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by Robert T
Sun 22 Mar, 2020 15:31
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: speedo not working
Replies: 6
Views: 810

Re: speedo not working

Difficult to say whether it is the cluster or not, but it does seem to be somewhere on the input side i.e. from the pick up on the diff to before the DAC. By the sound of it, it is a loose connection or possibly a broken wire. I would check the cable and connector on the diff end where it is exposed...
by Robert T
Sat 21 Mar, 2020 23:01
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: speedo not working
Replies: 6
Views: 810

Re: speedo not working

Self-test mode is really useful and lets you do some basic testing without the need for diagnostic kit. All the gauges are driven by digital to analogue converters. The inputs from the various systems on the car are all digital. The idea is to check the speed signal before it goes through the DAC. Y...
by Robert T
Sat 21 Mar, 2020 18:45
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: speedo not working
Replies: 6
Views: 810

Re: speedo not working

Put the odometer into self-test mode and select the speed display. Readout is in km/h. If it reads zero it is not getting any input. Full details of self-test mode in the knowledgebase.

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Sun 16 Feb, 2020 20:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: roll over hoops...
Replies: 5
Views: 883

Re: roll over hoops...

Read the rollhoop retrofit guide in the knowledgebase. All cars built after 01/97 have the necessary pre-tapped holes in the chassis. Trim is a straightforward swap between two cars, but the trim changed at the facelift, meaning that you have to swap all of it, including the lateral trim panels. If ...
by Robert T
Sat 08 Feb, 2020 17:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Torchlight?
Replies: 7
Views: 1484

Re: Torchlight?

If my aged memory serves me correctly, there was one or at least an option of one on the E36 3-series. It was rechargeable and fitted into a charging socket in the glovebox. I don't recall it being an option on the Z3 when I bought mine, and i don't know of any wiring for it. Telephone was an option...
by Robert T
Mon 03 Feb, 2020 20:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Original Build Data
Replies: 33
Views: 21407

Re: Original Build Data

All Z3s were built at Spartanburg in the USA. It is possible that prototypes were built elsewhere, but that would be a mere handful of cars.

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Mon 27 Jan, 2020 13:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hardwiring a Dashcam
Replies: 0
Views: 2433

Hardwiring a Dashcam

I got a Nextbase 422GW dashcam, which I have been running from the lighter socket for the past weeks. This works, and although I managed to tuck the cable away around the windscreen, I still had it trailing over the steering column and occupying the lighter socket. It is also preferable to have the ...
by Robert T
Sun 19 Jan, 2020 23:20
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: Hi from Montreal Canada
Replies: 3
Views: 2635

Re: Hi from Montreal Canada

Just installed a pair of Osram Nightbreaker Lasers on mine. They are halogen bulbs but are supposedly 150% brighter than standard. I've previously run Ring and Sylvania upgrade bulbs. They won't compete with HIDs or LEDs, but they are legal and won't be an issue at MOT time. Always a pig of a job to...
by Robert T
Tue 14 Jan, 2020 13:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Emulsion Removal
Replies: 10
Views: 1812

Re: Emulsion Removal

10 miles should be more than enough to get it up to temperature. Mine does much shorter journeys than that and I have no such problems. Where does the car live overnight? If outside then that might be a factor. Mine is undercover.

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Sat 28 Dec, 2019 17:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hardtop fitting
Replies: 2
Views: 1029

Re: Hardtop fitting

I've taken the turrets off mine, but not the lateral trim panels and mine has hardtop brackets fitted. If they do get in the way it is no big deal to remove them as all the alignment is in the top and not the brackets. So if you unbolt them they should go back in exactly the same place. You certainl...
by Robert T
Wed 25 Dec, 2019 16:16
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Merry Christmas
Replies: 3
Views: 2260

Re: Merry Christmas

And a Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year to you too! :)

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Mon 09 Dec, 2019 22:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Water in footwell
Replies: 5
Views: 1533

Re: Water in footwell

Even with the hardtop fitted, I suspect that water still goes into the front seal above the windscreen and should run down inside the A-pillar. There is a bung at the end and the rubber seems to spilt and ceases to redirect the water downwards, instead allowing it into the car. It will drip from ins...
by Robert T
Thu 24 Oct, 2019 00:51
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: SOLD: Titanium Silver Hardtop
Replies: 6
Views: 2136

Re: For Sale: Silver Hardtop

Which silver? Arctic or Titanium? Anyone trying to match it to their car will need to know.

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Thu 24 Oct, 2019 00:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hardtop demist switch connector?
Replies: 3
Views: 1501

Re: Hardtop demist switch connector?

Just seen your other post. You need a pre-facelift switch. That might well be the connector, as the pre-facelift one switches the full current without a relay, so will have larger pins on it.

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Thu 24 Oct, 2019 00:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hardtop demist switch connector?
Replies: 3
Views: 1501

Re: Hardtop demist switch connector?

Switches are different pre-facelift and facelift. That is a facelift switch. Struggling to recall the connector from the two I've fitted, but I didn't think it was that large. The connector was taped to the underside of the metal propshaft tunnel directly below the hole you are looking at. We found ...
by Robert T
Fri 18 Oct, 2019 12:48
Forum: Site Announcements and Feedback
Topic: Site Maintenance 22/10/2019
Replies: 0
Views: 4470

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by Robert T
Thu 10 Oct, 2019 18:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Roof issues
Replies: 31
Views: 5129

Re: Roof issues

From what you have said it is either the microswitch or the cable leading up to the microswitch. The effect of either is pretty much the same in that it breaks the circuit, stopping the pump motor. Best way make sure that is the problem is to bypass them both at the connector by the left-hand seatbe...
by Robert T
Wed 28 Aug, 2019 23:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Diagnostic tools
Replies: 36
Views: 6410

Re: Diagnostic tools

The OBDII port is only connected to the engine module. You need to use the round 20-pin connector to get to anything else. The engine module is also connected to it, so you might as well just use that. The only time the OBDII port might be useful is to run diagnostics/monitoring whilst driving. Chee...
by Robert T
Sun 25 Aug, 2019 00:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Remote Locking.
Replies: 2
Views: 1370

Re: Remote Locking.

Yes, that is correct. If the indicators flash on unlock, it means the alarm has been triggered since it was locked.

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Fri 09 Aug, 2019 09:36
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Rear bumper for 2002 widebody in arctic silver £40
Replies: 1
Views: 1429

Re: Rear bumper for 2002 widebody in arctic silver £40

Arctic or Titanium Silver? A 2002 is a facelift and would almost certainly be Titanium Silver.

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Thu 01 Aug, 2019 20:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Diagnostic tools
Replies: 36
Views: 6410

Re: Diagnostic tools

Ignore the OBDII one. It is only connected to the engine module. The round 20-pin connector under the bonnet is connected to all modules. It seems that the car's electronics are OBDII compliant, just with a proprietary connector. Note that earlier cars are not and require a serial interface to conne...
by Robert T
Fri 14 Jun, 2019 14:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Roof issues
Replies: 31
Views: 5129

Re: Roof issues

There are some pictures in this thread of where the connector is on my car - they were taken with the hardtop installed - with the hardtop off and roof down, it is much easier to get at. The trim piece is part of the hardtop fitting kit, so you likely won't have this. Also, take a look in the Z3 Kno...
by Robert T
Thu 13 Jun, 2019 22:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Roof issues
Replies: 31
Views: 5129

Re: Roof issues

You can eliminate the microswitch by disconnecting it and its loom close to where the base of the roof hinges on the left-hand side of the car, and then shorting the same two pins together in the three-way connector on the body. The other pin is for the heated rear-window of the hardtop. The roof up...
by Robert T
Wed 12 Jun, 2019 22:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: central locking not working
Replies: 20
Views: 9945

Re: central locking not working

I'm glad you've sorted it. If it wasn't the actuator, the next thing to have looked at was the wiring loom between the door and the chassis, as repeated flexation can cause wires to break. Not too bad poking around Z3 electrics, as unless you are dealing with steering wheels or seats, you don't need...
by Robert T
Tue 11 Jun, 2019 00:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: central locking not working
Replies: 20
Views: 9945

Re: central locking not working

Sounds like the unlock signal to the driver's door is not getting through, or the driver's door actuator is not working. How did you test the wiring/electrics? Also, what happens when you lock and unlock from the boot? This should fire the central locking, the same as using the remote, but the trigg...
by Robert T
Mon 03 Jun, 2019 17:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Battery isolator switch
Replies: 2
Views: 994

Re: Battery isolator switch

It was fitted for the journey across the Atlantic and removed after the car arrived in the UK. :?

Cheers R.
by Robert T
Tue 28 May, 2019 22:16
Forum: Boyz Toyz
Topic: 6 CD Changer - No sound
Replies: 8
Views: 5368

Re: 6 CD Changer - No sound

The wiring colours are written in shorthand German, e.g. BL is blau or blue not black. If two colours are given, the first is the dominant colour, and the second that of the stripe. The round connector is polarised with a notch at the top and the pin positions should be the same both ends. Did the w...
by Robert T
Tue 28 May, 2019 21:54
Forum: Boyz Toyz
Topic: 6 CD Changer - No sound
Replies: 8
Views: 5368

Re: 6 CD Changer - No sound

Okay, I would check the connections on the back of the head unit. Make sure the multichanger is plugged in and look for signs of damage or unconnected wires in the harness. Should be two covers, one each side revealing two Allen bolts. Watch out for the alarm anti-theft switch on the prong at the ba...
by Robert T
Tue 28 May, 2019 21:16
Forum: Boyz Toyz
Topic: 6 CD Changer - No sound
Replies: 8
Views: 5368

Re: 6 CD Changer - No sound

No that should be it at the changer end. The 3-way is power and 5-way signal.

Do you get sound from a CD when played in the head unit?

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Tue 28 May, 2019 20:45
Forum: Boyz Toyz
Topic: 6 CD Changer - No sound
Replies: 8
Views: 5368

Re: 6 CD Changer - No sound

If you have an ///M roadster, then I would think you have the Harmon Kardon speaker system with the amp in the boot/trunk. If so then I am wondering if you have the wrong connection from the head unit to turn the amp on. I've seen posts on here before where people have got the antenna remote instead...
by Robert T
Tue 28 May, 2019 20:40
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: New Member
Replies: 2
Views: 1505

Re: New Member

Hi and welcome to the forum from me too. :drive:

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Mon 06 May, 2019 21:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Alarm issue with starting my Z3
Replies: 4
Views: 1225

Re: Alarm issue with starting my Z3

The muted alarm sound is what you get on the early alarms with a separate fob when the power is disconnected and and the siren runs on its backup battery.

Complete loss of power could be many things, but I am thinking possibly a stuck starter motor.

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Thu 02 May, 2019 07:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: instrument light
Replies: 6
Views: 1152

Re: instrument light

Links to various sources for the ETM arein the knowledgebase: viewtopic.php?f=18&t=34176

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Sat 23 Mar, 2019 11:33
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted exhaust for my Z3 1.9 Twin Cam
Replies: 14
Views: 2938

Re: Wanted exhaust for my Z3 1.9 Twin Cam

That has to be one of the most bizarre thefts ever - most of the Z3 exhaust systems only fit one model! A new cat is not necessary as expensive as you might think - I recently bought a brand new BM Catalysts one via ebay for £130.52 - described as Catalytic Converter Type Approved BM90418H BM Cats -...
by Robert T
Sat 23 Mar, 2019 11:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 1.9 takes time for idle speed to reach correct point.
Replies: 4
Views: 1277

Re: Z3 1.9 takes time for idle speed to reach correct point.

This sounds like the behaviour of my car and what I would consider to be "normal". 1300rpm sounds a little high, but it depends upon how well warmed up the engine is - the idle speed gradually reduces as the engine warms up. The two phase reduction in rpm is what I normally see - you pull up and the...
by Robert T
Sat 26 Jan, 2019 11:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Info on Instruments wanted please.
Replies: 7
Views: 1319

Re: Info on Instruments wanted please.

The speedo in the Z3 is deliberately set to read around 5-10% faster than you are actually travelling. When mine reads 70, the car is actually travelling at about 65mph by the satnav. I am not certain where they build in this "safety factor", but for the mileage not to be significantly skewed, I sus...
by Robert T
Thu 13 Dec, 2018 19:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Instrument Cluster
Replies: 6
Views: 1739

Re: Instrument Cluster

I have the same problem with my car every now and again. It is so intermittent (like once every 6 months) that it has so far been impossible to trace. My conclusion thus far is a short or open circuit that causes the cluster to go into safe-mode and not drive the gauges. The rest of the cluster seem...
by Robert T
Mon 10 Dec, 2018 22:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Heat at idle
Replies: 9
Views: 1912

Re: Heat at idle

The heater in the Z3 is an air-blender, so on anything but full heat it will blow colder when the water flow through the heater matrix decreases at idle. To solve this, I believe BMW fitted a second, electric, water pump. This makes up for the comparative lack of water flow at idle. More modern BMWs...
by Robert T
Fri 23 Nov, 2018 12:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Battery Life
Replies: 5
Views: 1728

Re: Battery Life

The original American battery failed after approx 2 years and was replaced under warranty with one from BMW Germany. This is still on the car over 17 years later. It is not kept on a battery tender. The car is my daily driver and I simply drive the car to keep it charged. Cheers R. Sent from my SM-G...
by Robert T
Tue 20 Nov, 2018 23:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Mileometer illumination
Replies: 2
Views: 1189

Re: Mileometer illumination

There are two bulbs for that part of the cluster. One illuminates the Service Indicator, the other the mileage display. You need to remove the cluster to get at the back of it to replace the bulbs. There is an article in the knowledgebase that describes how to do that. There are three bulb sizes in ...
by Robert T
Sun 07 Oct, 2018 22:37
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Tonneau attaching stud
Replies: 14
Views: 2402

Re: Tonneau attaching stud

Finding the right size might be difficult, but there are lots of other cars out there that have tonneaus or softtops that fit using the same Tenax fasteners. For example my Sprite used smaller ones for both the tonneau and the hood: https://www.moss-europe.co.uk/shop-by-model/austin-healey/sprite/we...
by Robert T
Mon 01 Oct, 2018 19:39
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Best windscreen washer fluid
Replies: 3
Views: 1906

Re: Best windscreen washer fluid

BMWs own. I but a 5 litre bottle of concentrate and dilute as needed. Good for pretty much all climates. Lasts ages and doesn't seem to go "off" in the tank.

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Sat 08 Sep, 2018 22:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Door speakers
Replies: 3
Views: 1369

Re: Door speakers

Normal. There were 3 different speaker setups on the Z3, so they made one door card which will accommodate them all. I remember seeing a thread with someone upgrading the tweeters with some orangey ones. Worth hunting out if you want details on upgrade options. Cheers R. Sent from my SM-G950F using ...
by Robert T
Mon 06 Aug, 2018 13:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: French Speed Limits
Replies: 8
Views: 2035

Re: French Speed Limits

Speedos in modern cars are actually pretty accurate. They are normally set up to overread by a certain amount, thus guaranteeing that you will not be exceeding the speed limit if the needle is showing at the limit. My zed (and many others on this forum judging by previous posts on the subject) reads...
by Robert T
Sun 05 Aug, 2018 00:19
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Hood cleaner 83 12 9 408856
Replies: 2
Views: 2147

Re: Hood cleaner 83 12 9 408856

This is what it says on the bottle I have. Same part number. Pump action spray Soft Top Cleaner.

Cheers R.Image

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by Robert T
Thu 26 Jul, 2018 08:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hardtop for sale.
Replies: 10
Views: 1971

Re: Hardtop for sale.

Hardtop is a universal fit to all Z3 roadsters. The only part that differs pre- and post-facelift is the heated rear windscreen switch.

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Thu 19 Jul, 2018 19:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 303 frabic proofer
Replies: 3
Views: 1166

Re: 303 frabic proofer

I've not used that specific one, but I have used an aerosol proofer several times on mine. The first time I used it, I got some on the glass and it was an absolute pig to get off. Now I mask up using newspaper first. Lower the roof slightly to get it the back edge to protect the rubber. Feed it thro...
by Robert T
Mon 16 Jul, 2018 17:23
Forum: Site Announcements and Feedback
Topic: Donations - zroadster.net
Replies: 6
Views: 8273

Re: Donations - zroadster.net

Donation received with thanks from Uncle_Clanger after being loaned the hardtop tools. Rank now Sponsor 2018.

Thank you.

R.
by Robert T
Sun 15 Jul, 2018 17:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rain getting in again! Has anyone else seen this?
Replies: 3
Views: 1219

Re: Rain getting in again! Has anyone else seen this?

What is this "rain" of which you speak? We've had two showers of airborn precipitation in the last 6 weeks. The grass is dust and the trees are starting to lose their leaves! Although the drip is manifesting itself lower down, I would suspect the plug in the end of the rubber where the side window m...
by Robert T
Tue 10 Jul, 2018 19:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hard top rear window
Replies: 2
Views: 907

Re: Hard top rear window

I don't think it is bonded, as there is only a small overlap. If you look on RealOEM/BMWFans, you will see part #17 is a weatherstrip. See http://bmwfans.info/parts-catalog/Z3-Roadster/Europe/Z3_1.9-M44/R-N/jan1999/browse/sliding_roof_folding_top/hardtop_parts/ Cheers R. Sent from my SM-G950F using ...