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by Del
Fri 02 Sep, 2016 10:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.8 cooling fan question
Replies: 5
Views: 652

Re: Z3 2.8 cooling fan question

If you are talking about the mechanical, viscous fan, it shouldn't be particularly noticeable in the transition from free-wheeling (cold) to locking (hot conditions e.g. summer traffic jam) when it runs at the same speed as the engine. As Gazza says, if the temperature gauge is sticking at 12-o-cloc...
by Del
Wed 31 Aug, 2016 23:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Chrome Roll-Bars
Replies: 9
Views: 953

Re: Chrome Roll-Bars

The bars you mention certainly look nicer than the OE black ones. However, it is exhaust grade T304 tubing and as the bottom line of the advert states, it is for styling and not roll protection. The only shiny metal ones I have seen (that presumably offer the same protection as the standard OE ones)...
by Del
Wed 31 Aug, 2016 20:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Magnetic sump plug
Replies: 5
Views: 509

Re: Magnetic sump plug

First came across these in the 1970s when I first started “playing” with cars. My understanding was that the idea came from old school aircraft engines. I haven’t come across them being used for decades and I haven’t been tempted myself – preferring regular engine oil and filter changes. Any visible...
by Del
Wed 31 Aug, 2016 20:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Questions on remapping and stainless exhausts?
Replies: 2
Views: 411

Re: Questions on remapping and stainless exhausts?

I have had both done on my 1.9 (M44 engine). The remap was done by a reputable local firm. They did what they called a “stage 1” remap which was designed for a naturally aspirated, standard engine. The BHP increased from the standard 138 to 152 – one or two other forum members have had a similar job...
by Del
Sat 27 Aug, 2016 21:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: oil filter tool m44 engine
Replies: 5
Views: 601

Re: oil filter tool m44 engine

Picture of the one that works on my car - looks like 74mm 14 "flutes"
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Filter-Wrench- ... ilter+tool
by Del
Sat 27 Aug, 2016 21:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: oil filter tool m44 engine
Replies: 5
Views: 601

Re: oil filter tool m44 engine

That looks like the correct one - i.e. 14 little flats on the inside. Mine is a make called Wolf's Head model WH903 and it has the 14 flats.
by Del
Fri 26 Aug, 2016 20:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Brake discs
Replies: 6
Views: 783

Re: Brake discs

As you say, they all have to comply with modern standards. Eicher is ECP in-house, budget brand. I haven’t tried that specific brand but usually with budget discs they “rust-up” quite quickly and don’t have the protective, rust resist coating which preserves the non-friction surfaces. Personally, I’...
by Del
Tue 23 Aug, 2016 08:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: windstopper mesh D.I.Y.
Replies: 7
Views: 875

Re: windstopper mesh D.I.Y.

Something from the MG forum that might help :D http://www.mgf.ultimatemg.com/group2/DIY/exterior/windstop_repair/index.htm Plus some stuff from Germany http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mercedes-Wind-Deflector-Repair-Fabric-Cover-Mesh-New-Windstop-Cabriolet-New/131708208003?_trksid=p2047675.c100011.m1850&_t...
by Del
Tue 23 Aug, 2016 07:38
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: Hello
Replies: 4
Views: 1056

Re: Hello

Hi & welcome from another 1.9 Arctic Silver owner :D Is the lumpy idle just when starting from cold?
by Del
Mon 22 Aug, 2016 10:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Power.
Replies: 16
Views: 1952

Re: Z3 Power.

Are you describing a mechanical/gear symptom? If so, a transmission fluid change might well help - tends to get neglected on these cars.
by Del
Sat 20 Aug, 2016 10:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What's it worth? 3.0 Z3 Sport. 21k miles, 2 owners, 51 pla
Replies: 120
Views: 10677

Re: What's it worth? 3.0 Z3 Sport. 21k miles, 2 owners, 51

Yes you are right, l missed that. I'm still surprised nobody's bought it with that mileage. I thought Sytner would have been on the blower to snap it up The 10-year MOT history for the car shows it had all sorts of tyre issues 10-years ago and worn ball joints - surprising for such low mileage :shr...
by Del
Fri 19 Aug, 2016 23:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What's it worth? 3.0 Z3 Sport. 21k miles, 2 owners, 51 pla
Replies: 120
Views: 10677

Re: What's it worth? 3.0 Z3 Sport. 21k miles, 2 owners, 51

What looks like a dealer operating via a mobile phone via ebay doesn't exactly fill one with confidence :D
by Del
Mon 15 Aug, 2016 11:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Best tyres to eliminate tramlining
Replies: 26
Views: 2901

Re: Best tyres to eliminate tramlining

Lots of people have their own preferences. But the ones I have counted as appearing most on this forum for curing tramlining are Avon ZV5
by Del
Sat 13 Aug, 2016 20:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 218310

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Boosh wrote:A set of 17" style 89s
Nice looking wheels :)
by Del
Sat 13 Aug, 2016 20:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Anyone use a wind blocker ?
Replies: 26
Views: 2637

Re: Anyone use a wind blocker ?

handsomejackuk wrote:I aint got hoops so i assume i am stuffed....?
No, you need the mesh type which comes with its own stand-alone frame - I believe these are different for pre and post facelift cars :)
by Del
Thu 11 Aug, 2016 15:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M44 Catalytic Converter
Replies: 4
Views: 628

Re: M44 Catalytic Converter

Thanks for sharing Robert. I didn't have that vibration damper on my M44 (build date 5/1998). It may have been fitted to later models. However, I have had to replace the lower part of the metal shackle (bracket) at the gearbox as the lower section had typically rusted away.
by Del
Tue 09 Aug, 2016 22:49
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: MAF Sensor on ebay
Replies: 8
Views: 1298

Re: MAF Sensor on ebay

I have only tried a cheapo MAF (the probe only) on a old Nissan Micra that my daughter owned and which was shortly to be changed. Like many modern cars the MAF was integrated into the throttle bottle and was very expensive in OE form – which involved a new throttle body. It was better than the faile...
by Del
Tue 09 Aug, 2016 22:36
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: g8jka - New 2.8 Roadster Progress Journal
Replies: 59
Views: 10005

Re: g8jka - New 2.8 Roadster Progress Journal

Big job swapping all those panels but very satisfying to clean them up and deal with the rust
by Del
Tue 09 Aug, 2016 22:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Windscreen woes
Replies: 21
Views: 2623

Re: Windscreen woes

Don't forget the Z3 involves 20+ year old technology. The specs for some of the engine oils recommended in my handbook are now obsolete :)
by Del
Mon 08 Aug, 2016 09:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Anyone use a wind blocker ?
Replies: 26
Views: 2637

Re: Anyone use a wind blocker ?

I've used the OE mesh type and it is very good. I would say essential if you want to travel faster than 40 mph :D
by Del
Fri 05 Aug, 2016 17:34
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: g8jka - New 2.8 Roadster Progress Journal
Replies: 59
Views: 10005

Re: g8jka - New 2.8 Roadster Progress Journal

Very nice, very envious. At that price you just can't go wrong :) Probably better than a 3.0 as you'll save by not having to put in 2 litres of engine oil every 1000 miles (ducks to put on tin hat :D ).
by Del
Thu 04 Aug, 2016 20:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Impala Brown with unusual options
Replies: 16
Views: 1094

Re: Impala Brown with unusual options

No wonder it looks like a car of many parts
by Del
Thu 04 Aug, 2016 12:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Impala Brown with unusual options
Replies: 16
Views: 1094

Re: Impala Brown with unusual options

If it's very tidy and just over £2,000 - you couldn't really go wrong. You'd pay that for a Main Dealer major service on an M car these days The black hood doesn't really match - it needs beige or dark brown (if available) :D Have the lights been messed around with? They look smoked on the side and ...
by Del
Wed 03 Aug, 2016 13:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Better handling- where to start?
Replies: 29
Views: 2523

Re: Better handling- where to start?

As far as I could find out, the OE BMW “sport” suspension included the Sachs Advantage shock absorbers which are no longer made by Sachs. The standard Sachs shock absorbers which are widely available are Sachs Super Touring – which I have on my car. There is a mass of debate on online forums about h...
by Del
Tue 02 Aug, 2016 23:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Shopping list for service & cooling system overhaul
Replies: 9
Views: 991

Re: Shopping list for service & cooling system overhaul

Changing the water pump is good preventative maintenance on these cars. For the other pulleys and tensioner, you just have to "take a view". Spin them by hand and if good, they should feel smooth, silent and there should be slight resistance so that it does not carry on rotating. When I refurbed my ...
by Del
Tue 02 Aug, 2016 22:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Better handling- where to start?
Replies: 29
Views: 2523

Re: Better handling- where to start?

It is the Sport version so l don't know how much better that is. From what I've been able to find out, the BMW OE Sport option suspension was around 15mm lower and used an up-rated Sachs shock absorber (which is now no longer available in aftermarket form). Also, front ARB 25.5mm thick (standard 25...
by Del
Tue 02 Aug, 2016 19:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Better handling- where to start?
Replies: 29
Views: 2523

Re: Better handling- where to start?

Little 2 seater, soft top, sports cars generally age very well and the Z3 is no exception. I find, as it carries the German BMW badge and is relatively uncommon, that it tends to punch above its weight and generally gets remarks of admiration. The handling and ride are very important parts of the dr...
by Del
Mon 01 Aug, 2016 16:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Not sure what's going on
Replies: 4
Views: 625

Re: Not sure what's going on

Having had a closer look at what I've got, one fuse map marked "E36 GB" does show that fuse 26 covers both the reversing lights and "Motronic" - which is BMW language for the ECU.
by Del
Mon 01 Aug, 2016 15:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Not sure what's going on
Replies: 4
Views: 625

Re: Not sure what's going on

I've got several fuse box maps for the Z3/E36 range, which I have collected over the years, and all state that fuse 26 is for the reversing lights.
by Del
Sun 31 Jul, 2016 17:09
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: Newbie z3 3.0
Replies: 4
Views: 971

Re: Newbie z3 3.0

My experience was when fitting new Brembo discs and Textar pads all round (both premium brands). The discs, like several other makes, had the anti-rust coating which quickly scratches off where the pads make contact. The fronts seemed to create an even scratch pattern across the discs very quickly. ...
by Del
Sun 31 Jul, 2016 10:28
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 2.8 misfiring..
Replies: 21
Views: 2045

Re: 2.8 misfiring..

If you suspect that the cat is breaking up inside (as they sometimes do with age), give it a good thump with the palm of you hand - if it is suffering from this problem, it will be very obvious and sound like a load of marbles in a biscuit tin :D There is also often a similar rattle at certain revs ...
by Del
Sun 31 Jul, 2016 10:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Better handling- where to start?
Replies: 29
Views: 2523

Re: Better handling- where to start?

Mine (just a humble 1.9) gradually improved as I gradually renewed virtually everything underneath the car. Shock absorbers, all 4 shock top mounts, front control arms, all bushes, drop-links, track rods and coil springs - over a couple of years. It now feels fairly sure-footed which is what you wan...
by Del
Sat 30 Jul, 2016 19:48
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: Newbie z3 3.0
Replies: 4
Views: 971

Re: Newbie z3 3.0

Has it had new rear brake discs/pads fitted recently? In my experience the back ones can take ages to bed in properly and just slightly uneven contact across the axle can cause this.
by Del
Sat 30 Jul, 2016 09:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: gearbox and diff oil change
Replies: 9
Views: 971

Re: gearbox and diff oil change

Any tips on removing the gearbox filler nut? Access is poor and I couldn't get enough purchase on it to turn when I had a go last winter. In the end, I gave up, worried I'd crack the casing. You need a shallow socket and probably something like an 18 inch breaker bar. These filler plugs seem to hav...
by Del
Wed 27 Jul, 2016 11:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 2.8 misfiring..
Replies: 21
Views: 2045

Re: 2.8 misfiring..

My car is 1998 and doesn't have an engine/sensor warning light on the dash. I use a simple OBD II/ service reset & air bag tool with a round socket converter for the engine bay socket. All works fine on my car. I would check for stored error codes as a starter.
by Del
Mon 25 Jul, 2016 17:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.2 rebuild journal - The Terd-Mobile
Replies: 95
Views: 9500

Re: Z3 2.2 rebuild journal - The Terd-Mobile

Thanks for sharing - fun to view the progress. Glad to see you've roped in the family on zero hours contracts :D
by Del
Sat 23 Jul, 2016 10:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: gearbox and diff oil change
Replies: 9
Views: 971

Re: gearbox and diff oil change

£10 for the oil sounds a bit too cheap - I'd make sure you put in the proper, fully synthetic gear oil for the gearbox and diff - particularly if you have a LSD diff.
by Del
Fri 22 Jul, 2016 06:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: DSC and reduced power
Replies: 10
Views: 992

Re: DSC and reduced power

My guess view is that it is too much of a coincidence that this happened immediately after a spirited drive in the wet and hitting a pot hole. I suspect the traction control was triggered and the ECU “forced” the throttle to “rein in” its operation and thus cut the car’s power. If it’s not clearing ...
by Del
Wed 20 Jul, 2016 22:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: oil pressure light
Replies: 7
Views: 706

Re: oil pressure light

more like filter draining ? I agree with your line of thought. If you have low oil pressure due to engine wear, the light would blink more on a hot engine and typically at tick-over revs. The fact that this is only happening after the car has stood a while when the oil will be cold or cool, doesn’t...
by Del
Wed 20 Jul, 2016 22:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Viscous fan
Replies: 3
Views: 511

Re: Viscous fan

It’s the viscous coupling that causes the noise by not operating properly to engage/disengage the fan. The cheap ones tend to make a terrible noise and do not tend to operate correctly. My understanding is that the OE maker was Sachs – I have removed my own 1.9 one and helped a friend replace a chea...
by Del
Wed 20 Jul, 2016 21:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What's it worth? 3.0 Z3 Sport. 21k miles, 2 owners, 51 pla
Replies: 120
Views: 10677

Re: What's it worth? 3.0 Z3 Sport. 21k miles, 2 owners, 51

The summer is entering its final phase, the car isn't sold. I don't reckon they'll get anywhere near the £17,000. I think the original owner got a fair price for a quick, quibble-free trade sale. Scottish cars seem more prone to rust because of the colder conditions and salt used on the roads - I've...
by Del
Tue 19 Jul, 2016 23:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Diagnostic Code P0340 - 2.2 M54
Replies: 3
Views: 376

Re: Diagnostic Code P0340 - 2.2 M54

Many have tried aftermarket camshaft sensors (me included for other cars) and they have been rubbish. It seems to be one area where OE is definitely best. I tried two in succession from GSF (VTECH brand) for a non-BMW family car and both worked very poorly, I managed to return them (can be a problem...
by Del
Tue 19 Jul, 2016 23:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: oil pressure light
Replies: 7
Views: 706

Re: oil pressure light

With oil pressure problems I would expect to see it worsen with hot (thinner) oil and at idle revs (flashing light). Assuming your oil is nice and fresh (no old sludge), correct viscosity and the oil filter is working properly (not old, blocked or compressed), my initial guess would be a faulty oil ...
by Del
Tue 19 Jul, 2016 10:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Newbie with questions, thanks all!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 679

Re: Newbie with questions, thanks all!!!

My grills were also terrible. Unfortunately, you do need to remove the door cards – there is a screw at the back holding the grill. They have to be carefully unpicked from the frame involving small tabs of grill material to be "un-bent". Personally, I rubbed down, used etch primer and semi-gloss bla...
by Del
Mon 18 Jul, 2016 10:14
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: g8jka - 2.0 Progress Journal - Time to say Goodbye
Replies: 231
Views: 190107

Re: g8jka - 2.0 Progress Journal - Time to say Goodbye

Looks like a nice, late 2.8 and at a good price :)
by Del
Mon 18 Jul, 2016 10:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Squeal when decelerating when hot
Replies: 2
Views: 312

Re: Squeal when decelerating when hot

Personally I would suspect either a bearing e.g. water pump, tensioner pulley, alternator or a possible problem with the viscous fan coupling - which is supposed to lock and spin faster when the engine gets hot. From by own 1.9 experience, the bearings I've mentioned will all be getting tired at 80,...
by Del
Sat 16 Jul, 2016 17:14
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Lucky escape
Replies: 10
Views: 1171

Re: Lucky escape

I don't think the Ms have a space saver - because of the extra (showing off) exhaust pipes :D
by Del
Sat 16 Jul, 2016 13:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Cost to replace clutch
Replies: 21
Views: 2046

Re: Cost to replace clutch

Because of the traditional layout and rear wheel drive, changing the clutch on a Z3 should be a relatively simple job for a competent mechanic. Some of the bolts present a slight “access challenge” because the Z3 is a more tightly sandwiched E36. Because of the age of the cars it is worth investigat...
by Del
Thu 14 Jul, 2016 21:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Gearbox Oil? - Arrrh!
Replies: 4
Views: 522

Re: Gearbox Oil? - Arrrh!

The problem with older cars is that the oil recommendations are put on contemporary labels or entered into the contemporary owners’ manual and naturally nobody likes to override or update them as time passes and oils improve. BMW switched from using ATF oil to fully synthetic “MTF-LT-1” gear oil (it...
by Del
Thu 14 Jul, 2016 19:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M54 Engine Oil
Replies: 4
Views: 507

Re: M54 Engine Oil

The M54 engine is well known for having an oil usage "problem" as it was widely used across the BMW range. Not all M54s have the problem - older BMW techs suggested they had a fairly fussy, running-in regime which, if followed to the letter, seems to have avoided the problem on some cars. From what ...