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by Del
Mon 14 Nov, 2016 10:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 5w40 v 5w30 oil
Replies: 3
Views: 477

Re: 5w40 v 5w30 oil

Agree with Lightning. It's probably not that critical and I suspect 5W-30 wasn't used widely when Z3s rolled off the production line
by Del
Fri 11 Nov, 2016 22:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: My Mora Red Zed
Replies: 21
Views: 2828

Re: My Mora Red Zed

I've always thought that this was a beautiful Z3 colour
by Del
Thu 10 Nov, 2016 21:02
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Breaking 1.9 manual roadster
Replies: 22
Views: 2974

Re: Breaking 1.9 manual roadster

Not that it matters, but I suspect the seat centre sections have been recovered at some point. BMW used what they called "Oregon" leather on the centre section which had a very specific textured pattern of little circles

http://users.belgacom.net/bmw_z3/bmw_z3_interior.htm
by Del
Tue 08 Nov, 2016 20:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Ignition upgrades?
Replies: 4
Views: 572

Re: Ignition upgrades?

Replaced my set a couple of years ago – I think I paid something like £60 from GSF. I changed because I was getting a resistance reading from one cable (not the longest one) which was slightly higher than the others. To be honest it’s not something that gives the feel of an obvious performance impro...
by Del
Mon 07 Nov, 2016 11:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 1998 m44 engine z3 check engine light
Replies: 13
Views: 947

Re: 1998 m44 engine z3 check engine light

My production date May 1998 - no check engine light or OBD under-dash socket. To use a trendy description, Z3s must have been "transitioning" during late 1998 :D
by Del
Fri 04 Nov, 2016 22:34
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: z3 in Shrewsbury
Replies: 7
Views: 1025

Re: z3 in Shrewsbury

I go up to Shrewsbury occasionally (visiting family) and see the odd Z3 around - it must be a UK Z3 hot spot :D
by Del
Fri 04 Nov, 2016 22:29
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: French Top Gear road trip
Replies: 2
Views: 520

Re: French Top Gear road trip

Amusing how they have local versions of Top Gear around the World. A 2.8 Z3 should win hands down :)
by Del
Fri 04 Nov, 2016 22:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Help needed Z3
Replies: 11
Views: 1220

Re: Help needed Z3

If it's not the belt it sounds as if it might be the power steering pump failed/seized?
by Del
Fri 04 Nov, 2016 22:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 1998 m44 engine z3 check engine light
Replies: 13
Views: 947

Re: 1998 m44 engine z3 check engine light

As far as I am aware the M44 engine car (as a pre facelift car) was designed under pre-OBD II regulations and doesn't have a "check engine light". It is also why it only has one, pre-cat exhaust lambda sensor. If your diagnostic tool is pointing to your camshaft position sensor - that will be your p...
by Del
Fri 04 Nov, 2016 10:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Removing front subframe
Replies: 6
Views: 570

Re: Removing front subframe

by Del
Wed 02 Nov, 2016 08:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Tribute
Replies: 7
Views: 990

Re: Z3 Tribute

Not keen - you'd have to pay me £3,500 not me pay £3,500 :D
by Del
Tue 01 Nov, 2016 08:56
Forum: Z4 roadster and Z4 Coupe
Topic: Service intervals
Replies: 5
Views: 898

Re: Service intervals

As far as I am aware, the UK service guidance for normal Z4s is that engine oil and oil filter changes need only take place when necessitated by the “service interval indicator” or two years if earlier. My wife’s BMW Mini regime is identical. This BMW indicator is said to be sufficiently sophisticat...
by Del
Fri 28 Oct, 2016 22:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 218287

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Removing/cleaning the dreaded ABS wheel speed sensors :( Not exactly this week – but during the past few weeks. Had issues with the dreaded ABS light coming on intermittently – which was pinpointed to a front wheel speed sensor. Decided to start at the back after refurbing the rear callipers. For th...
by Del
Thu 27 Oct, 2016 13:26
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted: low mileage, full service history z3/z4 (minter!)
Replies: 51
Views: 4534

Re: Wanted: low mileage, full service history z3/z4 (minter!

I think you will be lucky to find a Z3 with a full, main dealer history. As the cars get older and worth less, owners are less inclined to lavish £500+ extended oil services on the car. Personally, I would want straight/honest bodywork, a car that hadn’t been lowered/modified and mucked about with a...
by Del
Thu 27 Oct, 2016 13:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: MOT Emmission failure/pass
Replies: 8
Views: 880

Re: MOT Emmission failure/pass

Huge difference in CO which suggests it was running very rich on the first tests - did they bother to warm the car up properly? A faulty thermostat (commonly they stick open) might cause the engine to run a little richer for longer but your results are dramatic. It is appreciated in the trade that c...
by Del
Tue 25 Oct, 2016 18:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Changing the gearbox oil
Replies: 73
Views: 6790

Re: Changing the gearbox oil

handsomejackuk wrote:any opinions on this for z3 1.9 manual gearbox
If you have a yellow label on the gearbox (if it hasn't faded or fallen off) stick to a GL4 oil as nobody today in 2016 (BMW or otherwise) could categorically confirm that the more modern GL5 is OK. The 1.9 Getrag box holds a shade over 1 litre.
by Del
Tue 25 Oct, 2016 18:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Roof Woe's
Replies: 9
Views: 863

Re: Roof Woe's

Croydon Soft Tops - many of the forum members (me included) have travelled hundreds of miles to use his facilities. Around £350 fitted (only does blue or black) in 3-hours whilst you sample a Costa in the delights of Croydon :D

http://www.soft-tops.co.uk/
by Del
Sun 23 Oct, 2016 22:21
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: 100,000 miles - any advise
Replies: 11
Views: 1127

Re: 100,000 miles - any advise

If it has the original water pump - get it changed as a precaution :D
by Del
Fri 21 Oct, 2016 22:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: engines fitted to z3's
Replies: 23
Views: 2048

Re: engines fitted to z3's

Why was the first US Z3m just a bored-out and tweaked M52 2.8 and not the proper S50. Am I correct in thinking the US got the later S54 version? :shrug
by Del
Tue 18 Oct, 2016 16:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Coolant
Replies: 9
Views: 962

Re: Coolant

Funny thing about the BMW antifreeze is that my BMW Z3 handbook says to change it every 3-years whereas BMW Mini use the same stuff and Mini owners are told if is now "lifetime" fill and only changed if it shows signs of discolouring. Toyota and VAG use the pink stuff and again, treat it as lifetime...
by Del
Fri 14 Oct, 2016 09:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Does the ECU take time to settle down?
Replies: 26
Views: 2524

Re: Does the ECU take time to settle down?

The system on these cars is fairly old these days and I'm afraid I don't buy the concept that it takes weeks, and several tanks of fuel, for the ECU to "re-adjust" to a fault being corrected. Are we saying that if I ran my car with 3 spark plugs, then replaced the fourth, that it would then take up ...
by Del
Thu 13 Oct, 2016 18:00
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: VW DSG Auto Gearbox problem anyone help?
Replies: 3
Views: 712

Re: VW DSG Auto Gearbox problem anyone help?

They seem to be very sensitive to oil/filter changes. My Audi owners manual talks about the necessity of a DSG oil/filter change every 38,000 miles :shock:
by Del
Sun 09 Oct, 2016 16:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: BMW quality!
Replies: 11
Views: 1531

Re: BMW quality!

lightning wrote:Yes, you wonder why BMW did not rectify this issue
Some E46 M3s also develop a similar problem although I am told it is not usually an issue with the E46 M3 convertible because of the extra, under-body strengthening.
by Del
Fri 07 Oct, 2016 16:18
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: Newbie looking for Z3 or Z4
Replies: 23
Views: 1795

Re: Newbie looking for Z3 or Z4

Entirely a personal decision :D My logic was that discs/pads all round cost £200 DIY, £400 @ kwik fit and probably £600+ at BMW. Plus 4 X new tyres at say £400. It's had a £1,000 worth of recent work which is typical "to do" stuff on any 2nd hand car with 50k+ miles, and he's only asking £3,000+ :D
by Del
Fri 07 Oct, 2016 10:39
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: Newbie looking for Z3 or Z4
Replies: 23
Views: 1795

Re: Newbie looking for Z3 or Z4

Jcc wrote:Any thoughts on this one please?
Lowish mileage, well serviced - what's not to like for around £3k+. How much money can you lose on a car like that - very little risk. I'd get those wheels returned to silver though! :D
by Del
Fri 07 Oct, 2016 09:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Still no power...3.0
Replies: 11
Views: 1163

Re: Still no power...3.0

These engines are normally aspirated, relatively simple and generally bullet proof. If the engine seems OK in every respect, I wonder if there is a possible exhaust/restriction issue. Is the cat working OK, does it rattle when nudged with the palm of your hand? If it has broken up with age, there mi...
by Del
Thu 06 Oct, 2016 20:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: BMW quality!
Replies: 11
Views: 1531

Re: BMW quality!

There is no doubt that at the time BMW were building the Z3, the BMW build quality was at a very high standard - many say it peaked around 15 years ago. Every component I have taken from my car seems to be of the highest quality, bolts come out and apart from light rust on their head, often look lik...
by Del
Thu 06 Oct, 2016 20:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: rear wing compatability and facelift '97
Replies: 17
Views: 1546

Re: rear wing compatability and facelift '97

If it was done by a previous owner just for aesthetic/modernising reasons, I think I would be inclined to stick with it. Whilst we love our Z3s, it’s not like they are like a 1955 James Dean Porsche Speedster and merit “no expense spared” on restoring to OE :D
by Del
Wed 05 Oct, 2016 18:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: rear wing compatability and facelift '97
Replies: 17
Views: 1546

Re: rear wing compatability and facelift '97

This is a bit of a brain teaser. I suspect that even the sill covers might be different?

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by Del
Wed 05 Oct, 2016 09:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fleabay - Should i be surprised?
Replies: 5
Views: 689

Re: Fleabay - Should i be surprised?

Really surprised, I have made offers (always polite) on Ebay stuff and most sellers are so keen to maintain good ebay ratings that they are polite back. I put that sort of response down to stupidity and lack of commercial awareness.
by Del
Sat 01 Oct, 2016 09:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: top mounts rear shocks
Replies: 7
Views: 1046

Re: top mounts rear shocks

If you want to remove the whole piece of carpet, there are some little plastic brackets that unscrew behind the seats (delicate) and several round, push-in clips that are best removed by sliding a fork under them (and either side of their centre shaft) and levering out. As Si says, the rest is then ...
by Del
Tue 20 Sep, 2016 23:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Kwik Fit MOT – ABS & ASC+T lights on like a Christmas tree
Replies: 18
Views: 1928

Re: Kwik Fit MOT – ABS & ASC+T lights on like a Christmas tr

If the ABS/DSC etc. lights come on and stay on, it means either that the system has identified a fault or that something external has happened to “fool” the system into believing it has identified a fault. My understanding is that rotating wheels (which are jacked up and free of the surface) with th...
by Del
Sun 18 Sep, 2016 09:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Kwik Fit MOT – ABS & ASC+T lights on like a Christmas tree
Replies: 18
Views: 1928

Re: Kwik Fit MOT – ABS & ASC+T lights on like a Christmas tr

The shock for me was that my ABS system has not been troublesome in the past and the garage said that the lights came on when they drove it from their outside car park to their ramp – a distance of about 10 metres. Also, the manual says the ABS system does not initiate below 5 mph – so I found it a ...
by Del
Sun 18 Sep, 2016 09:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clattering noise from the front.
Replies: 39
Views: 4198

Re: Clattering noise from the front.

+3 for a timing chain issue. Many small Vauxhall (Opel elsewhere in the World :D ) petrol engines are renowned for poor quality timing chain kits and can get noisy from 40,000 onwards. Typically they are quiet when the engine is cold and get noisy when hot when they sound like a diesel engine. The n...
by Del
Fri 16 Sep, 2016 22:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Kwik Fit MOT – ABS & ASC+T lights on like a Christmas tree
Replies: 18
Views: 1928

Kwik Fit MOT – ABS & ASC+T lights on like a Christmas tree

Dropped the Z3 off for an MOT today (no warning lights on dash) and get a call later saying that the car had failed owing to some ABS fault. It was alleged that by the tester simply driving the car from the MOT car park to the ramp (about 10 metres) for the emissions test, the ABS & ASC+T lights had...
by Del
Thu 15 Sep, 2016 17:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Torsen diff and brake rollers at MOT centre
Replies: 11
Views: 999

Re: Torsen diff and brake rollers at MOT centre

Had these on my car (from this BMW specialist firm) for the past 4-years.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-E36-Z3-FR ... eKilV4bE_w
by Del
Thu 15 Sep, 2016 16:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clattering noise from the front.
Replies: 39
Views: 4198

Re: Clattering noise from the front.

Sounds like they haven't got a clue and don't want the work. :(
by Del
Wed 14 Sep, 2016 18:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Torsen diff and brake rollers at MOT centre
Replies: 11
Views: 999

Re: Torsen diff and brake rollers at MOT centre

Removing the rear disc can be OK if you squirt a small amount of your favourite penetrating fluid around the disc retaining screw and in the gap between the disc and the hub (where the wheel bolts go in) followed by a few sharp taps around the face of the disc/hub to send a “freeing-up shock” into t...
by Del
Tue 13 Sep, 2016 10:42
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: KL's 2.8 progress
Replies: 25
Views: 3928

Re: Zed 3 newbie

Hi and welcome - nice looking car :)
by Del
Sun 11 Sep, 2016 22:52
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: What the..........
Replies: 8
Views: 1100

Re: What the..........

John Wilson wrote:on busy motorways (in this country) we sometimes put it up.
I agree, a longish journey on a busy motorway is not so pleasant with the roof down. My favourite are warm Spring days when the sun is not scorching hot, when you can smell the hedgerows and hear the birds :D
by Del
Sun 11 Sep, 2016 22:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wheels Refurbed :o)
Replies: 1
Views: 349

Re: Wheels Refurbed :o)

They look great and gun-metal grey/silver looks a bit more subtle than black. :)
by Del
Sun 11 Sep, 2016 12:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear brake shoe fixing
Replies: 1
Views: 295

Rear brake shoe fixing

Has anybody found a simple solution for this issue? My rear brake inside backing plates are in quite good condition but there is a small amount of rust where the brake shoe retaining pin goes in, sufficient to stop it holding properly. There are many generic brake “washers” on the market but they te...
by Del
Sat 10 Sep, 2016 11:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Leaking rear diff
Replies: 9
Views: 809

Re: Leaking rear diff

GL5 rated gear oil for the diff (GL4 gearbox) - the standard 1.9 diff will hold a fraction under 1 litre (75W-90) so you only need 1 bottle :) I would tend to go for the Castrol/BMW recommendation. :)
by Del
Sat 10 Sep, 2016 11:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: help 1 series
Replies: 11
Views: 999

Re: help 1 series

You have my sympathy. My daily driver is a modern, German turbo diesel. Great car with great economy but so overly complicated with various sensors and other electronic aides surrounding the “common rail” injection and combustion process. You never know with a vague error code like this whether it j...
by Del
Thu 08 Sep, 2016 23:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rust compared to SLKs
Replies: 5
Views: 689

Re: Rust compared to SLKs

I’ve renovated my Z3 against rust. The only problem areas are 1) the ends of the outer sills – where it spreads inwards and downwards, 2) behind the front bottom (sill side corner) of the front quarter panels where there is a strengthening piece behind where dirt and moisture gets trapped and 3) the...
by Del
Wed 07 Sep, 2016 20:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 gone bang :(
Replies: 30
Views: 2117

Re: Z3 gone bang :(

Around 4 hours work (professional time) to replace a head gasket? To replace a timing chain (I've done it on another transverse engine) is a bit of a mission and can take a mechanic 5 hours. A BMW timing chain would be expensive as would be the kit including new guides and tensioner - as I said abov...
by Del
Wed 07 Sep, 2016 20:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 gone bang :(
Replies: 30
Views: 2117

Re: Z3 gone bang :(

Just to add another view - 80k is low mileage – is the engine OK apart from the head gasket? The timing chains on these M44s are bullet proof and even the timing chain tensioner was totally reliable having been updated from the M42 predecessor. Timing chains are only really a “problem” on some newer...
by Del
Fri 02 Sep, 2016 10:14
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Project Z
Replies: 8
Views: 1241

Re: Project Z

That clear blue sky and landscape makes me suspect it is hot where you are - hopefully you have air con in the car :D 8-)