Search found 247 matches

by therealdb1
Wed 03 May, 2017 08:54
Forum: Z4 roadster and Z4 Coupe
Topic: Oops I did it again!!
Replies: 2
Views: 1602

Re: Oops I did it again!!

If I were you I'd give your mate the Z4 and keep the Z3.
You'll regret letting a good Z3 go! :shake:
by therealdb1
Tue 25 Apr, 2017 22:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Expensive problem still not fully resolved
Replies: 35
Views: 4415

Re: Expensive problem still not fully resolved

Any luck with your INPA?
by therealdb1
Sat 15 Apr, 2017 22:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Expensive problem still not fully resolved
Replies: 35
Views: 4415

Re: Expensive problem still not fully resolved

I've been looking at This That is the sort of thing that you need. It is similar to what I have. You will find that some modules are in the E36 section but others might be in the E39 section depending on which revision of the software you get and how your car decides to play ball. Just make sure th...
by therealdb1
Sat 15 Apr, 2017 00:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Expensive problem still not fully resolved
Replies: 35
Views: 4415

Re: Expensive problem still not fully resolved

Trust me I have replaced a throttle body on a M52TU and a supercharged Jaguar (absolute nightmare on one of these!) and in both cases the car had a high idle until the throttle adaptions were set. If you can get a copy of INPA for free what have you got to lose? Procedure is: Connect INPA Turn off i...
by therealdb1
Fri 14 Apr, 2017 22:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Expensive problem still not fully resolved
Replies: 35
Views: 4415

Re: Expensive problem still not fully resolved

Forget Federal Warrantees and wiring, if you still have the new throttle body fitted then the ECU needs the new reference zero point and you must reset the throttle adaptions. INPA can do this with your help on the throttle pedal in a few minutes but I'm not sure if any of the generic readers, inclu...
by therealdb1
Wed 12 Apr, 2017 11:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 3.0 Vibration when heavy accelerating issue
Replies: 15
Views: 1657

Re: 3.0 Vibration when heavy accelerating issue

I had a similar problem on a supercharged Jaguar. Took me several years to work out what the cause was but that gearbox had a friction damper on the top which was basically a steel post sliding in a large rubber o-ring. The rubber part had perished so there was no damping and at certain conditions t...
by therealdb1
Sun 09 Apr, 2017 00:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine Light and strange idle.
Replies: 8
Views: 913

Re: Engine Light and strange idle.

Just contact a stealer with your chassis number. For the rubber air hoses they do not live up to their name and the hoses are often cheaper and better quality than what you can get from fleabay. Also if they supply the wrong part it's down to them to get you the right bits without you being out of p...
by therealdb1
Sun 09 Apr, 2017 00:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS/ASC lights on
Replies: 3
Views: 529

Re: ABS/ASC lights on

Before changing anything have you driven it further than the driveway? Give it a blast for a few miles and get everything, not just the engine, nice and warm. You may find it is just some condensation on the connectors if it has been stored over winter. Sometimes it is incredible what a few heat cyc...
by therealdb1
Thu 06 Apr, 2017 12:10
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: London congestion charges
Replies: 11
Views: 1268

Re: London congestion charges

Yup! And how do we generate the elctricity???
Over 50% of it in the UK comes from burning fossil fuels that's how "green" electric cars are!
by therealdb1
Tue 04 Apr, 2017 23:21
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: London congestion charges
Replies: 11
Views: 1268

Re: London congestion charges

I agree diesel is the fuel of the devil :twisted: Reduced emissions in 'certain flavour of the month' gases perhaps but a lot worse including carcinogens being pumped out of the exhaust. I feel sorry for those of you conned yet again by our wonderful leaders and have purchased diesel vehicles. The s...
by therealdb1
Sun 26 Mar, 2017 19:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sill removed cleaned and waxoyled
Replies: 26
Views: 3454

Re: Sill removed cleaned and waxoyled

Saw the rug in the last photo and thought that you were doing this in the living room :D
Only when I scrolled up I realised that you must have carpet in the garage.
Lucky Z!
Mine just gets an epoxy painted floor :(
by therealdb1
Sat 25 Mar, 2017 22:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Bonnet Stuck Shut
Replies: 7
Views: 988

Re: Bonnet Stuck Shut

I had that problem a few years back. Should have done something about the stiff cable much sooner :head: Took the Z to my local MOT man who had it open in 20 minutes after much swearing! Of course, he did have the benfit of the worlds longest screwdriver and a four post lift so that the car was abov...
by therealdb1
Mon 20 Mar, 2017 00:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Help! Wipers stopping when stationary
Replies: 10
Views: 1296

Re: Help! Wipers stopping when stationary

Pingu has given a comprehensive check list but it sounds like there could be an issue with the wiper module WWM as presumably it resets itself when the ignition is switched on. I cannot see much on the circuit diagram that would not reveal itself somewhere else if it was to be faulty. You would expe...
by therealdb1
Mon 20 Mar, 2017 00:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: soft rear end.. but might be normal
Replies: 17
Views: 1795

Re: soft rear end.. but might be normal

Controversial reply coming up! :shock: It is likely that there shall be some wear in your suspension and replacing bushes and dampers will be a worthwhile improvement. However, if you wish to drive a reasonably fast car quickly and safely, take yourself to your nearest racing circuit and have some l...
by therealdb1
Wed 15 Mar, 2017 22:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: warning light
Replies: 13
Views: 1389

Re: warning light

I would have thought that your scanner plugged in under the bonnet would have given you a code for a lambda sensor problem but then I am not that familiar with the C110. It is possible that the multiple starts that you have been doing have triggered it since the engine and exhaust probably did not g...
by therealdb1
Wed 15 Mar, 2017 13:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: warning light
Replies: 13
Views: 1389

Re: warning light

As a matter of interest are you connecting your C110 to the OBDII under the steering wheel or do you have the adaptor lead to connect to the Pac-Man connector under the bonnet? Not all codes and certainly only the DME module are available at the OBDII. Always connect via the under bonnet connector i...
by therealdb1
Tue 14 Mar, 2017 13:59
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Hood dye/restorer
Replies: 11
Views: 1527

Re: Hood dye/restorer

Absolutely nothing wrong with Renovo, IMHO Whatever you use will not prevent a hood from going green if you leave it out in the weather over winter particularly this last one as it has been so mild. We have had 1 morning of frost here and now it is spring again! :D If you don't want the mouldy stuff...
by therealdb1
Tue 14 Mar, 2017 13:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: warning light
Replies: 13
Views: 1389

Re: warning light

Sounds like you are talking about the engine light which my handbook also stupidly states what you say. Maybe it loses something in the translation since the handbook was printed in Munich unlike the car manufacture which is American; the reason why we have all this emissions crap bolted on! :head: ...
by therealdb1
Sun 12 Feb, 2017 19:23
Forum: Performance
Topic: Intake questions
Replies: 8
Views: 760

Re: Intake questions

You are confusing air velocity with air volume or, more importantly, the mass of oxygen you get into the engine since the rest of the air is superflous. I shall not go into the physics, but if you scoop the air in at high velocity the pressure will drop and therefore so shall the density and ultimat...
by therealdb1
Thu 02 Feb, 2017 09:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Dead Battery.
Replies: 19
Views: 2332

Re: Dead Battery.

You wouldn't want to leave that charger connected indefinitely! In this case you have already had a faster charger connected and your battery is flat so it is probably stuffed. If it were me I would buy a new battery anyway at this point, get the car started and check the charging circuit, and then ...
by therealdb1
Sun 29 Jan, 2017 19:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: coolant
Replies: 8
Views: 917

Re: coolant

It's what can happen to all cars in the damp weather we have had lately if they have only been used for short journeys. Condensation emulsifying the oil is the issue and there is not much that can be done about it beyond ensuring that the engine gets up to full operating temperature. Clean out the m...
by therealdb1
Sun 29 Jan, 2017 01:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Best tyres to eliminate tramlining
Replies: 26
Views: 2970

Re: Best tyres to eliminate tramlining

I'm a great fan of the ZV5 but Bob is correct Avon have "upgraded" them. :bawl: Time will tell if the ZV7 are as good! It's always a pain when you find a product that you like and the manufacturer decides to change it. The NCT was good in its day but the NCT 2's that I had were awful and I have not ...
by therealdb1
Sun 29 Jan, 2017 00:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 2.2 to 3.0 M52 engine swap/conversion - whats involved ?
Replies: 3
Views: 526

Re: 2.2 to 3.0 M52 engine swap/conversion - whats involved ?

AFAIK all the 3 litre engines are M54 so unless you find a 2.8 litre that has been modified to 3 litres what you are asking to do is not possible anyway. You could buy a 2.2 and enjoy it for what it is since it is an excellent car in its own right but if you need more grunt then buy a 3 litre to sta...
by therealdb1
Sun 29 Jan, 2017 00:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Dead Battery.
Replies: 19
Views: 2332

Re: Dead Battery.

It depends also on how the charger has failed. If the output circuit has gone short then this would place an additional load on the battery and could flatten it in two weeks. It could be like leaving the lights on. First test ought to be trying another charger, a faster one not trickle, on the batte...
by therealdb1
Fri 27 Jan, 2017 23:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Devastated -help needed asap
Replies: 11
Views: 1357

Re: Devastated -help needed asap

If it is a 97 car it will be a proper auto box with a torque converter not one of these modern so called auto boxes which are really manual gearboxes but some computer changes gear for you. The paddle gearshift normally gives these away! The gearbox in a 1.9 will probably last longer than the rest o...
by therealdb1
Mon 02 Jan, 2017 23:22
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: The law when indicating?
Replies: 11
Views: 1148

Re: The law when indicating?

I do not think it is a legal matter since insurance companies write their own "legislation" to maximise their profit. So I have to agree with motco and pingu in that your respective insurance companies will probably agree you were both to blame and you shall both lose part of your NCB. For an extra ...
by therealdb1
Thu 22 Dec, 2016 13:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Flashing battery warning light....
Replies: 11
Views: 1303

Re: Flashing battery warning light....

Hi Paul, something that these cars seem to be prone to, although I have no idea why, is that the negative lead at the battery itself can become loose. It has happened on my car twice although as far as I know a flashing battery warning light is not a symptom. On mine you just get nothing when you tu...
by therealdb1
Tue 20 Dec, 2016 09:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Paint problem
Replies: 8
Views: 1177

Re: Paint problem

You guys must have better local Halfords than mine. The last dealing I had with them was for them to take 2 hours to make up a front number plate which had water behind the characters within 6 months! Perhaps it is unfair to tar all branches with the same incompetence brush that my local establishme...
by therealdb1
Sun 18 Dec, 2016 23:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Paint problem
Replies: 8
Views: 1177

Re: Paint problem

Hi Joe, You have no chance in Halfords don't waste your time. If it is no longer available from BMW then your only option is to get it mixed by a refinisher. I have a Mora Red (359) individual and got the paint from these people. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Aerosol-Spray-Paint-FOR-A-BMW-359-MORA-RED-3...
by therealdb1
Fri 16 Dec, 2016 22:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Stainless steel exhaust
Replies: 14
Views: 1357

Re: Stainless steel exhaust

The TVR S2 has the same number of cylinders it is a Ford V6 but they do sound hairy chested I admit. Now the V8S! Shame about the lopsided bonnet. :roll: I know what you mean about build quality and reliability though. Many years ago when Tessa's matured paying 15% interest I had many £'s burning a ...
by therealdb1
Fri 16 Dec, 2016 17:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Stainless steel exhaust
Replies: 14
Views: 1357

Re: Stainless steel exhaust

V8 sound Simples!!! Buy a TVR :D IMHO stainless ehausts can sound a little tinny unless they are hewn from solid bar! Look at something like a Jetex. I had one once on an Opel Manta and a blip of the throttle set off the neighbours car alarms and would rattle their house windows! You are only young ...
by therealdb1
Sat 10 Dec, 2016 01:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: EEP2 error, speedo over read & ECU warning light
Replies: 51
Views: 3715

Re: EEP2 error, speedo over read & ECU warning light

It's not quite that simple because although you have plenty of codes there you do not know how old they are or how frequently they crop up. Now you have noted all the codes I would reset them and drive the car for a short while and then check again. If a lambda sensor code comes up again there is a ...
by therealdb1
Thu 08 Dec, 2016 23:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: EEP2 error, speedo over read & ECU warning light
Replies: 51
Views: 3715

Re: EEP2 error, speedo over read & ECU warning light

BTW I now run INPA on a MacBook Pro with Windows 7 in Bootcamp. It is perfectly happy with that. I haven't tried it on my Windows 10 machine yet as there is no need to. So XP or 7 should be ok. Vista was a bit of a dubious OS so I would avoid that if possible unless it comes with a good laptop and y...
by therealdb1
Thu 08 Dec, 2016 22:58
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: A Surprise From WeBuyAnyCar.com
Replies: 8
Views: 1109

Re: A Surprise From WeBuyAnyCar.com

I certainly would not be lured by that valuation for a forum member's M! To be fair they are only really interested in bread and butter cars that they can turn over quickly for a fast buck. Anything more esoteric is difficult to sell on as the potential buyers will be more discerning and they might ...
by therealdb1
Wed 07 Dec, 2016 23:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: EEP2 error, speedo over read & ECU warning light
Replies: 51
Views: 3715

Re: EEP2 error, speedo over read & ECU warning light

Welcome to the fold! I can't remember what causes the instrument problem but someone else on here will and shall be along shortly I'm sure. As for the engine management light it could be any number of causes particularly on a car which has not been driven much and the ambient conditions are now cold...
by therealdb1
Wed 07 Dec, 2016 00:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Stalls when warms up....occasionally.
Replies: 27
Views: 1981

Re: Stalls when warms up....occasionally.

For the cost of a single trip to the garage to get codes read then buy the INPA set up as colb suggests. It is not just a code reader but you can see what the sensors etc are doing in real time, perform adaptions, and plenty more. The downside is you need a laptop but they are not such a rarity thes...
by therealdb1
Mon 05 Dec, 2016 23:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: SRS fault and light on
Replies: 13
Views: 996

Re: SRS fault and light on

You do not say what your build date is but the information I have is that the airbag module changed from MRS II to MRS III at March 1999. Note that is build and not registration date. As Mr Scalex says the seats may be for the newer module or vice versa and the module that you have is not happy with...
by therealdb1
Mon 05 Dec, 2016 22:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Stalls when warms up....occasionally.
Replies: 27
Views: 1981

Re: Stalls when warms up....occasionally.

I wouldn't recommend squirting anything into the air intake. If you gunk up the MAF you may need a new one of those too when there may be nothing wrong (at the moment) with the one you have fitted. For the sake of an hour of time why not do the job properly, take the ICV off to see if it is sticking...
by therealdb1
Fri 25 Nov, 2016 22:24
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: New workbenches
Replies: 8
Views: 809

Re: New workbenches

Glad you got your money's worth :D
by therealdb1
Fri 25 Nov, 2016 22:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Coupe tramlining
Replies: 13
Views: 1287

Re: Coupe tramlining

And I thought for my 30 years of racing I was running the kerbs to shorten the lap!

Saves turning the steering wheel and balancing the back end on the throttle I suppose.

Live and learn, eh? :)
by therealdb1
Fri 18 Nov, 2016 23:46
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: New workbenches
Replies: 8
Views: 809

Re: New workbenches

My local timber merchant prices by the metre and charges for what he sells you as per Brian H's calculation. But then he will sell you the length of timber that you ask for and you are not obliged to buy a fixed length which have become daft due probably to some EU rule. Why 2.4 metres? I can unders...
by therealdb1
Fri 04 Nov, 2016 22:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: INPA Help Part 2
Replies: 6
Views: 617

Re: INPA Help Part 2

Yes I believe the all green section on the left is live sensor input which is why it responded to you shaking the sensor around. The right hand side is showing where the sensor is centred in the control unit memory so this would only change when the sensor is successfully calibrated. The sensor prov...
by therealdb1
Thu 03 Nov, 2016 23:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: INPA Help Part 2
Replies: 6
Views: 617

Re: INPA Help Part 2

From the INPA screen it looks like the lateral acceleration sensor has an offset outside BMW's limits. This is to measure cornering acceleration (g) and is nothing to do with going faster or slower so tilting fore and aft will not make any difference to it. I suspect that it is some kind of capaciti...
by therealdb1
Sun 30 Oct, 2016 00:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: MOT Emmission failure/pass
Replies: 8
Views: 895

Re: MOT Emmission failure/pass

If you intend keeping the car and intend working on it yourself, or at least like to have an idea what is wrong with it before you take it to someone else to fix, plump for an INPA set up like colb's first suggestion. It does so much more than read codes eg. you can look at sensor outputs in real ti...
by therealdb1
Thu 27 Oct, 2016 23:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: MOT Emmission failure/pass
Replies: 8
Views: 895

Re: MOT Emmission failure/pass

Lambda has a lower limit too of 0.97 which is why your car failed on it first time round. In my experience of MOT tests you are very much at the mercy of the tester and his ability to interpret the instructions for the test and what the results are telling him. For example, the tester is supposed to...
by therealdb1
Mon 19 Sep, 2016 22:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What is this cable for?
Replies: 6
Views: 765

Re: What is this cable for?

Whatever you do DON'T disconnect it! :)
I agree with Brian the seat heaters are fused at 15A and that wire is too skinny.
It is probably for seat belt or seat occupancy sensors neither of which are fitted to your car by the sounds of it so I would just cable tie it out of the way.
by therealdb1
Sun 11 Sep, 2016 23:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Second failure today! :(
Replies: 7
Views: 804

Re: Second failure today! :(

Depends how good the pressure test was when it was done. It needs to be more than a quick 5 minutes. My daily driver Volvo had a pressure test and was supposedly ok but after 4 days it was out of gas again. It was checked again and this time dye was added to the gas and when it packed up after anoth...
by therealdb1
Sun 11 Sep, 2016 23:11
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: What the..........
Replies: 8
Views: 1159

Re: What the..........

How romantic Del!
With the top down I listen for the rorty exhaust not the ***** birdsong! :)
by therealdb1
Sun 11 Sep, 2016 23:04
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: price of zs
Replies: 5
Views: 753

Re: price of zs

A dealer doesn't know? If someone is trading cars on a regular basis then he has the means to find out and should know what he is selling at least for his own piece of mind without taking into account being an honest seller. Most people have access to a vehicle history these days for a few pounds an...
by therealdb1
Sun 04 Sep, 2016 23:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: My Mora Red Zed
Replies: 21
Views: 2935

Re: My Mora Red Zed

I have one so that's at least three. The millenium year appears to be when BMW produced most of the Mora's unless someone knows different. It's a bit difficult to tell the colour of mine at present as it's covered in dust created by our builder and I really must replace the rusty rear wing and de-co...