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by Robert T
Tue 02 May, 2017 19:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: tyre size
Replies: 11
Views: 1160

Re: tyre size

The standard wheel on the prefacelift 1.9 was the 15" pepperpot. The standard wheel on the prefacelift 2.8 was the 16" Z-star. The standard wheel on the ///M was the staggered 17" roadstar. I paid extra to have the Z-star option on my car. Not sure of the other model's standard wheels, but the sport...
by Robert T
Mon 01 May, 2017 23:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: tyre size
Replies: 11
Views: 1160

Re: tyre size

Depends upon whether the car had a staggered setup. This is normally a wider rim on the rear. For example the ///M had 225s on the front and 245s on the rear. It is common to see a 255 on the rear on the same rim. The 35 or 40 is a percentage of the tyre width, so to keep the sidewall the same you d...
by Robert T
Fri 28 Apr, 2017 14:45
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: Tour de Yorkshire 2017 (not much notice)
Replies: 12
Views: 1500

Re: Tour de Yorkshire 2017 (not much notice)

Watch out for the frog and I around Bedale. We should be passing through during the afternoon on our way to Whitby, along with another 30 or so Healeys.

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Wed 26 Apr, 2017 19:19
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Said Goodbye to the M
Replies: 2
Views: 568

Re: Said Goodbye to the M

:-(

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by Robert T
Wed 05 Apr, 2017 14:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Air Bag Reset Tool
Replies: 17
Views: 2212

Re: Air Bag Reset Tool

If you are thinking of poly seat bushes, then I'm not sure a garage will fit them as they are a non-standard part. An Indy might do it, but it is unlikely that they will have done it before. I had the alternate wiring loom fitted to mine by my local BMW-specialist many years ago after my airbag ligh...
by Robert T
Tue 04 Apr, 2017 14:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Instrument cluster lighting
Replies: 7
Views: 942

Re: Instrument cluster lighting

Hi and welcome to the forum. There are two small bulbs used to illuminate the odometer and service indicator displays. Sounds like your odometer bulb has gone. Mine went a while back and whilst it is a little fiddly to remove the cluster to change the bulb, actually changing the bulb is very easy. I...
by Robert T
Tue 04 Apr, 2017 14:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Replacement aerial
Replies: 5
Views: 905

Re: Replacement aerial

This thread may help: viewtopic.php?f=18&t=8613

Cheers R.
by Robert T
Sun 02 Apr, 2017 14:21
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Z3 Wideboy
Replies: 5
Views: 757

Re: Z3 Wideboy

https://youtu.be/cOiNAWPYpe4

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by Robert T
Mon 20 Mar, 2017 12:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Help! Wipers stopping when stationary
Replies: 10
Views: 1233

Re: Help! Wipers stopping when stationary

I also have another problem with my car, which may be related. Once in a blue moon, all the dials on the instrument cluster stop working - the rest of the cluster works fine - turn it off and wait long enough for the immobiliser to cut in and it will work fine again. My theory is that a chafed wire ...
by Robert T
Sun 19 Mar, 2017 19:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Angel eyes
Replies: 7
Views: 922

Re: Angel eyes

No, no angels. They are all aftermarket on the Z3.

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Sun 19 Mar, 2017 17:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Help! Wipers stopping when stationary
Replies: 10
Views: 1233

Re: Help! Wipers stopping when stationary

It's at times like this that you wish you had RobertT's Frogeye. Hmmm. The wiring might be simpler, but they don't self-park, intermittent involves operating them for a single wipe manually and the drive cable periodically needs re-greasing! Regarding the Z3 wipers, mine has an intermittent fault r...
by Robert T
Thu 16 Mar, 2017 21:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hazard/indicator problem
Replies: 10
Views: 944

Re: Hazard/indicator problem

It's a process of elimination. :wink:

And that's another one to chalk up on the list of possible alarm faults. Thanks for letting us know.

Cheers R

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by Robert T
Thu 16 Mar, 2017 21:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ZRoadster.net Members with Diagnostic Kit
Replies: 90
Views: 29223

Re: ZRoadster.net Members with Diagnostic Kit

AFAIAA all Z3s have the round connector under the bonnet. It is needed because the OBDII connector inside the car is only connected to the engine module. The location of the under-bonnet connector varies between models. I would be surprised if your car doesn't have one, as I am not aware of any furt...
by Robert T
Thu 16 Mar, 2017 13:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hazard/indicator problem
Replies: 10
Views: 944

Re: Hazard/indicator problem

Okay, I think you can rule out the tilt switch. It may still be the alarm, but this is looking less likely. Looking at the wiring diagram, there are two components that are closely linked to the hazard lights and the indicators. These are the flasher unit (which has separate inputs for the turn sign...
by Robert T
Wed 15 Mar, 2017 23:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hazard/indicator problem
Replies: 10
Views: 944

Re: Hazard/indicator problem

From the pictures posted on here, the connections look badly corroded, so yes it is likely to need replacing. I am not sure whether the alarm will function correctly if you remove it and insulate the connections.

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Wed 15 Mar, 2017 18:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hazard/indicator problem
Replies: 10
Views: 944

Re: Hazard/indicator problem

The alarm is not that bigger tangent. It has been reported more than once that a drowned tilt-switch can result in the hazard lights flashing when the alarm is not even set, and even whilst driving! Check behind the trim in the left-hand boot well and see if it is full of water or whether there is e...
by Robert T
Mon 13 Mar, 2017 14:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: warning light
Replies: 13
Views: 1340

Re: warning light

the amber exhaust emmissions values deteriorated light The WHAT? Is that a facelift specific light? See http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=35657 for a list from my owners manual (with photos from my car). I either need to add it to my list, or you need to revise your description. C...
by Robert T
Thu 09 Mar, 2017 23:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Helpful Tips?
Replies: 20
Views: 2275

Re: Helpful Tips?

To clean or replace the wiper blades, use the flick-wipe (short downward press of the stalk), then turn the ignition off as the wipers begin their downward stroke. You can then work on the wiper blades without them fouling on the bonnet. When you turn the ignition on again, they will park themselves...
by Robert T
Tue 07 Mar, 2017 13:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Horn
Replies: 6
Views: 1063

Re: Horn

I thought there were two horns, with different frequencies, ~400Hz and ~500Hz. See: http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=CH72-EUR-01-1999-Z3-BMW-Z3_19&diagId=61_0956 The ETM shows a left horn and a right horn and the component location chart shows Front LH Wheel Well and Front RH Wheel Well ...
by Robert T
Tue 28 Feb, 2017 11:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Can I use a different part number? (Roof Pump)
Replies: 7
Views: 838

Re: Can I use a different part number? (Roof Pump)

When you say nothing is engaging, do you mean that the pump motor runs when you press the button (after lifting the front section of the roof and depressing the brake pedal)? If it does, then it is likely the brass screw has been turned, which disengages the mechanism allowing the roof to be operate...
by Robert T
Fri 10 Feb, 2017 21:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Calling all non lowered Z3s without wheel spacers!
Replies: 21
Views: 1620

Re: Calling all non lowered Z3s without wheel spacers!

Mine's standard but for retrofitted rollhoops, hardtop and multi-changer hump removal. Wouldn't have it any other way. The Sprite on the other hand...

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Wed 08 Feb, 2017 12:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: My Son is Gettting Married Tonite
Replies: 3
Views: 497

Re: My Son is Gettting Married Tonite

Congrats to your son. My zed has twice been used as a wedding car. Much better than a Roller. :wink:

Cheers R.
by Robert T
Fri 03 Feb, 2017 17:48
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: The must have item for open top motoring
Replies: 5
Views: 1278

Re: The must have item for open top motoring

Now all you need is the wet celery. :wink:

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Tue 31 Jan, 2017 17:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: I wouldn't leave home without it
Replies: 11
Views: 1088

Re: I wouldn't leave home without it

Spectacles, testicles, wallet and watch. :wink:

Cheers R.
by Robert T
Mon 30 Jan, 2017 17:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Pinking (pre-ignition) 1999 2ltre
Replies: 69
Views: 4984

Re: Pinking (pre-ignition) 1999 2ltre

See Ignition and Knock Control on this page: http://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/techart ... ystems.htm

Cheers R.
by Robert T
Thu 26 Jan, 2017 08:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Still some very low mileage Z3s around
Replies: 8
Views: 894

Re: Still some very low mileage Z3s around

I ordered mine in October 1998, it was built in January and on the road here by the end of March 1999. So at that time the waiting time was around 3 months, and 3 months to build and ship. Now on 79,000 miles and used nearly every day, rain or shine! I'm not sure there was ever a 2 year waiting list...
by Robert T
Sat 14 Jan, 2017 12:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fuel filler surround.
Replies: 4
Views: 590

Re: Fuel filler surround.

Just looked this up for my car (01/99 M44 1.9) and I suspect that it is part #18 on this diagram, described as Tank filler pot : http://ills.bmwfans.info/19vk.png Bodywork > Side panel/tail trim Current price £33.78 from Rybrook Warwick . Parts usage show that this is for the narrow-body cars only, ...
by Robert T
Mon 02 Jan, 2017 18:41
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: The law when indicating?
Replies: 11
Views: 1109

Re: The law when indicating?

I never pull out on anyone, even if they are indicating, unless they are visibly slowing to make the turn. There are too many numpties on the road that either don't indicate or are incapable of cancelling the indicator if it doesn't do so of its own accord. In your case I would manually cancel the i...
by Robert T
Mon 26 Dec, 2016 10:45
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: To my .org friends!
Replies: 39
Views: 3037

Re: To my .org friends!

Wishing a Merry Christmas to your .net friends? :wink:

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by Robert T
Sat 24 Dec, 2016 19:46
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Replies: 5
Views: 779

Re: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Merry Christmas ZRoadsterites :)

Cheers R. :cheers:

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by Robert T
Wed 21 Dec, 2016 23:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Alarm siren missing?
Replies: 12
Views: 1175

Re: Alarm siren missing?

On the pre-facelift cars the siren could be set to silent, leaving just the indicators as a warning when arming, siren still went off if car was tampered with.They came with a "key" to turn them off too. Don't know if this can be done on facelift car The alarm system changed some time before the fa...
by Robert T
Wed 21 Dec, 2016 18:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Alarm siren missing?
Replies: 12
Views: 1175

Re: Alarm siren missing?

Whilst I can't help you with the siren location or connectors on a facelift car, it's worth pointing out that sirens have been known to fail, with several reports on here. I would be surprised if it were a simple connector to unplug, as that might be a little too easy for Mr Thief. The Z3 has a comm...
by Robert T
Wed 21 Dec, 2016 18:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hardtop fitting kit, why so few, why so pricey?
Replies: 12
Views: 1361

Re: Hardtop fitting kit, why so few, why so pricey?

The hood operation is automatically disabled if the correct wiring loom is used and the Z3 only has passive roll-over protection. I'm pretty sure the hood would still try to operate on the Z3, but I've never actually tried. AFAIK the three way connector that supplies the HRW and goes up to the roof...
by Robert T
Wed 21 Dec, 2016 10:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hardtop fitting kit, why so few, why so pricey?
Replies: 12
Views: 1361

Re: Hardtop fitting kit, why so few, why so pricey?

Sorry for the slightly terse reply earlier - quoting is a bit fiddly on Tapatalk. To my knowledge, there is not and never has been anything to disable on a Z3 before fitting the hardtop. That sounds like it relates to cars with pop up rollover protection, which I think was only ever fitted to 4 seat...
by Robert T
Tue 20 Dec, 2016 23:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hardtop fitting kit, why so few, why so pricey?
Replies: 12
Views: 1361

Re: Hardtop fitting kit, why so few, why so pricey?

Not on a Z3.

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Mon 19 Dec, 2016 14:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Paint problem
Replies: 8
Views: 1159

Re: Paint problem

You have no chance in Halfords don't waste your time. Really? I have seen threads on here recommending Halfords own touch up paint as being the best match for Topaz Blue IIRC. However, we are talking about matching 15-20 year old paint, so someone who makes up to match the colour should ensure that...
by Robert T
Thu 15 Dec, 2016 16:32
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: Wind deflector
Replies: 5
Views: 997

Re: Wind deflector

Does you car have roll hoops? If yes, then the above advice is correct. If not, then there a couple more wind deflector designs for cars without roll hoops. The early type I is part metal mesh and part fabric - it goes into the top of the seatbelt turrets. The later type II is all metal mesh and cam...
by Robert T
Thu 15 Dec, 2016 16:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Stainless steel exhaust
Replies: 14
Views: 1324

Re: Stainless steel exhaust

I have noticed a flap type thing on one of the exit pipes currently but not sure what it does or even if it works. It blocks off one of the tailpipes to quieten the exhaust at low revs. It is operated by vacuum and an electric valve which closes the flap below a certain number of engine revs. If th...
by Robert T
Thu 15 Dec, 2016 16:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Stalls when warms up....occasionally.
Replies: 27
Views: 1944

Re: Stalls when warms up....occasionally.

I think you mean Mr. Vanos. :wink:

Dr. Vanos is in the US: www.drvanos.com

Mr. Vanos is in the UK: www.mrvanos.com

Easy mistakea to makea...

Cheers R.
by Robert T
Fri 09 Dec, 2016 21:10
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Poll - Are you a BMWCC Member ?
Replies: 11
Views: 1918

Re: Poll - Are you a BMWCC Member ?

Doesn't chuffing work on Tapatalk. Will have to use the website tomorrow.

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Tue 06 Dec, 2016 11:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Centre vent suddenly lost air flow
Replies: 9
Views: 663

Re: Centre vent suddenly lost air flow

I guess we'll put that one down to "User Error", insofar as diagnosing the problem. :dunce: In IT we use the acronym PEBKAC (Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair) - perhaps we need a PEBCADS (Problem Exists Between Car And Driver's Seat)! :wink: It might be worth looking out the old thread, as...
by Robert T
Tue 06 Dec, 2016 10:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: SRS fault and light on
Replies: 13
Views: 970

Re: SRS fault and light on

There are plenty of people who have swapped seats in both directions and this is the first time I have seen this issue come up. What you need to do is to replicate the wiring to that of the passenger seat that was originally fitted to the car. The SRS module seems to be expecting a certain set of in...
by Robert T
Tue 06 Dec, 2016 10:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Centre vent suddenly lost air flow
Replies: 9
Views: 663

Re: Centre vent suddenly lost air flow

Other option is that the flap in the vent has broken off and has dropped and is stuck in the closed position. That would be my guess too. I seem to remember someone having a problem a while back where the vent wouldn't stay open. When you operate the centre vent does it feel like the wheel is conne...
by Robert T
Mon 05 Dec, 2016 21:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: SRS fault and light on
Replies: 13
Views: 970

Re: SRS fault and light on

If your car doesn't have a passenger airbag, why do you have an occupancy sensor bypass fitted? You shouldn't need one. Did it come with the seats? This might be what it is complaining about.

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Mon 05 Dec, 2016 13:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Stalls when warms up....occasionally.
Replies: 27
Views: 1944

Re: Stalls when warms up....occasionally.

Coils are known to be heat sensitive, but I would expect a misfire when warm, rather than not running. Problems with the MAF can cause non-starting. Unplugging it and letting it run on default settings is the test for this. Failing camshaft sensors have a variety of symptoms, ranging from complete r...
by Robert T
Wed 30 Nov, 2016 12:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Hardtop
Replies: 4
Views: 609

Re: Z3 Hardtop

The hardtop mounts are to the rear of what would be the B-pillar on a saloon - just behind the seats and in front of the seatbelt turrets. The trim with the rotating covers may or not be fitted. This is my car, with the trim fitted and the cover retracted. You can see the top of the metal hardtop br...
by Robert T
Tue 29 Nov, 2016 21:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Getting lower every year.....probably?
Replies: 4
Views: 683

Re: Getting lower every year.....probably?

I'm not sure how they are counting the models there - I think you will need to add together each Z3 model plus M Roadster and M Coupe. Otherwise there are more Austin-Healeys on the road than Z3s. 3077 in case you were wondering.

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Fri 25 Nov, 2016 22:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear Window Defrost/demist
Replies: 2
Views: 422

Re: Rear Window Defrost/demist

Sounds like you might have a hardtop fitting kit on your car. The demist button is for the heating element in the glass window in the hardtop. It isn't normally fitted unless the car has had a hardtop at some point. The pain of trying to demist the plastic rear window using the centre heater vents i...
by Robert T
Fri 25 Nov, 2016 13:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Coupe tramlining
Replies: 13
Views: 1249

Re: Coupe tramlining

Definition is given here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tramlining In the case of the zeds, I have had it when driving over white lines on the road - you can actually feel the steering pull as the tyres touch the lines. You may also feel it on the rutted inside line on the motorway, where the car wi...
by Robert T
Tue 22 Nov, 2016 11:07
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Need help identifying hardtop color
Replies: 3
Views: 538

Re: Need help identifying hardtop color

Looks like some of the accessories and retrofittings have been removed from the parts catalogue. BMWFans still has a 2009 version online and the hardtops are listed here: http://2009.bmwfans.info/parts/catalog/Z3/Roadster/Europe/Z3_1.9-M44/RHD/N/1999/january/browse/sliding_roof_folding_top/retrofit_...