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by Del
Wed 29 Mar, 2017 22:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 to Ferrari 250 swb
Replies: 5
Views: 865

Re: Z3 to Ferrari 250 swb

Thanks for sharing - I enjoyed the build thread. When one first sees these raw, fibreglass bodies placed on what was a tidy car, one's initial thought is "oh no" but as the parts get sprayed and the secondary parts fitted, the conversion comes to life. As a classic Ferrari replica I prefer yours to ...
by Del
Mon 27 Mar, 2017 19:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Discs & Pads (to groove or not?)
Replies: 10
Views: 1437

Re: Discs & Pads (to groove or not?)

You may get an array of views on this. The 1.9 has solid discs back and front and so the holes have no practical function. If you had vented discs (which you haven’t) the modern trend has been to move away from drilled in any event as the bonding materials in modern pads does not give off the level ...
by Del
Sat 25 Mar, 2017 23:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Bonnet Stuck Shut
Replies: 7
Views: 954

Re: Bonnet Stuck Shut

Had similar happen, I made a tool out of fairly thick green garden wire. It involved a suitable length with a small hook shape bent at the end - I then probed onto the latch there the cable and little barrel go, until it hooked up and then pulled. Difficult to explain on a forum but when you see how...
by Del
Sat 25 Mar, 2017 23:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sill removed cleaned and waxoyled
Replies: 26
Views: 3332

Re: Sill removed cleaned and waxoyled

That is in good condition - in fact the best I've seen on the forum and elsewhere. People normally get some rust, on the section with holes, at either end, with corresponding rust on the sill cover ends.
by Del
Thu 23 Mar, 2017 12:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Of Mice and Men!
Replies: 2
Views: 486

Re: Of Mice and Men!

I get them in my garage over the winter - you need to set some traps to protect your car over winter
by Del
Tue 21 Mar, 2017 16:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: POPULAR MODIFICATIONS for Z3
Replies: 19
Views: 2273

Re: POPULAR MODIFICATIONS for Z3

You can get 152 BHP from a stage 1 remap for the 1.9 M44 engine. Similar power to the 2.0 6 cylinder but in a lighter, more nimble car with better weight distribution. Combined with refreshed suspension of your choice - a great drive. :D http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=42727&p=39...
by Del
Sun 19 Mar, 2017 23:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: soft rear end.. but might be normal
Replies: 17
Views: 1707

Re: soft rear end.. but might be normal

From personal experience, although Z3s might pass their MOTs, they will benefit from suspension renovation. I had ARB bushes that looked fine but one had a slight distortion and bulge where it is naturally split and it was causing a terrible knocking. I had rear droplinks that showed just slight sig...
by Del
Fri 17 Mar, 2017 15:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: POPULAR MODIFICATIONS for Z3
Replies: 19
Views: 2273

Re: POPULAR MODIFICATIONS for Z3

As these cars are non-turbo there is not a lot of easy tuning - a remap would squeeze an extra10 BHP or so.
by Del
Sat 11 Mar, 2017 09:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: New steering rack - stiffness...
Replies: 18
Views: 2283

Re: New steering rack - stiffness...

Check level of power steering fluid - human error - may have been overlooked
by Del
Sat 11 Mar, 2017 09:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sticky Brake Caliper?
Replies: 13
Views: 1311

Re: Sticky Brake Caliper?

In most cases you only need to replace the rubber piston seal and dust cap. A good idea to replace an aged brake hose at the same time as they can break-down inside and cause similar symptoms to a sticky caliper. Plenty of "how to" videos on youtube
https://brakeparts.co.uk/#!/
by Del
Tue 07 Mar, 2017 09:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: In need of sill panels in cosmos black
Replies: 3
Views: 603

Re: In need of sill panels in cosmos black

Tricky as they are model specific and you need ones from a pre-facelift, narrow body 1.9 and most 2nd hand will be equally as old and rusty. I ended up buying new ones from BMW and getting a friend to respray. If you are doing a de-rust programme you can also clean and treat the rear wings and front...
by Del
Sun 05 Mar, 2017 17:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Gearbox and oil
Replies: 6
Views: 831

Re: Gearbox and oil

You don't get quite the same level of heat as in the engine and the oil is not contaminated with combustion gases/acids - so a synthetic oil can probably last around 10-years in a manual gearbox. But as you say, many Z3s are now moving towards 15-20 years and so a change can only be a good thing. My...
by Del
Sat 04 Mar, 2017 21:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Gearbox and oil
Replies: 6
Views: 831

Re: Gearbox and oil

As far as I have been able to find out, the BMW E36 range (including the Z3) fitted a similar Getrag manual gearbox in vehicles up to 2.5 litre after which they fitted a bigger ZF gearbox. In the unlikely event that you have a specific label on your gearbox saying to fill only with Automatic Fluid/o...
by Del
Wed 01 Mar, 2017 22:48
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Secondary Air Injection Pump
Replies: 15
Views: 1399

Re: Secondary Air Injection Pump

It wouldn't surprise me if Pierburg is the OE manufacturer for it I agree. Pierburg seem to have cornered the market for a lot of auxiliary/secondary electronically controlled pumps around the engine bays of German cars. This same question crops up a lot on Audi forums for a similar little (cooling...
by Del
Sun 12 Feb, 2017 18:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Calling all non lowered Z3s without wheel spacers!
Replies: 21
Views: 1609

Re: Calling all non lowered Z3s without wheel spacers!

Bonzo wrote:Anything bigger to me seems to shout, "WHEELS, LOOK," and is out of proportion
I agree, as far as I know they were never fitted with anything larger than 17 inch
by Del
Sat 11 Feb, 2017 22:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Replacing rear beam bushes: 3 questions for you
Replies: 39
Views: 3036

Re: Replacing rear beam bushes: 3 questions for you

pingu wrote:The poly bush is not marginally harder; it is significantly harder.
Depends on the type of polyurethane. The hardness of the purple Powerflex ones only sits at the upper end of the scale for typical OE rubber ones.
by Del
Sat 11 Feb, 2017 19:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Replacing rear beam bushes: 3 questions for you
Replies: 39
Views: 3036

Re: Replacing rear beam bushes: 3 questions for you

I can't believe that fitting a marginally harder polyurethane bush would cause the diff bracket to rip away after a relatively short time - I've never seen this reported anywhere else. In my view it's more likely to be pre-existing damage/flaw either in manufacture or due to an old, wobbly OE bush. ...
by Del
Sat 11 Feb, 2017 13:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Calling all non lowered Z3s without wheel spacers!
Replies: 21
Views: 1609

Re: Calling all non lowered Z3s without wheel spacers!

My 1998 1.9 is standard height and the handling is good. It now has Bilstein B3 springs (Bilstein's OE replacement option), Sach Super Touring shocks and an ever increasing number of Powerflex bushes.

Lowering on the Z3 is probably more for the "look" rather than "handling".
by Del
Wed 08 Feb, 2017 12:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Replacing rear beam bushes: 3 questions for you
Replies: 39
Views: 3036

Re: Replacing rear beam bushes: 3 questions for you

I used a local BMW specialist who had a special support jig and commercial puller - cost around £100 to insert the main beam bushes, which I bought myself. After at first being reluctant, I am now a convert to the Powerflex purple polyurethane buses. They are extremely high quality, a perfect fit an...
by Del
Wed 01 Feb, 2017 14:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Petrol filler cap
Replies: 4
Views: 612

Re: Petrol filler cap

It's the flat rubber washer that goes - I managed to buy one of the last BMW stock (rubber washer only) in the UK around 2011. As above, you probably need to buy the complete cap now. :(
by Del
Wed 01 Feb, 2017 14:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fuel injector servicing/cleaning
Replies: 6
Views: 619

Re: Fuel injector servicing/cleaning

Probably a good job to get done on our Z3s which are now older cars - plus replacing the sealing o-rings.
by Del
Tue 31 Jan, 2017 17:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Pinking (pre-ignition) 1999 2ltre
Replies: 69
Views: 4927

Re: Pinking (pre-ignition) 1999 2ltre

I would get it plugged into a diagnostic error codes reader - I'm note sure that your 1999 car would have an "engine management fault warning light". My 1998 one hasn't, 1999 may be borderline. Whilst "knock sensors" make small adjustments to avoid pre-ignition (often undetectable to the driver) I'm...
by Del
Tue 31 Jan, 2017 17:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: I wouldn't leave home without it
Replies: 11
Views: 1084

Re: I wouldn't leave home without it

Other than the BMW toolkit, an umbrella, a small multi-tool and an extendable wheel nut wrench as they are difficult to remove if properly torqued - or even over-torqued by tyre fitters :D
by Del
Fri 27 Jan, 2017 22:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Devastated -help needed asap
Replies: 11
Views: 1316

Re: Devastated -help needed asap

These automatic boxes aren't like some of the less reliable ones fitted in some more modern Volkswagon Audi Group cars. They are pretty much bullet proof. Personally, I would have no worries at 75K miles
by Del
Fri 27 Jan, 2017 14:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: My 3.0 roadster for Switzerland
Replies: 7
Views: 802

Re: My 3.0 roadster for Switzerland

Beautiful looking car in lovely OE condition - although I did spot a non-standard polyurethane exhaust mount :D
by Del
Fri 27 Jan, 2017 10:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Still some very low mileage Z3s around
Replies: 8
Views: 890

Re: Still some very low mileage Z3s around

I suspect there are many cherished Z3s "squirreled away". As well as the one above, which is just around the corner from me, there is another owner near to me who has a nice Arctic Silver Z3M - I only knew he had it when I saw the garage door open one day and a Mr Vanos van parked outside :)
by Del
Wed 25 Jan, 2017 22:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Still some very low mileage Z3s around
Replies: 8
Views: 890

Still some very low mileage Z3s around

I was talking to a fellow Z3 owner the other day who owns a 1998/99 1.9 Z3 which he has owned from new - he's only done 19,000 miles. :shock: It only comes out on dry summer days. 8-) He was telling me that there was a 2-year waiting list when he bought it :shock:
by Del
Wed 25 Jan, 2017 22:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Gloria's new look
Replies: 12
Views: 1037

Re: Gloria's new look

Looks like new-car, showroom condition in the photos :)
by Del
Wed 25 Jan, 2017 22:50
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: New member in zroadster from Spain
Replies: 8
Views: 1059

Re: New member in zroadster from Spain

Hi and welcome 8-)
by Del
Tue 17 Jan, 2017 11:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Which gearbox oil?
Replies: 16
Views: 2090

Re: Which gearbox oil?

With gearbox oils one needs to get the basic parameters correct e.g fully synthetic (robust and long lasting) and GL4 (erring on the side of caution as mentioned above and not using GL5). The rest is largely based on subjective taste and preference. Many people do not like a firmer “notchy” feel whe...
by Del
Tue 17 Jan, 2017 11:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Which gearbox oil?
Replies: 16
Views: 2090

Re: Which gearbox oil?

Put this is my 1.9 Getrag gearbox - feels nice - I've changed it twice now - modern synthetic gear oil (GL4) with the contemporary 75w-90 viscosity range http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1-Litre-1L-Castrol-Syntrans-Multivehicle-Manual-Gearbox-MT-Oil-75W-90-API-GL-4-/291997353898?hash=item43fc6607aa:g:67MAA...
by Del
Sun 01 Jan, 2017 10:18
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Z017
Replies: 4
Views: 499

Re: Z017

Happy New Year

2017 - Is it 20-years since the Z3 was launched in the UK? :D
by Del
Sat 31 Dec, 2016 18:33
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted - Fiji Green hardtop
Replies: 14
Views: 1816

Re: Wanted - Fiji Green hardtop

I reckon you'll struggle to get one in that rarer colour. I'm not sure whether the hardtops (when OE) were readily available in every Z3 colour. I struggled to find an Artic Silver one and in the end bought a Titan Silver one that came up fairly close to where I live, with all the BMW kit extras. Yo...
by Del
Thu 22 Dec, 2016 13:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Flashing battery warning light....
Replies: 11
Views: 1277

Re: Flashing battery warning light....

Personally, with these "flickering" or "dimly flickering" warning light issues, I would suspect either the alternator or the auxiliary belt driving the alternator. As you say, I would check and clean the battery terminals as they may have been disconnected (as a sensible precaution) when the new sen...
by Del
Wed 21 Dec, 2016 23:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Recomendations for new shocks
Replies: 20
Views: 1883

Re: Recomendations for new shocks

Sachs Super Touring are identical to the originals - I have them on my Z3 and they are fine - the car's handling was restored. Sachs are a top German supplier - my daily Audi has OE Sachs shocks on it. :)
by Del
Tue 13 Dec, 2016 17:26
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: z3 3.0 and previous toys
Replies: 5
Views: 767

Re: z3 3.0 and previous toys

Nice late 3.0 Z3 - probably one of the last batch off the production line. That little Renault looks like fun and the proper business :)
by Del
Mon 12 Dec, 2016 10:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Top mounts & engine mounts
Replies: 3
Views: 488

Re: Top mounts & engine mounts

Whenever I have removed and closely examined an old OE bush (or mount containing rubber), from my car, it has always had the Lemforder triangular logo stamped on it :D
by Del
Mon 12 Dec, 2016 09:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: EEP2 error, speedo over read & ECU warning light
Replies: 51
Views: 3667

Re: EEP2 error, speedo over read & ECU warning light

The camshaft "timing" sensors are important and can cause problems with running and MOT emissions. They fail with age, heat and vibration. Yours may be "fading out" or the ECU is using some factory default approximation measurement.
by Del
Mon 12 Dec, 2016 09:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: EEP2 error, speedo over read & ECU warning light
Replies: 51
Views: 3667

Re: EEP2 error, speedo over read & ECU warning light

Having read the thread it looks as if you have a faulty camshaft sensor and a post cat lambda that is "dead" and giving no signal. Your CEL is likely to stay on, until fixed With regard to the other faults, I agree with checking the battery. On "modern" cars, when a battery is failing the ECU "ratio...
by Del
Mon 12 Dec, 2016 09:10
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: New owner
Replies: 6
Views: 731

Re: New owner

Hi and welcome :)
by Del
Mon 12 Dec, 2016 09:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Aux Belt fell off
Replies: 3
Views: 470

Re: Aux Belt fell off

Sounds suspiciously like you water pump has failed - shaft broken. Waterpumps are not expensive e.g. £40 plus fitting and it is wise to check whether the fan flying off has damaged anything else e.g. the radiator. Hopefully just a pump £40, new belt £15 and some fresh coolant :(
by Del
Sat 10 Dec, 2016 10:06
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: Northern Ireland newbie
Replies: 9
Views: 819

Re: Northern Ireland newbie

Hi and welcome - look forward to the progress thread :)
by Del
Wed 07 Dec, 2016 16:04
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: My Z3, one year in the making
Replies: 13
Views: 1171

Re: My Z3, one year in the making

Doing such a fantastic renovation job on the bodywork and interior, here's an old link to an old thread for the sort of mechanical standards we're now expecting from you during these long winter nights :D

viewtopic.php?f=32&t=33754
by Del
Tue 06 Dec, 2016 22:21
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: My Z3, one year in the making
Replies: 13
Views: 1171

Re: My Z3, one year in the making

Lovely work
by Del
Mon 05 Dec, 2016 12:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Stalls when warms up....occasionally.
Replies: 27
Views: 1937

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

I'd still recommend getting the car plugged into a diagnostic tool first - doesn't need to be anything fancy. As you have a 1999 car it may be "borderline" in terms of whether it has a warning light on the display to signify something like a failing sensor - my 1998 car hasn't.
by Del
Mon 05 Dec, 2016 10:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Stalls when warms up....occasionally.
Replies: 27
Views: 1937

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

From past experience my guess would also be "heat soak" into a failing cam sensor.
by Del
Sat 26 Nov, 2016 17:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Coupe tramlining
Replies: 13
Views: 1249

Re: Coupe tramlining

On an identical, like-for-like basis, I would be sure that the Z3 Coupe would generally handle better than its Roadster counterpart and that the Stig would get around the Nurburgring more quickly in the Z3 Coupe. :D However, I’m not convinced that the specific characteristic of tramlining is solely ...
by Del
Tue 22 Nov, 2016 10:55
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Needless ritual?
Replies: 23
Views: 1791

Re: Needless ritual?

Letting the engine get up to temperature is still recommended on highly tuned/modified engines, before working them to their limits. The M engines are probably closer to this category.
by Del
Tue 22 Nov, 2016 09:28
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Need help identifying hardtop color
Replies: 3
Views: 537

Re: Need help identifying hardtop color

Each hard top colour is listed as a separate hard top part number under Realom.com but I can't find that part number you quote - http://www.realoem.com/bmw/index.do