How to replace Bonnet release on RHD Z3

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  Z3 roadster 2.2i

How to replace Bonnet release on RHD Z3

Post by yme402 » Wed 10 May, 2017 06:44

Further to an earlier post I am going to replace the whole bonnet release mechanism on my Z3.
Are there any 'how to' guides out there? I can see plenty for Z3 LHD models which have the release handle on the other side, or for an E36 3 Series, however nothing for a RHD Z3.
Any help would be great.
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Re: How to replace Bonnet release on RHD Z3

Post by mrscalex » Wed 10 May, 2017 07:32

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 how it attaches to the latches. Also getting the grommet to sit right through the bulkhead is fiddly. Be careful not to pull the gold lock ring off as it's a complete b*gger to get back.

It's a bit easier if you don't have air con. Otherwise the nearside headlamp has to come out. The drivers footwell trim has to come out on all cars.

If you don't get it right first time and the bonnet gets stuck down you may have to remove a front grill. So think ahead and attach an emergency cable tie release to the central Bowden cable which will help you out until you're sure it's all working.
1999 Z3 1.9 Boston Green (Dimitri) - My brother's car owned from new and restored by me
2001 Z3 2.2 Topaz Blue (Trudy) - My car rebuilt from a write-off
2002 Z3 2.2 Titan Silver (Okus) - Project car waiting for a new engine
2001 Z3 2.2 Topaz Blue (Debra) - Donor car/breaker
1998 Z3 1.9 Boston Green (Allsworth) - Donor car/breaker now gone to Z3 heaven
Always happy to try and help with spares :)

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