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by Del
Fri 27 May, 2016 16:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: My 2.8 roadster
Replies: 2
Views: 491

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: 490

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: 1825

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: 1811

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: 1277

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: 1277

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: 1277

Re: Strange noise on warm up from cold

Sounds like the DISA valve
by Del
Fri 20 May, 2016 10:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What's this then?
Replies: 12
Views: 1551

Re: What's this then?

Koolflyer wrote:To be honest, I don't know either. Perhaps it's something to do with the USA exhaust emissions filter that some of our European cars have, which mine doesn't??
That's a good point - some sort of EGR system perhaps?
by Del
Fri 20 May, 2016 00:09
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: Noobster!
Replies: 5
Views: 998

Re: Noobster!

A simple but proper remap from a reputable tuning firm can produce extra BHP - I got 10% extra on my 1.9 (140 to 152) as did another forum member. I suppose "high flow sports cats" can let the car breathe a bit easier but my experience of aftermarket cats from stainless steel exhaust firms is that t...
by Del
Thu 19 May, 2016 23:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What's this then?
Replies: 12
Views: 1551

Re: What's this then?

colb wrote:Could it be item 12 on the diagram
That was a good spot Colb - I wonder why they fitted "blanking plugs" that high up on the exhaust manifold? :shrug
by Del
Thu 19 May, 2016 23:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Zed fuel economy
Replies: 17
Views: 2351

Re: Zed fuel economy

Since acquiring the car I have had to top up the oil by a litre / 2k miles; is this normal for a Z? Higher engine oil usage is reported by very many owners with the M54 engine (2.2 and 3.0) - I haven't got that engine myself, but from what I have read it seems to be a slight design issue around the...
by Del
Tue 17 May, 2016 23:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2088
Views: 232414

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

New Brembo brake discs and pads all around :D
by Del
Tue 17 May, 2016 22:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: steering rack oil leak
Replies: 2
Views: 603

Re: steering rack oil leak

The Z3 hydraulic steering fluid is just basic, common ATF fluid which is typically a cherry colour when new - inexpensive to buy. Leaks typically occur by rusty cooling pipes or the factory-fitted clips holding the rubber hoses in place - the rubber shrinks slightly with age and the clips loosen sli...
by Del
Sat 14 May, 2016 20:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: EML Help needed please
Replies: 12
Views: 1520

Re: EML Help needed please

The Z3 BMW OE coil springs are very high quality steel and whilst they can rust and break with age, I have not known them to sag. The wear you experienced on the inside edge of the rear tyres is often typically associated with cars that have been lowered. Is it possible your car has had lowering spr...
by Del
Thu 12 May, 2016 22:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Nearside and offside sills 2000 3.0 Z3
Replies: 19
Views: 2383

Re: Nearside and offside sills 2000 3.0 Z3

You can try breakers but you need to get them off the right shape car and 2nd hand sills can be as rusty as the ones you are replacing. I recently paid £180 each from BMW for my narrow body, pre-facelift 1.9. They told me this included a slight discount as they had surplus stop somewhere in the BMW ...
by Del
Sun 08 May, 2016 18:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Front upper strut mounts?
Replies: 10
Views: 1005

Re: Front upper strut mounts?

As Brian says, the M ones are offset and the arrow has to point to the front of the car to get them correctly positioned. I suspect the arrow is stuck on the standard ones through some sort of common production process. If you are concerned, just get them pointing frontwards.
by Del
Sun 08 May, 2016 11:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 333,333
Replies: 9
Views: 1045

Re: 333,333

That's 207,000 miles. Tough old cast iron blocks and forged bottom ends in these 1.9s. They'll go on forever with regular oil changes eliminating wear :) There are a lot of rubber O-rings sealing the expansion tank (2 sealing the tank to the radiator, 1 on the bleed screw, 1 on the drain plug and po...
by Del
Sat 07 May, 2016 12:21
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: Fired.
Replies: 12
Views: 2353

Re: Fired.

I don’t think you will find specific lengths of pipe for the Z1-Z3 range or indeed other classics like the 2002 etc. BMW sell their fuel pipe in specific 1 meter lengths – from memory it is more expensive than general motor accessory store stuff, costing about £15 - 20. My investigations pointed to ...
by Del
Wed 04 May, 2016 11:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Squeaky steering wheel fix ( read this )
Replies: 22
Views: 3763

Re: Squeaky steering wheel fix ( read this )

Just done mine - cured the squeak that had recently developed :D
by Del
Tue 03 May, 2016 20:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: EML Help needed please
Replies: 12
Views: 1520

Re: EML Help needed please

My guess is that as you had an error code suggesting a "throttle position sensor (TPS)" error, it is actually the sensor at fault or I have encountered a sticking butterfly valve cause such an error. The valve gets black, sticky carbon around the edge that can cause it to stick. If it is the latter,...
by Del
Tue 03 May, 2016 10:40
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Bertiejaffa's ///M
Replies: 63
Views: 16010

Re: Bertiejaffa's ///M

I'm a bit of a purist and have sleepness nights "stressing" over whether you are going to slowly restore this nice Z3m back towards OE with OE wheels and exhaust tail pipes etc :D Good work on the carpet.
by Del
Sun 01 May, 2016 12:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Water leak new top
Replies: 10
Views: 1221

Re: Water leak new top

I'm not sure that the "pockets" are particularly critical - I believe it has something to do with allowing a bit of "give" in the hood. I had a new soft top from Croydon last year (no pockets) and I am very happy with it. Some of the prices I was quoted were more than the value of my 1.9 :D
by Del
Sat 30 Apr, 2016 20:13
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: new owner
Replies: 8
Views: 1562

Re: new owner

OBD code P0116 suggests some wiring issue with the coolant temperature sensor (CTS). Could be one of several issues – as covered already by Southernboy. Some time ago, I changed my CTS when I was chasing a mystery cold start issue. At first I bought an aftermarket one from GSF for about £10 (as they...
by Del
Sat 30 Apr, 2016 10:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.8 remap after big port inlet manifold
Replies: 14
Views: 2069

Re: Z3 2.8 remap after big port inlet manifold

I would have guessed that this manifold swop (when combined with a proper remap) would make a significant difference. I had a “stage one” remap done on my humble 1.9 (140 bhp) by a reputable and recommended tuning firm and they took it to 152 bhp after several hours work on and off a rolling road. A...
by Del
Fri 29 Apr, 2016 14:56
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Alpine White III 2.8 Eaton M62 build
Replies: 227
Views: 44695

Re: Alpine White III 2.8 Eaton M62 build

Seats look lovely. The engine sounds very non-standard when revved. Do you have to have some final "re-map tune" on a rolling road?
by Del
Fri 29 Apr, 2016 08:28
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Bertiejaffa's ///M
Replies: 63
Views: 16010

Re: Bertiejaffa's ///M

Good work, a Z3M deserves to be respectfully restored :)
by Del
Thu 28 Apr, 2016 11:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Water leak new top
Replies: 10
Views: 1221

Re: Water leak new top

I've got one - they are sewn in. I think you would struggle to find any aftermarket firm who could supply a zip-in rear window - apart from a special order BMW OE version which would cost well into 4 figures.
by Del
Thu 28 Apr, 2016 10:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2088
Views: 232414

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Immaculate and rust-free, rear offside, narrow body wing already painted in Arctic Silver. The existing one has had a poor repair in the past as it shows poorly sanded filler and rust. I’ve already bought two new OE sills (BMW had surplus UK stock and were selling at a discount). All to be painted o...
by Del
Thu 28 Apr, 2016 09:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Water leak new top
Replies: 10
Views: 1221

Re: Water leak new top

What a difference :D
by Del
Thu 28 Apr, 2016 08:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine Breakdowns?
Replies: 19
Views: 2116

Re: Engine Breakdowns?

When changing the oil on my Zed for the first time, I did find on the net that oil capacity for my engine was 5 liters. So I emptied the whole container, to then find that is was too much. Earlier this year, when I changed the oil again, I knew better and poured oil in stages, waiting and checking ...
by Del
Mon 25 Apr, 2016 21:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What is parts availability like for the Alpina cars?
Replies: 5
Views: 741

Re: What is parts availability like for the Alpina cars?

I was looking at an Alpina Roadster S (Z4 based) a while back and the pre-purchase enquiries I made suggested parts are a lot harder to pinpoint and then obtain. For example, as far as I am aware, the exhausts and suspension are exclusive to Alpina. The Alpina exhausts are stainless steel. The engin...
by Del
Mon 25 Apr, 2016 10:30
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: For Sale 1999 2.8 Z3 M52 TU engine
Replies: 46
Views: 4294

Re: For Sale 1999 2.8 Z3 M52 TU engine

kjb1 wrote:Looks like I've got myself a 2.8
- A nice one too with a lot of the typical big jobs already sorted :)
by Del
Sun 24 Apr, 2016 21:32
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: manual hood wont close - dah
Replies: 5
Views: 1522

Re: manual hood wont close - dah

Never experienced this or seen it mentioned on the forum before. If it’s the original 1998 hood, any shrinking would have happened years ago – although I’m not aware that they can shrink. When I had a new hood fitted a year ago, the fitter said that the hoods do not shrink or stretch, the only thing...
by Del
Sun 24 Apr, 2016 17:28
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: For Sale 1999 2.8 Z3 M52 TU engine
Replies: 46
Views: 4294

Re: For Sale 1999 2.8 Z3 M52 TU engine

Not surprised you sold that one quickly :)
by Del
Fri 22 Apr, 2016 11:25
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: S54 Z3M Roadster - Value?
Replies: 33
Views: 4384

Re: S54 Z3M Roadster - Value?

WReyno70 wrote: he is also stating 124000 mile - it was sold with 126580
WReyno70 wrote:7 previous owners and not 6 as advertised?
Does it say the car was owned by Elvis?
Sounds like the trader refurbishment process is underway :D
by Del
Fri 22 Apr, 2016 08:36
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: Hello all, 1st time Z3 owner
Replies: 37
Views: 3866

Re: Hello all, 1st time Z3 owner

I remember those GT6s well – many seemed to be in a pale blue colour. Triumph had a good range of sports cars back in those days:- 2 versions of Vitesse 1.6 & 2.0, the Spitfire, GT6 and Stag plus several saloons and the Dolomite/Sprint with what was an advanced engine at the time! :D German cars wer...
by Del
Thu 21 Apr, 2016 19:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Mid-chassis tapping noise
Replies: 7
Views: 1576

Re: Mid-chassis tapping noise

Well done and as is often the case with these "retro classics", some good renovation and preventative work along the way :D
by Del
Thu 21 Apr, 2016 13:52
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: S54 Z3M Roadster - Value?
Replies: 33
Views: 4384

Re: S54 Z3M Roadster - Value?

The dealer only has a "profit on paper" at the moment - he has to sell it yet and fund his bank overdraft in the meantime :D
by Del
Thu 21 Apr, 2016 10:27
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Engine Warning Light
Replies: 13
Views: 1825

Re: Engine Warning Light

It sounds as if your post cat lambda(s) have triggered the “error light” as their main purpose is to measure cat efficiency. Assuming the sensors are not faulty, it means the fault lies with the cat itself. There are cleaners that can be put into the petrol to clean the cat that MAY help – I’ve hear...
by Del
Tue 19 Apr, 2016 12:06
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: S54 Z3M Roadster - Value?
Replies: 33
Views: 4384

Re: S54 Z3M Roadster - Value?

Looks like a "dealer".
by Del
Tue 19 Apr, 2016 09:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Newbie
Replies: 6
Views: 722

Re: Newbie

Hi and welcome - hopefully not neglected too much - so it can be brought back to life :)
by Del
Sun 17 Apr, 2016 20:00
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: 1999 2.8 widebody for sale
Replies: 11
Views: 1471

Re: 1999 2.8 widebody for sale

Very keen price - as they say "priced to sell" :D If I was in the market I would buy it as your mileage is low and the hard top plus accessories is worth in the region of £1,000. P.S. Also a fan of Porsches - although mechanical DIY not quite so easy with engine buried in-the-middle :D - feel free t...
by Del
Fri 15 Apr, 2016 18:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2088
Views: 232414

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

New OE sills and all associated nuts/bolts and clips - 2016 body refurb. project. :)
by Del
Thu 14 Apr, 2016 21:02
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Shocking price for shocks!
Replies: 7
Views: 1543

Re: Shocking price for shocks!

Blimey you can get the World-beating, track-suitable, Bilstein B6s for around £180-£200 each for your car :shock:
by Del
Thu 14 Apr, 2016 09:03
Forum: Z4 roadster and Z4 Coupe
Topic: Z4 2.5si running terrible
Replies: 9
Views: 1723

Re: Z4 2.5si running terrible

Sorry when I said "change the lot" above, I meant the plugs and filters not all 6 ignition coils. :D
by Del
Wed 13 Apr, 2016 22:52
Forum: Z4 roadster and Z4 Coupe
Topic: Z4 2.5si running terrible
Replies: 9
Views: 1723

Re: Z4 2.5si running terrible

As its a low mileage car, is it possible that you still have the original spark plugs? - It's the sort of thing that certain servicing regimes might overlook if they were focusing just on the mileage. 9-year old plugs used intermittently for "shortish" journeys (typical low mileage car use profile) ...
by Del
Wed 13 Apr, 2016 10:36
Forum: Z4 roadster and Z4 Coupe
Topic: Z4 2.5si running terrible
Replies: 9
Views: 1723

Re: Z4 2.5si running terrible

Obviously only an internet guess based on your low mileage car so I’ve ruled out things like CCV/EGRs – faulty things that commonly show up worse when getting hot are 1) ignition coils as the resistance increases with heat and 2) The lambda sensors – particularly the pre-cat primary ones. These sens...
by Del
Sun 10 Apr, 2016 10:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Heater core/matrix?
Replies: 17
Views: 1367

Re: Heater core/matrix?

Another common intermittent cause of leaks coming from "the front somewhere" are the scuttle drains. They get gradually blocked with silt over the years and start to become a problem (by overflowing into the car) during heavy rain when they can't drain fast enough.
by Del
Sat 09 Apr, 2016 15:46
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: Hi new member with fuel comsumption fault
Replies: 14
Views: 2347

Re: Hi new member with fuel comsumption fault

The tank holds 51 litres - just over 11 UK gallons. I would plug in an OBD code reader to check in any error codes are being logged. Do you suspect a binding brake - wheel normally gets hot - do the wheels spin freely? Around town these cars are not that good with the manual 1.9 capable of dipping b...
by Del
Fri 08 Apr, 2016 14:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Running cold
Replies: 14
Views: 968

Re: Running cold

Sounds like a typical M44 thermostat issue - one of the first jobs I did on mine. It could be causing the car to run too rich as the ECU thinks the engine hasn't warmed up, so you might get slightly better MPG as well :)