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by Boosh
Wed 14 Nov, 2018 08:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 overheating.
Replies: 6
Views: 234

Re: Z3 overheating.

Hi,
In my experience, the over-heating and consequent head gasket blowing was due to a faulty Relay not triggering the fan. Expensive repair (new engine) for a cheap part!
Fingers crossed you caught it in time...

Boosh.
by Boosh
Sun 23 Sep, 2018 07:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Pool of water behind fuel flap
Replies: 9
Views: 533

Re: Pool of water behind fuel flap

Personally, I use the WD-40 squirting straw...
by Boosh
Sat 04 Aug, 2018 23:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Headlight 'Glass' Cleaning results?
Replies: 8
Views: 744

Re: Headlight 'Glass' Cleaning results?

Hi, depending on the condition, if it's not too far gone, a cheap solution might be to to polish your headlight with toothpaste on a rag. My headlights were quite good for their age, and turned out even better! I know some cleaning kits are available for possibly better (or at least faster) results,...
by Boosh
Wed 01 Aug, 2018 22:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: French Speed Limits
Replies: 8
Views: 826

Re: French Speed Limits

This drop in speed limit from 90 to 80 kph on single carriageways is officially aimed to reduce the number of road casualties, and should be reviewed in a couple of years. But we all know what that means: more fines, so more money! And no chance of going back to 90kph... Indeed, sticking to 80 is ac...
by Boosh
Mon 25 Jun, 2018 17:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear window disaster!
Replies: 13
Views: 871

Re: Rear window disaster!

Yep, start at the bottom. Make sure you position the replacement window inside in, unlike me on my first attempt! It's not exactly difficult, just be prepared to have to start over a few times. Count the teeth or make a mark at your starting point each time, to adjust it on your next attempt. Like m...
by Boosh
Mon 25 Jun, 2018 08:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear window disaster!
Replies: 13
Views: 871

Re: Rear window disaster!

Fitting can be quite daunting as neither of the zipper parts has an end piece. Therefore, the window may not zip up properly should you not start on the right tooth. Do not force it. Being methodical and counting which tooth you start on will make this job much easier. As to how long it takes? As lo...
by Boosh
Sun 20 May, 2018 06:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 hand brake adjustment
Replies: 4
Views: 524

Re: Z3 hand brake adjustment

The brake pads do not operate the handbrake. They bite on the edge of the disc, which is shaped like a top-hat. The handbrake mechanism is actually a drum brake: inside the cylinder part are two brake shoes that slide outwards from inside, and prevent the wheel from spinning. Their resting position ...
by Boosh
Fri 18 May, 2018 20:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 hand brake adjustment
Replies: 4
Views: 524

Re: Z3 hand brake adjustment

Adjusting the handbrake is technically not that complicated, but very fiddly. A few videos on eBay are quite helpful, including this one: https://youtu.be/VI5r6I3_U_k
Hope that helps,

Boosh.
by Boosh
Wed 16 May, 2018 07:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wheel sizes?
Replies: 11
Views: 839

Re: Wheel sizes?

Horses for courses, but I wouldn't swap my 17' 'style 89 for anything else!

Boosh.
by Boosh
Thu 19 Apr, 2018 07:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: hood front rail
Replies: 2
Views: 484

Re: hood front rail

Me, too. Did it in situ, but in red!
by Boosh
Tue 10 Apr, 2018 06:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Speakers Suddenly Stopped Working
Replies: 5
Views: 843

Re: Speakers Suddenly Stopped Working

Hi, Sounds that you've worked it out by yourself. Though it's highly unlikely that all the speakers went out of order at the same time, you can test them individually quite easily (well, at least the ones in the footwell). As far as bypassing the app, I think you'll find a thread on this site, too. ...
by Boosh
Sun 11 Feb, 2018 11:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: looking to get swmbo a zed
Replies: 3
Views: 686

Re: looking to get swmbo a zed

Might be something as silly as a slow puncture?
by Boosh
Sat 20 Jan, 2018 19:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Next on the list - leaking boot.
Replies: 6
Views: 986

Re: Next on the list - leaking boot.

I also had condensation I couldn't get rid of, and suspected a bad seal at the bottom of the hood. I therefore took the "parcel shelf" carpet off, to find... nothing. Absolutely dry, and no sign of previous leakage. Once I got rid of the condensation (leaving the boot open in the garage for a few da...
by Boosh
Tue 22 Aug, 2017 22:00
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Giving away Z3 parts!
Replies: 15
Views: 3178

Re: Giving away Z3 parts!

Surprisingly, no request for the books! Good luck with the... sale, Dina. A very kind gesture it is. But since all the items are OEM, one can only assume they have been replaced. And still, no picture of your Pride and Joy?

Boosh.
by Boosh
Tue 04 Jul, 2017 07:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Useless (French) BMW dealers
Replies: 7
Views: 1305

Re: Useless (French) BMW dealers

OK, thanks guys, that cheers me right up...
Still have to cross my fingers and wait. And then possibly go down the second-hand route... In the meantime, the car's under the car port, teasing me, and the tyres are going square!
Wish me luck,

Boosh.
by Boosh
Mon 03 Jul, 2017 06:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Useless (French) BMW dealers
Replies: 7
Views: 1305

Useless (French) BMW dealers

Hi all, As per the advisory on my last mot 2 years ago (I'm in France), I took my 1.9 2002 pride and joy to the garage to have its tank straps replaced before going through a new mot. Delivery times for these parts from the BMW dealers went from "end of the week", to "end of next week", to "end of t...
by Boosh
Wed 03 May, 2017 13:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(
Replies: 23
Views: 2949

Re: Head gasket failure - repair or scrap :(

It is! And a secondhand engine is much easier to find (and cheaper) in the UK. In France, it cost me €1.8k for the engine, and €1.5k to fit it last year (2002 1.9) but the mileage was halved (127k to 62k), and had a 1yr warranty on it. And all that was caused by the fan relay failure... Hope you fin...
by Boosh
Tue 02 May, 2017 22:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Can anyone confirms this works without causing issues?
Replies: 4
Views: 1075

Re: Can anyone confirms this works without causing issues?

Can confirm it works. I do it every year, after the oil change.

Boosh.
by Boosh
Mon 17 Apr, 2017 07:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Alloy Wheels
Replies: 2
Views: 938

Re: Alloy Wheels

Some answers here: http://www.bmwstylewheels.com
and here: http://www.willtheyfit.com .

Hope that helps,

Boosh.
by Boosh
Fri 14 Apr, 2017 07:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2088
Views: 248074

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

A new rear caliper that actually releases the disc fully.

Boosh.
by Boosh
Thu 30 Mar, 2017 21:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2088
Views: 248074

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Summer specs! Bring it on!

Boosh.
by Boosh
Sun 26 Mar, 2017 08:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wind deflector to fit AC Schnitzer hoops.
Replies: 10
Views: 1765

Re: Wind deflector to fit AC Schnitzer hoops.

That's what I did for mine (regular hoops). I knew I'd seen a template somewhere on here, which, after a long search, turned out to not be a great help. So I got a large piece of cardboard and traced my own. The difficult areas were the two slots at the bottom, where the angled hoops bases go throug...
by Boosh
Thu 23 Mar, 2017 22:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 100,000 miles and just 16
Replies: 8
Views: 1689

Re: 100,000 miles and just 16

My 2002 1.9 was at 130k when a faulty relay caused the head gasket complications that sent the engine to the big graveyard in the sky. The 60k replacement is still wet behind the ears...

Boosh.
by Boosh
Wed 22 Mar, 2017 10:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: POPULAR MODIFICATIONS for Z3
Replies: 20
Views: 6761

Re: POPULAR MODIFICATIONS for Z3

I'm ashamed to admit that it 'fell in my pocket' (though I did purchase other items). I think it was from an E46. It isn't the 'clown's nose' kind, and has exactly the same exterior aspect as z3's OE. At the time, some commented that many had tried, and many had given up, which didn't bode well. But...
by Boosh
Wed 22 Mar, 2017 08:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: POPULAR MODIFICATIONS for Z3
Replies: 20
Views: 6761

Re: POPULAR MODIFICATIONS for Z3

Well, it's been a couple of years, but I think it was this thread: viewtopic.php?f=5&t=42469
Hope that helps,

Boosh.
by Boosh
Wed 22 Mar, 2017 06:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: POPULAR MODIFICATIONS for Z3
Replies: 20
Views: 6761

Re: POPULAR MODIFICATIONS for Z3

Totally agree with bertiejaffa, as those mods are for the most part easy to do, and easily reversible (apart from retro fitting extended leather, which is neither, I would think!). I would, if I may, also add repainting the tweeter grilles, and vinyl-wrapping the door trims, which I think can uplift...
by Boosh
Sat 18 Mar, 2017 22:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2088
Views: 248074

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

A (perhaps controversial) led BMW badge. A couple of quid, a quick couple of hours to route the cable through the bootlid to the rear lights. Goes well with the ones I put in the gills a couple of years ago. http://i1365.photobucket.com/albums/r743/mathieuboosh/JORDAN-LAPTOP/Pictures/Cars/IMAG1425_z...
by Boosh
Thu 09 Mar, 2017 22:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Helpful Tips?
Replies: 20
Views: 3475

Re: Helpful Tips?

As with my previous cars, I keep a needle pin pricked into the door rubber seal, usually near the hinges, as a handy tool to clear possible blockages in screenwash jets. It's simple, and any issue can then dealt with on the spot.

Boosh.
by Boosh
Thu 02 Mar, 2017 23:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Winter work and (finally!) no more MoT advisories!
Replies: 2
Views: 676

Re: Winter work and (finally!) no more MoT advisories!

Well done, a few jobs ticked off the list. But what about the main one: the weather? All the efforts you put in will only add to the frustration if it keeps on peeing down all the time! Last week I had my first top-down ride of the year, and this week we get 19mm of rain in 2 days. Perhaps we could ...
by Boosh
Sat 11 Feb, 2017 07:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Calling all non lowered Z3s without wheel spacers!
Replies: 21
Views: 2597

Re: Calling all non lowered Z3s without wheel spacers!

I might be tempted by 15mm spacers. Boosh Sacrilege! :nono :cheers[/quote] Sacrilege indeed, but considering that I swapped my style 55s for 89s, which were not originally available for Z3s, purists would disown me anyway... That's me added to the list of foes, isn't it? Am I getting banned? Do I h...
by Boosh
Fri 10 Feb, 2017 21:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: bit of play on front wheels
Replies: 7
Views: 1121

Re: bit of play on front wheels

Similar heating wheel (rear, in my case) was due to caliper not going back to rest position after braking. Solution was to remove, clean, re-grease , and refit the sliding pins.Hope that helps,

Boosh.
by Boosh
Fri 10 Feb, 2017 21:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Calling all non lowered Z3s without wheel spacers!
Replies: 21
Views: 2597

Re: Calling all non lowered Z3s without wheel spacers!

I changed original 16" wheels for 17", and don't intend to make the car any more prone to scraping by lowering it. Let alone ease of getting in and out of the car in tightish parking bays where the doors can't be fully opened. For the looks though, I might be tempted by 15mm spacers.

Boosh.
by Boosh
Tue 31 Jan, 2017 18:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fuel injector servicing/cleaning
Replies: 6
Views: 942

Re: Fuel injector servicing/cleaning

Wouldn't a bottle of Redex do the trick?
by Boosh
Wed 25 Jan, 2017 15:28
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Gloria's new look
Replies: 12
Views: 1556

Re: Gloria's new look

Thanks for your reply. I've had a quick look at the wheel arches with the ol' 'stone on a string' trick, and with your help can now start my search for 20mm spacers. As an aside, I also had to put some new tyres on the new 17'' wheels, so went from half-worn Hancooks on 16'', to new Uniroyal Sport 3...
by Boosh
Tue 24 Jan, 2017 23:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Gloria's new look
Replies: 12
Views: 1556

Re: Gloria's new look

Hi, Alan, Your wheels seem to fill the rear arches quite nicely. They are given for an ET of 47, just like my style 89s. However, mine sit a bit too much in the arches for my liking, and I'm therefore considering fitting some wheel spacers. Have you got some fitted? If so, what size are they? Thanks...
by Boosh
Tue 24 Jan, 2017 08:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Tonneau Cover
Replies: 5
Views: 949

Re: Z3 Tonneau Cover

It does indeed look ver good fitted. But my issue with it is that you're sort of stuck with the roof down when the cover is fitted.

Boosh.
by Boosh
Wed 11 Jan, 2017 17:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Headlights.
Replies: 8
Views: 1204

Re: Headlights.

Hi, Ontiken, AFAIK fittings are the same throughout years and models, but: pre-facelift models have side lights within the units, whereas facelift models have side lights in the bumper. Also, pre-facelift models have orange indicators (referred to as 'tango' lights), whereas facelift models have cle...
by Boosh
Sun 08 Jan, 2017 18:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: being dazzled
Replies: 15
Views: 2003

Re: being dazzled

Back in the days when I was taught to drive (no, you don't find French driving licences in a cereal box!), the trick to get rid of tailgaters was to give the brake pedal a little dab with your left foot, while keeping your right foot normally on the throttle, resulting in a warning flash of your bra...
by Boosh
Sat 10 Dec, 2016 16:41
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: g8jka - New 2.8 Roadster Progress Journal
Replies: 59
Views: 14159

Re: g8jka - New 2.8 Roadster Progress Journal

So, what I originally thought was a lip spoiler is actually a mud stop! Nice car, though. Shame you had to do all the refurb jobs twice. They are time-consuming mistresses, aren't they?

Boosh.
by Boosh
Sat 10 Dec, 2016 15:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: an offer you can't refuse
Replies: 13
Views: 1996

Re: an offer you can't refuse

So, how much are you going to save by doing those jobs yourself? They surely slipped in a 'little' quote, didn't they? Btw, the service indicator lights can be all brought back on with a simple length of wire. Search for the thread on the forum. You got a wash, brolly, and a list of jobs to keep you...
by Boosh
Tue 06 Dec, 2016 11:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Centre vent suddenly lost air flow
Replies: 9
Views: 1033

Re: Centre vent suddenly lost air flow

Hi, In any case, the centre vent is probably the easiest one to check, as it just pulls out and clicks back in, whereas the diver side vent takes a bit longer as it is mounted on the lights switch. As mentioned above, first move is to inspect centre vent as it seems to be obstructed and thus increas...
by Boosh
Tue 29 Nov, 2016 23:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Getting lower every year.....probably?
Replies: 4
Views: 1007

Re: Getting lower every year.....probably?

Mine shouldn't be on either list, as im/exportded to France mid 2015. Still going, though. Even more of a head-turner with the steering wheel on the wrong side! I'm not kidding myself, though: she probably will end up as a parts donor for nicer Zeds. It's up to me to make sure that that day comes we...
by Boosh
Fri 04 Nov, 2016 22:52
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: French Top Gear road trip
Replies: 2
Views: 841

Re: French Top Gear road trip

Yes, even for off-roading, as they found out!

Boosh.
by Boosh
Thu 03 Nov, 2016 21:46
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: French Top Gear road trip
Replies: 2
Views: 841

French Top Gear road trip

The three presenters celebrate the end of season 2 of the French version of the programme with a Japan road trip in an MX5, an MG F, and a silver pre-facelift 2.8 Z3. Usual shenanigans to be expected, but another opportunity to confirm that the Z is the nicer car, IMO.
Boosh.
by Boosh
Tue 18 Oct, 2016 08:28
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Differential bush change
Replies: 6
Views: 1163

Re: Differential bush change

Hi, Not sure you need to take the cover off in order to change the bush. I would have thought that taking out the (19mm IIRC) bolt can be done while supporting the diff, then lowering the unit to change the bush. I recently replaced the diff paper gasket, but kept the cover attached to the bush, as ...
by Boosh
Wed 05 Oct, 2016 11:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2088
Views: 248074

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

A 4€ rear diff paper gasket. Dirt cheap part, bit of a pain to replace. Drain plug washer was cracked and oil was seeping out, so I figured I'd do the gasket too, while I was there. Couldn't've done it without a 'helper' sat in the boot to realign bolts with holes. Pleasantly surprised to not find a...
by Boosh
Fri 16 Sep, 2016 15:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2088
Views: 248074

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Any pic of them fitted?
by Boosh
Fri 16 Sep, 2016 11:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2088
Views: 248074

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

A new air-con condenser and new front pads and discs.
Boosh.
by Boosh
Wed 14 Sep, 2016 23:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: fog light needed
Replies: 13
Views: 1686

Re: fog light needed

Yep. Them's mine! I agree with Mrscalex, but even good second-hand OE ones are dearer than those. And you wouldn't know these aren't by looking at them. Where I got bit, though, is that I bought from the dealer what I thought were special fittings for the fog lights, and paid through the nose for st...
by Boosh
Wed 14 Sep, 2016 12:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Torsen diff and brake rollers at MOT centre
Replies: 11
Views: 1502

Re: Torsen diff and brake rollers at MOT centre

When I had the ball joints done, it was just as cheap to buy new arms with ball joints and bushes mounted on.

Boosh.