Gear knob replacement

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Buzz
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  Z4 roadster 3.0si

Gear knob replacement

Post by Buzz » Mon 11 Aug, 2008 12:17

Hi all, well, after some time abroad, I'm back and de-mothballing my car, I'm just wondering how you replace the gear knob - may seem like a simple thing to do but I thought I'd post on here before I go forward with brute force and break something!

Cheers,

Buzz.

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Justin Time
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  Z3 roadster 2.0
Location: Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Post by Justin Time » Mon 11 Aug, 2008 12:27

It's just a simple hard vertical tug, though make sure you aren't in the way when it comes off. :lol:
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6pot wrote: We all know that the investment in a car is the fun enjoyed and not the cost.
LEX77 wrote:Jap cars no matter how quick, just dont cut it.
Mike Fishwick wrote:My wife often pulls mine off while she is driving!
A few pic's.......

Buzz
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  Z4 roadster 3.0si

Post by Buzz » Mon 11 Aug, 2008 12:42

Many thanks - I would have gone for a twist rather than tug, so to speak! so worth me asking the question!

Thanks again,

Buzz.

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Bally
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  BMW other
Location: Bolton

Post by Bally » Mon 11 Aug, 2008 12:47

Must be a different type from mine as its held on with a screw under the centre M cap.

Buzz
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  Z4 roadster 3.0si

Post by Buzz » Mon 11 Aug, 2008 13:18

Hmmm, thanks chaps, perhaps I'll have a look under the top of the thing to see if there's a screw prior to trying!

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mrluke
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  Z3 roadster 1.8 TU
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Post by mrluke » Mon 11 Aug, 2008 13:36

i wished i had a pic of my lip after i pulled mine off !

be very careful ! i read horror storied about people hittin them selfs doing it and laughed . then it happened to me !

lucky i didnt loose my front teeth really ! that would have been a waste of a year having a brace lol...

good luck and keep out the way of the knob

Buzz
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  Z4 roadster 3.0si

Post by Buzz » Mon 11 Aug, 2008 13:46

I've heard the horror stories! hence asking on here! I've spend two days getting the back to normal after being mathballed for two years - all looking good aside from the gear knob which is a smidge worn!

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Justin Time
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  Z3 roadster 2.0
Location: Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Post by Justin Time » Mon 11 Aug, 2008 17:58

If the gearknob that you have fitted is similar to this M-Tec gearknob:

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(obviously not a six speed one) then it's a simple "brute force, vertical pull, swear a lot after it hits you from suddenly coming loose" job. No screws at all.

Automatic Z3 gearsticks will differ in method of removal due to a different setup.
Last edited by Justin Time on Wed 13 Aug, 2008 17:07, edited 1 time in total.
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BMW Z3 2.0L Velvet Blue Individual Edition
6pot wrote: We all know that the investment in a car is the fun enjoyed and not the cost.
LEX77 wrote:Jap cars no matter how quick, just dont cut it.
Mike Fishwick wrote:My wife often pulls mine off while she is driving!
A few pic's.......

dalemiller
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  Z3 roadster 2.8

Post by dalemiller » Tue 12 Aug, 2008 10:06

I can better all of you on this - I hit my GF in the mouth when removing the gear knob.

The many years I had waited. :twisted:

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Justin Time
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  Z3 roadster 2.0
Location: Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Post by Justin Time » Tue 12 Aug, 2008 10:54

Is she now an ex because of it? :lol: :P

Bet she wasn't happy with you.
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BMW Z3 2.0L Velvet Blue Individual Edition
6pot wrote: We all know that the investment in a car is the fun enjoyed and not the cost.
LEX77 wrote:Jap cars no matter how quick, just dont cut it.
Mike Fishwick wrote:My wife often pulls mine off while she is driving!
A few pic's.......

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BonBon
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  Z3 roadster 1.9

Question - Automatic Knob

Post by BonBon » Wed 13 Aug, 2008 16:35

I notice that some replacement automatic Z3 knobs have a button on the front side.
My present knob does not have a button......Am i missing something?
What's the story?

smyles
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  Z3 roadster 2.0

Re: Question - Automatic Knob

Post by smyles » Wed 13 Aug, 2008 16:53

BonBon wrote:My present knob does not have a button......Am i missing something?
*snigger*

....sorry :oops:

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BonBon
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  Z3 roadster 1.9

Post by BonBon » Wed 13 Aug, 2008 17:06

nice one - my first LOL today. :D

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mrluke
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  Z3 roadster 1.8 TU
Location: Canvey-Island

Post by mrluke » Thu 14 Aug, 2008 16:16

dalemiller wrote:I can better all of you on this - I hit my GF in the mouth when removing the gear knob.

The many years I had waited. :twisted:
if i could go back in time , i wld have made my gf pull it off

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Alex L
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Location: North Oxfordshire

Post by Alex L » Thu 14 Aug, 2008 16:58

mrluke wrote: i wld have made my gf pull it off
*snigger*

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BonBon
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  Z3 roadster 1.9

Re: Detent Rod

Post by BonBon » Fri 15 Jul, 2016 14:23

After driving well over 100k miles on my car, I deciding to replace my gear knob due to wear. Searching around and saw that all the replacements have buttons in them....but I never did. I now learned that over 8 years ago, one of the 9 previous owners (part local Mafia and part teens who sold as soon as they get conscripted) replaced the automatic one with a manual - such that it does not have the button and the detent rod that disengages when you press the button and then allows one to freely move between gears. Never bothered me so I guess I'll look for another nice manual one. :dunce:
The selection is much bigger and they are cheaper.

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