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by wonderloaf
Sun 04 Oct, 2020 19:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head light bulb upgrades , any recommendations
Replies: 13
Views: 2052

Re: Head light bulb upgrades , any recommendations

+1 for the Nightbreakers Osram not Phillips).
by wonderloaf
Mon 27 Jul, 2020 22:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine outline warning lamp?
Replies: 14
Views: 2455

Re: Engine outline warning lamp?

I've now realised there were a probably a couple of other signs that I missed, the first was every now and then I would get a slight wiff of petrol (especially under acceleration), perhaps this was the extra fuel being injected to compensate for the leaner mixture? I did try to track the smell down ...
by wonderloaf
Sun 26 Jul, 2020 19:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine outline warning lamp?
Replies: 14
Views: 2455

Re: Engine outline warning lamp?

I've just had the same happen to me, I initially used a code reader and it threw up a couple of codes suggesting it may be one of the lambda sensors. However by following the advice on this site and as it didn't cost anything I had a very careful look (and I mean careful, I missed the split initiall...
by wonderloaf
Fri 26 Jun, 2020 10:06
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: 6 month insurance
Replies: 2
Views: 804

Re: 6 month insurance

This is something I'm thinking about as well, so would also be interested to hear of others experiences.
by wonderloaf
Mon 10 Feb, 2020 08:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Eurocarparts
Replies: 6
Views: 3305

Re: Eurocarparts

Carparts4less is online only, whereas Euro Car Parts have stores so you can click'n'collect, maybe that's why carparts4less is cheaper?
by wonderloaf
Tue 14 Jan, 2020 10:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: New Rear Window or Entire Roof
Replies: 8
Views: 3443

Re: New Rear Window or Entire Roof

Hi Have you tried "Captain Tolley's Creeping Crack Cure " [It's real product not a joke ].A styrene based liquid which penetrates cracks and polymerises to form a water tight seal . I've used it to seal windscreens and boot seals on old cars , my son has used it to seal windows on his sail boat cab...
by wonderloaf
Fri 20 Dec, 2019 07:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 400,000 & going strong
Replies: 3
Views: 1972

Re: 400,000 & going strong

I was almost impressed until I saw it was in kilometers, I mean that's only about 250,000 miles! :thumb:
by wonderloaf
Thu 12 Dec, 2019 12:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Water in footwell
Replies: 5
Views: 2587

Re: Water in footwell

You need to check the sealant around the edge of the membrane carefully as well, the smallest hole and the water will leak through. I also replaced the sealant around the membrane, spoke nicely to the man at BMW and he gave me a load for free :thumb:
by wonderloaf
Tue 10 Dec, 2019 13:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Water in footwell
Replies: 5
Views: 2587

Re: Water in footwell

Another place to check is the membrane behind the door card, I had similar problem and there was a slit in the membrane allowing water to get through to the footwell. Did a temporary repair with gaffer tape but eventually replaced the membrane with a new one, no problems since.
by wonderloaf
Wed 27 Nov, 2019 09:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Condensation on rear screen?
Replies: 4
Views: 2306

Re: Condensation on rear screen?

I've got the same problem at the moment, think it may be the seal between the bottom of the hood and bodywork needs resealing. Had a similar problem a couple of years ago and found one side was leaking into the hood recess, sealed it up with silicon and all was OK but maybe it needs re-sealing again...
by wonderloaf
Fri 07 Jun, 2019 12:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Insurance
Replies: 3
Views: 1376

Re: Insurance

2001 2.2 sport, 60 years old, fully comp, protected NCD, wife as named driver, 5000 miles per year: £166 with Saga
by wonderloaf
Sun 26 May, 2019 08:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Too far gone?
Replies: 9
Views: 2532

Re: Too far gone?

I agree with bazza, you could have a go yourself. I've just repainted a sill and the front bumper using Halfords spray paint and you really can't see the difference to the original paintwork. As always preparation and patience is the key.
by wonderloaf
Mon 01 Apr, 2019 20:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Inlet Camshaft Sensor M54 engine
Replies: 9
Views: 2245

Re: Inlet Camshaft Sensor M54 engine

Well if it cures the fault at least you can be confident you've found the problem (and solution)!
by wonderloaf
Thu 28 Mar, 2019 20:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Inlet Camshaft Sensor M54 engine
Replies: 9
Views: 2245

Re: Inlet Camshaft Sensor M54 engine

I've also got a 2.2 and was experiencing the same issues as you a couple of years ago, and after reading god knows how many forum postings, etc decided to go the OEM route and changed both sensors. I've just looked at my receipts and the sensors were about £90 each so the cost differential was not a...
by wonderloaf
Thu 28 Feb, 2019 21:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: newbie leaky roof questions
Replies: 6
Views: 1388

Re: newbie leaky roof questions

I've also had water coming in under the plastic moulding below the windscreen that you mentioned. If you remove it there's also like a plastic fence around the blower unit which is meant to seal against the bulkhead metal work to stop the water getting in, except in my case it didnt. So used plumber...
by wonderloaf
Mon 21 Jan, 2019 08:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Windscreen replacement
Replies: 2
Views: 1144

Windscreen replacement

Hi all, managed to get a stone chip and windscreen crack on the Z3 on the way home from work the other night, hope to get a replacement through the insurance. The insurance company use Nationwide Windscreens, anybody any experience with these people, anything I should look out for or should ask for?...
by wonderloaf
Wed 14 Nov, 2018 14:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Petrol tank support and strap - Heads up
Replies: 6
Views: 2603

Re: Z3 Petrol tank support and strap - Heads up

I also got an advisory a couple of MOT's ago but luckily it didn't get mentioned at the last one ... however think it's just a matter of time! So any guidance would be gratefully received as I've read somewhere that you need to drop the fuel tank to replace the strap ... hope not! :( FIA, wonderloaf
by wonderloaf
Wed 22 Aug, 2018 07:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: passenger side clear indicator lens
Replies: 3
Views: 1231

Re: passenger side clear indicator lens

I did the same as you, scraped the lens on a wall while reversing off the drive. I also bought a new one from ebay, cost about £25 and was delivered in two days. My sidelight came complete with the bulb.
by wonderloaf
Sun 05 Aug, 2018 10:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Headlight 'Glass' Cleaning results?
Replies: 8
Views: 2561

Re: Headlight 'Glass' Cleaning results?

I used the Autoglym headlight kit, uses a sanding process and took about 30 mins per side. Results were like new, well worth the money and enough to do the wife's car as well. Also good for getting scratches out of the hood window.
by wonderloaf
Fri 06 Jul, 2018 19:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Another Central Locking question
Replies: 2
Views: 1149

Re: Another Central Locking question

Hi Robert, good point well made, obvious really (but not to me :dunce: )! When I use the key it feels OK, but if open the door and push the latch back ( as though it was locked) and turn the key or use the door lever it doesn't spring open immediately, it needs a bit of help from yours truly and I c...
by wonderloaf
Fri 06 Jul, 2018 08:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Another Central Locking question
Replies: 2
Views: 1149

Another Central Locking question

First up, apologies for yet another question about central locking, I think I've read just about every posting on the internet about this and am trying to narrow my problem down and am hoping somebody can answer a question for me. I've done all the usual things ... repaired the boot loom, replaced a...
by wonderloaf
Mon 02 Jul, 2018 11:09
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Boiler repair engineer recommendations in Basingstoke/Hampshire area.
Replies: 4
Views: 2358

Re: Boiler repair engineer recommendations in Basingstoke/Hampshire area.

Sorry cant help as I'm a bit too far away in Norfolk. If its a combi boiler have you checked the system pressure? Should be around 1 bar when the system is cold. If you are still looking for a repair engineer try the looking on www.gassaferegister for an engineer in your area. Hi yamsel, thanks for...
by wonderloaf
Sat 30 Jun, 2018 19:26
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Boiler repair engineer recommendations in Basingstoke/Hampshire area.
Replies: 4
Views: 2358

Re: Boiler repair engineer recommendations in Basingstoke/Hampshire area.

Aaaahh, that's the problem then, I thought the steam coming out of the exhaust was just a blown head gasket. :)

Still taking bl**dy cold showers though! Luckily the weathers so hot it's quite pleasant!
by wonderloaf
Fri 29 Jun, 2018 19:24
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Boiler repair engineer recommendations in Basingstoke/Hampshire area.
Replies: 4
Views: 2358

Boiler repair engineer recommendations in Basingstoke/Hampshire area.

Just got back from a few days holiday and found the boiler's packed up ... :head:

Can anybody recommend a trustworthy engineer in the Basingstoke or Hampshire area before I throw myself at the mercy of the internet to find one?

TIA.
by wonderloaf
Thu 31 May, 2018 06:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Alternative Z3 Wing Mirrors
Replies: 2
Views: 1134

Re: Alternative Z3 Wing Mirrors

There's a company in Germany (I think) that can supply alternative parts: http://www.spiegel-z3.de/index.html The webpage was last updated just a couple of days ago so assume they are still going. Unfortunately their price list is in German and won't translate so can't get any idea of prices, but mi...
by wonderloaf
Tue 10 Apr, 2018 11:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: abs pump refurb needed
Replies: 1
Views: 805

Re: abs pump refurb needed

Seems like there are a few of us going through this phase now, must be the age of the cars. Have a read of this thread:

viewtopic.php?t=45565

I've just spoken to BBREMAN and will be sending mine into them next week for a refurb, they were very helpful on the phone.
by wonderloaf
Sun 18 Mar, 2018 12:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How to remove your ABS module
Replies: 15
Views: 7309

Re: How to remove your ABS module

@Benw123 thanks for posting this excellent write up, I've got the same problem with the ABS/ASC lights so seeing as replacing the module looks to be DIY-able think I will be giving this a go... MOT coming up later in the year! Regarding the diagnostic cable does anyone know if they are also availabl...
by wonderloaf
Tue 10 Oct, 2017 11:41
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Bumper Repair near Basingstoke
Replies: 2
Views: 3784

Re: Bumper Repair near Basingstoke

That's a coincidence, spoke to the neighbour yesterday and that's exactly where he's going to take his car for a quote! Hopefully it won't be too much or my no claims is going to take a hammering :(

Thanks for replying.
by wonderloaf
Sat 07 Oct, 2017 13:21
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Bumper Repair near Basingstoke
Replies: 2
Views: 3784

Bumper Repair near Basingstoke

Hi all, had a bit of a mishap and reversed into the neighbours BMW Mini and caused a bit of front bumper damage (crack and scuff), so before calling on the insurance want to see if I can get this sorted myself, so does anyone know of any bumper repair specialists in the Basingstoke area? If they're ...
by wonderloaf
Sun 20 Aug, 2017 10:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: MOT concern
Replies: 13
Views: 4023

Re: MOT concern

I had a similar set of advisories on last years MOT so have spent some time recently fixing them all, the only ones I couldn't fix were a perished propshaft rubber and corroded tank straps but put it in for this years MOT this anyway. So failed on front control arm bushes (which I fixed), but no men...
by wonderloaf
Mon 15 May, 2017 20:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Seatbelt retraction.
Replies: 5
Views: 1988

Re: Seatbelt retraction.

Used good old Fairy Liquid on mine (diluted of course) and now for the first time retracts probably.
by wonderloaf
Thu 11 May, 2017 12:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Air con fault diagnosis - help requested
Replies: 5
Views: 1551

Re: Air con fault diagnosis - help requested

BladeRunner919 wrote:You won't get any power to the compressor if you are low on pressure. If you really want to be sure, then beirfly jumper the pressure switch to see if the compressor kicks in.
OK didn't realise this, thanks for clarifying. Looks like a regas then!
by wonderloaf
Thu 11 May, 2017 12:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Air con fault diagnosis - help requested
Replies: 5
Views: 1551

Re: Air con fault diagnosis - help requested

Hi Guys, low or no gas pressure did pass my mind as being the problem but from what I'm seeing there isn't even any juice getting to the compressor so assume this may also be part or all of the problem. A regas is on the cards but at the moment I've got a shedload of other things to fix before the n...
by wonderloaf
Thu 11 May, 2017 11:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Air con fault diagnosis - help requested
Replies: 5
Views: 1551

Air con fault diagnosis - help requested

Hi All, a couple of months ago I noticed that the aircon on my car (2001 Z3 2.2) had stopped working, so thought I'd try and get it fixed before the summer months are upon us. As far as I can remember it was working one day and not the next although I used it so infrequently I can't be sure, and whe...
by wonderloaf
Wed 12 Apr, 2017 09:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: steering judder c 50mph... occurring on and off
Replies: 36
Views: 8168

Re: steering judder c 50mph... occurring on and off

I thought I would update the thread with the results of my investigations into my brake judder problem just in case anybody who has a similar problem comes across this thread after an internet search... In my case a simple process of repetitive high speed braking and accelerating seems to have cured...
by wonderloaf
Sat 08 Apr, 2017 07:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Recommend me a front strut brace
Replies: 11
Views: 3252

Re: Recommend me a front strut brace

Local chappie fitted my Weichers this morning (I don't have a torque wrench) and he commented that it's a really good one in comparison to others he's seen; some are style over substance apparently and leave so little thread to do the nuts back up. I've just driven my usual route home and I'd have ...
by wonderloaf
Fri 07 Apr, 2017 11:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Recommend me a front strut brace
Replies: 11
Views: 3252

Re: Recommend me a front strut brace

Local chappie fitted my Weichers this morning (I don't have a torque wrench) and he commented that it's a really good one in comparison to others he's seen; some are style over substance apparently and leave so little thread to do the nuts back up. I've just driven my usual route home and I'd have ...
by wonderloaf
Wed 05 Apr, 2017 09:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: steering judder c 50mph... occurring on and off
Replies: 36
Views: 8168

Re: steering judder c 50mph... occurring on and off

Seems to be an epidemic of this going around at the moment, I'm suffering as well. My car was laid up for 6 weeks due to a hip injury, drove it for the first time a couple of weeks ago and also got rough braking and judder at +60 MPH. I was hoping it might just be corrosion on the discs from sitting...
by wonderloaf
Thu 23 Mar, 2017 20:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: The cost of parts!
Replies: 12
Views: 3454

Re: The cost of parts!

Just thought I'd share this with the folk on here. I've been buying a few bits & pieces for the Z3 & noticed that the petrol flap wasn't sitting right. A chat with the very helpful parts guys at Lloyd Newcastle BMW sorted that. But hang on surely there's been a mistake! £5.20 for something so small...
by wonderloaf
Sun 19 Mar, 2017 20:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Helpful Tips?
Replies: 20
Views: 5426

Re: Helpful Tips?

Vic-Z3 wrote:I keep a ball point pen in the glove box, don't know why I am just like that ..... :wink:
I do the same, only gets used twice a year to alter the centre console clock.
by wonderloaf
Mon 19 Dec, 2016 13:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Help needed Z3
Replies: 11
Views: 2651

Re: Help needed Z3, now fixed

So to update and close this post I've fixed the leak and it turned out to be the high preassure hose (32416754173)that goes from the pump to the steering it had a hairline crack at the neck where the rubber o ring sits, I replaced this too, I wish it had been the pump as would have saved a lot of m...
by wonderloaf
Sun 18 Dec, 2016 22:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Air conditioner belt - ok to run without?
Replies: 8
Views: 1914

Re: Air conditioner belt - ok to run without?

The good news is there are tons of very useable compressors around for £20-£30 second-hand. But it will need fitting by an aircon specialist because of discharging and charging the refrigerant. You may want to think about a flush while you're at it. I have a decent spare compressor I can let you ha...
by wonderloaf
Sun 18 Dec, 2016 20:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Air conditioner belt - ok to run without?
Replies: 8
Views: 1914

Re: Air conditioner belt - ok to run without?

You can't miss it if you have one. It's quite big. A picture of it and where it is is on the following post. http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=43360 As the great Alan Partridge said ... 'Ahaaaa'. So that's what it looks like, don't think I've got one of those I'll check tomorrow wh...
by wonderloaf
Sun 18 Dec, 2016 19:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Air conditioner belt - ok to run without?
Replies: 8
Views: 1914

Re: Air conditioner belt - ok to run without?

Do you have a secondary air pump? They make a similar noise when failing and that goes away when warm, usually 90 ish seconds later. That's another candidate that I've been reading about, but according to RealOEM I don't have one ... it says 'No parts found matching your car.' I'll take a look tomo...
by wonderloaf
Sun 18 Dec, 2016 19:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Air conditioner belt - ok to run without?
Replies: 8
Views: 1914

Re: Air conditioner belt - ok to run without?

Wow, that was a quick reply :thumb: Seems to be that way so I'll remove the belt. The compressors not working so it's not doing any good anyway!
by wonderloaf
Sun 18 Dec, 2016 19:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Air conditioner belt - ok to run without?
Replies: 8
Views: 1914

Air conditioner belt - ok to run without?

Hi all, quick question - is it OK to run the engine without the air conditioner belt? I've got a bit of a grinding noise (sounds like a bearing about to go) on startup which goes away once warmed up, seems to be coming from around the air con compressor area and thought if I could run the engine wit...
by wonderloaf
Mon 28 Nov, 2016 22:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: oil level lamp
Replies: 11
Views: 2645

Re: oil level lamp

I'm having same problem so would be interested to hear any suggestions. Could it be a dodgy oil level sensor?
by wonderloaf
Fri 18 Nov, 2016 18:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: New Roof......done!
Replies: 7
Views: 1979

Re: New Roof......done!

You've made me go all misty eyed, I remember getting my new top fitted by Soft-Tops, first class job. 5 years later and OK, it's not looking quite as pristine, but weathering very well! :thumb: Glad to see he's lost the two rows of stitching going across the roof (as on mine), I've got a blue roof a...
by wonderloaf
Sun 11 Sep, 2016 17:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: When is a dashboard rattle not a dashboard rattle?
Replies: 0
Views: 824

When is a dashboard rattle not a dashboard rattle?

Answer: when it's a washer bottle rattle. I've had an assumed dash rattle that's gradually been getting worse over the last few months and I was convinced it was somewhere behind the passenger airbag. In attempt to locate it I've gradually been disassembling the dash and this was the state of my car...