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by Flight
Fri 26 Jun, 2020 21:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Is it OK to jack under the differential?
Replies: 11
Views: 1002

Re: Is it OK to jack under the differential?

They were probably made in China. Have a look around for a British made jack and leave the Chinese rubbish on the shelf
by Flight
Tue 17 Mar, 2020 09:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Knock on gear changing
Replies: 0
Views: 2701

Knock on gear changing

I have mentioned this problem sometime in the past, but never got around to investigating it. My car is a 2000 Z3 3.0i with a genuine 36,000 miles on the clock. It looks well, and goes well, and since replacing the gearbox shift pins it has a nice slick and positive gear change. All in all it is a n...
by Flight
Sat 07 Mar, 2020 09:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Drive shaft flexible joint
Replies: 1
Views: 1838

Drive shaft flexible joint

I intend changing my drive shaft flexible joint, as there seems to be many different makes out there. Has the forum any favourite.
Cheers Fight
by Flight
Tue 07 Jan, 2020 13:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Soft top rear window
Replies: 0
Views: 4634

Soft top rear window

Has any one successfully removed the yellowness from the soft top rear window?
Flight
by Flight
Wed 18 Sep, 2019 07:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Touch up paint
Replies: 7
Views: 3608

Re: Touch up paint

No need to take the car, just take your fuel filler flap.
by Flight
Mon 03 Jun, 2019 09:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Battery isolator switch
Replies: 2
Views: 1274

Battery isolator switch

I have read that my 2000 3.0i is supposed to have a battery isolator switch. If it does indeed exist, can anyone tell me where to look.
Thanks
Flight
by Flight
Sat 27 Apr, 2019 18:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 3.0i boot light
Replies: 3
Views: 977

Re: Z3 3.0i boot light

Thanks Mike. Makes sense. I keep popping the fuse when replacing the light.
Cheers
Flight
by Flight
Sat 27 Apr, 2019 09:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 3.0i boot light
Replies: 3
Views: 977

Z3 3.0i boot light

Hi all does anyone know if a boot light combining a switch is available to fit my car. During the winter months, my car stands in a closed garage with a battery conditioner attached in the boot. Being unlatched means the boot light is on continually unless I remove it and disconnect it. Many thanks ...
by Flight
Fri 08 Feb, 2019 09:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How much do you like your Z3
Replies: 101
Views: 54499

Re: How much do you like your Z3

An addendum to my earlier post on how much I enjoy my 3.0i, I would like to add, that its only major fault is top gear is too low, for comfortable cruising another gear or perhaps overdrive unit would be welcome.
Flight
by Flight
Tue 29 Jan, 2019 23:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How much do you like your Z3
Replies: 101
Views: 54499

Re: How much do you like your Z3

I got my 2000 3.0i by default, as I intended to buy a MB SLK, which after examination, was not as good as I had been led to believe. Casting my eyes around the showroom I spotted a topaz blue Z and on further inspection I discovered its total mileage was only 35000 with barely a blemish on the bodyw...
by Flight
Sun 19 Aug, 2018 19:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Noisy diff and propshft excessive backlash
Replies: 1
Views: 756

Noisy diff and propshft excessive backlash

Hi all.
Has anyone experienced or used any of the diff kits supplied by "Bearing Kits" ? I am attempting to cure my noisy diff whine and propshaft backlash with a complete rear axle rebuild. Also is there a publication which gives clearances, torques, and preloads.
Many thanks
Flight
by Flight
Sat 14 Jul, 2018 22:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 3.0i gearing
Replies: 9
Views: 1919

Re: 3.0i gearing

Hunting around for a good six speed box, Can anyone tell me if it is the same make and layout as the Z3 box. That is having the shift pins on the top. I fitted the modified pins and Teflon bushes to my box, and the change is just about perfect, so I wondered if the six speed box might require a pin ...
by Flight
Fri 06 Jul, 2018 12:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 3.0i gearing
Replies: 9
Views: 1919

Re: 3.0i gearing

Thanks for that Mike, I will look into it.
Cheers
Flight
by Flight
Thu 05 Jul, 2018 14:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 3.0i gearing
Replies: 9
Views: 1919

3.0i gearing

I like my 3.0i immensely. I find it difficult to fault, it drives fine, handles well, it is quiet, smooth, slick gearbox, and is comfortable. All in all a very nice car. However my one gripe is that it should have had an overdrive to make long distance cruising more enjoyable. Just my thoughts. Coul...
by Flight
Tue 26 Jun, 2018 09:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M54 Oil Consumption - two possible fixes, which is better?
Replies: 28
Views: 6059

Re: M54 Oil Consumption - two possible fixes, which is better?

Have followed this topic with interest. What amounts of oil consumption are we talking about? I have been carefully monitoring the oil consumption on my 2000 3.0i with 37000 miles on the clock, and it doesn't appear to use very much oil at all, certainly no more than my A class Mercedes.with only 90...
by Flight
Sun 14 May, 2017 13:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How do you remove the undertray?
Replies: 12
Views: 3006

Re: How do you remove the undertray?

My 3.0i didn't have one although a small tray was fitted at the front. However I fitted a large tray which covers everything as far back as the steering rack. I think the tray was originally for a 2.0.
Flight
by Flight
Wed 29 Mar, 2017 07:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Gearbox shift pins
Replies: 15
Views: 2995

Re: Gearbox shift pins

I changed my shift pins two years ago at 30000 miles. To cure a very notchy gear change. The result was an extremely smooth change, well worth the £48.00 I paid for the new and modified pins and bushes. With the gearbox already out it is not much of a job, but a set of bush insertion drifts are requ...
by Flight
Fri 17 Feb, 2017 20:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What price genuine diff carrier bushes
Replies: 12
Views: 2548

Re: What price genuine diff carrier bushes

Hi all, Have been quoted £210 inc vat and with Z4 forum discount from sopers where have I gone wrong?
Flight
by Flight
Thu 16 Feb, 2017 21:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What price genuine diff carrier bushes
Replies: 12
Views: 2548

Re: What price genuine diff carrier bushes

Thanks Hookah yours has a different part number to my 3.0i. I have contacted Soperswith my part number and am awaiting a reply.
Many thanks
Flight
by Flight
Thu 16 Feb, 2017 10:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What price genuine diff carrier bushes
Replies: 12
Views: 2548

Re: What price genuine diff carrier bushes

New price £178.99, but Danny Walker can supply for £165.00. Probably cheaper than boot floors. Thanks for all replies
Flight
by Flight
Wed 15 Feb, 2017 13:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What price genuine diff carrier bushes
Replies: 12
Views: 2548

What price genuine diff carrier bushes

I intended to replace my stiff poly rear diff hanger bush with a softer genuine rubber mount, until I realised the price, £145 00 plus vat, from my local stealer.This is part number 33172228425 can anyone suggest a cheaper supplier.
Many thanks
Flight
by Flight
Sat 11 Feb, 2017 07:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Calling all non lowered Z3s without wheel spacers!
Replies: 21
Views: 4045

Re: Calling all non lowered Z3s without wheel spacers!

Don't understand why anyone would want to lower their car, or fit wheel spacers. These cars are beautiful the way they are, and more than adequate for road use. I think they are converting an elegant car into a posers hotrod.
Flight
by Flight
Fri 27 Jan, 2017 19:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: My 3.0 roadster for Switzerland
Replies: 7
Views: 2018

Re: My 3.0 roadster for Switzerland

Very nice indeed. Did you remove the under tray for the photos?
Flight
by Flight
Tue 25 Oct, 2016 09:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Paint and where to purchase
Replies: 2
Views: 993

Re: Paint and where to purchase

There is sure to be a specialist motor paint supplier in your area. When you find him, take your fuel filler panel to him for exact matching, there is
more than one shade of Topaz blue.

Cheers
Flight
by Flight
Mon 10 Oct, 2016 19:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clunk when changing gears
Replies: 17
Views: 3413

Re: Clunk when changing gears

Hi. I have replaced the clutch, fitted s/s braided hose, rubber drive disc is perfect, drive shaft CV joints OK, and it still bloody clunks. Next job during winter is a complete axle and sub frame bush change, and the differential unit rebuilt. It doesn't say much for BMW engineers producing so many...
by Flight
Tue 19 Jul, 2016 21:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Headlight polishing
Replies: 7
Views: 2443

Re: Headlight polishing

Excellent results with 3M for little effort, good as new
Flight
by Flight
Sat 16 Jul, 2016 19:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clunk click every trip
Replies: 1
Views: 645

Clunk click every trip

Hi all. Sorry to raise the old chestnut of rear end clunks when gear changing, but I recently caught site of a article, in which the diff input shaft was removed, and a heavy grease was applied to the cavity. The writer insisted this was a sure fire way of curing the annoying clunk when changing. Ha...
by Flight
Wed 13 Jul, 2016 08:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Cost to replace clutch
Replies: 21
Views: 4039

Re: Cost to replace clutch

I paid £175.00 for my 3 piece Valeo clutch assy, which I didn't need, but thats another story. If you have access to a four post lift, and have some assistance it is a not too difficult job. Otherwise you are looking at 3 to 4 hours in a garage.
Flight
by Flight
Thu 07 Jul, 2016 17:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Limited Slip Diff Observation
Replies: 19
Views: 3513

Re: Limited Slip Diff Observation

Hi motco. Thank you for the information, most enlightening. I mistakenly assumed the 25% was angular displacement, and not a ratio.
Thanks again
Flight
by Flight
Thu 07 Jul, 2016 08:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Limited Slip Diff Observation
Replies: 19
Views: 3513

Re: Limited Slip Diff Observation

I have followed this item with interest, I have always wondered what kind of differential is fitted to my June 2000 3.0i. Unfortunately I can not find any documentary evidence to prove which type it is. I shall take off the rear cover and investigate. The car has or is supposed to have DSC fitted, a...
by Flight
Mon 13 Jun, 2016 12:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Did the Z3 3.0 have "M Sport" suspension as standard?
Replies: 17
Views: 3313

Re: Did the Z3 3.0 have "M Sport" suspension as standard?

Hi All. My two pence worth to the sport suspension discussion. I have a June 2000 3.0i, and according to the table produced by Brian H, my suspension is standard. I have 16" type 42 wheels, with an average dimension from rim bottom to wheel arch of 585 mm which puts it in the standard category. What...
by Flight
Fri 03 Jun, 2016 20:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: A happy owner.
Replies: 9
Views: 1877

Re: A happy owner.

Hi axelf. Whilst looking for the part numbers you asked for, I discovered this Write up called "How to service your transmission shift pins." On google. This is a comprehensive guide, much better than I could provide and it is easy to follow. Apart from rudimentary tools, all that is needed are the ...
by Flight
Thu 02 Jun, 2016 20:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: A happy owner.
Replies: 9
Views: 1877

Re: A happy owner.

Hi axelf. I will dig them out and post in the morning.
Cheers Flight
by Flight
Thu 02 Jun, 2016 12:28
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: A happy owner.
Replies: 9
Views: 1877

A happy owner.

I found my 34,000 mileage 3.0i at Cheltenham, in 2014, and I hired a car transporter and excitedly raced to retrieve it. The following day after a short run I was disappointed by the poor handling, and rough difficult gear change. The car was beautiful with hardly a blemish and a very comprehensive ...
by Flight
Tue 24 May, 2016 09:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hood protector and proofer
Replies: 14
Views: 2778

Re: Hood protector and proofer

Hi Beemerboyo.
Thanks for your advice. I also live in Cumbria, If you can let me know have where these products are retailed I would appreciate it.
Many thanks
Flight.
by Flight
Sun 22 May, 2016 22:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hood protector and proofer
Replies: 14
Views: 2778

Re: Hood protector and proofer

Thanks you all for your prompt replies and invaluable information, I think I will try the Auto Glym. I have used their polish with good results.
Thanks again
Flight
by Flight
Sun 22 May, 2016 10:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hood protector and proofer
Replies: 14
Views: 2778

Hood protector and proofer

At present my 3.0i has a black hood in perfect condition, and I would like to keep it that way. Can anyone recommend a suitable product for cleaning and proofing.
Many thanks
Flight
by Flight
Thu 05 May, 2016 16:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Car identification.
Replies: 14
Views: 3022

Re: Car identification.

Thanks for the information, but what feature of the car makes it a sport. I thought that M54 engines of a particular size were of equal output, and brakes gearing etc, were all alike. Sorry for my ignorance.
Thanks again
Flight
by Flight
Thu 28 Apr, 2016 06:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Car identification.
Replies: 14
Views: 3022

Car identification.

Why are some cars badged 2.2i or 3.0i, and some just badged 2.2 or 3.0. What is the significance of the ( I ).
Flight
by Flight
Mon 21 Mar, 2016 18:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Parking lights
Replies: 3
Views: 841

Re: Parking lights

Thanks mwpe, it was the fact it only operates on one side, and the wrong side for this country that I found puzzling.
by Flight
Mon 21 Mar, 2016 17:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Parking lights
Replies: 3
Views: 841

Parking lights

I have just noticed that if I select left hand indicators whilst parked up, the front and rear parking light illuminate. Doing the same on the right or drivers side has no affect. Is this usual.
Thanks Flight
by Flight
Tue 08 Mar, 2016 07:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Nearly time :)
Replies: 21
Views: 3604

Re: Nearly time :)

My blue car
Flight
by Flight
Wed 10 Feb, 2016 21:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clarification requested.please
Replies: 3
Views: 901

Clarification requested.please

Sorry for my ignorance, but what makes a Z3 into a Z3 sport. What is the difference? I thought Z3s came in roadster and coupe form with various engines and trims. Is there another level between standard, and the Z3M. My own Z3 3.0i has what I would call a nice spec, but would it be called a sport? I...
by Flight
Fri 29 Jan, 2016 08:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: So it's still not handling how I'd want...
Replies: 64
Views: 9231

Re: So it's still not handling how I'd want...

I have followed this thread with interest. Like most Z3 owners I have searched for the silver bullet that would cure my car doing a tango on irregular road surfaces. I have done everything I could think of, such as replacing most suspension bushes all of which appeared to help, but not cure. I fitte...
by Flight
Tue 26 Jan, 2016 08:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Cruise control
Replies: 4
Views: 987

Re: Cruise control

Hi Rhys. I am probably too late, but I would like your cruise control. If still available could you either pm me, or email at cghunterc42@hotmail.co.UK
Many thanks
Flight
by Flight
Tue 27 Oct, 2015 17:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 gear change?
Replies: 25
Views: 4230

Re: Z3 gear change?

Hi Suz. Changing the ZF gearbox shift pins is not too difficult once the gearbox has been removed. There is a thread under "Gearbox shift pins". The new pins cost me around £50.00 complete with Teflon bushes. A set of precision punches are required these can be made quite easily on a lathe. If you G...
by Flight
Sat 03 Oct, 2015 20:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Differentials.
Replies: 1
Views: 529

Differentials.

Does anyone know if the 3.0i shares its diff with any other BM.
Thanks flight
by Flight
Wed 16 Sep, 2015 10:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Tyres
Replies: 11
Views: 2063

Re: Tyres

My 3.0i is on 16" wheels, and at one time "tramlined" pretty badly. However I could not accept that new tyres could possibly be the cause. I put it down to body flexing. So I fitted a front cross brace but apart from a slight reduction in scuttle shake there was no improvement in tramlining. I then ...
by Flight
Sun 12 Jul, 2015 07:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 3.0i differential unit.
Replies: 10
Views: 1978

Re: Z3 3.0i differential unit.

Hi. All. Thank you all for your comments. My reason for investigating my diff is to ascertain if my transmission clunk can be attributed to it. I have tried to locate the source of this clunk for over a year, including a gearbox rebuild with new shift pins. All that is left is the diff. I have heard...