su...
by therealdb1
Mon 02 Mar, 2015 22:47
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: Z3 buying advice sought
Replies: 9
Views: 1134

Re: Z3 buying advice sought

Hi again, mine is a 2.0 and the power is adequate but then I changed from a 4.0 supercharged Jaguar! You may need to stir the gearstick a little more than with a larger engine but owning one of these cars isn't just about the performance which is why the good condition 4 cylinder cars are popular. H...
by therealdb1
Mon 02 Mar, 2015 17:26
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: Z3 buying advice sought
Replies: 9
Views: 1134

Re: Z3 buying advice sought

Unfortunately the Z3 is now at an age where the price depends on the condition rather than age, engine size, toys although as Del says unloved 4 pots are plentiful and cheap. Had a quick look on Autotrader and Pistonheads and there are lots of 2.2's for sale ranging from less than £3000 to £8000 so ...
by therealdb1
Sat 28 Feb, 2015 23:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: More Government Obstructiveness
Replies: 30
Views: 3066

Re: More Government Obstructiveness

Don't start me on rants! The problem is that they are de-skilling Post Office staff. We had a really good Post Office in the village and the couple that ran it knew exactly what they were doing for all of the services they offered. The "Post Office" has now moved to an ordinary counter in an "open a...
by therealdb1
Fri 27 Feb, 2015 22:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine running on 2 cylinders?
Replies: 11
Views: 1230

Re: Engine running on 2 cylinders?

Hi Patty, The knock sensor codes are possibly red herrings and a symptom of the poor running you have experienced rather than the cause. This is the downside to fault codes as they can often lead you to suspect parts that are not faulty at all. A knock sensor, despite its title, is not fitted to det...
by therealdb1
Sun 22 Feb, 2015 22:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine running on 2 cylinders?
Replies: 11
Views: 1230

Re: Engine running on 2 cylinders?

I would check for air leaks on the induction. Rubber hoses can continue to perish and eventually split even when the car is laid up in the garage as I discovered a couple of years ago. If the car was running fine when parked and there is no obvious wetness to cause electrical issues an air leak woul...
by therealdb1
Sat 14 Feb, 2015 10:52
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted - Washer Fluid Reservoir
Replies: 6
Views: 537

Re: Wanted - Washer Fluid Reservoir

Yes there are definitely at least two types of washer bottle since I have one of each! If it is the type at the rear of the engine compartment what can happen is the mounting bracket comes away from the main reservoir body leaving a hole in the back of the reservoir. It is quite near the top so the ...
by therealdb1
Sun 18 Jan, 2015 23:41
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Testing the water
Replies: 2
Views: 547

Re: Testing the water

Hi Richard, Looks like a nice clean example but be aware that since October 1st in the UK it stopped being possible to transfer the tax disc with the car. You have to claim any unused tax and the buyer has to purchase their own. Daft system I know but they are the rules. If I were you I'd reclaim th...
by therealdb1
Thu 08 Jan, 2015 18:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Airbag light... wit a twist!
Replies: 9
Views: 1481

Re: Airbag light... wit a twist!

Hi Boosh, If you have the round 20 pin pac-man connector under the bonnet you will probably need to connect to that to read the airbag module. Normally all that is available on the OBD 2 connector inside the car under the steering wheel is the engine management DME module. Most likely cause of your ...
by therealdb1
Fri 12 Dec, 2014 22:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Mazda MX5 OR BMW Z3? Your views guys...
Replies: 82
Views: 15118

Re: Mazda MX5 OR BMW Z3? Your views guys...

How times change! £8k for a 4 pot although I suspect the OP has been there and done that by now as the Z's generally appear to change hands several times in 10 years!
by therealdb1
Fri 12 Dec, 2014 22:22
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Disaster - Advice needed
Replies: 19
Views: 3134

Re: Disaster - Advice needed

It's a bit difficult to tell from the photos what warrants £10k of damage. My experience of these repairers is that the first question they ask is whether or not it is an insurance job. Answer "yes" and the quote shall be so ridiculous it will write off virtually any car. Get a couple of quotes from...
by therealdb1
Mon 06 Oct, 2014 23:28
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: A newbie who can't wait to get my car
Replies: 8
Views: 974

Re: A newbie who can't wait to get my car

Hi Sasker I endorse what the others have said; do not be put off by mileage. Mine has 120k. Look around as it is the right time of year now the rainy season has arrived and you have a reasonable budget certainly for a Z3. Mechanically the cars are not difficult to work on and the knowledgebase on he...
by therealdb1
Mon 06 Oct, 2014 23:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Battery advice
Replies: 13
Views: 953

Re: Battery advice

Unfortunately as well as a battery you should budget for a trickle charger otherwise with the limited use that your car appears to get you will be replacing batteries regularly. Modern car batteries do not seem to tolerate the deep discharge that they get with the alarm system draining them continuo...
by therealdb1
Fri 12 Sep, 2014 21:57
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: iPhone 6 Preordered?
Replies: 40
Views: 6172

Re: iPhone 6 Preordered?

The question is why? I had a simple Nokia that was a personal phone. Got a new job which came with an iPhone 4S. Ok it had a few features that were useful. After a year the company insisted on "upgrading" to an iPhone 5S. By this time my 4S was sorted and reliable so I said no thanks but the package...
by therealdb1
Fri 12 Sep, 2014 21:38
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: Volume Air Flow Sensor
Replies: 9
Views: 1602

Re: Volume Air Flow Sensor

Hi guys, I couldn't help being pedantic but that is not a volume meter but a Mass Air Flow meter or MAF as they are commonly called.
Search using the word 'mass' rather than 'volume' and you may find further alternatives at more sensible prices than 400 Euros.
by therealdb1
Fri 12 Sep, 2014 21:28
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Replaced ABS Sensors - ABS Light still on...
Replies: 2
Views: 414

Re: Replaced ABS Sensors - ABS Light still on...

Hi Shirley, silly questions but..... Have you driven the car since you replaced the ABS sensors? Sometimes the wheels need to turn to get the module back into gear so to speak. Did you clean the toothed wheels that the sensors read? Often these get clogged with magnetic material and the sensors cann...
by therealdb1
Wed 20 Aug, 2014 22:30
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Wheels- smartening up
Replies: 10
Views: 1499

Re: Wheels- smartening up

Hi Mark,
Read it again as that price is plus VAT and the price list is dated January 2011.
I'm not saying that you shouldn't enquire but expect to pay more than £190.
by therealdb1
Wed 13 Aug, 2014 11:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Low profile tyres
Replies: 7
Views: 329

Re: Low profile tyres

It depends what you mean by "low".
AFAIK all Z3's have low profile tyres it's just that some are lower than others. These cars do seem to be quite sensitive to tyre choice.
What car do you have and what rubber are you running at present?