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by Del
Sun 10 Jul, 2016 17:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: disks stuck / seized grrr
Replies: 10
Views: 1132

Re: disks stuck / seized grrr

The manuals don’t talk about these problems when doing these jobs. :) I had this problem when changing my four discs recently. What worked was penetrating oil dripped into the cracks between the discs and the hub (just inside the wheel bolt holes) followed by heat applied to the face (where the bolt...
by Del
Sat 09 Jul, 2016 23:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: z3 1.9 disks vented or solid
Replies: 11
Views: 975

Re: z3 1.9 disks vented or solid

I believe it is not possible to fit the much wider, vented discs to the 1.9 without changing the calliper mechanism - which is not built (in standard form) wide enough to straddle the wider vented disc.
by Del
Thu 07 Jul, 2016 22:54
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: For sale!!! Z3 3.0i. How much???
Replies: 8
Views: 963

Re: For sale!!! Z3 3.0i. How much???

£4,000 to £5,000. The UK market is lower than elsewhere in Europe and some other countries - our car market must be awash with used cars.
by Del
Tue 05 Jul, 2016 07:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Diff Rubber Mount
Replies: 16
Views: 1555

Re: Diff Rubber Mount

The Powerflex (purple) replacement bushes are not that rigid and stiff - I have examined them very closely. I would say very similar to a new OE bush. Obviously, the very old, sloppy and broken OE bushes on these old Z3s (some now 19 years old) will be causing all sorts of undesirable movement and v...
by Del
Sun 03 Jul, 2016 21:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 3.0 Lagging at low revs.? :(
Replies: 15
Views: 1265

Re: 3.0 Lagging at low revs.? :(

If the diagnostic says it's a cam sensor then there is no doubt - it is the cam sensor. Cam sensor ECU errors aren't usually caused as a secondary result of something else being faulty.
by Del
Sun 03 Jul, 2016 21:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Diff Rubber Mount
Replies: 16
Views: 1555

Re: Diff Rubber Mount

I’m not generally in favour of boy racer modifications which have their origin in proper track-only cars but I must admit that I am a convert to the Powerflex (purple) polyurethane bushes. They are super quality and come with beautifully machined, heavy duty stainless steel fittings – they have a “l...
by Del
Fri 01 Jul, 2016 23:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: We're all rich I tell you!
Replies: 18
Views: 1881

Re: We're all rich I tell you!

It's not sold yet, I suspect they've allowed the used car sales manager to have a few speculative punts to try and create a market for some low mileage specials.
by Del
Thu 30 Jun, 2016 20:15
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: Hi from New Zealand,
Replies: 4
Views: 870

Re: Hi from New Zealand,

Hi and welcome 8-)
by Del
Sun 26 Jun, 2016 20:34
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: engine bay pics 1.9 ?
Replies: 5
Views: 869

Re: engine bay pics 1.9 ?

Does this help - not a particular close-up. This is the 1.9 M44 engine

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by Del
Sat 25 Jun, 2016 23:45
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Meet Mickey
Replies: 7
Views: 989

Re: Meet Mickey

I drive my wife's Mini from time to time and they are quite fun - they handle very well and go around corners like a little go-kart. I was looking at a JCW convertible recently whilst visiting a Mini garage with my wife (problem pairing her mobile to the radio :D ) and it looked like a really fun li...
by Del
Fri 24 Jun, 2016 21:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What's it worth? 3.0 Z3 Sport. 21k miles, 2 owners, 51 pla
Replies: 120
Views: 10678

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

Grandadg90 wrote:I think I may have one of the last registered Z3's. Registered May 2003.
Wow that would be (03 reg) one of the last - I don't think I've ever seen one that "new" - must have had a slight overlap with the Z4s. :)
by Del
Wed 22 Jun, 2016 10:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: The price of a Z3 M vs Z4 M
Replies: 10
Views: 848

Re: The price of a Z3 M vs Z4 M

The Z3 look has aged very well and it is arguably a better looking car than the earlier Z4s. However, if I was looking for a two-seater M car to enjoy and use (as opposed to an investment) I would plump for the newer and more refined Z4M. :)
by Del
Wed 22 Jun, 2016 10:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 1997 Z3 Emissions Problem - any suggestions ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1010

Re: 1997 Z3 Emissions Problem - any suggestions ?

These problems indicate a rich combustion mixture (CO), incomplete combustion burn (HC) and too much oxygen content in the exhaust gas (Lambda) – a high lambda reading at the exhaust is not necessarily linked to a fault with the exhaust sensor with the same “lambda” name i.e. the lambda sensor – thi...
by Del
Tue 21 Jun, 2016 23:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 1997 Z3 Emissions Problem - any suggestions ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1010

Re: 1997 Z3 Emissions Problem - any suggestions ?

What are the exact MOT emission problems? Is it just high CO?
by Del
Tue 21 Jun, 2016 16:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 1997 Z3 2.8 Manual Gearbox and Differential Oil Change
Replies: 3
Views: 467

Re: 1997 Z3 2.8 Manual Gearbox and Differential Oil Change

That's the correct oil for the diff with a LSD - but I would check for sure whether you have a LSD otherwise it's 75W-90. For the gearbox there is a lot of debate, confusion and differing opinions made worse by BMW secrecy :D . It should be a GL4 rated gear oil (not GL5 which has more anti-wear addi...
by Del
Mon 20 Jun, 2016 13:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What's it worth? 3.0 Z3 Sport. 21k miles, 2 owners, 51 pla
Replies: 120
Views: 10678

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

Nationwide the going price for a mint, under-average-mileage 2.8/3.0s seems to be around £8,000. The £15,000 being asked above stands out in isolation. For £15,000 you start to move in 911 territory.
by Del
Sun 19 Jun, 2016 20:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Antifreeze Capacity? where's it hiding?
Replies: 9
Views: 1036

Re: Antifreeze Capacity? where's it hiding?

I agree the original BMW owners manual states 10.5 litres (including the heater circuit) which does seem a big increase, proportionately on the 1.9 (6.5 litres) given that the engine oil capacity is 5 litres (1.9) and 6.5 litres (2.8). :shrug
by Del
Sun 19 Jun, 2016 16:34
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: BMW Z3 3.0 W Reg £5750
Replies: 22
Views: 2847

Re: BMW Z3 3.0 W Reg £5750

TitanTim wrote:Lovely Z3 and whilst we all like to think these cars are worth 8 to 9k good luck in trying to actually get that

I agree with you Tim
by Del
Sat 18 Jun, 2016 13:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 engine cutting out.
Replies: 11
Views: 1205

Re: Z3 engine cutting out.

If I was laying down a gambling bet :D I'd bet on the camshaft position sensor as a faulty crankshaft sensor (they don't seem to go faulty that often) results in a total non-start whereas a camshaft position sensor typically causes running problems and/or intermittent cutting-out when stopping at ju...
by Del
Fri 17 Jun, 2016 11:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clutch gone to !heaven
Replies: 3
Views: 650

Re: Clutch gone to !heaven

I would guess that the original stuff was a premium manufacturer like LUK or SACHS
by Del
Fri 17 Jun, 2016 10:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 engine cutting out.
Replies: 11
Views: 1205

Re: Z3 engine cutting out.

In your last episode it sounds as if you are saying the battery was turning over the engine but it would not start. I would plug the car into an ECU error code reader - personally, I would suspect a failing camshaft or crankshaft position sensor.
by Del
Fri 17 Jun, 2016 09:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Happy 18th
Replies: 6
Views: 765

Re: Happy 18th

Mine has recently hit 18 years and she has been treated to some plastic surgery. New coil springs, new outer sills plus tub underneath ground back to bare metal, rear wings and front quarter panels removed and all treated underneath with POR 15. New Powerflex bushes at the front which are beautifull...
by Del
Wed 15 Jun, 2016 19:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What's it worth? 3.0 Z3 Sport. 21k miles, 2 owners, 51 pla
Replies: 120
Views: 10678

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

Wow - quick prep including parts from Germany and re-spray :wink:
by Del
Mon 13 Jun, 2016 10:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What's it worth? 3.0 Z3 Sport. 21k miles, 2 owners, 51 pla
Replies: 120
Views: 10678

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

I'm sure they'll spend £2000 :D In reality, they will give it a routine service (routine servicing conducted by apprentices in main dealers) and fix any obvious problem or warning light. Another youngster will give it a power wash & vacuum and if you are really lucky a machine polish covered by the...
by Del
Sat 11 Jun, 2016 16:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What's it worth? 3.0 Z3 Sport. 21k miles, 2 owners, 51 pla
Replies: 120
Views: 10678

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

I'm sure we've all had a bad experience somewhere, but it's a bit unfair to tar them all with the same brush. As well as previous experiences, this comment was based on my recent experience at both separate BMW and Audi main dealers. Wouldn't trust the word of the sales staff as far as I could thro...
by Del
Sat 11 Jun, 2016 16:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear wings. Different sizes?
Replies: 15
Views: 1153

Re: Rear wings. Different sizes?

The facelift rear lights are a completely different shape with a "stepped" edge on their inner side. If the lights in question are "straight" on their inner side I would suspect they are from a pre-facelift wide-body (6 cylinder car) - some owners of pre-facelift 1.9 cars carry out this modification...
by Del
Sat 11 Jun, 2016 12:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear wings. Different sizes?
Replies: 15
Views: 1153

Re: Rear wings. Different sizes?

Two 1997 1.9s should have identical wings
by Del
Sat 11 Jun, 2016 09:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What's it worth? 3.0 Z3 Sport. 21k miles, 2 owners, 51 pla
Replies: 120
Views: 10678

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

Sounds like they've given it their usual 101 point check before advertising it :D In my experience main dealers don't even bother to check the tyres! :D
by Del
Sat 11 Jun, 2016 08:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What's it worth? 3.0 Z3 Sport. 21k miles, 2 owners, 51 pla
Replies: 120
Views: 10678

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

They haven't sold it yet.
You can't expect to charge BMW dealer prices as a private individual.
The dealer can offer finance - the method by which most buyers buy.
The dealer can offer some form of warranty and has more buyer/seller legal obligations than a private seller.
by Del
Thu 09 Jun, 2016 10:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What lurks beneath?
Replies: 1
Views: 428

Re: What lurks beneath?

I agree, so many people jump in and drive an old Z3 and then complain that the handling feels poor - little wonder with so many aging components some of which never get changed. The original front bearing/top mounts in most cars (even those with MOTs) will feel rough and have play - these are well w...
by Del
Wed 08 Jun, 2016 15:28
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: Another Newbie!
Replies: 7
Views: 1415

Re: Another Newbie!

Hi and welcome
by Del
Tue 07 Jun, 2016 22:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Coolant sensor location Z3 1.9i
Replies: 15
Views: 1815

Re: Coolant sensor location Z3 1.9i

I've changed this sensor on my earlier 1.9 (M44 engine car) and it is under the inlet manifold. On many modern cars the coolant sensor is an integral part of the thermostat housing sometimes along with the auxiliary fan temperature switch - did BMW adopt this on some later cars?? Certainly on the ne...
by Del
Tue 07 Jun, 2016 10:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Coolant sensor location Z3 1.9i
Replies: 15
Views: 1815

Re: Coolant sensor location Z3 1.9i

I believe on your car you may have two. The one mentioned above that controls the cutting in/out of the auxiliary cooling fan (if fitted) and part number 13621433076 screwed into the cylinder head (under the inlet manifold) that monitors coolant and oil temperature for feedback to the ECU for combus...
by Del
Mon 06 Jun, 2016 23:05
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: Would you?
Replies: 7
Views: 1331

Re: Would you?

S52 engine? Am I correct in thinking that this was the "M" engine used in the US instead of the S50 engine used (in earlier Z3ms) in Europe. The S52 being a bored out and tweaked 2.8 M52 engine without the full power/performance of the S50 M division engine? Z1s are very rare - would a non-standard ...
by Del
Sun 05 Jun, 2016 18:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 CLEAR COAT LACQUERED INNER BODY SHELL
Replies: 12
Views: 1548

Re: Z3 CLEAR COAT LACQUERED INNER BODY SHELL

I have seen comments that it is a characteristic of "individual" coloured BMWs. I assume that if a non-standard colour is used, the shell is removed from the standard paint production line and done "individually" which leads to it being painted all over :shrug
by Del
Sat 04 Jun, 2016 22:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 218369

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

New set (all 4) of standard height Bilstein B3 coil springs - the top and bottom coils on the originals are looking quite rusty
by Del
Sat 04 Jun, 2016 09:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine rattle oil pump?
Replies: 16
Views: 1644

Re: Engine rattle oil pump?

Off the container in my garage:- Triple QX – SynPlus Fully Synthetic 5W-40 (for petrol & diesel engines). Meets the requirements of API SN/CF, ACEA A3/B3/B4-12, BMW LL-01, VW 502.00, 505.00, MB 229.3, Renault RN700/RN710 In my experience it is more likely to the “weekend DIYers” who get seduced by t...
by Del
Fri 03 Jun, 2016 17:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine rattle oil pump?
Replies: 16
Views: 1644

Re: Engine rattle oil pump?

Sorry to hear it's not completely cured by the DISA replacement. My guess would be the VANOS - you don't tend to hear of the oil pumps causing problems on these cars. Engine oil recommendations have tended to evolve over the years. When these engines were first designed I would guess that semi-synth...
by Del
Fri 03 Jun, 2016 16:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Cooling system consumables of choice??
Replies: 3
Views: 670

Re: Cooling system consumables of choice??

Personally, I have used OE/BMW thermostat and Meyle water pump. Cheap viscous fans are a nightmare; they can make a terrible noise and not operate properly. I believe the OE viscous fan is made by Sachs – my son helped a friend replace a cheap (noisy and troublesome aftermarket one) with a Sachs one...
by Del
Tue 31 May, 2016 23:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: coolant
Replies: 4
Views: 772

Re: coolant

Yep - BMW antifreeze from my nearest dealer - sold in 1.5 litre bottles and the deionised water from Tesco - cheapest I've found. :D
by Del
Sun 29 May, 2016 08:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Duplicate key
Replies: 7
Views: 878

Re: Duplicate key

Gareth 161 wrote:Does the 3.0 engine in the z3 have the same Disa issue as the 3.0 in the z4 as that might be another first job to check out
As far as I am aware both the M52 and M54 engines had a similar DISA valve arrangement - I am not aware of any DISA problem that was unique to the Z4
by Del
Sat 28 May, 2016 23:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: coolant
Replies: 4
Views: 772

Re: coolant

There aren’t really any special materials/metals in these Z3 engines that would merit special antifreeze. The coolant you have shown does not appear to be particularly “long life” as it says it is only effective for one-year. I like a bargain myself and I am not a BMW parts-only disciple, but I have...
by Del
Sat 28 May, 2016 22:57
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WANTED: Driver side rocker panel
Replies: 5
Views: 638

Re: WANTED: Driver side rocker panel

I assume the rocker panel is another term for the “sill covers”. I’ve seen fibreglass sills talked about but never seen evidence of them being produced. BMW still sell the OE versions which come in their black primer – I recently paid £180 each (1998 1.9). To solve the rust it would really need to b...
by Del
Fri 27 May, 2016 16:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: My 2.8 roadster
Replies: 2
Views: 419

Re: My 2.8 roadster

I can guess that some of those jobs were not cheap - the bodywork looks great. :)
by Del
Thu 26 May, 2016 08:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Squeaky roof fix?
Replies: 4
Views: 414

Re: Squeaky roof fix?

by Del
Tue 24 May, 2016 21:13
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Engine Warning Light
Replies: 13
Views: 1654

Re: Engine Warning Light

Good news. Could have been something really straightforward like the cat(s) just getting a little "choked up" and just needing a prolonged higher speed run to get nice and hot to clear themselves. One can get a similar issue (sometimes worse) with modern diesels and their DPFs - often need a good 10...
by Del
Sun 22 May, 2016 16:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hood protector and proofer
Replies: 14
Views: 1606

Re: Hood protector and proofer

Just to add another option - Autoglym to a cleaner/proofer kit
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Autoglym-Fabr ... XQeW5TYixF
by Del
Sat 21 May, 2016 22:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Strange noise on warm up from cold
Replies: 11
Views: 1148

Re: Strange noise on warm up from cold

mrscalex wrote:The original fit M44 DISAs have Bosch stamped on them
Fair enough, it's just that they're such obscure items you can't imagine more than one specialist firm making them :D
by Del
Sat 21 May, 2016 20:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Strange noise on warm up from cold
Replies: 11
Views: 1148

Re: Strange noise on warm up from cold

Common for these to start becoming noisy after 60-80,000 miles. Because 6 cylinder cars are more common throughout the World - particularly in the US - there is a 6 cylinder version repair kit which will fix any physical fault (rattle) but not an internal electrical issue. The Z3 4 cylinder cars als...
by Del
Sat 21 May, 2016 11:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Strange noise on warm up from cold
Replies: 11
Views: 1148

Re: Strange noise on warm up from cold

Sounds like the DISA valve