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by therealdb1
Thu 31 Jul, 2014 16:15
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: A Little Treat for the Z
Replies: 20
Views: 3324

Re: A Little Treat for the Z

Generally a thicker front ARB will increase the 'push' i.e. give you more understeer. This can be beneficial under certain circumstances like flowing fast bends since it gives more confidence that the car will not swap ends and reverse into a lamp-post or hedge. Most road cars are set up with unders...
by therealdb1
Sun 20 Jul, 2014 10:02
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: M roadster parts plus others
Replies: 10
Views: 1471

Re: M roadster parts plus others

That's not good news, Marty. I've been through it myself, twice! It doesn't do much for the self-esteem. What is your line of work? Maybe someone on here can offer you something or point you in the direction of a new opportunity. Use every available line of networking open to you and this is communi...
by therealdb1
Fri 18 Jul, 2014 22:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Where have all the Z3"s gone?
Replies: 31
Views: 2494

Re: Where have all the Z3"s gone?

I often see a Z3 in Norfolk but usually from the inside unless I'm looking out of the kitchen window! In fact there are 2 or 3 regularly lurking around the Hopton area. I'm not sure where they are based but if the owners are members of this forum I'd be interested to know. Incidentally, 'Nelson' wou...
by therealdb1
Fri 11 Jul, 2014 13:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Front discs
Replies: 8
Views: 326

Re: Front discs

Don't forget to tell your insurance company that you have non-standard discs fitted. It probably will not increase your premium but will certainly give them an excuse not to pay up if you claim and they were not aware of the modification.
by therealdb1
Mon 30 Jun, 2014 12:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fitting the tonneau cover
Replies: 8
Views: 278

Re: Fitting the tonneau cover

I've never had a problem fitting the tonneau cover but I am surprised that it stays attached with those tiny little press studs. It seems to be much heavier than necessary. I find myself driving along with one eye on the tonneau cover in the mirrors in case it becomes detached and surprises the foll...
by therealdb1
Mon 30 Jun, 2014 12:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: m44 mpg
Replies: 22
Views: 366

Re: m44 mpg

My supercharged Jag used to struggle to reach 14mpg on a run! Cyclists saving the planet pretended to choke on the fumes as it wafted past. It was a very fast motor car by any standards but unfortunately Jaguar forgot to fit any brakes! The consensus is correct on working out mpg though. The more mi...
by therealdb1
Sun 29 Jun, 2014 22:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: More on fan noise
Replies: 13
Views: 512

Re: More on fan noise

Cheers Del. I'll look into those for starters. Pedro, when I was checking my electric fan it started up with the ignition on but the engine wasn't even running so no the air con doesn't need to be on. If you are going to remove the viscous coupled fan I suggest that you do check that the electric on...
by therealdb1
Sat 28 Jun, 2014 23:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: More on fan noise
Replies: 13
Views: 512

Re: More on fan noise

Just an update. My car did indeed have a BMW branded fan clutch so it could well be the original fitment especially since to remove it I destroyed my first water pump locking bar and had to make a new one from much more solid steel. Yes I did remember that the fan has a left hand thread but the nut ...
by therealdb1
Thu 26 Jun, 2014 23:02
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Car Polish
Replies: 21
Views: 2731

Re: Car Polish

Hi, when I brought my black Porsche many moons ago the vendor recommended Zymol Carbon wax applied with bare fingers. It was like rubbing melting coconut butter onto the bodywork but having used it on that car and gone through the usual Mer, Autoglym, Meguires etc. I can thoroughly recommend it. How...
by therealdb1
Mon 23 Jun, 2014 17:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: More on fan noise
Replies: 13
Views: 512

Re: More on fan noise

Thanks to everyone who has replied. I've eliminated the electric fan by disconnecting the switch as Mike suggested. Once I've procured a 32mm spanner I'll whip off the viscous coupling and give it a try just to confirm although with 120,000 miles on the clock with what looks to be an original part i...
by therealdb1
Mon 23 Jun, 2014 10:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: More on fan noise
Replies: 13
Views: 512

More on fan noise

Hi all, I have a 2000 2 litre and intermittently it started to make a racket like a jet engine when hot. Now it does it all of the time I've decided I need to do something about it. The symptoms are that with a cold engine everything is fine but once the engine is up to temperature it sounds like a ...
by therealdb1
Fri 02 May, 2014 09:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Any quick tips? Car won't start ...
Replies: 32
Views: 1676

Re: Any quick tips? Car won't start ...

Hi Andy, thanks for the update and I am glad that you are sorted. It is threads like this one that make the forum such a useful resource. I don't know what the weather is like where you are but we have had 3 weeks of fog in Norfolk so my Z is not out of hibernation yet! As for the wife, well it's he...
by therealdb1
Fri 25 Apr, 2014 23:39
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Rough idle & running
Replies: 49
Views: 4606

Re: Rough idle & running

Welcome Jordy, You really need to stop there and get the codes read. It is a needle in a haystack otherwise and you will spend a fortune on replacement parts that you don't need. Buying your own code reader is not expensive these days, considerably less than a cam or lambda sensor anyway, and it wil...
by therealdb1
Tue 22 Apr, 2014 23:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Any quick tips? Car won't start ...
Replies: 32
Views: 1676

Re: Any quick tips? Car won't start ...

Hi Andy, Unfortunately those are the sort of prices for OEM MAF's. I have to admit I did go down the road of the breakers yard since the car doesn't get used much. The guy who sold it knew the history and mileage of the car it came from and offered a guarantee. Just give the seller the part number f...
by therealdb1
Tue 22 Apr, 2014 08:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Any quick tips? Car won't start ...
Replies: 32
Views: 1676

Re: Any quick tips? Car won't start ...

Hi Andy,

Did you ever get your car sorted?

It is useful to post a conclusion on here to assist others in the future.

Cheers

Chris
by therealdb1
Tue 22 Apr, 2014 08:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Renevo black dye
Replies: 4
Views: 414

Re: Renevo black dye

It is excellent stuff you will not be disappointed.
Go for it!
by therealdb1
Thu 03 Apr, 2014 23:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Any quick tips? Car won't start ...
Replies: 32
Views: 1676

Re: Any quick tips? Car won't start ...

By the way Andy, Forgot to mention if you do need new hoses call your local BMW Dealer and like me you may be pleasantly surprised to find that genuine BMW hoses are cheaper that the Latvian or equivalent copies sold on ebay. The BMW dealerships do seem to have realised that these are not £30k cars ...
by therealdb1
Thu 03 Apr, 2014 23:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Any quick tips? Car won't start ...
Replies: 32
Views: 1676

Re: Any quick tips? Car won't start ...

Hi Andy, Many thanks for your praise but I wouldn't consider myself a genius. I just have a long memory of the frustration and number of wild goose chases that the fault codes sent me on to try and cure the exact symptoms that you described. My Z had a Siemens unit and I replaced like for like. If y...
by therealdb1
Thu 03 Apr, 2014 07:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Any quick tips? Car won't start ...
Replies: 32
Views: 1676

Re: Any quick tips? Car won't start ...

Hi gyro, I had exactly the same problem after a lay up and it took 3 months to find the culprit! Disconnect the MAF plug and see if it will run then. It will not run correctly as it will use a default fuel air mix but you could still drive it if you have to. If it runs with the MAF disconnected a re...
by therealdb1
Sun 20 Oct, 2013 12:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: dehumidifier
Replies: 10
Views: 6149

Re: dehumidifier

I would have though a dehumidifier is an excellent idea. After all my Zed has air con fitted which ultimately dehumidifies the air inside the car which is why it doesn't mist up. Just keep the leather fed as already mentioned. I use Gliptone. Great stuff and it makes your seats smell like new leathe...
by therealdb1
Sun 20 Oct, 2013 11:57
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: How can anyone do this.
Replies: 5
Views: 997

Re: How can anyone do this.

I don't think it's always a case of carelessness. Sometimes you wonder how drivers pass their test and get a license! I've been an advocate for many years for having graded driving licenses although I understand it would be impossible to impose and police. The fact is if you have the money and lack ...
by therealdb1
Thu 17 Oct, 2013 20:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: brake discs bolts snapped
Replies: 15
Views: 928

Re: brake discs bolts snapped

The hex headed ones maybe but I've never known slide bolts to be so tight that they snap. I would have thought that your 7mm allen key would give way first! I don't intend to patronise but you are turning them anti-clockwise? Most cars have similar set ups normally originating from ATE so if you can...
by therealdb1
Sun 13 Oct, 2013 21:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Recent topics
Replies: 7
Views: 409

Re: Recent topics

Hi Tony, I posted a lost power on a 2 litre (manual) thread but it was earlier than last week more like a month ago. It took a while to resolve but it seems to be ok now. What are your symptoms? Does it go into limp home with the EML on? Have you had any codes read? Is it an intermittent or permanen...
by therealdb1
Sat 05 Oct, 2013 21:37
Forum: Performance
Topic: **urgent help please**bonnet release
Replies: 13
Views: 1459

Re: **urgent help please**bonnet release

Ah yes I have that note to myself too.

Lubricate bonnet catches regularly!

And another one:

At the first sign of release lever stiffness do something about it!
by therealdb1
Sat 05 Oct, 2013 21:33
Forum: Performance
Topic: **urgent help please**bonnet release
Replies: 13
Views: 1459

Re: **urgent help please**bonnet release

See told you you would be surprised how cheap the parts are from BMW!!! I found this out when I needed the rubber bellows from the MAF to the throttle body. I was looking at aftermarket parts on ebay and the like and they were asking £20 to £30 plus postage for a single section. Went to the franchis...
by therealdb1
Fri 04 Oct, 2013 12:57
Forum: Performance
Topic: **urgent help please**bonnet release
Replies: 13
Views: 1459

Re: **urgent help please**bonnet release

This happened to me recently. There are two cables under there. One from the lever to the offside catch and a second from the offside catch to the nearside catch. What happens is one or both of the catches seize up which is why your lever has been stiff and you carry on getting around to it one day ...
by therealdb1
Thu 03 Oct, 2013 13:33
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Z3M Roadster for sale - 1999, Dakar Yellow, 47K miles
Replies: 15
Views: 2241

Re: Z3M Roadster for sale - 1999, Dakar Yellow, 47K miles

Wish I could snatch your hand off!
Lovely low mileage and colour but my 2 litre did less than 400 miles between MOT's last year so it is difficult to justify another Z!

Strange that it appears to carry a different Reg No front to rear. That could confuse the Big Brother cameras.
by therealdb1
Sat 28 Sep, 2013 00:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: z3 lag! Please help!
Replies: 6
Views: 401

Re: z3 lag! Please help!

Has the exhaust note changed since this problem manifested itself or has it always sounded like that? The four pots certainly sound different to the sixes. What does it do when it "struggles"? Does it mis-fire or is it just flat? If the car runs out of puff it could be the MAF, or possibly fuel star...
by therealdb1
Tue 24 Sep, 2013 17:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Lost power 2l Z3 2000 MY
Replies: 25
Views: 4516

Re: Lost power 2l Z3 2000 MY

Car returned today with a year MOT and no advisories.

It seems to cruise better now too but not convinced if this is the replacement MDK or just psychological.

Sorted!!!
by therealdb1
Tue 24 Sep, 2013 17:05
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Tim's Z Colour Gallery
Replies: 6
Views: 9269

Re: Tim's Z Colour Gallery

Mike & Sandy, I asked this question just before I parted company with my hard earned to see if it was worth the premium over black or silver. The consensus was that the cars are "Individual" and therefore different specs and records were not kept. I couldn't resist the Mora Red metallic purple thoug...
by therealdb1
Wed 18 Sep, 2013 20:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Lost power 2l Z3 2000 MY
Replies: 25
Views: 4516

Re: Lost power 2l Z3 2000 MY

Robert, I've added the module availability on my car to the appropriate thread as promised. It really substantiates Brian's description of how the OBD is configured on the Z3. With the replacement throttle body and two new rear wheel sensors fitted the car is showing no warning lights at present and...
by therealdb1
Wed 18 Sep, 2013 19:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: INPA Module Accessibility
Replies: 12
Views: 1746

Re: INPA Module Accessibility

Robert as promised this is the list of available modules from INPA via OBDII and 20 pin circular connector on my car. BMW Z3 2 litre build date April 2000 I am using a BMCables.Com OBDII to USB converter with an OBDII to 20 pin adaptor and quite a late version of INPA v5.0.6. The E36 is not even lis...
by therealdb1
Tue 17 Sep, 2013 09:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Lost power 2l Z3 2000 MY
Replies: 25
Views: 4516

Re: Lost power 2l Z3 2000 MY

The latest update. I decided that the most likely cause of my problem was either the MDK or the interconnection between this unit and the DME being intermittent. Looking on ebay there were plenty of pre-owned MDK's to choose from so I picked the one that looked the cleanest and once it arrived spent...
by therealdb1
Sun 08 Sep, 2013 09:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Lost power 2l Z3 2000 MY
Replies: 25
Views: 4516

Re: Lost power 2l Z3 2000 MY

Hi Mike, Thanks for your input. My understanding is that the 2 litre engines do have a cable to the throttle body but it is not mechanically connected to the throttle butterfly. It only operates a potentiometer which in turn instructs the control unit to send a signal to the butterfly motor with pos...
by therealdb1
Sat 07 Sep, 2013 22:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Lost power 2l Z3 2000 MY
Replies: 25
Views: 4516

Re: Lost power 2l Z3 2000 MY

Hi Brian, That's a useful technical insight into what is going on and why connection through OBDII is so limited. Robert, Yes I can give you more information but I'm away on business for a week from tomorrow so it will not be immediate. I hope to get the faults fixed and an MOT when I return so the ...
by therealdb1
Sat 07 Sep, 2013 15:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Lost power 2l Z3 2000 MY
Replies: 25
Views: 4516

Re: Lost power 2l Z3 2000 MY

Hi Robert, Here's the under bonnet update. I connected the INPA to the round connector and just to check connection I read the engine codes which came back the same as from the OBDII connector. I then searched for the ABS module which would you believe INPA found easily and gave me codes 148 and 49....
by therealdb1
Sat 07 Sep, 2013 15:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Lost power 2l Z3 2000 MY
Replies: 25
Views: 4516

Re: Lost power 2l Z3 2000 MY

Thanks for the tips, John. I have got an update on the ABS please see my next post as a reply to Robert. I doubt very much if my MAF needs doing just yet since including the original it has had 3 different sensors in the last two months. The one currently fitted has done less than 10 miles! We ought...
by therealdb1
Thu 05 Sep, 2013 23:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Lost power 2l Z3 2000 MY
Replies: 25
Views: 4516

Re: Lost power 2l Z3 2000 MY

Well as you can imagine the law of sod has been applied. My shiny new INPA gear arrived and after a frustrating evening yesterday just trying to install the software (shame that it cannot install anywhere other than the C drive) I hooked it up to the OBDII connector inside the car. It found the DME ...
by therealdb1
Fri 30 Aug, 2013 22:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Lost power 2l Z3 2000 MY
Replies: 25
Views: 4516

Re: Lost power 2l Z3 2000 MY

Thanks Del and Robert, As I said TPS and MDK is effectively the same thing as it has to be replaced as a unit apparently but it is interesting to note that someone has disassembled a throttle body even though everything I have read says "don't do it! Don't even be tempted to operate it by hand!". I ...
by therealdb1
Fri 30 Aug, 2013 20:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Lost power 2l Z3 2000 MY
Replies: 25
Views: 4516

Re: Lost power 2l Z3 2000 MY

Hi Robert, Thanks for the reply. The build date is April 2000. From what I gather the throttle on these is odd in that the pedal position sensor is in the body not at the pedal. So the throttle cable operates a pedal position sensor at the throttle body and then an electric motor operates the thrott...
by therealdb1
Fri 30 Aug, 2013 19:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Lost power 2l Z3 2000 MY
Replies: 25
Views: 4516

Re: Lost power 2l Z3 2000 MY

Hi, I got the codes read by a more elaborate machine but all that was coming back was sluggish / stuck throttle. The chap who read this from my car was reluctant to go further as he doesn't believe that the throttle is stuck either from the results of his tests but suspect the TPS which is where Del...
by therealdb1
Tue 27 Aug, 2013 08:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Lost power 2l Z3 2000 MY
Replies: 25
Views: 4516

Re: Lost power 2l Z3 2000 MY

That's a good point, Del. When a wheel sensor goes down the ASC / ABS is disabled. My thinking was that if both front wheel sensors fail then any movement from the rear wheels may be seen as wheelspin and ASC the activates. My thoughts overnight were that this cannot be the case since the ABS light ...
by therealdb1
Mon 26 Aug, 2013 16:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Lost power 2l Z3 2000 MY
Replies: 25
Views: 4516

Re: Lost power 2l Z3 2000 MY

Hi Del, I'm using P A Soft BMW Scanner software running on an XP laptop with an interface unit that goes from the laptop COM1 port to the 16 pin Pacman socket under the bonnet of the Z3. It reads each control unit in turn, reporting how many errors are stored for each in a complete scan, or you can ...
by therealdb1
Mon 26 Aug, 2013 12:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Lost power 2l Z3 2000 MY
Replies: 25
Views: 4516

Lost power 2l Z3 2000 MY

Hi, This is a bit of an ongoing problem that I keep thinking that I've fixed only to discover that I haven't and now the MOT is due! The car is is a 2 litre Z3 registered in October 2000. 52TU engine. When I first tried to fire it up for this summer it refused to run. Shortening a long story, an inl...
by therealdb1
Tue 16 Jul, 2013 18:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: That time of year again, insurance up for renewal!
Replies: 12
Views: 423

Re: That time of year again, insurance up for renewal!

My insurance went up this year too by a whole £3!
Now the princely sum of £184 with a £200 xs.
The secret of cheap insurance is to be a miserable old git in Norfolk, drive a Volvo when not in the Z, and use Admiral Multicar for these two and the wife's Fiesta shopping trolley.
by therealdb1
Tue 16 Jul, 2013 18:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Replacement rear speakers
Replies: 7
Views: 407

Re: Replacement rear speakers

But surely with the roof down you would want to listen to the exhaust! I find it much more tuneful than the unholy racket emanating from a majority of vehicles on the road today. When we're all driving hybrids, or worse still electric cars I shall see the need for a sound system but until then... Wh...
by therealdb1
Wed 26 Jun, 2013 23:33
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: unbelievable car break in
Replies: 11
Views: 1476

Re: unbelievable car break in

Never mind breaking in! In London I used to own a Jaguar XJR which parts would regularly disappear from. You know the sort of thing, £50 indicator lenses, £500 front grills. I contacted the local constabulary to complain and the reply was "That's unusual, Sir. They normally only steal parts from BMW...