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by mrscalex
Thu 01 Jun, 2017 00:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wax oil/undersealing
Replies: 12
Views: 1606

Re: Wax oil/undersealing

Not a how to but some clues in the my rebuild thread here.

http://zroadster.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=44270

It's a worthwhile exercise. In fact it's vital to stop your Z3 from rotting away.
by mrscalex
Mon 29 May, 2017 23:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Coolant flushing
Replies: 16
Views: 1870

Re: Coolant flushing

BMW concentrate.

I'd happily use Halfords or quality alternative but the BMW stuff comes in around the same price.
by mrscalex
Mon 29 May, 2017 21:23
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: MOT Failure - £1000
Replies: 5
Views: 1169

Re: MOT Failure - £1000

I would have been tempted to take the clear front & rear lights off and replace with amber. And remove the split rims and replace with whatever cheapies. The surplus might have seen you £400 back. Then sell the car for £600. I think your problem is with a 1.9 the ceiling price for an MOT failure is ...
by mrscalex
Mon 29 May, 2017 21:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Coolant flushing
Replies: 16
Views: 1870

Re: Coolant flushing

When you drain the system via the radiator and block plug I believe a quantity of coolant remains in the heater matrix. So if you flush with plain water you will leave a quantity of it in the system. And whether you flush with plain or distilled you'll need to remember to make a stronger mix of cool...
by mrscalex
Wed 24 May, 2017 23:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hard seats
Replies: 7
Views: 914

Re: Hard seats

The Sport seats are definitely firmer than a non-Sport seat. I like a hard, tight seat. The ones in my 330 Gran Turismo are perfect.
by mrscalex
Wed 24 May, 2017 23:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Front Stabi Drop Link Lower Brackets
Replies: 16
Views: 1586

Re: Z3 Front Stabi Drop Link Lower Brackets

Hi Yeah - that's exactly what I am after...but I should have added that I want them sameday/next day. Just spoke to my local BMW dealer (Stephen James in North London) and they are only £7.10 each plus VAT! So, I shall get some genuine bits. The only problem is, if you do not have an account you ha...
by mrscalex
Wed 24 May, 2017 00:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Accelerator Removal
Replies: 2
Views: 605

Re: Accelerator Removal

Or release the floor end first by pulling the clip up then slide off the arm at the other end. That's the easier way round.
by mrscalex
Thu 18 May, 2017 07:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Screen Washers
Replies: 7
Views: 992

Re: Screen Washers

Tufarlian wrote:I remember manual screen washers :-)

The one way valves do eventually fail internally but they are really quite cheap to buy from your friendly neighbourhood dealer....
They are surprisingly cheap - £5 ish.
by mrscalex
Thu 18 May, 2017 07:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wheel Arch Repairs
Replies: 9
Views: 1285

Re: Wheel Arch Repairs

The catch is it's not that easy finding pre-facelift rear wings or sill covers without rust. And when you do you need them to be in your colour or you're looking at spraying. Rust free and your colour, probability not so good. Nice pair with no serious paint faults... The wings rayman mentioned were...
by mrscalex
Thu 11 May, 2017 10:20
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: For Sale - Z3 3.0i Very low mileage - immaculate
Replies: 12
Views: 2862

Re: For Sale - Z3 3.0i Very low mileage - immaculate

Within a certain corridor there isn't a right or wrong price. Just more or less interest. At £8k you'll be counting the interest on the fingers of one hand. But then you only need 1 enquiry to come off anyway. At £7k you may need 2 hands worth of fingers. At £6k you'll get both your hands bitten off...
by mrscalex
Thu 11 May, 2017 08:27
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WANTED: Z3 Engine M44 1.9 140bhp
Replies: 9
Views: 1401

Re: WANTED: Z3 Engine M44 1.9 140bhp

You may want to have a look at my M54 engine swap I'm doing currently. The M54 is a much bigger engine so I'm going to greater lengths to extract it easily by dismantling the front of the car. But that would give you the easiest access on any Z3. I've had the subframe/steering/suspension out on mine...
by mrscalex
Thu 11 May, 2017 08:19
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WANTED: Z3 Engine M44 1.9 140bhp
Replies: 9
Views: 1401

Re: WANTED: Z3 Engine M44 1.9 140bhp

You should be able to pick up a whole MOT failed/accident damaged car for around £500. Of course your issue is getting it home. £100-£250 ish in transporter fees. Still, if you need a few other bits it might be worth thinking about. You also have the option of getting one from an E36 3 Series. Acco...
by mrscalex
Wed 10 May, 2017 07:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How to replace Bonnet release on RHD Z3
Replies: 1
Views: 355

Re: How to replace Bonnet release on RHD Z3

To the level of detail you need to actually do the job - I believe not as I've checked previously. It's a fiddly, irritating job which drove me mad. The best advice I can give is to make very careful notes of how it goes together before you remove the old. In particular where the cable routes and ho...
by mrscalex
Tue 09 May, 2017 16:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 2002 Z3 Bonnet release.
Replies: 6
Views: 873

Re: 2002 Z3 Bonnet release.

Wow. Didn't know about that web site. Is it BMW themselves?
by mrscalex
Tue 09 May, 2017 14:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 2002 Z3 Bonnet release.
Replies: 6
Views: 873

Re: 2002 Z3 Bonnet release.

The only sensible source is the main dealer. Cost £30 ish for the main cable which includes the handle. I looked into making my own up but I don't think it's viable. However you also need to look into why it snapped. The 2 front panel latches become stiff over time and may be responsible for the cab...
by mrscalex
Fri 05 May, 2017 22:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 1997 corroded side skirts
Replies: 5
Views: 940

Re: Z3 1997 corroded side skirts

I'll have a pair of pre-facelift widebody sill covers in Montreal Blue soon if my next breaking project comes off. I wouldn't normally suggest secondhand for the reasons mentioned in this thread but when I inspected the car they were completely rust free, from the outside at least - obviously I have...
by mrscalex
Fri 05 May, 2017 21:53
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WANTED: Z3 Engine M44 1.9 140bhp
Replies: 9
Views: 1401

Re: WANTED: Z3 Engine M44 1.9 140bhp

You should be able to pick up a whole MOT failed/accident damaged car for around £500. Of course your issue is getting it home. £100-£250 ish in transporter fees. Still, if you need a few other bits it might be worth thinking about. You also have the option of getting one from an E36 3 Series. Accor...
by mrscalex
Fri 05 May, 2017 21:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS fault?
Replies: 11
Views: 1592

Re: ABS fault?

If I remember rightly the 78 battery issue is caused by a flat or removed battery.
by mrscalex
Wed 03 May, 2017 23:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(
Replies: 23
Views: 2249

Re: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(

Just got off the phone to an indy mechanic - and he's advised swapping out the engine - if i can source a decent one - is a much better option. Quoted £250 inc VAT to fit. I think he charges about £40 an hour. If he does a good job that's a bargain. If you do try it yourself I would allow for the c...
by mrscalex
Wed 03 May, 2017 16:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(
Replies: 23
Views: 2249

Re: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(

I'm doing a 2.2 engine swap now. You just need to be methodical. Mine is taking forever as I'm restoring the whole front end at the same time. However £250+VAT fitted sounds like a good price to me. That's either half a day at £60ish an hour or a full day at £30ish an hour. Realistically it has to b...
by mrscalex
Mon 01 May, 2017 23:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: tyre size
Replies: 11
Views: 1437

Re: tyre size

18" isn't a common Z3 size. You'd expect 16" with 225s all round or 17" with 225 front 245 rear more normally. It's possible they were a build option. But if so I think I'd expect them to be staggered, ie a wider rim at the rear to accept a wider tyre. And possibly wider than 8J. If 17s run 245 as s...
by mrscalex
Thu 27 Apr, 2017 11:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 3.0 Standard suspension to Sport suspension Query
Replies: 15
Views: 2031

Re: 3.0 Standard suspension to Sport suspension Query

Yes I remember lightning and I coming up with conflicting information previously. Perhaps there were production changes and we're both right! My 2.2 Sport has non-Sport front shocks fitted by the previous owner. It handles absolutely fine. In fact it's a very taught but comfortable car. The springs ...
by mrscalex
Thu 27 Apr, 2017 07:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 3.0 Standard suspension to Sport suspension Query
Replies: 15
Views: 2031

Re: 3.0 Standard suspension to Sport suspension Query

This thread is a good one. It's a generic discussion on Sachs struts but bears out what I said in my previous post. http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=398977 I don't actually have Sport struts on my Sport. Which is why I looked into all this. But it looks like the key is finding the corre...
by mrscalex
Wed 26 Apr, 2017 23:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 3.0 Standard suspension to Sport suspension Query
Replies: 15
Views: 2031

Re: 3.0 Standard suspension to Sport suspension Query

Your 3.0 non-Sport should have Sport suspension according to this extract from the sales brochure. http://learmouth.com/robert/Z3/Z3%203.0%20non-Sport%20v%20Sport.jpg If you put your VIN into bmwvin.com you are looking for this option to confirm. S704 M Sports suspension The Sachs (OEM) Sport part n...
by mrscalex
Wed 26 Apr, 2017 11:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Inherited Z3
Replies: 24
Views: 2771

Re: Inherited Z3

Interesting reading your post that you are in Swindon and that you break Zeds I am in Somerset and wondering if you know about central locking and remotes which I am having problems with which you may know how to remedy Geoff :) I'm sure if you start a thread explaining your woes we can help you ou...
by mrscalex
Tue 25 Apr, 2017 23:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Inherited Z3
Replies: 24
Views: 2771

Re: Inherited Z3

If you're in Wiltshire as per your forum name you're welcome to pop over to me with the car as I'm in Swindon. Especially if the 'saint' part indicates you are a fellow Southampton fan ;) I have a couple of projects on the go currently including an identical car for my other half's son. I also break...
by mrscalex
Mon 24 Apr, 2017 22:51
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Left (passenger) headlight clear, mint condition
Replies: 6
Views: 1095

Re: Left (passenger) headlight clear, mint condition

If it was a driver's side it might have sold quicker. But more often than not people want the driver's side as it's in the line of fire more for accident damage. Or people want a pair.

I do have a driver's side available to pair up with your's if that helps anyone.
by mrscalex
Wed 19 Apr, 2017 15:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Interior carpets
Replies: 8
Views: 1461

Re: Interior carpets

That sounds like me on Gumtree (Swindon).

And I guess that's yourself z3ddie I just replied to :)
by mrscalex
Thu 06 Apr, 2017 18:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Exhausts?
Replies: 5
Views: 982

Re: Exhausts?

Bizarrely the £45 exhaust on ebay is actually okay. Noisy but in a good way. I bought one for my brother's 1.9. Labour brought the total out to about £110 I think. It did need heating up so the bend over the axle could be adjusted a little. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/161545926468 Just a guess but I d...
by mrscalex
Tue 04 Apr, 2017 09:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Replacement aerial
Replies: 5
Views: 1035

Re: Replacement aerial

I'm as certain as I can be without double-checking on a car (none where I am today) that the bulb needs to be pushed through. If you look at the shape of it it's bullet-shaped to help it through the grommet. I'd also reflect on the fact if it was meant to live below/flush with the grommet they'd nev...
by mrscalex
Tue 28 Mar, 2017 19:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Gearbox shift pins
Replies: 15
Views: 1862

Re: Gearbox shift pins

Okay, got you. Mine knocks a little on every change. But I suspect that's the diff mount or possibly the giubo. That sounds like a mounting (engine, gearbox or diff) or the giubo, or loose propshaft nuts (very unlikely unless they have been touched since new). I shall have a crawl underneath and ta...
by mrscalex
Tue 28 Mar, 2017 13:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Gearbox shift pins
Replies: 15
Views: 1862

Re: Gearbox shift pins

Okay, got you. Mine knocks a little on every change. But I suspect that's the diff mount or possibly the giubo.
by mrscalex
Tue 28 Mar, 2017 11:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Gearbox shift pins
Replies: 15
Views: 1862

Re: Gearbox shift pins

Does the lever return to 3/4 from R, 1/2 and 5. If so, the shift pins are OK and should be left alone. If not, it will be cheaper to do it when the box is out than to have it done as a specific job. Can you clarify that test? Engine off. Put it in Reverse, flick it out and it should come to rest in...
by mrscalex
Tue 28 Mar, 2017 11:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sill removed cleaned and waxoyled
Replies: 26
Views: 3971

Re: Sill removed cleaned and waxoyled

I used Jenolite on the ends of the structural sills and underneath the jacking points after removing the surface rust with various wire brushes etc. Then 2 coats of Hammerite followed by Waxoyl, which was also applied to the internals of the structural sill. When inspected these were rust free. Hav...
by mrscalex
Tue 28 Mar, 2017 11:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Gearbox shift pins
Replies: 15
Views: 1862

Re: Gearbox shift pins

Does the lever return to 3/4 from R, 1/2 and 5. If so, the shift pins are OK and should be left alone. If not, it will be cheaper to do it when the box is out than to have it done as a specific job. Can you clarify that test? Engine off. Put it in Reverse, flick it out and it should come to rest in...
by mrscalex
Mon 13 Mar, 2017 15:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: warning light
Replies: 13
Views: 1600

Re: warning light

Put a photo up in case what you think is the emissions light is something else.

In the meantime I'd go and give it a good blast. Wheels sensors can be triggered just from getting wet washing the car.
by mrscalex
Thu 09 Mar, 2017 21:53
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: For Sale - Z3 3.0i Very low mileage - immaculate
Replies: 12
Views: 2862

Re: For Sale - Z3 3.0i Very low mileage - immaculate

Nice car :)

For those who maybe get confused between Sport seats and Sport model this is a non-Sport though.
by mrscalex
Sun 05 Mar, 2017 16:36
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Z3M side mirrors assemble solution
Replies: 9
Views: 1715

Re: Z3M side mirrors assemble solution

Cracking stuff. Very well done.
by mrscalex
Fri 03 Feb, 2017 09:12
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted Z3 Roadster
Replies: 23
Views: 2982

Re: Wanted Z3 Roadster

On the face of it, you'll struggle to find a nicer car than this one for the money.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2002-BMW-Z3-2 ... 2348379587
by mrscalex
Fri 27 Jan, 2017 19:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 2.2 to 3.0 M52 engine swap/conversion - whats involved ?
Replies: 3
Views: 579

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

Very best of luck finding a 3.0 Z3 donor!

There are plenty of 3.0 M54 engines out there but the electronics they come with will be mapped for e.g. a 3 Series saloon.

You'd probably be better of just buying a 3.0.
by mrscalex
Fri 27 Jan, 2017 15:59
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted Z3 Roadster
Replies: 23
Views: 2982

Re: Wanted Z3 Roadster

I offered my car but you've not got back to me. It's better than these you've been looking at, in fact l've won prizes at car shows with it. Plus it's the 3.0 M Sport with hardtop. Is it because it's had six owners? You shouldn't write off a car with more than two owners. These kind of cars often h...
by mrscalex
Thu 26 Jan, 2017 01:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Still some very low mileage Z3s around
Replies: 8
Views: 1014

Re: Still some very low mileage Z3s around

There was certainly a waiting list at that time although I'm not sure it was 2 years. My brother bought his Jan 1999 and didn't want to wait for a factory build due to the waiting time. So he asked them for whatever was in stock. That's how he ended up with Boston Green which he likes now but wasn't...
by mrscalex
Mon 23 Jan, 2017 07:48
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted Z3 Roadster
Replies: 23
Views: 2982

Re: Wanted Z3 Roadster

If you pick carefully there's nothing shabby about a 100k car with several owners. In fact that's the norm for most Z3s these days and there are many well loved cars falling into that category. The engines are capable of well over 100k and as a summer car you won't be adding that quickly to the mile...
by mrscalex
Sun 22 Jan, 2017 08:07
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted Z3 Roadster
Replies: 23
Views: 2982

Re: Wanted Z3 Roadster

by mrscalex
Fri 20 Jan, 2017 09:23
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted Z3 Roadster
Replies: 23
Views: 2982

Re: Wanted Z3 Roadster

You'll be travelling to most cars as you're in Northumberland! Seriously you'll have to be prepared to move around the country for the sort of car you are looking for. You can always see if a member of the forum local to the car will have an initial look for you. I'll do it for any car in Swindon, S...
by mrscalex
Thu 19 Jan, 2017 23:47
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted Z3 Roadster
Replies: 23
Views: 2982

Re: Wanted Z3 Roadster

Ouch. £7.5k sounds expensive. I'd be planning on no more than £6k unless it's something very special. With that sort of budget you want a Sport really. That said this would be my first port of call out of the cars currently on ebay. It's not a Sport but it's got a full Sport spec and has M seats (wh...
by mrscalex
Wed 04 Jan, 2017 21:46
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Seat Re-trimming
Replies: 16
Views: 1918

Re: Seat Re-trimming

I do mine personally - use products from furniture clinic and scuffmaster. If there are holes in them you can easily remove the covers and glue a patch to the back and then use special leather filler from furniture clinic to fill it in an then re-dye I'd have a go at mine but I'm worried I'll never...
by mrscalex
Wed 04 Jan, 2017 21:39
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Seat Re-trimming
Replies: 16
Views: 1918

Re: Seat Re-trimming

corky wrote:Hi, I have just had the drivers side boulster replaced by a local seat trimmer in blue and it cost me £65 brilliant job really pleased
So was that remove cover, machine in new leather panel and replace cover? And/or did it included rebuilding of the foam bolster itself?
by mrscalex
Wed 04 Jan, 2017 17:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Meyle Front Wishbones and other parts
Replies: 23
Views: 2252

Re: Meyle Front Wishbones and other parts

I'm going to double check all bolts/ nuts at the week end, but I have noticed a great improvement in the ride and handling peterz3 Couldn't get the torque wrench on the wishbone to subframe or knuckle bolts. Did the subframe up with a breaker bar that just squeezed on both. Thought I might have ove...
by mrscalex
Wed 04 Jan, 2017 17:07
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Seat Re-trimming
Replies: 16
Views: 1918

Re: Seat Re-trimming

Found a local guy and he has quoted me £250 - think I will keep my E-bay eyes open for a set instead - fancy going black anyway ! Let us know on here if you try your local man. £250 would be silly cheap money for a strip down and rebuild. Be careful as many just quote for re-tannelising (colouring)...