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by mrscalex
Thu 06 Oct, 2016 16:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Air Filter compartment foam lining
Replies: 3
Views: 500

Re: Air Filter compartment foam lining

I'm not familiar with the component but it might be there to stop vibration.

I have a 3 year old Alhambra. Problems with air box vibrations are a know fault and are very annoying. The official Seat fix is to pack them with foam insulating tape to stop the vibration.
by mrscalex
Thu 06 Oct, 2016 00:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: BMW quality!
Replies: 11
Views: 1463

Re: BMW quality!

The air-con in my 2001 2.2 Z3 works better than my 3 year old Seat Alhambra!
by mrscalex
Thu 06 Oct, 2016 00:15
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted: low mileage, full service history z3/z4 (minter!)
Replies: 51
Views: 4405

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

I saw something very, very lovely on ebay today: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-Z3-2-2i-M-SPORT-ROADSTER-2001-51-/182303397213 9k miles 2.2 Sport. It's gorgeous and I don't think over-priced. Okay 15 years takes it's toll on some non-mileage wear related parts so I'm not comparing exactly but this is...
by mrscalex
Wed 05 Oct, 2016 15:47
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Project Z
Replies: 8
Views: 1193

Re: Project Z

Not sure I can handle any more of these warm climate photos :)

Are you sorted for a blue soft top if that's what you have planned? I have a good one here on my breaker if it's of interest to you.
by mrscalex
Wed 05 Oct, 2016 12:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.2 journal ft engine replacement - 'Okus'
Replies: 13
Views: 1330

Re: Z3 2.2 journal ft engine replacement - 'Okus'

Progress is slow as I have so little time to work on it but I'm getting there. Everything is disconnected from the engine apart from the fuel line and heater hose. Air box and radiator removed. Fan off to avoid breakage during lift. It might be a scrap engine but I want all the parts off it. I start...
by mrscalex
Wed 05 Oct, 2016 12:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Brilliant M54 engine tutorial
Replies: 0
Views: 345

Brilliant M54 engine tutorial

This guy is only 20 and and a real expert not only on M54 engines but with presenting in a clear and informative way too and putting together a professional video - I'd pay money for this on DVD. No messing around like so many youtube tutorials with a grumpy guy talking nonsense and showing little t...
by mrscalex
Wed 05 Oct, 2016 11:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Disconnecting fuel line for M54 engine removal
Replies: 1
Views: 242

Re: Disconnecting fuel line for M54 engine removal

Got there in the end. This photo shows the location.

It's a simple squeeze to release connection. And no doubt I'll need to be ready for fuel shooting out.

Image
by mrscalex
Wed 05 Oct, 2016 11:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Still no power...3.0
Replies: 11
Views: 1124

Re: Still no power...3.0

Possibly the DISA valve not doing it's job? Have you checked the error codes?
by mrscalex
Tue 04 Oct, 2016 21:38
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: 3.0 Z3 (2002) as a Donor car (shocking I hear you say !!)
Replies: 15
Views: 1539

Re: 3.0 Z3 (2002) as a Donor car (shocking I hear you say !!

No I meant I would want the best model and agree that's a 3.0 too. However I'm an as it left the factory freak so doing a kit car wouldn't be my thing. I bought a complete panel set for my project off the guy who does the Ferrari 250 conversions in Reading. Great source of panels because someone spe...
by mrscalex
Tue 04 Oct, 2016 21:23
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: 3.0 Z3 (2002) as a Donor car (shocking I hear you say !!)
Replies: 15
Views: 1539

Re: 3.0 Z3 (2002) as a Donor car (shocking I hear you say !!

If I was building a kit car based on a Z3 I think I would want the best model which wasn't an M. Plus if there weren't people like yourself those of us who restore wouldn't have access to such nice panel sets from the initial strip down. What colour is it by the way and will you be selling the panel...
by mrscalex
Tue 04 Oct, 2016 20:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fleabay - Should i be surprised?
Replies: 5
Views: 669

Re: Fleabay - Should i be surprised?

I can't see how this makes the seller a 'Nobhead' I've thought about this as it's the sort of thing I'd say and would then be challenged to justify by my other half :lol: The web site https://en.oxforddictionaries.com defines a knobhead/nobhead as: A stupid person. Synonyms idiot, ass, halfwit, nin...
by mrscalex
Tue 04 Oct, 2016 18:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Disconnecting fuel line for M54 engine removal
Replies: 1
Views: 242

Disconnecting fuel line for M54 engine removal

I know it's a noddy question but I'm jiggered if I can find the answer.

Where's the best place to disconnect the fuel line for M54 (2.2) engine removal? Could anyone link to a photo showing the point?

Everything else already disconnected and just needed un-mounting of gearbox and exhaust.

Thanks
by mrscalex
Tue 04 Oct, 2016 16:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fleabay - Should i be surprised?
Replies: 5
Views: 669

Re: Fleabay - Should i be surprised?

Unless forum rules prevent naming and shaming then perhaps you could share seller name? Then we can all avoid him. I really can't be bothered with ebay any more. I was one of the early UK users back in 1999 but it's become a jungle now. I rarely sell on there any more (I used to sell lots) and would...
by mrscalex
Tue 04 Oct, 2016 14:26
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: FREE: 1998 1.9 Engine and/or bones of car
Replies: 8
Views: 1236

Re: FREE: 1998 1.9 Engine and/or bones of car

Yes I do. And it needs to be moved on fairly soon now. It's Boston Green. The roof looks tidy enough and is useable but the screen will need replacing. Importantly it has never leaked. If you PM me and let me know what you are really looking to take off the car I'll let you know if it will be left o...
by mrscalex
Tue 04 Oct, 2016 14:21
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WTB Off side Tail light lens
Replies: 2
Views: 401

Re: WTB Off side Tail light lens

Parki wrote:I am in need of replacing mine after losing an arguement with a hand rail in a multi storey car park - pre face lift '97 - anyone got one spare?
Thanks
If you PM me I should be able to help with that.
by mrscalex
Tue 04 Oct, 2016 14:20
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Hellrot red hardtop and fitting kit FOR SALE
Replies: 9
Views: 1399

Re: Hellrot red hardtop and fitting kit FOR SALE

seaDog wrote:Hi,

bit cheeky but I am after a pre-facelift heater switch if you fancy parting with it.

cheers

Jas
Pretty certain I have one. If you PM me and let me know you're interested I'll search it out.
by mrscalex
Fri 30 Sep, 2016 19:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Leaking window seal (weatherstrip)
Replies: 12
Views: 1242

Re: Leaking window seal (weatherstrip)

I will check again in case it's coming from somewhere else. But I am 99% certain it's the external weatherstrip on the door.
by mrscalex
Fri 30 Sep, 2016 19:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Job lot of 13 Z3s - seen on eBay
Replies: 3
Views: 670

Re: Job lot of 13 Z3s - seen on eBay

Well known seller who I have dealt with myself. All the cars will have had the best bits picked. Engine bays and interiors will have been left open to the atmosphere. The cars will be difficult to remove from the yard and expensive to move anywhere. There may be 1 or 2 complete projects kicking arou...
by mrscalex
Fri 30 Sep, 2016 13:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Leaking window seal (weatherstrip)
Replies: 12
Views: 1242

Re: Leaking window seal (weatherstrip)

The butyl tape was a little solid for my liking. More plasticine consistency than gungy. So I thought as I put it in it may be too dry to stick the vapour barrier properly. I don't know what the route of the water is. But I've seen water physically running out of the bottom of the door card. I guess...
by mrscalex
Fri 30 Sep, 2016 11:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Leaking window seal (weatherstrip)
Replies: 12
Views: 1242

Re: Leaking window seal (weatherstrip)

Still struggling with this. I felt the leakiest place and the one place I could do something about was round the quarter light. So I stopped it up discretely with Sugru, figured that would get rid of most of the ingress and then at least stop the remaining from entering the cabin by sealing the foam...
by mrscalex
Thu 29 Sep, 2016 20:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: WANTED M52 oil sump
Replies: 3
Views: 506

Re: WANTED M52 oil sump

I have a seized M54 engine which will be coming out at some stage over the next couple of months. They are the same sump. I am replacing the entire engine so it will be spare. The catch is it has a hole in it. I was quoted £60-£80 to have it repaired. But I've found Z3 M52/M54 sumps to be very thin ...
by mrscalex
Mon 26 Sep, 2016 20:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Little white window sliders
Replies: 3
Views: 459

Re: Little white window sliders

Just checked the receipt. £9.22 for 4 from BMW so £2.30 each. Byronix (to date quality) copy part supplier on ebay £3.25!!
by mrscalex
Mon 26 Sep, 2016 19:05
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Faulty Key chip
Replies: 7
Views: 812

Re: Faulty Key chip

If you think the key is faulty then I have details of a very good key repair specialist. He managed to bring my 2 year old VW key back to life after the missus put it through the washing machine. Price £30. Mind you I did have to get it reprogrammed afterwards at a cost of £60. Cheaper than a whole ...
by mrscalex
Mon 26 Sep, 2016 19:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Little white window sliders
Replies: 3
Views: 459

Re: Little white window sliders

The copy parts on Ebay are materially no cheaper than from BMW. I bought a couple from Trainers in Swansea a couple of weeks ago and they were either £3.50 each or even £3.50 a pair - can't remember. Doesn't matter, either way you'll only save pennies on Ebay and you might consider yourself better o...
by mrscalex
Thu 22 Sep, 2016 10:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Camshaft Position Sensor
Replies: 6
Views: 606

Re: Camshaft Position Sensor

I think what Rich-Z is saying is that he wants a genuine one but doesn't want to pay dealer prices ;) http://www.bmminiparts.com/ are always worth a try. And if you go across to the dark side on .org Sopers of Lincoln offer a discount to forum members. You'll also find that prices vary widely for an...
by mrscalex
Wed 21 Sep, 2016 08:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Leaking window seal (weatherstrip)
Replies: 12
Views: 1242

Re: Leaking window seal (weatherstrip)

Anyone got any suggestions before I resort to sealant? Which I would prefer not to.
by mrscalex
Mon 19 Sep, 2016 21:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Leaking window seal (weatherstrip)
Replies: 12
Views: 1242

Re: Leaking window seal (weatherstrip)

My track car leaked a bit on the upper corners of the rubber at the top of the windscreen, by the quarter glass, a couple of bike puncture repair patches and it's water tight now, even in the really heavy rain recently It's not that bit on mine though. Well, to be honest I haven't even checked ther...
by mrscalex
Sun 18 Sep, 2016 19:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Help please.
Replies: 5
Views: 620

Re: Help please.

I have 2 Feb 2001 2.2s, manufactured within 3 days of each other. One has the braided hose and the other doesn't. I would tend to agree the braided hose is unlikely to be original.
by mrscalex
Sun 18 Sep, 2016 14:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Leaking window seal (weatherstrip)
Replies: 12
Views: 1242

Re: Leaking window seal (weatherstrip)

It just pulls off. I've only removed them when I've already had the door card off but I don't think that's necessary. They wrap round at either end. I unhook from the front and then just pull gently up.
by mrscalex
Sun 18 Sep, 2016 07:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Kwik Fit MOT – ABS & ASC+T lights on like a Christmas tree
Replies: 18
Views: 1840

Re: Kwik Fit MOT – ABS & ASC+T lights on like a Christmas tr

I'm afraid Del this was caused by you taking your car to a bunch of cowboys if you see what I mean. Although to be totally fair those sensors/lights do have a habit of going on and off. I managed to briefly illuminate mine recently from jet washing the alloys. But the thing is if it was a reputable ...
by mrscalex
Sat 17 Sep, 2016 22:01
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Starter motor 1.9
Replies: 2
Views: 371

Re: Starter motor 1.9

And are you sure you don't just have a flat battery?
by mrscalex
Sat 17 Sep, 2016 22:00
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Starter motor 1.9
Replies: 2
Views: 371

Re: Starter motor 1.9

A secondhand one will be £20-£25. You can get a recon for £45-£50 including at Eurocarparts (Ebay or with 30% discount).

Btw. You should have a PM from me from a while back in your inbox.
by mrscalex
Sat 17 Sep, 2016 21:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Leaking window seal (weatherstrip)
Replies: 12
Views: 1242

Re: Leaking window seal (weatherstrip)

Btw. I know people sometimes resign themselves to water coming in here. And the recommendation is to ensure the vapour barrier is properly sealed and the drain holes in the bottom of the door are cleared. But I'd really rather the water didn't get in there in the first place. So I'd rather fix it pr...
by mrscalex
Sat 17 Sep, 2016 21:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: HELP FIX A STUPID MISTAKE
Replies: 7
Views: 822

Re: HELP FIX A STUPID MISTAKE

It's also easy enough taking off the door sill trims and pulling the carpet back there.
by mrscalex
Sat 17 Sep, 2016 20:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clattering noise from the front.
Replies: 39
Views: 4035

Re: Clattering noise from the front.

Has the DISA been ruled out?
by mrscalex
Sat 17 Sep, 2016 19:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Leaking window seal (weatherstrip)
Replies: 12
Views: 1242

Leaking window seal (weatherstrip)

I'm talking about the external rubber seal at the base of the window and top of the metal door panel. Not the door aperture seal at the very top of the window. I have some nasty leaks, particularly round the pillar of the quarter light. I've googled expecting it to be a common problem but I can only...
by mrscalex
Sat 17 Sep, 2016 19:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: HELP FIX A STUPID MISTAKE
Replies: 7
Views: 822

Re: HELP FIX A STUPID MISTAKE

Yes, I've believe there's a very simple way. Buy yourself a de-humidifier. I have one of these and I am confident it will do a job: http://www.ecoair.org/DD122FW-MK5-Classic.html They are about £125-£150. You will find other uses for it (like drying laundry) so it's a good investment. Am I 100% sure...
by mrscalex
Fri 16 Sep, 2016 10:11
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Pair original orange side indicators. Excellent condition
Replies: 3
Views: 515

Re: Pair original orange side indicators. Excellent conditio

handsomejackuk wrote:grrrrr need clear ones.... :-(
Pretty certain the facelift I've just bought for breaking has a decent clear pair.

Can you email me (robert@learmouth.com) so I have a reminder to check in my inbox. I can't check until Sunday.
by mrscalex
Thu 15 Sep, 2016 06:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: fog light needed
Replies: 13
Views: 979

Re: fog light needed

Yep. Them's mine! I agree with Mrscalex, but even good second-hand OE ones are dearer than those. And you wouldn't know these aren't by looking at them. Where I got bit, though, is that I bought from the dealer what I thought were special fittings for the fog lights, and paid through the nose for s...
by mrscalex
Wed 14 Sep, 2016 12:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: fog light needed
Replies: 13
Views: 979

Re: fog light needed

Sounds a good option. What a mickey take on the fitting though. Probably one of the simplest jobs you can do. It should be a 15 min job for a professional and 30-45 mins as you say for the rest of us. Personally I'd rather have a second-hand genuine part but that's just me as I like to 'keep it fact...
by mrscalex
Wed 14 Sep, 2016 09:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: fog light needed
Replies: 13
Views: 979

Re: fog light needed

Dealer I would think around the £100 mark. Ebay new (genuine but double-check fitment and there is a plain or ribbed type) £60 ish http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GENUINE-BMW-E39-Z3-E36-FRONT-LEFT-N-S-FOG-LIGHT-UPTO-09-1997-MODELS-63178360575-/280782345084 Secondhand about £20. I can do mine for that with...
by mrscalex
Wed 14 Sep, 2016 09:16
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: 2.2 Sport in Swansea
Replies: 6
Views: 713

Re: 2.2 Sport in Swansea

BMW VIN shows the OBC but you are correct, no air con.

Probably a genuine error but as you say no good if that's one of the main motivations to change the car.
by mrscalex
Tue 13 Sep, 2016 22:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 1998 2.8
Replies: 3
Views: 461

Re: 1998 2.8

When I was dealing in Scalextric cars I used to send the occasional parcel to South Africa. I did always dread doing it as insurance wasn't viable due to cost and I knew there was a high chance of it going missing. That said France was not much better.
by mrscalex
Tue 13 Sep, 2016 22:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: fog light needed
Replies: 13
Views: 979

Re: fog light needed

If you PM me I'm sure I can sort one out for you.
by mrscalex
Tue 13 Sep, 2016 21:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 1998 2.8
Replies: 3
Views: 461

Re: 1998 2.8

Sounds like a hustler :lol:
by mrscalex
Mon 12 Sep, 2016 23:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.2 rebuild journal - The Terd-Mobile
Replies: 95
Views: 9324

Re: Z3 2.2 rebuild journal - The Terd-Mobile

Ive said it many times already but it needs saying again - great job... its probably one of the best maintained cars on the forum now with everything you have done That's really kind bertiejaffa - thank you. It will never be a show car or minter but I'm pleased to have saved a very decent car from ...
by mrscalex
Mon 12 Sep, 2016 23:03
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: 2.2 Sport in Swansea
Replies: 6
Views: 713

Re: 2.2 Sport in Swansea

looks real nice Rob.... fancy a spin out on sometime ? could meet you somewhere.. if you up for it ? i am free all week... Al. We'll sort something out sometime bud. But, and don't take this personally, I got so much stuff going on at home and work, some of it not so good, it wouldn't be fair to th...
by mrscalex
Mon 12 Sep, 2016 14:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Second failure today! :(
Replies: 7
Views: 764

Re: Second failure today! :(

Get them to use the UV dye. That might (don't know) involve spending money straight away on the basis there's a leak - which there may not be. It's certainly something I would expect them to do if needs be but I'd expect them to check if the pressure has dropped first of all. If it has they may be ...
by mrscalex
Mon 12 Sep, 2016 10:58
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: 2.2 Sport in Swansea
Replies: 6
Views: 713

2.2 Sport in Swansea

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2001-BMW-Z3-M-SPORT-ROADSTER-BLUE-WIDE-BODY-CONVERTIBLE-/191969084798 Not my car but... Looks like a nice car. If anyone has a serious interest and wants me to take a look for them first before travelling all the way to Swansea will be happy to do so. I'm back in Swansea T...
by mrscalex
Mon 12 Sep, 2016 00:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 gone bang :(
Replies: 30
Views: 2034

Re: Z3 gone bang :(

About 100kg according to RealOEM. I've never noticed that! That's the same weight as a fairly fat bloke like me :lol: Even a 6 cylinder is only 127Kg. Those are short engine and weight would obviously increase with manifolds and ancilliaries bolted on. With the weight distributed on a pallet I woul...