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by mrscalex
Mon 02 Jan, 2017 23:11
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Seat Re-trimming
Replies: 16
Views: 1915

Re: Seat Re-trimming

Is this the correct Furniture Clinic?

https://www.furnitureclinic.co.uk/Leath ... ration.php
by mrscalex
Mon 02 Jan, 2017 23:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Meyle Front Wishbones and other parts
Replies: 23
Views: 2252

Re: Meyle Front Wishbones and other parts

Tightened the bolts up on my front end rebuild today. I did the wishbone/subframe bolts up with a 24" breaker bar but I did have the front bumper off. I managed to get the torque wrench on to the offside in the end. And it got stuck under the engine mount! Took about 30 minutes getting it back out a...
by mrscalex
Mon 02 Jan, 2017 12:40
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: The law when indicating?
Replies: 11
Views: 1340

Re: The law when indicating?

I have the identical issue with an Aldi. I'm not sure what the law says or whether it's important. We're all looking to avoid accidents in the first place. As far as I'm concerned the onus is on us to manually cancel. And if we are the ones pulling out the onus is on us to look for other signs/wait ...
by mrscalex
Sun 01 Jan, 2017 21:25
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Seat Re-trimming
Replies: 16
Views: 1915

Re: Seat Re-trimming

£380. Bargain price. I've been quoted that per seat!
by mrscalex
Fri 30 Dec, 2016 16:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Meyle Front Wishbones and other parts
Replies: 23
Views: 2252

Re: Meyle Front Wishbones and other parts

Your difficulty will be getting the old parts off. I used 3 different ball joint breakers on mine. The small c type on the tie rod (if you're doing that), the pincer type on the wishbone to strut and a fork on the wishbone to subframe. On both wishbone ball joints they needed a swift clonk with a ha...
by mrscalex
Wed 28 Dec, 2016 13:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Recomendations for new shocks
Replies: 20
Views: 2069

Re: Recomendations for new shocks

I don't think the bump stops, even in grotty looking condition are going to contribute much loss of handling. But if they are starting to disintegrate like mine were or if you just want to be thorough it's worth doing. They are £16 each from the dealer. The rubber coil seating pads will need inspect...
by mrscalex
Thu 22 Dec, 2016 19:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Recomendations for new shocks
Replies: 20
Views: 2069

Re: Recomendations for new shocks

I have a Sport which is why I was careful to try and tie it down. Although I was only doing it for future reference and I haven't bought any yet. The previous owner replaced them with non-Sport. So they're on my to do list. The Sport springs are 15mm lower. Not sure what the difference is with the s...
by mrscalex
Thu 22 Dec, 2016 00:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Recomendations for new shocks
Replies: 20
Views: 2069

Re: Recomendations for new shocks

Never, ever, ever buy from Euro Car parts unless you get a 30% discount. Use code 'xmas' currently and these shocks are £66.82

Just sign up to the newsletter for these codes.
by mrscalex
Wed 21 Dec, 2016 23:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Recomendations for new shocks
Replies: 20
Views: 2069

Re: Recomendations for new shocks

Be careful though as there are Sport and non-Sport versions. Most web sites I checked fail to make the distinction. Bav Auto does know the difference (as you might expect). http://www.bavauto.com/shop.asp?HC1=0&htarget=asgridyearmodel.asp&Hecode=&hdept_id=157&HCY=2001&HCM=Z3%203.0 Those are the Sach...
by mrscalex
Tue 20 Dec, 2016 01:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Air ride
Replies: 13
Views: 1319

Re: Air ride

Not sure if it's the same thing but must at least be a close relative but Car S.O.S. fitted air bag suspension to the Range Rover Vogue recently broadcast. It was to drop the car down for an older person to get in more easily, a bit like the 'kneeling' buses that reach kerb height.
by mrscalex
Sun 18 Dec, 2016 21:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Air conditioner belt - ok to run without?
Replies: 8
Views: 846

Re: Air conditioner belt - ok to run without?

The good news is there are tons of very useable compressors around for £20-£30 second-hand. But it will need fitting by an aircon specialist because of discharging and charging the refrigerant. You may want to think about a flush while you're at it. I have a decent spare compressor I can let you hav...
by mrscalex
Fri 16 Dec, 2016 21:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Shocks and springs
Replies: 3
Views: 568

Re: Shocks and springs

You need to check on realoem for compatibility. But when I checked, the front struts at least are unique to the Z3.
by mrscalex
Thu 15 Dec, 2016 13:02
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Moving in on the old girl
Replies: 1
Views: 451

Re: Moving in on the old girl

Got to admit I tend to park my Alhambra near other Alhambras. It's so they can talk and be friends of course :lol:

Not yet had the opportunity to park near any other Zeds when I'm in my Z3 though.
by mrscalex
Wed 14 Dec, 2016 09:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Workshop Manual.
Replies: 3
Views: 648

Re: Z3 Workshop Manual.

Do you know about Bentley? A lot of people knock it but I've found it useful. I don't think any source including BMW's own manual is ever going to show you every step you'd like to see. But many procedures are available on YouTube. It's not cheap though. https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/BMW-Z3-Servi...
by mrscalex
Tue 13 Dec, 2016 19:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Meyle Front Wishbones and other parts
Replies: 23
Views: 2252

Re: Meyle Front Wishbones and other parts

I'm probably about to buy a set and I'll be buying from johnny-boy if I go all Meyle. I believe both item and seller to be genuine. I think it's just a very good price. However I may compromise and buy these wishbones from what I believe to be another trusted source and just get Meyle for the lollip...
by mrscalex
Mon 12 Dec, 2016 15:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Aux Belt fell off
Replies: 3
Views: 520

Re: Aux Belt fell off

And thermostat while you're at it. Plus check the idler pulleys are spinning nicely. Might want a new belt too.
by mrscalex
Mon 12 Dec, 2016 15:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Top mounts & engine mounts
Replies: 3
Views: 524

Re: Top mounts & engine mounts

Just doing the same job on my project car. I was advised by an experienced Zed'er that Vetech top mounts are fine for road use and if you use a 30% discount code at GSF you'll get them for £16.50 each. Mine are going on the strut tonight. My bump stops were knackered and I had to get OEM as I couldn...
by mrscalex
Fri 09 Dec, 2016 17:30
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: A Surprise From WeBuyAnyCar.com
Replies: 8
Views: 1268

Re: A Surprise From WeBuyAnyCar.com

The 'offer' is a lure, when you get there they pick the car to pieces reducing the price. They really wouldn't be able to find anything wrong with my Alhambra. It's 100% as that's how I keep my cars. I know they used to do daft things like lock people in rooms etc. I think they've stopped that now....
by mrscalex
Thu 08 Dec, 2016 21:00
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: A Surprise From WeBuyAnyCar.com
Replies: 8
Views: 1268

Re: A Surprise From WeBuyAnyCar.com

In fairness I recently got a price for my Seat Alhambra and it was a good one.
by mrscalex
Mon 05 Dec, 2016 22:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: SRS fault and light on
Replies: 13
Views: 1095

Re: SRS fault and light on

Hi, thanks for your input but I have tried it with and without the bypass, just to add that my Z is a facelift and the wiring was completely different to the seats so I used OEM harness for both seats. So the car is a facelift but the seat harness wasn't compatible. Does that make the seats pre-fac...
by mrscalex
Mon 05 Dec, 2016 21:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: SRS fault and light on
Replies: 13
Views: 1095

Re: SRS fault and light on

I'm even more confused now, should I be plugging in to the OBD under the steering wheel, the reading I am getting is table 38 and the code is 1a, I am assuming this is correct as the light only came on when I changed the seats, Definitely the pacman under the bonnet as only that one can read chassi...
by mrscalex
Mon 05 Dec, 2016 19:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: SRS fault and light on
Replies: 13
Views: 1095

Re: SRS fault and light on

Usual question although I suspect not as you are getting chassis codes. You are plugged in under the bonnet rather than dash? And you aren't reading the numbers as hex and looking them up as decimal and getting the wrong descriptions?
by mrscalex
Tue 29 Nov, 2016 23:03
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Needless ritual?
Replies: 23
Views: 1955

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: 903

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: 1365

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: 1365

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: 903

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: 903

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: 1365

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: 874

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: 903

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: 1035

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: 1903

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: 1903

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: 1130

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: 946

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: 1138

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: 1955

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: 1138

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: 1955

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: 1130

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: 1999

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: 522

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: 1999

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: 522

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: 669

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: 546

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: 3213

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: 669

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: 546

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.