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by therealdb1
Wed 15 Mar, 2017 13:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: warning light
Replies: 13
Views: 1260

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: 1427

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: 1260

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: 677

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: 2112

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: 853

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: 2819

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: 495

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: 2112

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: 1263

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: 1047

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: 1225

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: 1117

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: 1117

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: 1262

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: 1262

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: 3576

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: 3576

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: 1011

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: 3576

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: 1861

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: 922

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: 1861

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: 754

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: 1192

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: 754

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: 568

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: 568

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: 852

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: 852

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: 683

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: 763

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: 1047

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: 677

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: 2650

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...
by therealdb1
Wed 31 Aug, 2016 22:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: High lift of car
Replies: 29
Views: 2570

Re: High lift of car

Without researching the actual model of the cream coloured box the wires that you can see will almost certainly be zero volt contacts for the switches on the remote with an analogue input, 4 to 20 mA I imagine, for the speed control. All perfectly safe although the manufacturer is probably expecting...
by therealdb1
Mon 22 Aug, 2016 12:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Transporting 6 cylinder engine
Replies: 10
Views: 1005

Re: Transporting 6 cylinder engine

Sorry! Obviously your sense of humour differs from mine. If the engine is on a pallet the load will be spread so you'll be fine although if you can get someone else to do the transportation for £20 I'd take that option. It does sound cheap but maybe the catch is the delivery time as the company may ...
by therealdb1
Sun 21 Aug, 2016 23:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Transporting 6 cylinder engine
Replies: 10
Views: 1005

Re: Transporting 6 cylinder engine

Are you looking to transport a 6 pot engine made of solid lead? An entire Z3 only weighs about 1300kg and according to Ford the baby Transit Connect has a payload around 700kg and the full size Transit is over 1 tonne. If carrying a car engine ended up "busting" the van then dear old Henry's company...
by therealdb1
Sun 12 Jun, 2016 12:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear wings. Different sizes?
Replies: 15
Views: 1110

Re: Rear wings. Different sizes?

If the OP has access to both cars he could simply take a photo from directly behind each car (even better in the same picture) and the difference would be immediately apparent without considering lighting angles, damage or whether or not the bumper is correctly attached.
by therealdb1
Sun 05 Jun, 2016 23:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 CLEAR COAT LACQUERED INNER BODY SHELL
Replies: 12
Views: 1485

Re: Z3 CLEAR COAT LACQUERED INNER BODY SHELL

My "Individual" has body colour engine bay and it appears laquered because it is metallic. I have not checked under carpets inside or in the boot though. Perhaps I should but not at this time of night! Metallic paint generally looks awful without the clear coat which is probably why the O/P's Arctic...
by therealdb1
Sun 05 Jun, 2016 22:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 starting probelms
Replies: 11
Views: 1317

Re: Z3 starting probelms

Well it is a simple fix even if you need to replace the battery or the lead. Much easier than tracking down faults with the immobiliser or ignition switch at least! The car would not have been designed to require packing under the battery so if you really do have to stretch the lead to reach the ter...
by therealdb1
Sat 04 Jun, 2016 23:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 starting probelms
Replies: 11
Views: 1317

Re: Z3 starting probelms

I've had a loose negative battery terminal too with exactly those symptoms. It must be a common but peculiar issue on Z's as I've never suffered it on any other car I have driven in the last 40 years! It takes longer to open the boot and move the carpet out of the way than to fix once you know what ...
by therealdb1
Fri 03 Jun, 2016 23:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Zed fuel economy
Replies: 17
Views: 2005

Re: Zed fuel economy

If you can find anywhere to buy French fuel at the moment :lol:
by therealdb1
Fri 06 May, 2016 23:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Car identification.
Replies: 14
Views: 1724

Re: Car identification.

Some of the options prices were a bargain! I paid more than that for metallic paint and cruise control on my Volvo V70 purchased new in 1999. It does have air con and wood trim as standard though and as for powered hood it doesn't even have a sunroof! I'll have to think about changing it in a couple...
by therealdb1
Wed 23 Mar, 2016 23:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Some newbie Technical help needed please.
Replies: 11
Views: 718

Re: Some newbie Technical help needed please.

If you think changing the rubber boot was difficult try changing a throttle body on a Jaguar XJR!!! Sorry off topic there back to the Z3 I hope you never have to get the rear brake discs off when the handbrake shoes have delaminated inside them! :head: I'm glad the new bellows have sorted your runni...
by therealdb1
Tue 22 Mar, 2016 22:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Some newbie Technical help needed please.
Replies: 11
Views: 718

Re: Some newbie Technical help needed please.

Hi there, I cannot really help with 2 or 3 without seeing / hearing the issues you describe but 1 will almost certainly be rectified by a replacement rubber boot. Even a small split will let unmetered air in which will give mixture problems and cause you misfires, stalling and random lambda readings...
by therealdb1
Thu 17 Mar, 2016 23:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: HELP NEEDED PLEASE...
Replies: 18
Views: 2060

Re: HELP NEEDED PLEASE...

Something is seriously wrong with that! I don't see any way that standard parts in serviceable condition could cause an increased wheelbase. If it were accident damage then you would not expect it to be the same both sides. I would be tempted not to drive the car until it has been checked by someone...
by therealdb1
Mon 14 Mar, 2016 14:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS and ASC LIGHTS
Replies: 6
Views: 970

Re: ABS and ASC LIGHTS

Hi Steve, The two are almost certainly linked since they use the same wheel sensors. The switch is doing nothing because the systems are disabled which is what the warning lights are telling you. If you get the appropriate sensor sorted and clear the stored codes, which the chap with the reader can ...
by therealdb1
Sun 13 Mar, 2016 23:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Cherry busted! But....
Replies: 5
Views: 812

Re: Z3 Cherry busted! But....

If it goes as well as you say it is unlikely to be a head gasket but you could get a compression check done for your own piece of mind. A lot of these cars sit around doing nothing for a lot of the time these days and cold damp weather combined with limited running will be prone to condensation and ...
by therealdb1
Sun 13 Mar, 2016 22:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS and ASC LIGHTS
Replies: 6
Views: 970

Re: ABS and ASC LIGHTS

Yes a good idea to get the codes read before changing parts randomly.
Most likely to be a wheel sensor dirty or faulty but if you get the code read by a BMW specific reader like INPA it will tell you which wheel needs attention.