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by RobTFC
Fri 11 Oct, 2019 14:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Tape/cd players says “wait”
Replies: 2
Views: 210

Re: Tape/cd players says “wait”

Hi Mark, Can you confirm whether the wording is simply "WAIT" or "CODE WAIT"? I don't think just "WAIT" on its own is a valid state, and iirc the maximum wait time is supposed to be 90 minutes. Maybe the unit itself is in a wierd state? Try disconnecting it from the car/power for a day and trying ag...
by RobTFC
Fri 06 Sep, 2019 20:55
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Roof part wanted
Replies: 5
Views: 943

Re: Roof part wanted

Yep, they wanted £9.50!!! Even the person at the dealership was embarrassed! Don't get me wrong, I'm happy to spend the money where needed (I've spent £1000's in parts over the years) but at the same time that amount for a 1cm square piece of rubber is enough to make me look elsewhere first. Interes...
by RobTFC
Thu 05 Sep, 2019 09:01
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Roof part wanted
Replies: 5
Views: 943

Roof part wanted

Part number 51448401847

https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showpa ... 1448401847

If anyone has one of these spare (from a car they are breaking etc.) would be interested in buying it from you!

thanks
by RobTFC
Fri 23 Aug, 2019 12:58
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Boot weld repairers around North Yorkshire?
Replies: 13
Views: 1949

Re: Boot weld repairers around North Yorkshire?

Sure - I can't speak for the garage but I'm guessing each car is different depending on severity etc. For me it just a few quid over £1000 all-in (including VAT/labour/welding consumables etc.). I did nothing other than chuck the guys the Randy Forbes kit, the additional diff mount and a bunch of pr...
by RobTFC
Thu 22 Aug, 2019 15:32
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Boot weld repairers around North Yorkshire?
Replies: 13
Views: 1949

Re: Boot weld repairers around North Yorkshire?

All sorted! I've just picked up the car; won't get chance to look in proper detail until I get home later but everything looks spot on! I found the guys at Cracknells really knowledgeable and efficient, they even took plenty of photos along the way as requested, I've attached a few here. Upon closer...
by RobTFC
Wed 21 Aug, 2019 10:05
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: 1997 2.8 for sale
Replies: 2
Views: 906

Re: 1997 2.8 for sale

new link:
https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C1146746

Spec;
M52 2.8
96K Miles
Montreal Blue.
M wing mirrors.
Chrome washer jets.
M50 manifold, BBTB
M Sport Seats
Seat belt guides intact.

£4995 ONO
by RobTFC
Thu 15 Aug, 2019 15:57
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Boot weld repairers around North Yorkshire?
Replies: 13
Views: 1949

Re: Boot weld repairers around North Yorkshire?

No, I decided to keep it stock so will get the cross member reinforcement done and have them double up the diff mount with a new one from BMW as it doesn't appear to be damaged in any way (my car has only two suspect welds and no other symptoms so very early). Pretty much the roadster version of thi...
by RobTFC
Mon 12 Aug, 2019 18:16
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Boot weld repairers around North Yorkshire?
Replies: 13
Views: 1949

Re: Boot weld repairers around North Yorkshire?

For comparison, the kit cost me £600 and I got hammered on import duty/VAT for another £135.

So £500 is a good deal for someone!
by RobTFC
Mon 05 Aug, 2019 12:46
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Boot weld repairers around North Yorkshire?
Replies: 13
Views: 1949

Re: Boot weld repairers around North Yorkshire?

Hi, Just a quick update for anyone who might be interested; had a chat with Alan and co over at Cracknells, really nice guys and they immediately knew what they were looking at. Walked through the Randy Forbes instructions and they've agreed to fit the kit week after next. I'll post the results once...
by RobTFC
Tue 30 Jul, 2019 09:59
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Boot weld repairers around North Yorkshire?
Replies: 13
Views: 1949

Re: Boot weld repairers around North Yorkshire?

Thanks guys,

I've contacted Cracknells and due in for an initial assessment Saturday. In the meantime if anyone has had the work done there I'd love to hear about your experience.
by RobTFC
Mon 29 Jul, 2019 15:53
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Boot weld repairers around North Yorkshire?
Replies: 13
Views: 1949

Boot weld repairers around North Yorkshire?

Hi, I've just found that my Z3M is in the very first stages of boot weld failure and I want it sorted before it becomes a real problem. I'm located in York and ideally looking for a local garage that can do the repairs. Looking online, one of the most well-known seems to be Redish Motorsport, but be...
by RobTFC
Wed 17 Jul, 2019 15:01
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: 1997 2.8 for sale
Replies: 2
Views: 906

1997 2.8 for sale

Hi,

Due to a recent purchase of a Z3M my 2.8 is now up for sale.

I'd like to think she has been very well cared for and I'm sad to see her go, but space has become an issue.

I would really like it to go to someone who will treat it the way it deserves!

thanks
by RobTFC
Fri 27 May, 2016 11:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: My 2.8 roadster
Replies: 2
Views: 719

My 2.8 roadster

Hi, After reading so much about other peoples cars I've decided now that I've done some of the larger jobs on mine that I would contribute my story. I was introduced to the Z3 when my dad bought a Cosmos Black 2.8 a number of years ago and loved the car ever since. I finally purchased my own 1997 2....
by RobTFC
Wed 25 May, 2016 15:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: New Z3 FB group
Replies: 15
Views: 2263

Re: New Z3 FB group

I totally agree with the bit about groups on the large, commercial scale social websites such as Facebook eroding the user base of the existing websites. From a personal perspective I don't use websites such as Facebook or Google on grounds of my own principles (I don't agree with their data use pol...
by RobTFC
Wed 11 May, 2016 21:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 3G EWS Alarm learning switch question
Replies: 5
Views: 914

Re: 3G EWS Alarm learning switch question

Hi, Just a quick one to say thanks I managed to program my fob without removing the alarm unit! I also used my phone to take some video blind and reviewed it to help. Just got to put her back together now - losing light and starting to get annoyed with one of those bronze coloured bolts that won't s...
by RobTFC
Tue 10 May, 2016 09:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 3G EWS Alarm learning switch question
Replies: 5
Views: 914

Re: 3G EWS Alarm learning switch question

Perfect, thankyou!

I have acquired a strange looking (what I assume is a) trim removal tool, like a screwdriver handle with a strange curled point at the end. I'm going to try and use that to move the switch.
by RobTFC
Mon 09 May, 2016 18:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Heated seat switch plugs
Replies: 3
Views: 786

Re: Heated seat switch plugs

Thanks for the help, I'll look further just want to avoid removing the carpet if possible! Here's a pic of behind my console albeit from the passenger side. I'll try the drivers side at the weekend. It looks very similar to yours but no heated seat wiring visible yet. https://gx2tzq-sn3301.files.1dr...
by RobTFC
Mon 09 May, 2016 12:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Heated seat switch plugs
Replies: 3
Views: 786

Heated seat switch plugs

Hi, Whilst I've been working on a few things, I've been looking for the plugs for the heated seat switches. I acquired some heated seats and the plugs were present to connect those up, and I have the switches and relay ready to go. It doesn't look like the plugs are directly behind the console, I've...
by RobTFC
Mon 09 May, 2016 12:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 3G EWS Alarm learning switch question
Replies: 5
Views: 914

3G EWS Alarm learning switch question

Hi, Just a quick one I hope someone can help with, I want to teach my car a second alarm fob so went through the usual procedure of removing the glove box however despite the fact I have successfully done this procedure on another Z3 I've hit a bit of a stumbling block with mine - I'm unable to prop...
by RobTFC
Thu 28 Apr, 2016 20:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Windscreen woes
Replies: 21
Views: 3749

Re: Windscreen woes

Not really an issue for the Z3 but when I had Autoglass replace my windscreen on a 1 series a few years back I raised the same question and they said something similar - that the glass was from the same factory as the BMW branded stuff. I let them do the work but the sensor for the automatic wipers ...
by RobTFC
Tue 29 Mar, 2016 13:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: being dazzled
Replies: 28
Views: 4673

Re: being dazzled

Regarding the rear brake lights I fully understand what you mean however it is sometimes difficult in an automatic not to do this; if in traffic with a lot of stop start I find I don't have much of a choice but to keep feathering the brake pedal to prevent the car creeping too quickly (even when loc...
by RobTFC
Fri 18 Mar, 2016 09:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: HELP NEEDED PLEASE...
Replies: 18
Views: 3314

Re: HELP NEEDED PLEASE...

I wonder if there is a chance the car has been accident repaired and mismatched parts have been used (i.e. 4cyl parts on a 6cyl, facelift parts on a pre-facelift etc.?) I once came across a pre facelift 2.8 that had been accident repaired and the shop had clearly fitted the wrong headlights as the s...
by RobTFC
Fri 11 Mar, 2016 09:08
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: FOR SALE Z3 2.8 Twin Vanos 99 Plate - SOLD
Replies: 12
Views: 2316

Re: FOR SALE Z3 2.8 Twin Vanos 99 Plate

It looks like a lovely car, I wish I had room for another! Good luck with the sale!
by RobTFC
Mon 07 Mar, 2016 20:40
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted: Wind deflector for OEM BMW Z3 roll hoops
Replies: 9
Views: 1752

Re: Wanted: Wind deflector for OEM BMW Z3 roll hoops

That gumtree one is bloody good value for someone!
by RobTFC
Mon 07 Mar, 2016 09:42
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: For Sale - Z3 non roll hoops wind deflector black OEM
Replies: 22
Views: 2885

Re: For Sale - Z3 non roll hoops wind deflector black OEM

The legs on that deflector look good at a glance, mine were broken at the ridge halfway down the leg. You can get a feel for the brackets etc. required here http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=CJ32-EUR-07-1997-Z3-BMW-Z3_28&diagId=03_2688 The other thing I'm not sure about are the holes in t...
by RobTFC
Fri 04 Mar, 2016 11:25
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: For Sale - Z3 non roll hoops wind deflector black OEM
Replies: 22
Views: 2885

Re: For Sale - Z3 non roll hoops wind deflector black OEM

It would be worth having a shot of the bottom of the "legs" of the deflector as my car had one when I bought it. The dealer tried to claim it was "easy to fit" by simply lifting it out of the holes in the trim.. of course I wasn't having that and if you looked more closely at the deflector you could...
by RobTFC
Mon 29 Feb, 2016 08:56
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted: Wind deflector for OEM BMW Z3 roll hoops
Replies: 9
Views: 1752

Re: Wanted: Wind deflector for OEM BMW Z3 roll hoops

Agree with Del, I just picked one up for exactly £100 on eBay. You can go a bit cheaper (I've seen them for ~£70) but the photos weren't that clear and I'd question the condition. The seller claimed (as many do) that "all fixings" were present. I had no idea how the deflector clipped on beyond the f...
by RobTFC
Sun 21 Feb, 2016 17:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.8 power loss - help required!
Replies: 9
Views: 1516

Re: Z3 2.8 power loss - help required!

It's funny I was just thinking this the other day when driving mine (a '97 2.8) - I know exactly what you mean about it feeling like the brakes are slightly on! I've thought this on and off for a couple of years! I had to drop it down a gear on a hill the other week and was thinking to myself "would...
by RobTFC
Fri 19 Feb, 2016 12:25
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Rust treatments: what to use and when?!
Replies: 3
Views: 1938

Re: Rust treatments: what to use and when?!

Thanks for the posts - I've decided to give Fertan a go as I like the sound of the fact it actually loosens and kills the rust rather than just covering over it. My plan now is to; - Lightly brush affected area to loosen up rust. - Treat with Fertan - Apply zinc primer - Touch up with topcoat. The o...
by RobTFC
Sun 14 Feb, 2016 19:36
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Rust treatments: what to use and when?!
Replies: 3
Views: 1938

Rust treatments: what to use and when?!

Hi, I'm currently in the process of doing work on my '97 2.8 Z3. This involves curing the body panel rust which I've side-stepped by simply buying new panels however I've noticed in the engine bay there are various spots of surface rust I'd like to get sorted. For example; - Some blebs on the unders...
by RobTFC
Sun 14 Feb, 2016 19:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Questions about roof headlining and seat bases
Replies: 10
Views: 1707

Re: Questions about roof headlining and seat bases

As a quick update; Received the sports seats and despite the seller mentioning the controls didn't work, hooking the seats up to a 12V drill battery showed they did in fact work (maybe a seized mechanism knocked loose in transit?) so no need to change the motor or switch! I did put a bit of WD40 on ...
by RobTFC
Tue 02 Feb, 2016 10:42
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted: Topaz Blue door cards
Replies: 1
Views: 481

Re: Wanted: Topaz Blue door cards

Sorted now thanks
by RobTFC
Sat 30 Jan, 2016 17:39
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted: Topaz Blue door cards
Replies: 1
Views: 481

Wanted: Topaz Blue door cards

As title. To go with a pair of sets I've acquired. Not bothered about extended leather.

Cheers!
by RobTFC
Sat 30 Jan, 2016 17:35
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Drivers seat
Replies: 4
Views: 1044

Re: Drivers seat

I'll have a black leather seat from a '97 model (pre-facelift) available in a few days for pickup in the York area if that helps?
by RobTFC
Wed 20 Jan, 2016 15:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Questions about roof headlining and seat bases
Replies: 10
Views: 1707

Re: Questions about roof headlining and seat bases

Thanks for the responses; Looking into this further ( http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=526040 ) it appears perhaps the frame on the facelift cars has some additional holes etc. for the headliner which the retrofit version of the headliner works around by taking various "shortcuts" a...
by RobTFC
Wed 20 Jan, 2016 10:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Questions about roof headlining and seat bases
Replies: 10
Views: 1707

Questions about roof headlining and seat bases

Hi everyone, After deciding to keep her long term, I'm currently in the process of improving my Montreal Blue '97 2.8, getting jobs done and making improvements I've been meaning to do over the years. I've had some success, I've managed to fit roll hoops using trim from e-bay (had my iPad with Rober...
by RobTFC
Sat 27 Jun, 2015 09:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Numerous electrical problems
Replies: 6
Views: 1043

Re: Numerous electrical problems

Apologies - predictive typing, "relight ended" should be "retightened". It isn't some kind of new technique I've come up with!!!
by RobTFC
Sat 27 Jun, 2015 09:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Numerous electrical problems
Replies: 6
Views: 1043

Re: Numerous electrical problems

If I disconnect my battery with the alarm set by accident it does the same thing - goes off but super quiet. I suspect there is a battery in the part that generates the noise which has degraded over the years. When the battery is connected and the alarm goes off normally it's fine. This suggests to ...