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BMW Reliability? Left for a year & what happened?

Poll ended at Fri 30 Sep, 2011 21:07

Started first time
66
85%
Still not started - even after the AA man came & went
4
5%
Started, then died and wouldn't re-start
2
3%
Started but running rough
6
8%
Other (please post what you think)
0
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Total votes: 78

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BMW reliability?

Post by stu » Fri 09 Sep, 2011 21:07

So in the past year, it's been a bit of a roller coaster personally, but suffice to say, we haven't had the Z out since last October! Time for this shameful situation to be rectified.

I went round to the garage. Clearly had to sort out a completely flat/knackered battery.

What do you think happened when I tried to start the car?

For info, it's a 2.8 99 car, we've owned from new, modified from 1 year old and it's got 65k miles on in & a VFSH.
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Post by pingu » Fri 09 Sep, 2011 21:23

Started first time and blew all the mice and spiders out of the exhaust pipe :D .
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Post by aceman » Fri 09 Sep, 2011 22:32

Got to be started first time :D
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Post by mich » Sat 10 Sep, 2011 06:08

Started first time for me
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Post by motco » Sat 10 Sep, 2011 06:59

Year old petrol? Ran but not well...

New petrol, ran straight away...

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Post by stu » Thu 15 Sep, 2011 21:32

Congrats to the majority, it started first turn, immediately with no issues at all.

Also passed it's MOT today, after being treated for a full pampering and makeover at Autologic in Hull. Little bit painful mind, as the final bill came to just over £1100 :shock:

The Z's currently sat gazing into the eyes of my 996TT, looking very sexy and seductive (perhaps they'll have babies?)..... Hmm, twin turbo Z3 anyone?
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Post by Bill- » Sat 24 Sep, 2011 06:35

I bought my car in July put new tyres on, Changed the oil & filters with top quality oil then drove to southern spain & back totaling 3500 miles with out it missing a beat after owning it for 3 weeks..... Fantastic

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Post by mich » Sat 24 Sep, 2011 10:19

Bill- wrote:I bought my car in July put new tyres on, Changed the oil & filters with top quality oil then drove to southern spain & back totaling 3500 miles with out it missing a beat after owning it for 3 weeks..... Fantastic
Bill, not fantastic just normal, it's Z3 :)
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Post by Bill- » Fri 07 Oct, 2011 22:35

:roll:

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Post by Boysie » Sat 08 Oct, 2011 09:08

pingu wrote:Started first time and blew all the mice and spiders out of the exhaust pipe :D .
I wish my mice had lived in the exhaust pipe :head:


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Post by S10OTY » Mon 15 Apr, 2013 22:10

After no proper use for around 5 years! a new battery and a gallon of petrol! key turned vroom! :D i then drove my new toy home!

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Post by mich » Mon 15 Apr, 2013 23:00

Boysie wrote:
pingu wrote:Started first time and blew all the mice and spiders out of the exhaust pipe :D .
I wish my mice had lived in the exhaust pipe :head:


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I have just experienced a mouse infestation they have got into the Z and chewed the plastic around the central console and tried to nest in the engine compartment. then in the 330i Coupe they have nested in the engine compartment and made a big mess of the bonnet insulating pad and the wires on the screen washer reservoir, how on earth they get into the inside of the Z is a worry could be through the air intake ?? I am trying these sonic deterrents out has anyone tried these?? placed it just at ground level at front of cars.
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Post by Badman gee » Mon 15 Apr, 2013 23:03

mich wrote:
Boysie wrote:
pingu wrote:Started first time and blew all the mice and spiders out of the exhaust pipe :D .
I wish my mice had lived in the exhaust pipe :head:


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I have just experienced a mouse infestation they have got into the Z and chewed the plastic around the central console and tried to nest in the engine compartment. then in the 330i Coupe they have nested in the engine compartment and made a big mess of the bonnet insulating pad and the wires on the screen washer reservoir, how on earth they get into the inside of the Z is a worry could be through the air intake ?? I am trying these sonic deterrents out has anyone tried these?? placed it just at ground level at front of cars.
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Post by Bi11 » Mon 15 Apr, 2013 23:49

I have tried a sonic deterrent in the loft, didn't seem to make much difference. Living out in the sticks, we get plagued with mice every autumn, coming into the loft, sheds and garage. As Badman suggests a (hungry) cat may help. Personally I Find the best solution is to have poison (in proper bait tubes so other animals can't get access) in the garage and it stops them before they cause any damage (so far!)
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Post by mich » Tue 16 Apr, 2013 00:03

I have bait the mice love it, The cats catch some but are vastly outnumbered, I was told to sprinkle Talcum powder but of course that blows away as soon as you start the car, traps work but only one at a time. They are wining I am doomed :roll:
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Post by Boysie » Tue 16 Apr, 2013 10:07

Been there

I have tried traps, Useless, i have two sonic sensors, they dont work
I recently bought 14kg of rat/mouse poison
I small little dishes all around the garage and workshop
You know they've been around, the poison has been eaten
You must keep topping up the dishes
I have now started to place the dishes outside to stop them
sending out troops to wrecky the place

i even found a squirrel had burrowed into the fascia board a few months back

My sturdy rifle is now to hand

The Worst thing you can do, as i did to my cost, was make the car too warm and cossy
I purchased a fitted cover, worst thing i could have ever done
When i park up now i open the bonnet, on the cars in the garage
Who wants to sleep in a draught
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Post by Boysie » Tue 16 Apr, 2013 10:16

Having to have my loom replaced, new rocker covers replaced, the sound deadening replaced
and numerous plastic connector replaced plus several miscellaneous bits the list went on.
I had to change my insurnce, as the claim had coincided with a slight altercation i had in the van
As we all know with insurance it has a accumalative affect :head: :head: :head: :head: :head: :head: :head: :head:

So i really really hate rats and mice Big Time
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Post by Del » Tue 16 Apr, 2013 10:57

Tackled mice in my garage with the old fashioned killer traps. For bait they seem to prefer fruitcake to cheese :lol:

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Post by Boysie » Tue 16 Apr, 2013 11:28

I bought several size trap mice and rat size
without muuch success
i was bit concerend one day though, when i discovered one
of the big traps had gone bait and all

That must have been a rather large nasty thing to do that ? :roll: :roll:
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Post by mich » Tue 16 Apr, 2013 22:32

Boysie wrote: i was bit concerend one day though, when i discovered one
of the big traps had gone bait and all

That must have been a rather large nasty thing to do that ? :roll: :roll:
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Post by nang » Sun 28 Aug, 2016 04:14

Many more cats. :devil: :devil: :devil:
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Post by motco » Sun 28 Aug, 2016 15:36

Think yourselves lucky that you don't have glis glis in your garage! Unless, of course, you live within twenty miles of Tring then you probably have got them! :head:

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Post by mich » Sun 28 Aug, 2016 22:10

I have one rodent deterrent that has worked for the last 2-3 years (I thought it was given on this thread?) and that is to leave the bonnet up over night,
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Post by Warrior » Mon 29 Aug, 2016 01:07

Is this a Zed thing?

Apart from here on the forum i've never heard of it being a problem?

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Post by PeterM » Tue 19 Sep, 2017 17:06

I'm new to forum - just bought a '97 Z3-2.8 garage queen with 97K miles....Love it. Will store it in winter in upstate NY and wanted to share advice learned from storing my Porsche 924.

RE: mice: place poison in open sandwich bag in boot, cabin, and engine compartment. place mothballs in open baggie in the same places. Insert wad of steel wool in tail-pipe and air intake. Check coolant, add "Stabil" to gas per directions, disconnect battery ground, and check during winter for evidence of mice. Remove baggies and steel wool in the spring and seal for next year. Connect battery and it should be good to go - Porsche started 100% over 15 years.

PS. True story: Neighbor moved bird feeder near garage because of bears and only drove Prius occasionally. Mice had bed and breakfast. Prius was totaled when mice ate eco-friendly coated wiring harness. Neighbor bought new Prius and relocated bird feeder. As Dr. Malcolm said in Jurassic Park - Life (mice) will find a way.

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