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Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by roadvoyager1 » Tue 18 Mar, 2014 21:21

Front brake callipers, discs and pads as the originals had seized! Some vibration front the front since I bought the car last October and after laying up for 3 months it only got worse. They were fitted today and the car also had a oil change service plus new brake fluid and a tank of Shell V-power petrol. Drives much smoother now. Wallet in a state of shock :!:

Before laying the car up I drove a few miles to make sure the brakes were thorough dry and left the handbrake off hoping to avoid any brake issues. My efforts seemed to have worked as there was hardly any rust on the discs after storage.I knew there was a problem when I got wheel vibration and hot hubs on my first drive of the year. Does anybody have advice on what more I could have done to keep the brakes in good condition :?:

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Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by gookah » Wed 19 Mar, 2014 00:37

roadvoyager1 wrote:Does anybody have advice on what more I could have done to keep the brakes in good condition :?:

Use the car, standing for a long time just makes things seize up.
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Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by bertiejaffa » Wed 19 Mar, 2014 01:45

gookah wrote:
roadvoyager1 wrote:Does anybody have advice on what more I could have done to keep the brakes in good condition :?:

Use the car, standing for a long time just makes things seize up.
I second this. I recently bought a new Zed; and there seems to be a train of thought that because they are older they need to be cuddled rather than cherished...

My original one is 145,000 miles young, used regularly and has very limited running issues over and above a good service. My new (to me) one is a S50 M version, and I have realised that some of the people who have bought these cars seem to think that they should be treated like fine china - thats wrong.... They need to be looked after yes, but they also need to be used. In the last 12 months my "new to me" zed-m has done 250-300 miles and only 3500 over the last 3 years... Now some people think this is great and do this with their own cars and I must admit that when i picked it up it had no visible issues.....

But, then I took it for a proper drive, snake and woodhead passes, over to Sheffield and back over the peaks... beautiful drive; driven like it should; drive hard; brake hard; smile lots..... my grin was as wide as the back wheels.... I burst the rocker gasket and 2 of the braided brake hoses... Like physical exercise on a person a car needs to be used.

Whether it is a very first 1996 original or the last 2002/3 to roll off the plant. They are BMW's and are bullet proof - at 150,000 they are just getting warm. Use it, enjoy it, keep it happy and it will do the same
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Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by TR4man » Wed 19 Mar, 2014 07:13

bertiejaffa wrote:
gookah wrote:
roadvoyager1 wrote:Does anybody have advice on what more I could have done to keep the brakes in good condition :?:

Use the car, standing for a long time just makes things seize up.
I second this. I recently bought a new Zed; and there seems to be a train of thought that because they are older they need to be cuddled rather than cherished...

My original one is 145,000 miles young, used regularly and has very limited running issues over and above a good service. My new (to me) one is a S50 M version, and I have realised that some of the people who have bought these cars seem to think that they should be treated like fine china - thats wrong.... They need to be looked after yes, but they also need to be used. In the last 12 months my "new to me" zed-m has done 250-300 miles and only 3500 over the last 3 years... Now some people think this is great and do this with their own cars and I must admit that when i picked it up it had no visible issues.....

But, then I took it for a proper drive, snake and woodhead passes, over to Sheffield and back over the peaks... beautiful drive; driven like it should; drive hard; brake hard; smile lots..... my grin was as wide as the back wheels.... I burst the rocker gasket and 2 of the braided brake hoses... Like physical exercise on a person a car needs to be used.

Whether it is a very first 1996 original or the last 2002/3 to roll off the plant. They are BMW's and are bullet proof - at 150,000 they are just getting warm. Use it, enjoy it, keep it happy and it will do the same
Well said.

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Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by gookah » Wed 19 Mar, 2014 11:14

bertiejaffa wrote:at 150,000 they are just getting warm.

I'd check the thermostat...... :D
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Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by janijoeli » Wed 19 Mar, 2014 20:00

I feel guilty about not really using my Z3M over winter, but inspection II (with some additional items) booked for Monday, and a long roadtrip coming up in May, June and possibly even July... Denmark, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Norway and Finland, and maybe further. I hope Giorgio will forgive me the neglect and behave well! :D

Bought this week: Bowden cable for cruise control (part# 65712228746). The E46 cable that came with the actuator I bought earlier doesn't fit an M Roadster.
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Post by roadvoyager1 » Wed 19 Mar, 2014 20:39

Many thanks to those who took time to respond to my post. Well I certainly expected that the advice would be to use it and I fully understand the sentiment.

We live in the edge of the Pennines and, whilst this winter was mild and we have not had any real snow, in recent years we have had snow and ice regularly for 2 to 3 months over the winter. Standard issue is the shovel in the boot! Driving RWD on snow is not my idea of fun (my wife had an RX8 and snow did not suit it at all). My main concern is road salt; it does cause corrosion particularly to the under body and suspension. My best option is to use and enjoy my car for 9 months of the year and protect it from the worst of the weather for the other 3 month.

If there is advice that would suit my circumstances both I and my wallet would welcome it :?: .

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Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by Del » Wed 19 Mar, 2014 21:42

Putting the usage of your car to one side, I can't see why the pistons inside new callipers would seize simply due to not being used for three months unless there was something seriously wrong with the brake fluid inside the system. Assuming the brake fluid inside the system is Ok, I wonder if the problem is due to the "slider bolts". There is contradictory information on whether or not these should be lubricated. I believe I recall seeing a BMW TIS (technical information sheet) to technicians saying that they should not be lubricated with anything as this can cause a reaction with their rubber sleeves and result in clogging/seizing. Other non-BMW instructions I have seen warn solely against using a mineral-based grease that can react with the surrounding rubber sleeves and cause a clogging/seizing. Finally, some instructions say it is OK to use silicone lubricant or something like Castrol Red rubber grease http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/130679593752? ... 1423.l2649.

I changed my front pads last year and the last time they had been touched was with a BMW Inspection II in 2009 before I bought the car. I was interested to note that the slider bolts were not lubricated at all.

Might be worth examining your slider bolts. I think I'm right in saying they and/or the rubber sleeves can be renewed?

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Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by roadvoyager1 » Thu 20 Mar, 2014 20:47

Thanks for the information Del. I bought the car last October and I understood that it had only covered 700 miles in the previous year. The last service was in 2010 (3,000 miles ago) and the last recorded brake fluid change was in 2007 (15,000 miles ago) so new fluid was on the "must do" list for early this year in any case.To me it points to excess moisture in the brake fluid and not enough use resulting in corrosion although it will be worth checking the slider bolts. Thanks again for your comments.

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Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by mnbrennan » Thu 20 Mar, 2014 20:59

New grilles, srs reset tool, new headlights and some sidelight bulbs!

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Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by stevietgr » Sun 30 Mar, 2014 18:52

After recently having a mishap where 3 of the 11 blades on my fan snapped off i decided to attempt to overhall the cooling system.

Over the weekend i bought and replaced...

Thermostat and housing
Water pump and pulley
Drive belt
Radiator fan and viscous coupling
Coolant

I have finished the task in hand and fingers crossed it seems to be running well. I suppose time will tell.

It was a bit daunting for me to undertake this job so believe me when i say that if i can do it anyone can.

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Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by Pierrick » Sun 30 Mar, 2014 20:13

Cat back exhaust! Much needed!

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Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by bertiejaffa » Wed 02 Apr, 2014 00:44

Rear wheel spacers,
S50 Cruise Items (Actuator, Control Unit, Stalk, Clutch Switch, Throttle Cable)
Rear Switch panel Frame
Wash, and polish for Sundays Derbyshire run (yes I am bone idle!)
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Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by mnbrennan » Wed 02 Apr, 2014 07:24

A high vis jacket, a GB sticker, a warning triangle, a fist aid kit, a bulb kit and a breathalyser. Guess where I'm going at the weekend?

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Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by Davejue1 » Wed 02 Apr, 2014 07:54

Erm.......???? Alton towers? No er France!! Lucky you! The wife and I love France. We get over when we can. Where abouts you heading? :)


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Post by mnbrennan » Wed 02 Apr, 2014 07:56

Heading straight through France to Brussels, then onto Cologne for a couple of night with a trip to the 'ring and onto Munich for a coupe of nights with a trip to the BMW factory. Finally on to a night in lille and back to blighty!

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Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by Davejue1 » Wed 02 Apr, 2014 09:38

Now I really am jealous! I intended to visit munich this year but money hasn't allowed. I'm taking a friend of the wifes to heathrow to meet her husband who she's taking there on Wednesday for a surprise birthday treat. Nothing like large amounts of salt and wounds eh!
Please drop a post on here when you get back, I like to know what you thought. :)

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Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by gIzzE » Wed 02 Apr, 2014 19:36

I have bought new new shocks and springs all round, new top mounts, new drop links and anti roll bar bushes, SRS reset tool, furniture clinic respray kit for the seats and door cards and placed my order for the sport steering wheel to be re-trimmed with Royals.
Will be a busy couple of weekends. Can't wait!!

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Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by Bowler » Wed 02 Apr, 2014 20:13

Fitted new rear window (after several attempts) Also ordered induction kit ready for the Cadwell experience
In love with driving again (its the Z effect)

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Post by bertiejaffa » Wed 02 Apr, 2014 21:02

Bowler wrote:Fitted new rear window (after several attempts) Also ordered induction kit ready for the Cadwell experience
which induction kit?
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Post by Bowler » Wed 02 Apr, 2014 21:28

Buying one of e bay, Looks like a copy of the K&N but much cheaper from Fastlane styling, Worth a punt at £29 inc postage
Will see and report how easy to fit and how effective.
Will make sure every part removed is ready to go back on if not satisfied
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Post by mnbrennan » Wed 02 Apr, 2014 21:46

Davejue1 wrote:Now I really am jealous! I intended to visit munich this year but money hasn't allowed. I'm taking a friend of the wifes to heathrow to meet her husband who she's taking there on Wednesday for a surprise birthday treat. Nothing like large amounts of salt and wounds eh!
Please drop a post on here when you get back, I like to know what you thought. :)

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Post by Bowler » Thu 03 Apr, 2014 15:34

Bowler wrote:Buying one of e bay, Looks like a copy of the K&N but much cheaper from Fastlane styling, Worth a punt at £29 inc postage
Will see and report how easy to fit and how effective.
Will make sure every part removed is ready to go back on if not satisfied
Easiest job i have had so far, initially left the base of the air cleaner box in situ now out completely, Fabricated bracket attached to base of Power steering reservoir
to secure cone from moving too much. Initial feeling of better throttle response sounds better IMO also.
In love with driving again (its the Z effect)

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Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by Mint » Fri 04 Apr, 2014 00:03

12 months tax.
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Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by Fozzfox72 » Fri 04 Apr, 2014 00:21

new radiator
new water pump
new hoses
new fan shroud
new front bumper, completely re sprayed
new belts
new fan
new fan shroud

oh sweet jeesus! :shock: :bawl:

but it now runs lovely, and the fan is super powerful now. :lol:

4 months off the road damn.. :head:

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Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by OldskoolRS » Fri 04 Apr, 2014 08:24

Six months tax...I put the hard top on for winter and I don't really enjoy driving it with it on, so no point taxing it to sit on the drive. Probably be spending a bit on parts and a service now the better weather is here.

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Post by gIzzE » Fri 04 Apr, 2014 13:51

SRS reset tool arrived today.
Had a bit of a panic as it kept giving me an error, but after reading the instructions it said turn the ignition on to pos 2 first and then plug it into the port, normally the other way round.
This worked a treat and said that there was a short on the drivers side restraint cable. I had already seen this was squashed up and had taken it apart and cleaned it up.

Reset the light and it has stayed off all morning.

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Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by stevietgr » Sat 05 Apr, 2014 22:56

A new radiator and an accelerator cable and both fitted today.

:D

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Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by Fozzfox72 » Sun 06 Apr, 2014 02:36

A tiny 10amp fuse for stereo
1 set of number plate screws with plastic colour coordinated covers
Bottle of car shampoo
Large sponge
6 months road tax

Ffs it's never ending ;)

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Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by billz » Sun 06 Apr, 2014 07:00

New front Disc's and Pad's and oil service
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Post by Rafolian » Sun 06 Apr, 2014 07:52

Fitted new rear window and waiting for return of steering wheel from Royal. (Thicker padding, perforated leather at sides, smooth nappa top and bottom and red stitching!)

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Post by janijoeli » Sun 06 Apr, 2014 08:12

Two 100x100mm pieces of rubber sheet (1mm and 2mm thick) and rubber glue to fix the leaking roof seals.
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Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by deni2s » Sun 06 Apr, 2014 21:59

Fozzfox72 wrote:A tiny 10amp fuse for stereo
1 set of number plate screws with plastic colour coordinated covers
Bottle of car shampoo
Large sponge
6 months road tax
I wonder are these things actually of interest to anyone? What's next? Posting each time you buy some gas? I think this thread was for interesting ad-ons or rare parts which could be of interest to other z3 owners and not some spam thread where everyone "shows off" about each fuse and sponge he is using for z3 and each time he is paying road tax. Everyone here is paying road tax and buying sponges and fuses. You don't have to post about that.

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Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by bertiejaffa » Sun 06 Apr, 2014 22:14

deni2s wrote:
Fozzfox72 wrote:A tiny 10amp fuse for stereo
1 set of number plate screws with plastic colour coordinated covers
Bottle of car shampoo
Large sponge
6 months road tax
I wonder are these things actually of interest to anyone? What's next? Posting each time you buy some gas? I think this thread was for interesting ad-ons or rare parts which could be of interest to other z3 owners and not some spam thread where everyone "shows off" about each fuse and sponge he is using for z3 and each time he is paying road tax. Everyone here is paying road tax and buying sponges and fuses. You don't have to post about that.
I bought a tank of PETROL - not gas !! Gas goes in the cooker

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Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by janijoeli » Sun 06 Apr, 2014 23:10

To quote the original post:
Jonttt wrote:let people know what you bought your Z3 this week. Whether it be an oil filter, dust caps or a new set of wheels, post it up on here and let people know :D
I see no harm in people posting about any purchase, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant they seem (to me). Sometimes it's of benefit to the others (aka "hey I need one as well, where did you buy yours?"), sometimes you get good tips about stuff you didn't even know is available for your beloved zed, and sometimes you'll get food for thought for fixing issues that have been bothering you for a while, but haven't been active enough to ask about what is needed for the fix. :) If a post has no relevance to me, I'll just go read another post.
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Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by gookah » Sun 06 Apr, 2014 23:14

how can gas be a liquid..... ? :D

and I think his post was a bit tongue in cheek :shock:
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Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by Z3cade » Sun 06 Apr, 2014 23:20

This week mines had an oil change, fuel filter change and new abs sensor.

Got to keep these Zeds tip top ;)

You do put gas in cars....

When there converted to LPG :D
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Post by Fozzfox72 » Mon 07 Apr, 2014 21:29

deni2s wrote:
Fozzfox72 wrote:A tiny 10amp fuse for stereo
1 set of number plate screws with plastic colour coordinated covers
Bottle of car shampoo
Large sponge
6 months road tax
I wonder are these things actually of interest to anyone? What's next? Posting each time you buy some gas? I think this thread was for interesting ad-ons or rare parts which could be of interest to other z3 owners and not some spam thread where everyone "shows off" about each fuse and sponge he is using for z3 and each time he is paying road tax. Everyone here is paying road tax and buying sponges and fuses. You don't have to post about that.
I also bought a zed 3 key ring which rather adore.
Maybe that's of no interest either, however this is a BMW z3/4 forum of genuine owners and enthusiasts alike. I for one am interested in other posts and have saved many (GBP) pounds and hours DUE TO THE TRIVIAL MINOR POSTS ON THIS FORUM.
Which is designed, no doubt for things that have been bought, hence the post title.

By the way the sponges are top quality! ;)

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Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by deni2s » Mon 07 Apr, 2014 22:14

Fozzfox72 wrote:By the way the sponges are top quality! ;)
Sorry if I sounded offensive. I just thought how much more value you could add to your post if you mentioned the price, brand or why did you choose exactly this product. (I still don't know which "sponges are top quality".)

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Post by Fozzfox72 » Mon 07 Apr, 2014 23:54

deni2s wrote:
Fozzfox72 wrote:By the way the sponges are top quality! ;)
Sorry if I sounded offensive. I just thought how much more value you could add to your post if you mentioned the price, brand or why did you choose exactly this product. (I still don't know which "sponges are top quality".)
No I'm not offended in anyway, all zed owners are pretty cool in my book.

Absolutely incredible amount of free advice, parts and work arounds available on here from really knowledgable car mechanics enthusiasts and tyre kickers.

My original quip was tongue in cheek, as are many on here.

Happy safe driving :lol:

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Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by Rafolian » Tue 08 Apr, 2014 07:30

Bought a new BMW umbrella (for the missus) on e-bay from bmw minimarts for 15 quid, thought great bargain until I was in my local BMW dealer to price a rear window and thy have them there for 15 EUROS.
Also bought a beautiful BMW watch on e-bay (unused and in original box etc) for 50 quid!

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Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by Rafolian » Tue 08 Apr, 2014 10:00

Should read bmwminiwatford, doh!

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Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by dave treg » Tue 08 Apr, 2014 14:30

Hi folks, fairly new to the forum. My latest purchase for princess Z, my '99 1.9 roadster was a wind deflector...but unfortunately once again I have bought the wrong one. Second time with a wrong model! So now I'm on the lookout for the correct one, gotta say I haven't seen this particular one yet on ebay. Regards..Dave

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Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by Bowler » Sat 12 Apr, 2014 12:23

Two new Falken 914's for the front,
Looking forward to better handling and less tram lining
Bring on Cadwell
In love with driving again (its the Z effect)

billz
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  Z4 roadster 3.0si
Location: nottingham

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by billz » Sat 12 Apr, 2014 14:58

Not bought any thing, but have booked it in to have the leather seats leather treated to get rid of the scuffs. Got the Z4 booked in for the same treatment.
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Southernboy
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  Z3 roadster 3.0i
Location: Johannesburg

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by Southernboy » Sat 12 Apr, 2014 18:04

...... new center console.... :D
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bertiejaffa
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  M roadster S50
Location: Manchester

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by bertiejaffa » Sat 12 Apr, 2014 18:07

looks great barry
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Fawdy
Joined: Tue 08 Apr, 2014 15:41
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  Z3 roadster 2.2i

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by Fawdy » Sat 12 Apr, 2014 18:26

Fuel cap rubber stopper
X2 interior light bulbs (heater control replacement, not easy !)
X 1 lamp for interior head light switch
X1 new illuminated gear knob
X1 Red LED interior light (blew the fuse so back to the old one)
X1 10 Amp fuse as mentioned above
X1 Terraclean service
X2 rear tyres (on order)
X1 safety check on workshop ramp

Next week after pay day .... Powder coat the wheels ... The inner rims are corroded.

On top of this I've detailed the paintwork, machine polished the wheels and headlights plus retreated the hood with autoglym hood cleaner and protector.

It's now super shiny, runs perfectly and ready for our summer road trip to Tuscany ;-)
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stevietgr
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  Z3 roadster 2.8
Location: Reading , Berkshire

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Post by stevietgr » Sat 12 Apr, 2014 18:58

An oil change and an air filter.

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