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by Robin82
Tue 24 Apr, 2018 17:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head Gasket blown again?! Advice needed
Replies: 4
Views: 602

Re: Head Gasket blown again?! Advice needed

Do you have an idea what the going rate sold for spares would be colb ? Unfortunaly wouldnt be able to break as a little short on space.
by Robin82
Tue 24 Apr, 2018 16:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head Gasket blown again?! Advice needed
Replies: 4
Views: 602

Head Gasket blown again?! Advice needed

So after having my head gasket fixed almost a year to the day - it seems its blown again!! The pipe coming from the heater matrix popped off of the engine with a loud bang, refitted the pipe and within 5 miles the engine overheated :( Clearly air or exhaust gas getting into the cooling system again ...
by Robin82
Tue 24 Apr, 2018 16:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Loss of power
Replies: 12
Views: 1990

Re: Loss of power

Had the same issue years ago, used a euro car parts Cam sensor and had no effect so ended up sending it back and buying OEM for £108. It improved but I still felt the power wasnt there. When my head gasket blew replaced the Crankshaft sensor and hey presto. Weird. A mechanic I spoke to said the two ...
by Robin82
Thu 08 Jun, 2017 10:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Alarm going off continuously when parked
Replies: 6
Views: 1330

Re: Alarm going off continuously when parked

colb wrote:Usual culprit is waterlogged tilt sensor in left hand side of boot floor that's where yours will be on a 1.9
I read that as my Zed is one of the early models (1997) that it doesnt have a tilt sensor in the boot ?
by Robin82
Tue 06 Jun, 2017 17:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Alarm going off continuously when parked
Replies: 6
Views: 1330

Re: Alarm going off continuously when parked

After digging deeper I found this very informative thread: http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4959 It seems as though this was my issue - battery going completely dead (which I guess would count as it being disconnected) and then the alarm activating and codes being reset so I cant turn ...
by Robin82
Wed 31 May, 2017 16:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Alarm going off continuously when parked
Replies: 6
Views: 1330

Alarm going off continuously when parked

Off the back of replacing the head gasket and a couple of engine sensors, I have another issue! About a day after the fix I woke up to my hazard lights flashing in a pattern - 1 -3 -1 -3 which I thought was odd as no alarm was sounding. I haven't used the alarm for over a year due to never locking m...
by Robin82
Wed 31 May, 2017 16:31
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WANTED: Z3 Engine M44 1.9 140bhp
Replies: 9
Views: 1851

Re: WANTED: Z3 Engine M44 1.9 140bhp

sebring wrote:Where abouts are you based robin?

Are you going to be doing the engine swap yourself or getting someone to do it?

If you need someone, then I could do the job and get the engine from Andy if you want!

Kaz
Hi sebring - I didn't see your post in time, thanks for the offer anyway.
by Robin82
Wed 31 May, 2017 16:30
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WANTED: Z3 Engine M44 1.9 140bhp
Replies: 9
Views: 1851

Re: WANTED: Z3 Engine M44 1.9 140bhp

I'd seriously consider taking Andy up on the idea to go to Woking and see what he's got. It might be a bit of a trek, but well worth it for the peace of mind of knowing you're getting a good engine from someone with a great reputation. I'd much rather that than buy an engine from some random person...
by Robin82
Wed 10 May, 2017 15:15
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WANTED: Z3 Engine M44 1.9 140bhp
Replies: 9
Views: 1851

Re: WANTED: Z3 Engine M44 1.9 140bhp

You should be able to pick up a whole MOT failed/accident damaged car for around £500. Of course your issue is getting it home. £100-£250 ish in transporter fees. Still, if you need a few other bits it might be worth thinking about. You also have the option of getting one from an E36 3 Series. Acco...
by Robin82
Fri 05 May, 2017 13:31
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WANTED: Z3 Engine M44 1.9 140bhp
Replies: 9
Views: 1851

WANTED: Z3 Engine M44 1.9 140bhp

After head gasket failure and taking the advice off a few of the guys on this forum I've decided to replace the engine.

Looking for a Z3 engine - M44 1.9 140bhp in full running order and in good condition, the lower the mileage the better.

Thanks
R
by Robin82
Fri 05 May, 2017 13:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(
Replies: 23
Views: 2949

Re: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(

Where you based mate? I have a few 1.9 zeds around for breaking in Woking Surrey After getting a few quotes shipping costs for pallet delivery seem to be quite reasonable (around £40). Currently looking at a couple of engines on ebay but I'd rather buy from a fellow zed enthusiast. What's the milea...
by Robin82
Thu 04 May, 2017 22:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(
Replies: 23
Views: 2949

Re: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(

Hi, what engine type is it (twin cam or single)? Where are you? I have a 1.9 from a 2001 car, was in excellent running order when removed with no known issues. Can also fit or do your original engine. Based in Leicestershire. Regards, BB The engine is an M44 140bhp which I believe is twin cam? Funn...
by Robin82
Thu 04 May, 2017 20:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(
Replies: 23
Views: 2949

Re: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(

spurs fan in a coupe wrote:Where you based mate? I have a few 1.9 zeds around for breaking in Woking Surrey
Hi mate I live in Leicester so probably a little too far out of reach :(
Cheers
Foxes fan in a zed
by Robin82
Thu 04 May, 2017 12:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(
Replies: 23
Views: 2949

Re: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(

Just got off the phone to an indy mechanic - and he's advised swapping out the engine - if i can source a decent one - is a much better option. Quoted £250 inc VAT to fit. I think he charges about £40 an hour. If he does a good job that's a bargain. If you do try it yourself I would allow for the c...
by Robin82
Thu 04 May, 2017 12:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(
Replies: 23
Views: 2949

Re: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(

Hi, what engine type is it (twin cam or single)? Where are you? I have a 1.9 from a 2001 car, was in excellent running order when removed with no known issues. Can also fit or do your original engine. Based in Leicestershire. Regards, BB The engine is an M44 140bhp which I believe is twin cam? Funn...
by Robin82
Wed 03 May, 2017 17:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(
Replies: 23
Views: 2949

Re: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(

I'm doing a 2.2 engine swap now. You just need to be methodical. Mine is taking forever as I'm restoring the whole front end at the same time. However £250+VAT fitted sounds like a good price to me. That's either half a day at £60ish an hour or a full day at £30ish an hour. Realistically it has to ...
by Robin82
Wed 03 May, 2017 16:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(
Replies: 23
Views: 2949

Re: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(

Do you really need to skim the head anyway. I have had head gaskets go on other cars in the past and Ive always just whipped the head off and bunged a new gasket on without any problems. You make it sound so easy John!! :wink: I guess its one of those things you dont know until you open it up. The ...
by Robin82
Wed 03 May, 2017 15:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(
Replies: 23
Views: 2949

Re: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(

If you know which end of a spanner to use, and it sounds like you do, then it's not remotely complicated, just a bit more long-winded than swappng a radiator. I suspect that if you just got on and did it, you'd wonder what you were worried about. Ha! You are starting to convince me of actually givi...
by Robin82
Wed 03 May, 2017 14:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(
Replies: 23
Views: 2949

Re: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(

The Z3 is very easy to swap the engine from, because the whole front of the car unbolts, meaning the engine comes straight out, rather than up-and-over. Get an engine from ebay, an engine crane (I think I paid about £120 for mine), undo a few bolts and away you go. Well, more or less. It sounds lik...
by Robin82
Wed 03 May, 2017 13:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(
Replies: 23
Views: 2949

Re: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(

One option might be an engine swap, theres some on ebay from £150, obviously fitting is not going to be cheap but you might be able to put in a new engine with half the milage of your own! If you do scrap it, let me know what wheels you've got, im after a new set :) Good luck buddy haha ok I'll kee...
by Robin82
Wed 03 May, 2017 12:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(
Replies: 23
Views: 2949

Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(

Well I'm absolutely gutted. My head gasket has gone. A few days ago my engine overheated suddenly and smoke started to pour from the grills, luckily I was about 10 yards from my driveway so managed to cut the engine more or less right away. There was a huge amount of pressure that had built up withi...
by Robin82
Tue 26 Apr, 2016 10:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Problem with Z3 running
Replies: 11
Views: 1696

Re: Problem with Z3 running

Well I put the car in the garage last night, started it this morning and possible to rev to the limit 6000. No sign of problem causing lack of revs. Guess this does point at the camshaft sensor being iffy. I am getting a slight rattle from Under the car that could be the cat; I wondor if this would...
by Robin82
Fri 22 Apr, 2016 14:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Problem with Z3 running
Replies: 11
Views: 1696

Re: Problem with Z3 running

Camshaft Position Sensor. I would put money on it. I had exactly the same symptoms - mis-firing, sudden loss of power, up and down revs etc. To be sure would be worth doing a diagnostic test to see which error codes are thrown up first.
by Robin82
Fri 22 Apr, 2016 14:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine Breakdowns?
Replies: 19
Views: 2419

Re: Engine Breakdowns?

Funny you should mention that! I broke down at half four in the morning last week coming back for my sister's wedding. Busted T-piece in a cooling hose, 170 miles from home. Cut off engine straight away. Had to have a garage replace the hose (which I could've done myself had the car been home). Got...
by Robin82
Fri 22 Apr, 2016 13:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine Breakdowns?
Replies: 19
Views: 2419

Re: Engine Breakdowns?

Yep camshaft position sensor for me too. Lots of backfiring and instant loss off power. The only thing engine wise. TOUCH WOOD
by Robin82
Fri 22 Apr, 2016 13:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Reality check - Z style!
Replies: 3
Views: 674

Re: Reality check - Z style!

Hi mate Yeah I'm a daily driver too - have been for 6 years :D Put 40k on the clock in that time. I remember the same feeling - buzzing every morning to drive to work (weird saying that). The feeling has never worn off with me - perhaps somewhat as I do use it everyday but as soon as the roof drops ...
by Robin82
Fri 22 Apr, 2016 13:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2088
Views: 248069

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

H & R performance springs
Brake discs - full set
Brake pads - full set
Black marker pen - refreshed the door speaker grills
Wipers
New machine polisher - Das 6 Pro - Awesome bit of kit
by Robin82
Fri 22 Apr, 2016 13:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Changing tyre profiles
Replies: 24
Views: 2476

Re: Changing tyre profiles

I fitted 18" wheels with low profile tyres last year and I've just had it lowered by 30mm last week by fitting performance springs.

I can confirm - RIDE IS MUCH BUMPIER - I feel everything in the road. BUT!! handles like a go cart and looks cool so definitely worth it. Point and it follows :D
by Robin82
Fri 22 Apr, 2016 12:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Headlight Cleaning
Replies: 12
Views: 2276

Re: Headlight Cleaning

I'll second the 3m kit - takes a little work but gave fantastic results. A much quicker method if you have the kit - machine polish with a hard cutting pad. You'll need a medium to hard polish for a first pass over then pass over again with a finishing polish. Or get the all in one stuff for a singl...
by Robin82
Fri 22 Apr, 2016 12:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Painting leather seats results:
Replies: 23
Views: 2915

Re: Painting leather seats results:

Looks lovely mate - a nice clean example.
by Robin82
Fri 15 May, 2015 12:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sudden Loss of power + backfiring
Replies: 9
Views: 1479

Re: Sudden Loss of power + backfiring

Thanks for the advice colb. I've cleared the codes a few times now and the camashaft sensor is persistent in returning. If I took it to a mechanic he would only advise me to replace anyway - if i'm still having problems after replacing then I'll look at doing some deeper diagnostics with INPA. I'll ...
by Robin82
Fri 01 May, 2015 16:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sudden Loss of power + backfiring
Replies: 9
Views: 1479

Re: Sudden Loss of power + backfiring

Colb - after reading a few of your older posts regards fault chasing - I can see why you don't recommend cheaper ebay parts - my god! You must've spent a small fortune in the end! :shock: Del - with the camshaft sensor potentially throwing out more pronounced symptoms makes perfect sense or at least...
by Robin82
Fri 01 May, 2015 10:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sudden Loss of power + backfiring
Replies: 9
Views: 1479

Re: Sudden Loss of power + backfiring

I've also noticed a sluggishness since this issue arose - feels more labored through the gears.. :(

So the symptoms I'm experiencing more than likely point to the Camshaft Sensor or at least one of the sensors..? As its throwing up a fault I should replace anyway.
by Robin82
Thu 30 Apr, 2015 11:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sudden Loss of power + backfiring
Replies: 9
Views: 1479

Sudden Loss of power + backfiring

Good morning! Having a slightly concerning issue with my Zed :( Happily cruising through the fine midlands countryside when suddenly I lost ALL power for a few seconds - hitting the gas made no difference until it kicked in again and jolted me back in my seat. This continued for a few minutes on and...
by Robin82
Fri 10 Apr, 2015 20:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Headlights polishing problem
Replies: 23
Views: 3456

Re: Headlights polishing problem

Well the 3M kit is basically wet n dry and buffed with polish. You could put the kit together yourself for around half the price without the drill attachments and velcro discs - but then that would mean serious elbow grease/sweat - and maybe not as nice a finish. Looks like youve done a sterling job...
by Robin82
Mon 06 Apr, 2015 18:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Scratches in vinyl rear window
Replies: 50
Views: 9262

Re: Scratches in vinyl rear window

Ok thanks - tried the autosol which seems like a self degrading abrasive polish - worked to a degree - made slight improvements but still retaining that haze. This was by hand though. I think maybe self degrading polish/swirl remover which would be similar to the Autosol applied with a machine might...
by Robin82
Mon 06 Apr, 2015 17:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Headlights polishing problem
Replies: 23
Views: 3456

Re: Headlights polishing problem

3M's Headlight restoration kit. Used predominantly for haze/cloud but the process should work just as well for your headlight condition. It turned my 18 yr old lights from ugly/nasty looking to brand new. Only £16 too. The process uses wet and dry paper at different grades so it will level out and s...
by Robin82
Sun 05 Apr, 2015 21:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Scratches in vinyl rear window
Replies: 50
Views: 9262

Re: Scratches in vinyl rear window

After using 3M's Headlight restoring kit I couldn't believe the difference it made so I thought I'd try the same approach to my hazy/milky/scratched rear window. My thinking was theyre both clear plastic and the window plastic is softer - so no problem this 3m stuff will work a treat.... 2 hours lat...
by Robin82
Wed 01 Apr, 2015 15:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Looking for a low miler
Replies: 7
Views: 1012

Re: Looking for a low miler

Price rises dramatically once you go below the 50k mark. Kinda obvious statement but a definite price increase on the last few years.
by Robin82
Tue 31 Mar, 2015 00:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: BMW Z3 (96-99) Tail Lights - Black-design NEW
Replies: 16
Views: 2211

Re: BMW Z3 (96-99) Tail Lights - Black-design NEW

Well thanks for looking anyway - the best I could find was the promo image:

Image

A definite under the radar look 8-)
by Robin82
Mon 30 Mar, 2015 21:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: BMW Z3 (96-99) Tail Lights - Black-design NEW
Replies: 16
Views: 2211

Re: BMW Z3 (96-99) Tail Lights - Black-design NEW

Yeah I'm playing voodoo and raising this thread from the dead :twisted: Gazza - did you try the smoked rear lights all those years ago? I'm thinking of getting some smoked rear lights and think they look pretty cool/edgy 8-) (im sure many would disagree) on the black Z above. I think they wouldnt lo...
by Robin82
Mon 30 Mar, 2015 13:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How do you change the plugs on a 1.9 Roadster using the BMW
Replies: 6
Views: 896

Re: How do you change the plugs on a 1.9 Roadster using the

You'd be amazed the difference a new (decent) set of plugs can make - well I was! Be careful not to cross thread or over tighten :roll:
by Robin82
Thu 26 Mar, 2015 13:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 90,000 today
Replies: 19
Views: 1348

Re: 90,000 today

I don't have one whisper of rust anywhere on mine - not even the faintest hint of rust like slight bubbling around the prone areas - and for an 18 year old car its unbelievable. Incidentally my mate has a 2002 1.9 Zed and its showing signs of pre rust bubbling (small areas) around all the arches. I ...
by Robin82
Wed 25 Mar, 2015 16:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 clean inside roof
Replies: 19
Views: 1543

Re: Z3 clean inside roof

I agree on Renovo. My roof had gone rather green over the winter so I used Renovo on Saturday. I left it on for an hour before washing it off and it made a great difference. Yeah its great stuff - although the cleaner smells an awful lot like carpet cleaner :P You can get the 3 part set on amazon f...
by Robin82
Wed 25 Mar, 2015 15:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 clean inside roof
Replies: 19
Views: 1543

Re: Z3 clean inside roof

Regards the outside of the roof I would *highly* recommend the Renovo product range - especially the roof reviver (dye). I revived my roof last summer and when I say revived I mean brought back from the dead. I wish I'd took before and after pics - I had moss growing around the rear part and a nice ...
by Robin82
Wed 25 Mar, 2015 11:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Buy another Zed or modify?
Replies: 17
Views: 1151

Re: Buy another Zed or modify?

Yeah the search facility can throw up some weird stuff - I guess these would be ok:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-Z3-1-9-2- ... 27c7280f61

£35 I don't think I can find any cheaper :shrug
by Robin82
Tue 24 Mar, 2015 20:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Buy another Zed or modify?
Replies: 17
Views: 1151

Re: Buy another Zed or modify?

Well its seems my choice has been made (for now) as I've just bought some 18"alloy wheels complete with low profile tyres. I got such a good deal I couldnt resist. :P

Hopefully they will revive my zed and give it a refreshed look. Time to upgrade the other bits now I cant do half a job :)
by Robin82
Tue 24 Mar, 2015 20:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Buy another Zed or modify?
Replies: 17
Views: 1151

Re: Buy another Zed or modify?

£80 to completely refresh the front of the zed is not bad at all! Like most my lights have clouded over somewhat - need to find some decent plastic polish - maybe a swirl remover will do it? I'll be in touch shortly for a de-tango pack 8-) The 3M kit for headlight polishing is about £20 and works r...
by Robin82
Tue 24 Mar, 2015 15:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Buy another Zed or modify?
Replies: 17
Views: 1151

Re: Buy another Zed or modify?

I think if it was me I would have to go full out for a big six (2.8/3.0) for a big jump in power if I were selling a decent motor as being that yours is an earlier Zed 1.9 I would have thought you have the 140 bhp M44 rather than the lower power 1.8/1.9 so a smaller 6 won't see a great deal more in...
by Robin82
Tue 24 Mar, 2015 15:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Buy another Zed or modify?
Replies: 17
Views: 1151

Re: Buy another Zed or modify?

......... this is the option to spending £259 on clear front lights..... Same fit etc as the OEM amber lenses, comes with a detailed guide to fitting them, and they're just £52 per set.... :D And while you're doing the lenses, you can fir halo's which are available off eBay for the Z3 for around £3...