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by mrscalex
Tue 29 Nov, 2016 23:03
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Needless ritual?
Replies: 23
Views: 1836

Re: Needless ritual?

Oil temp in an ///M engine must reach 80deg before going past 3k rpm. It's the LAW...! :shock: As I understand it, this is to make sure that the VANOS has a full supply of warmed oil before it gets a hammering. That's why our S50s and S54s have oil temp gauges.... A. I think that's sensible with an...
by mrscalex
Mon 28 Nov, 2016 23:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Front Wheel Arch Liners
Replies: 8
Views: 817

Re: Front Wheel Arch Liners

This might be the better bet. Very good reviews and only a little more. Cheapest is £30 on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sealey-AK3984- ... B00NVLM5CQ
by mrscalex
Mon 28 Nov, 2016 23:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Leather Revive - M Roadster Highly Recommended
Replies: 13
Views: 1247

Re: Leather Revive - M Roadster Highly Recommended

Cost was £260. Five hours work at my house and all scuffs removed and cracked leather repaired. If you send Paul at Leather images of damaged areas he will quote you prior to his visit. The finished result is fantastic... and the deep cleanse included the steering wheel and leather covered door car...
by mrscalex
Mon 28 Nov, 2016 23:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Leather Revive - M Roadster Highly Recommended
Replies: 13
Views: 1247

Re: Leather Revive - M Roadster Highly Recommended

How do I upload pics on my hard drive files ? The thing is you can't upload your pics to this web site. I would imagine because it would require a much more expensive hosting plan which is fair enough. So you need to find an external host. I have my own web site so I put pics on there. But you just...
by mrscalex
Mon 28 Nov, 2016 23:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Front Wheel Arch Liners
Replies: 8
Views: 817

Re: Front Wheel Arch Liners

Mind you the reviews are a bit hit and miss on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sealey-AK393-T ... B00DSN2ITM
by mrscalex
Mon 28 Nov, 2016 23:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Front Wheel Arch Liners
Replies: 8
Views: 817

Re: Front Wheel Arch Liners

dont buy off these lot... but http://www.demon-tweeks.co.uk/Product.do?method=view&n=5926&p=571759&d=124&c=4&l=2&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=Base&utm_campaign=Panel%20Tools%20&%20Accessories&gclid=CjwKEAiAyO_BBRDOgM-K8MGWpmYSJACePQ9CaK4T5qRDspqFI1kbbslgNyaJZnotMUKQdjqbHczijBoC48nw_wcB I like that!...
by mrscalex
Mon 28 Nov, 2016 17:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Leather Revive - M Roadster Highly Recommended
Replies: 13
Views: 1247

Re: Leather Revive - M Roadster Highly Recommended

I've enquired with various specialist like these but they typically want £400+ a seat to completely refurbish the seat. Dare I ask how much yours were and weather any structural work was required? Either seriously worn/split leather or to the seat internals such as foam bolsters, belt guide and heat...
by mrscalex
Sat 26 Nov, 2016 19:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Auxiliary fan
Replies: 5
Views: 811

Re: Auxiliary fan

I was told by my air con man the Z3 has a very simple system and a non-running pusher fan is either the motor itself or the pressure switch. I guess it could also be compromised wiring. For info my fan ran for 5 mins when cold and then seized as it heated up due to knackered bearings. So try turning...
by mrscalex
Sat 26 Nov, 2016 19:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Front Wheel Arch Liners
Replies: 8
Views: 817

Re: Front Wheel Arch Liners

They're the ones with the plastic nuts right? I have the same problem with the wheel sensor junction box.

Next time I'm nibbling the plastic nut with cutters.
by mrscalex
Wed 23 Nov, 2016 22:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Halfords Deals.......looky looky.
Replies: 6
Views: 932

Re: Halfords Deals.......looky looky.

In fairness to Halfords they're the only shop so far that has vaguely inspired me about Black Friday. All tools are 15% off today (except the 200 piece set). The Advanced stuff is great quality. I would however encourage you to make sure that the 200 piece set is the best value for you. You may find...
by mrscalex
Tue 22 Nov, 2016 21:41
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Cars as investments
Replies: 18
Views: 1720

Re: Cars as investments

Fair enough Gazza. Now the really important thing we need from you. What do we buy today and make £5k on in 6 months time :lol:
by mrscalex
Mon 21 Nov, 2016 14:55
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Cars as investments
Replies: 18
Views: 1720

Re: Cars as investments

But you're just calculating total cost of ownership of your cars. Investment doesn't come into it. And these are expensive new/nearly new cars. A 1.9 Z3 was about £25k new in 1999. It was not a cheap car! No Z3 is worth more than what it cost new, well maybe a low mileage Z3M Coupe. I've owned Seat ...
by mrscalex
Sun 20 Nov, 2016 23:05
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Makeshift shelter - condensation?
Replies: 4
Views: 1009

Re: Makeshift shelter - condensation?

Warrior wrote:the 500 quid price tag puts me of the carcoon :shock:
It's a lot of money to find but I don't think it's an insane amount to protect your pride and joy. Especially if a home-made assembly blows away and damages the car.
by mrscalex
Sun 20 Nov, 2016 23:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Horn
Replies: 7
Views: 859

Re: Horn

Yes they are easy enough to get at. However... The mounting brackets can rot and removing the horn may be enough to snap it off completely. I don't think the bracket is available separately. So if buying second-hand get a part with the bracket. According to realoem the horns (low and high pitch) are...
by mrscalex
Sat 19 Nov, 2016 14:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: tool box
Replies: 8
Views: 1040

Re: tool box

This is a great little Halfords Pro set 1/4". I use it all the time, more than my 1/2" set. It's not a £60 set though. I paid £30 during the last promotion. http://www.halfords.com/workshop-tools/tools/socket-sets/halfords-advanced-36-piece-socket-set-1-4 Have been looking for a good quality 1/2" wr...
by mrscalex
Fri 18 Nov, 2016 19:50
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Needless ritual?
Replies: 23
Views: 1836

Re: Needless ritual?

I think you are probably right. Next time I use my jallopy, I think I'll jump in, fling the door open so it bounces off the stop and closes by itself, start it up, rev the balls off it, slam it into gear, drop the clutch, wheelspin off the kerb, hammer it to the end of the street and screech to a s...
by mrscalex
Fri 18 Nov, 2016 19:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: tool box
Replies: 8
Views: 1040

Re: tool box

The Advanced stuff is excellent. Just avoid paying full price for it as it's frequently on sale. And definitely never pay full price for one of the big socket sets. Buying bits sockets etc individually is expensive at Halfords and I use Machine Mart or sometimes Screwfix. If I can get the same make ...
by mrscalex
Fri 18 Nov, 2016 07:25
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Needless ritual?
Replies: 23
Views: 1836

Re: Needless ritual?

Sounds very similar to my outlook. Don't know about engaging all the gears though.
by mrscalex
Fri 18 Nov, 2016 07:23
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Makeshift shelter - condensation?
Replies: 4
Views: 1009

Re: Makeshift shelter - condensation?

I've thought about doing similar although more so to work on the car in the dry.

I decided not to as the risk of it blowing away and causing damage is too great.

If you just want to protect the car why not look at a carcoon?
by mrscalex
Wed 16 Nov, 2016 22:12
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Oxford Green?
Replies: 15
Views: 1782

Re: Oxford Green?

It's an old car for a Main Dealership. Decent Z3s turn up at main dealers surprisingly often. They are perfectly happy to sell old cars as it's a good advert for the longevity. This one is in my local currently. Stunning by the way but definitely not immaculate/concours. http://usedcars.bmw.co.uk/Z...
by mrscalex
Mon 14 Nov, 2016 23:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 5w40 v 5w30 oil
Replies: 3
Views: 488

Re: 5w40 v 5w30 oil

Thanks chaps. 5w40 it is.
by mrscalex
Mon 14 Nov, 2016 17:31
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Oxford Green?
Replies: 15
Views: 1782

Re: Oxford Green?

I don't think £22.5k from a main dealer is that bonkers. As long as the car is immaculate - I doubt it is though.

It's not a common colour although unusual colours seem to be popping up for sale currently. On ebay there are red and yellow (2) currently - yes please :)
by mrscalex
Sun 13 Nov, 2016 21:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 5w40 v 5w30 oil
Replies: 3
Views: 488

5w40 v 5w30 oil

I know this has been an oft talked about subject in the past with various schools of thought generally resulting in the view that 5w30 is better than 5w40. And people groan when it crops up again... But despite all these posts I've never seen a properly balanced view given. What are the pros and con...
by mrscalex
Wed 09 Nov, 2016 15:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Front end steering/suspension overhaul - recommendations
Replies: 4
Views: 612

Re: Front end steering/suspension overhaul - recommendations

Thanks for the advice chaps. If it was my keeper I'd fit Meyle and might still. But it's for a car that I bought as a Cat C with suspension damage I was going to break it and decided apart from the suspension damage it was too good for that. Now I don't believe in fitting junk, including when I'm go...
by mrscalex
Wed 09 Nov, 2016 14:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine support beam
Replies: 3
Views: 489

Re: Engine support beam

Thanks for the suggestions. I'm also going to look at jacking it under the sump (with wood beam inbetween) with the cross brace removed.
by mrscalex
Mon 07 Nov, 2016 11:29
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Breaking 1.9 manual roadster
Replies: 22
Views: 3033

Re: Breaking 1.9 manual roadster

Can you post a photo of the seats please?
by mrscalex
Mon 07 Nov, 2016 10:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Front end steering/suspension overhaul - recommendations
Replies: 4
Views: 612

Front end steering/suspension overhaul - recommendations

Does anyone have a tried and trusted budget make of front end steering/suspension overhaul kit they can recommend? It needs to have all these components. http://learmouth.com/robert/Z3/Meyle%20front%20end%20kit.jpg A Meyle kit can be picked up for £169 on ebay and I think that's a good price for a p...
by mrscalex
Sun 06 Nov, 2016 21:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine support beam
Replies: 3
Views: 489

Engine support beam

Does anyone have a photo of one of these in use on a Z3? And a recommendation for a particular model?

I know what the general idea is but it looks a bit precarious unless you find the right balance points.

I need to have the complete front subframe and suspension out from underneath.
by mrscalex
Fri 04 Nov, 2016 19:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Removing front subframe
Replies: 6
Views: 589

Re: Removing front subframe

I've not heard the lifting eye called flimsy before! As long as you're sure what your looking at is the lifting eye then that's what it's there for and I've never heard anyone have issues with it.
by mrscalex
Fri 04 Nov, 2016 12:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Removing front subframe
Replies: 6
Views: 589

Re: Removing front subframe

Good thread - thanks. I might be about to take a front subframe out myself.
by mrscalex
Tue 01 Nov, 2016 21:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: long tearm storage
Replies: 13
Views: 1366

Re: long tearm storage

colb wrote:Stick a large potato over the tail pipe to stop any entry by rodents
Hmm... wouldn't the rodents eat the potato?
by mrscalex
Tue 01 Nov, 2016 20:28
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: OBD Ports...
Replies: 4
Views: 451

Re: OBD Ports...

thanks i probably going to buy a wifi elm327 as my other elm327 is usb and not very convenient i dont have a good laptop to install obd software i think android will be easier for me... The other advantage of the wifi version is that if you ever decide to get a decent piece of hardware and buy an i...
by mrscalex
Mon 24 Oct, 2016 18:11
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted: low mileage, full service history z3/z4 (minter!)
Replies: 51
Views: 4582

Re: Wanted: low mileage, full service history z3/z4 (minter!

The 3.0 came with an LSD as standard (unlike other engine sizes at that time). BMW VIN also shows it as having Style 64 wheels originally which are non-Sport. And it doesn't specify Sport in the build list either. The Sport version on a 3.0 only added staggered Style 78 alloys, Sport seats and alumi...
by mrscalex
Wed 19 Oct, 2016 13:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 220421

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

I've kept the National Trust membership windscreen sticker in mine from the previous owner. I'm also going to be asking Father Christmas for an old AA grill badge.

One must keep up appearances of being an f*rt, even if one is actually a member of neither and not yet 50 :)
by mrscalex
Mon 17 Oct, 2016 12:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: engines fitted to z3's
Replies: 23
Views: 2094

Re: engines fitted to z3's

The BMW "Model Year" changes in September; so the facelift models commenced production on 01/09/98 ready for the April '99 launch. My facelift 2.8 was built in the 3rd week of August '99 and is therefore one of the last ones built as from 01/09/99 productions was switched to the 2.2 and 3.0 and the...
by mrscalex
Mon 17 Oct, 2016 11:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: engines fitted to z3's
Replies: 23
Views: 2094

Re: engines fitted to z3's

colb wrote:Mine is badged 1.8, its a facelift model built in December 1998 and registered in the UK early 1999. M43 Engine 8valve.
Something a bit funny here. Common acceptance is they didn't start facelift production until April 1999!
by mrscalex
Mon 17 Oct, 2016 00:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Intermittent radio reception - almost none existent
Replies: 7
Views: 820

Re: Intermittent radio reception - almost none existent

What station do you listen to? I've had a lot of problems with Radio 2 (what else is a Z3 owner going to listen to really) this week and thought it might be their transmitters.

Just a long shot thought.
by mrscalex
Sun 16 Oct, 2016 11:27
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted - auxiliary fan / motor
Replies: 4
Views: 565

Re: Wanted - auxiliary fan / motor

I removed mine anyway but I'm fairly certain you could do it without removing.

I drew a blank finding anyone to rebuild it. Please share back here if you are successful.
by mrscalex
Sat 15 Oct, 2016 19:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: engines fitted to z3's
Replies: 23
Views: 2094

Re: engines fitted to z3's

Didn't mean to include that line anyway. I know nothing about Z3Ms and wouldn't want to pretend I do :)
by mrscalex
Sat 15 Oct, 2016 17:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: engines fitted to z3's
Replies: 23
Views: 2094

Re: engines fitted to z3's

Useful to know engine type of each capacity. Pre-Facelift Name Years Type Cyl 1.8l 1996-2000 M43B18 4 1.9l 1996-2002 M44B19 4 2.8l 1996-1998 M52B28 6 2.8l 1998-1999 M52TUB28 6 Facelift Name Years Type Cyl 1.9l 1996-2002 M43B19 4 2.0l 1999-2000 M52TUB20 6 2.2l 2000-2002 M54B22 6 2.8l 1999-2000 M52TUB...
by mrscalex
Wed 12 Oct, 2016 17:28
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted: low mileage, full service history z3/z4 (minter!)
Replies: 51
Views: 4582

Re: Wanted: low mileage, full service history z3/z4 (minter!

Jcc wrote:Still looking! ;)
That's possibly because you're not sure what you're looking for. But you'll know when you see it :)
by mrscalex
Wed 12 Oct, 2016 10:12
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted - auxiliary fan / motor
Replies: 4
Views: 565

Re: Wanted - auxiliary fan / motor

I had to swap mine recently for the same reason. It's quite a hard part to find, I've never seen any for sale on eBay. Though of course you will probably now get loads of offers... It's the sort of thing you may need to message sellers 'breaking whole car' as they're just as likely to overlook remov...
by mrscalex
Mon 10 Oct, 2016 21:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clunk when changing gears
Replies: 17
Views: 1755

Re: Clunk when changing gears

I think because it's 'German engineering' we have a tendency to think everything should be perfect. But BMW make plenty of howlers. The most recent I heard is the excessive inside edge wear on OE 5GT rear tyres. It's caused by how BMW set the camber up. The outside edge looked find, it's difficult t...
by mrscalex
Mon 10 Oct, 2016 20:34
Forum: Boyz Toyz
Topic: New head unit recommendations?
Replies: 18
Views: 3532

Re: New head unit recommendations?

Suggest a mod cleans this one up. Don't like to see comments like this on the forum.
by mrscalex
Mon 10 Oct, 2016 16:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Caliper Bolts
Replies: 8
Views: 854

Re: Caliper Bolts

If you'e going to get into Z3s to any sort of degree beyond just driving them then finding a reliable & co-operative BMW dealer is in my view pretty much a necessity. I know many people's perception is that BMW is expensive and to be avoided but that's not the case for many parts. You also get the b...
by mrscalex
Sun 09 Oct, 2016 21:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Caliper Bolts
Replies: 8
Views: 854

Re: Caliper Bolts

I'd probably just get it from a BMW dealer. If it's the caliper to carrier bolt it should be 2 or 3 quid although I think someone on here recently got quoted £6 from his local dealer. If it's the slider bolt with the hex head more like £15-£20.
by mrscalex
Sun 09 Oct, 2016 19:24
Forum: Z4M roadster and Z4m coupé
Topic: Z3 to Z4M
Replies: 8
Views: 1097

Re: Z3 to Z4M

I like red.

It seems to be a bit of a taboo colour on new cars, not least of all BMWs.
by mrscalex
Sun 09 Oct, 2016 09:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clunk when changing gears
Replies: 17
Views: 1755

Re: Clunk when changing gears

I'm about to drop the prop to remove the engine/gearbox from my 2.2 project. So I'll have a look at the guibo when I'm in there. If that proves easy enough I'll do the same on Trudy but don't really want to dive straight in there as I'm having too much fine just driving her at the moment. And as I s...
by mrscalex
Sat 08 Oct, 2016 15:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clunk when changing gears
Replies: 17
Views: 1755

Re: Clunk when changing gears

The car has a tendency for clunky gearchanges. Mine is at its worst when I'm trying to drive like a granny and at its best when 'pressing on' and changes are quick. If you're unfamiliar with the marque perhaps that's all it is? In a similar vein, the diff whines - at least Torsen diffs do. TADTS (t...
by mrscalex
Fri 07 Oct, 2016 17:32
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: Newbie looking for Z3 or Z4
Replies: 23
Views: 1831

Re: Newbie looking for Z3 or Z4

Jcc wrote:Which one are you looking at? I hope I'm not creating competition for myself here!
The one in Fforestfach as per my message :) That's Swansea.

No. I'm seeing my mate Wed night and wanted to just sit in a Z4 over the weekend to give him some advice.