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by Mike Fishwick
Thu 02 Aug, 2018 10:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: French Speed Limits
Replies: 8
Views: 592

Re: French Speed Limits

At least the French do not view ordinary speeding as being a baby killer etc etc. If the speed limit is more than 50 kph, and you are not breaking it by more than 20 kph, the fine is 65 euros (reduced to 45 for payment within a fortnight) and one point off your licence, which is returned after a yea...
by Mike Fishwick
Wed 01 Aug, 2018 16:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: French Speed Limits
Replies: 8
Views: 592

Re: French Speed Limits

I guess I am a bit of a recluse, as I do not watch French TV - it is ghastly - or read newspapers - not even the English-language ones! I think I had better start taking more notice of what is going on! They (and most other EU states) can still fine you at home via DVLA, and the French can take away...
by Mike Fishwick
Tue 31 Jul, 2018 09:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: French Speed Limits
Replies: 8
Views: 592

Re: French Speed Limits

Has anyone ever heard of a Brit being prosecuted under this agreement? I would think it would merit a banner headline in the Daily Mail, to the effect that the government have allowed those awful foriegners to persecute British who are merely enjoying their holidays!
by Mike Fishwick
Mon 30 Jul, 2018 17:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: French Speed Limits
Replies: 8
Views: 592

French Speed Limits

I live in France, yet was unaware that the 90 kph speed limit on single-carraigeway roads has, from 1 July, been reduced to 80 kph! On my return from the UK last week I noticed that some of the 90 kph signs have been replaced by 80 kph, but do not assume that all 90 kph signs mean what they say! Wit...
by Mike Fishwick
Sun 29 Jul, 2018 13:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fog light woes
Replies: 7
Views: 488

Re: Fog light woes

I wonder if the pre-October 1998 foglamp lenses - the prismatic type - are more prone to being broken that the later clear type? After twenty years my October 1998 car is still on its original foglamps . . .
by Mike Fishwick
Sun 29 Jul, 2018 08:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What makes a screen wash pump fail?
Replies: 6
Views: 415

Re: What makes a screen wash pump fail?

You do not give us the full story - did the motor fail, or did it run but not pump anything?

Older washer pumps (up to the early 2000's or so) have a habit of the impeller coming loose on the shaft.
by Mike Fishwick
Tue 10 Jul, 2018 15:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS & DSC lights again!
Replies: 9
Views: 422

Re: ABS & DSC lights again!

The Slip Control Module is voltage-sensitive, so if the car has been standing for a while without being trickle charged the lights will come on, and after a decent run they will go out when the battery is fully charged. It is also sensitive to having rear tyres which are unevenly worn. Having said t...
by Mike Fishwick
Fri 06 Jul, 2018 08:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fog light woes
Replies: 7
Views: 488

Re: Fog light woes

Yes - I am spoilt by French roads - Even those which have not been resurfaced for thirty years are better than a lot of UK roads. I am not looking forward to dodging potholes on motorways etc when I visit next week! We do have one local road which was resurfaced suspiciously quickly , and is now fal...
by Mike Fishwick
Fri 06 Jul, 2018 08:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 3.0i gearing
Replies: 6
Views: 419

Re: 3.0i gearing

A friend fitted a six-speed gearbox from a 3 litre Z4, which gives about a 10% higher top gear. He is very pleased with it, and found that the only thing which needed modification was the front section of the prop shaft, which had to be shortened by 40 mm, a job which most prop shaft specialists can...
by Mike Fishwick
Thu 05 Jul, 2018 10:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fog light woes
Replies: 7
Views: 488

Re: Fog light woes

Yes - given the the Z3 headlamps have a sharp cut-off anyway, fog lamps are pretty useless - apart from to the people who insist on using them as running lamps in the belief that it looks 'cool.' In 19 years of Z3 use I have yet to have a broken fog lamp lens, so assuming that you are not travelling...
by Mike Fishwick
Wed 04 Jul, 2018 10:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: European Environmental Protection Zones
Replies: 0
Views: 233

European Environmental Protection Zones

Environmental Protection Zones are spreading like wildfire over Europe, and following in the footsteps of Germany and France, Austria and Denmark have now introduced their own Environmental Protection Zones, with an assortment of windscreen stickers to match. These regulations also apply all to vehi...
by Mike Fishwick
Tue 26 Jun, 2018 15:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Headlight wiring query
Replies: 4
Views: 497

Re: Headlight wiring query

They are sockets for the headlamp height adjustment motors, with black, brown, and yellow wires.
by Mike Fishwick
Tue 19 Jun, 2018 10:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: BMW Z3 1.9 M44 - Induction System - Suction Pipe
Replies: 4
Views: 334

Re: BMW Z3 1.9 M44 - Induction System - Suction Pipe

Can you make a replacement from PVC drainpipe and fittings? I know, it's not the same thing, but I made a better air intake for my 2.8 from 70 mm rain water pipe, and after spraying it matt black is could be original. It may be possible to make a pipe which picks up air frm a better place than the o...
by Mike Fishwick
Fri 08 Jun, 2018 14:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: MOT failure
Replies: 8
Views: 552

Re: MOT failure

Yes John - my first reaction was that the OP had been drivng around with the fog lamps on, but he says that he does not do so. One presumes that he would notice if the fog lights were on, but they are pretty feeble things, and could become 'lost' in the dipped beams. If he is not driving on the fogs...
by Mike Fishwick
Fri 08 Jun, 2018 12:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: MOT failure
Replies: 8
Views: 552

Re: MOT failure

OK - in that case you have a problem concerning the front foglamp indicator - just because it has always illuminated when the lights (headlights?) are on does not mean that it should, unless perhaps your car is a US market model, where they need to be spoon-fed! This is why the Z3 has a buzzer which...
by Mike Fishwick
Thu 07 Jun, 2018 13:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: MOT failure
Replies: 8
Views: 552

Re: MOT failure

If you to read the Owner's Manual (well reccommended) you will find that the green warning lamp is provided to show that the front fog lamps are on! It even has a little picture of a fog lamp . . . You have therefore been driving around with the fog lamps on irrespective of visibility, which is an o...
by Mike Fishwick
Tue 13 Sep, 2016 16:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wheel spacers and some other questions
Replies: 15
Views: 2492

Re: Wheel spacers and some other questions

Hi Alex I forgot to mention that your car will have a Torsen (TORque SENsing) type of LSD. These units are a far better type for road driving than the locking-cloutch type, but they reduce the ease with which the car can be drifted. They operate by a clever gear train - see Wikipedia for details - w...
by Mike Fishwick
Fri 11 Dec, 2015 15:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clattering noise from the front.
Replies: 39
Views: 5280

Re: Clattering noise from the front.

Does your 2.2 have an engine-driven fan? Can't remember if they do, as the later BMW engines rely on the air con condensor fan. If it does have a mechanical fan, it may be that the viscous coupling is on its last legs - 60 to 70,000 miles is a pretty usual life for these couplings. It is easy enough...
by Mike Fishwick
Fri 11 Dec, 2015 08:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Future Classic?
Replies: 42
Views: 5833

Re: Future Classic?

The N54 engine - the 2.2 and 3 litre models - are the engines which can often burn oil steadily. Some dealers claim that it is 'designed' to burn oil, as though it is a sign of a thoroughbred sports car! A lot of these engines were filled with synthetic oil by the dealers, which extends the running-...
by Mike Fishwick
Fri 27 Nov, 2015 08:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Gear stick
Replies: 10
Views: 1598

Re: Gear stick

If your gear lever is not made of metal, what is it made from - perhaps resin, like the clutch pedal? In this case you would need to get hold of an older type of lever.
by Mike Fishwick
Thu 26 Nov, 2015 13:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 gear change?
Replies: 25
Views: 3035

Re: Z3 gear change?

The usual cause is clutch drag, caused by either a worn-out clutch or (more likely) the need for re-greasing of the splines on the gearbox input shaft and the clutch hub.

Bleeding the clutch slave cylinder and changing the oil also help.
by Mike Fishwick
Thu 26 Nov, 2015 10:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Gear stick
Replies: 10
Views: 1598

Re: Gear stick

Shortening the gear lever is one of the best things I have dome to my car - the others being disabling the self-cacelling of the indicators, and the other the smaller RAID steering wheel, all of which are nice to play with even when the car is in its garage! The upper portion of the gear lever is al...
by Mike Fishwick
Tue 10 Nov, 2015 15:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Heritage Motor Center
Replies: 10
Views: 1244

Re: Heritage Motor Center

I would put Gaydon as being a two-hour visit, but Cosford can be an all-day one, and even then you would have missed a lot.
by Mike Fishwick
Tue 10 Nov, 2015 12:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Heritage Motor Center
Replies: 10
Views: 1244

Re: Heritage Motor Center

Cars are OK, but if you want to see real engineering design, visit the massive RAF Museum at Cosford - signed off M54 J3 - it's free, too!

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by Mike Fishwick
Wed 04 Nov, 2015 10:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Which trolley jack?
Replies: 13
Views: 2770

Re: Which trolley jack?

Buy two jacks - you can then raise either end of the car easily and quickly. I use a pair of Halfords 2.5 ton jacks, which have a larger frame than their 2 ton jacks - about £30 each. To raise the front of even a non-lowered car, just drive onto a pair od 50 X 200 mm pieces of wood, with one end saw...
by Mike Fishwick
Sun 01 Nov, 2015 15:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Polybush help in North West
Replies: 9
Views: 1182

Re: Polybush help in North West

Which part of my article did you not understand? I thought it was clear enough, but maybe I could do better!
by Mike Fishwick
Sat 31 Oct, 2015 16:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rip off spare price's
Replies: 9
Views: 950

Re: Rip off spare price's

Compared to VW, BMW parts are very reasonable - a front strut mount for a Mk.2 Golf GTI for example costs £75 at a dealer, and is the only decent quality mount available. Pattern mounts fall to pieces. An E46 mount for my Z3 cost £25 . . . Do not dismiss BMW parts as being expensive until you know, ...
by Mike Fishwick
Sat 31 Oct, 2015 11:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: DSC Woes Fixed (Hopfully)
Replies: 13
Views: 1197

Re: DSC Woes Fixed (Hopfully)

The cam sensors look like they use a Hall-effect sensor, with a magnet on one side, which attracts fine metalic particles from the engine oil. When enough of this debris is attracted, the sensing part of the unit is shielded from the magnet - hence it is a good idea to clean them from time to time. ...
by Mike Fishwick
Fri 30 Oct, 2015 16:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: DSC Woes Fixed (Hopfully)
Replies: 13
Views: 1197

Re: DSC Woes Fixed (Hopfully)

Clean them everyyear - it is just one of the many things ignored by the so-called 'Full BMW Service!' Cam sensors are another area of offical neglect . ..
by Mike Fishwick
Sun 20 Sep, 2015 17:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 1996 1.9 idle issues related to charging issue?
Replies: 7
Views: 744

Re: 1996 1.9 idle issues related to charging issue?

More likely to be a sticky idle control valve - take it off and clean it before suspecting naything else.
by Mike Fishwick
Sat 19 Sep, 2015 11:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Top mounts rattling after swapping out..!
Replies: 10
Views: 933

Re: Top mounts rattling after swapping out..!

Did you replace the gasket between the mount and the body? I find that two gaskets make a difference.

Also - did you use the original nuts with built-in washers? use of ordinary nuts with washers is known to generate noise.

Mod edit -Gazza
by Mike Fishwick
Thu 17 Sep, 2015 15:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: A pillar water leaks
Replies: 1
Views: 438

Re: A pillar water leaks

This seems to be a complex description of an improbably drainage system, but being on an american website people tend to believe it! If this idea were true, then why could I see daylight between the rubber seals at the top of the screen frame and above the window - on a car which was two years old? ...
by Mike Fishwick
Wed 16 Sep, 2015 16:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Chrome handles
Replies: 11
Views: 1454

Re: Chrome handles

My Wellstar trims were labelled as being for E36 saloons, which is logical - hence the lock hole on the passenger door.
by Mike Fishwick
Wed 16 Sep, 2015 09:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Tyres
Replies: 11
Views: 1324

Re: Tyres

I have been using Falkens (in seventeen-inch sizes with staggered wheels) for fifteen years on my 2.8, in FK 451, 452, and currently 453 forms, and have no complaints. I prefer 2.5 bar all round, and get about 30k from the fronts, with 20 k from the rears.
by Mike Fishwick
Sun 13 Sep, 2015 18:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Chrome handles
Replies: 11
Views: 1454

Re: Chrome handles

They are probably similar to the 'Wellstar' handle covers I have been using for about twelve years - no problems, apart from using black silicone in place of the sticky pads for the handle surrounds. They are a lot cheaper than buying complete new door catch/handle lifter units, and after many years...
by Mike Fishwick
Sun 13 Sep, 2015 12:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Thermostat Query
Replies: 8
Views: 1139

Re: Thermostat Query

I have never seen one in the metal, but the 'normal' thermostat which was fitted to the 1.9 140 bhp engine - the M44 - was probably a two-late type anyway, as used on a Golf GTI etc. People tend to assume that things such as this are always what they are familiar with! I think that the 'electric' th...
by Mike Fishwick
Sat 12 Sep, 2015 13:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Horn cable connectors
Replies: 3
Views: 406

Re: Horn cable connectors

I'm puzzled - do you mean the connectors on the ends of the horm cables, or those on the horns themselves? Those on the cables are easy enough to buy from any motor factor, but those on the horns are part of the horn itself - and surely you would have noticed this when you replaced the horns? If 'Th...
by Mike Fishwick
Sat 12 Sep, 2015 12:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Thermostat Query
Replies: 8
Views: 1139

Re: Thermostat Query

What were the symptoms before the RAC man decided to gut the thermostat? The electrically-controlled thermostat was introduced to permit the ECU to regulate coolant temperature between very close limits, so reducing exhaust emissions and fuel consumption. Unlike old British cars, the electrically-co...
by Mike Fishwick
Tue 08 Sep, 2015 15:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: exhaust emission warning light
Replies: 16
Views: 1901

Re: exhaust emission warning light

It is worth checking that the intake bellows pieces are both free from splits, as this will weaken the mixture and bring the emissions light on. It may not be this, but checking simple things first costs nothing. Lots of BMW owners first go for an expensive diagnostic test, which brings up codes for...
by Mike Fishwick
Tue 08 Sep, 2015 11:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: TCS Coming on for no reason
Replies: 25
Views: 2330

Re: TCS Coming on for no reason

Why not try a bit of DIY?

What are the tread depths of each tyre?

Have you removed the front wheels yourself, and checked that the sensor cables are not damaged?

Have you removed the sensors and made sure they are clean?
by Mike Fishwick
Fri 04 Sep, 2015 16:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Reduced exhaust emissions using Shell V-Power
Replies: 12
Views: 2029

Re: Reduced exhaust emissions using Shell V-Power

While BMW engines will indeed run on 91 octane (such as American fuel) they do not give of their best - try reading the owners handbook, which states that the engines are optimised for 98 octane. On lower octane fuel the knock detectors will be at work, and the ECU then retards the ignition timing u...
by Mike Fishwick
Thu 03 Sep, 2015 12:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Reduced exhaust emissions using Shell V-Power
Replies: 12
Views: 2029

Re: Reduced exhaust emissions using Shell V-Power

I always use 98 octane, and my CO emission is always 0.0% - in France they do not check hydrocarbons, but measure CO during acceleration from idle to 2000 rpm, which is a tighter test than the UK's 'fast' idle, whatever that means. In the UK my hydrocarbon levels doubled every year - exactly - which...
by Mike Fishwick
Sat 29 Aug, 2015 10:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: gear knob lights
Replies: 11
Views: 1466

Re: gear knob lights

Just the thing for Americans, who do not know where the next gear is . . . .
by Mike Fishwick
Mon 24 Aug, 2015 14:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Dash Cams
Replies: 22
Views: 2892

Re: Dash Cams

The 0806 model looks to be just what I am after - many thanks! It is not cheap, but does not require any human help to get on with its job, worls for power on/off, and is very compact - should be perfect.
by Mike Fishwick
Mon 24 Aug, 2015 13:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Dash Cams
Replies: 22
Views: 2892

Re: Dash Cams

None of these cams are what I really want - I do not want to be able to play it back on an attached screen, which makes the thing too bulky to hide behind the mirror along with my transponder for French autoroutes, and I want a cam which does not need a seperate battery charger, and which operates o...
by Mike Fishwick
Sun 23 Aug, 2015 16:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Dash Cams
Replies: 22
Views: 2892

Re: Dash Cams

Great - thanks everyone!
by Mike Fishwick
Sun 23 Aug, 2015 14:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Dash Cams
Replies: 22
Views: 2892

Dash Cams

I have been looking for a small dash cam to mount behind my rear view mirror, but cannot find anything on Ebay which will start to record automatically when the ignition suppy is turned on, stores data on a removable mini SD card, and does not have a playback screen, so being as small as possible. D...
by Mike Fishwick
Sat 22 Aug, 2015 12:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: speedo reading a bit slow
Replies: 43
Views: 4990

Re: speedo reading a bit slow

No - the wiring diagram shows that the speed signal goes directly to the speedometer, where the DAC feeds the analogue instrument, and the digital signal feeds the mileage counters and trip computer. It must also feed into the ECU memory to log any BMW dealer servicing activities and maximum rpm etc...
by Mike Fishwick
Sat 22 Aug, 2015 09:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: speedo reading a bit slow
Replies: 43
Views: 4990

Re: speedo reading a bit slow

Depends on the type of sensor - if it were a magnetic reed switch it would be a negative-going square wave signal, but with the frequency involved would be more likely to use a coil, with current induced by the intermittent exposure to the magnet, so it could be a rough positive-going sine wave - an...
by Mike Fishwick
Sat 22 Aug, 2015 08:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: speedo reading a bit slow
Replies: 43
Views: 4990

Re: speedo reading a bit slow

The Z3 speed sensor is also magnetic, so also acts as a magnetic drain plug would! It uses two wires - earth, and a sensor wire from the speedometer and trip computer etc. The two parts of the sensor are intermittently covered by steel vanes mounted on the diff cage, which provide the switching medi...