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by mrscalex
Wed 31 Jul, 2019 19:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Diagnostic tools
Replies: 32
Views: 1150

Re: Diagnostic tools

Never seen that post before. I think I’ve just got over excited. Will certainly be trying that out :)
by mrscalex
Fri 26 Jul, 2019 18:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Guide to roof adjustment
Replies: 6
Views: 321

Re: Guide to roof adjustment

The rear bulkhead seals are hidden so you have no way of knowing the condition other than implied by whether they leak or not. Hopefully this is not where your leak is.
by mrscalex
Fri 26 Jul, 2019 17:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Guide to roof adjustment
Replies: 6
Views: 321

Re: Guide to roof adjustment

The only adjustment on the roof structure itself is the catch mechanism. This should be adjusted so there is decent resistance as the handle is pushed home. There is arguably some adjustment from packing shims under the rear mounting points but that is set at the factory and shouldn't need to be tou...
by mrscalex
Fri 03 May, 2019 13:45
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Parts for Z3 available
Replies: 8
Views: 1225

Re: Parts for Z3 available

It’s worth adding more detail to your ad :wink: I agree. But €1000 sounds like a bargain price regardless unless it is falling to bits. I believe left-hand drive/Z3 prices on mainland Europe are generally higher than UK so might be a good bet for someone based over there. If not in France then Belg...
by mrscalex
Wed 24 Apr, 2019 21:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Not firing on all cylinders
Replies: 7
Views: 727

Re: Not firing on all cylinders

Pull the DME out and make sure the cylinder firing pin-outs aren't corroded and preventing the signal from getting to the coil. I had this issue and if I remember correctly it was cylinder 4 - significant as it is in the most prone position to water ingress. I would say the chances are low it will b...
by mrscalex
Tue 23 Apr, 2019 17:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Have I overpriced my car?
Replies: 8
Views: 953

Re: Have I overpriced my car?

We don't know the mileage or just how good it is.

So all I can reflect on is for the money that's taking you into 3.0 territory so maybe that has an impact.
by mrscalex
Thu 28 Mar, 2019 17:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Inlet Camshaft Sensor M54 engine
Replies: 9
Views: 1053

Re: Inlet Camshaft Sensor M54 engine

Aftermarket sensors tend to have a bad reputation. But I think this is a sweeping generalisation. There must be some good ones out there. The trouble is it's difficult to pin down what they are and even when you find one because of the way these suppliers work it may or may not stay that way. Someon...
by mrscalex
Fri 22 Mar, 2019 10:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Grommet part number for handle cover replacement
Replies: 3
Views: 517

Re: Grommet part number for handle cover replacement

I think it's probably part 24 on this diagram. http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=CN12-EUR-02-2001-Z3-BMW-Z3_22i&diagId=51_2049 If you still have the one from the other side you may find the part number printed on the inside. It depends whether this was a bespoke part for BMW or a universa...
by mrscalex
Wed 13 Mar, 2019 20:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Chassis dimesions data
Replies: 6
Views: 783

Re: Chassis dimesions data

Yes that's how Arthur measures. With a big bar across matching diagonals. I think it's called a tram gauge.
by mrscalex
Wed 13 Mar, 2019 15:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Chassis dimesions data
Replies: 6
Views: 783

Re: Chassis dimesions data

Those files do look interesting for geeks like me though ;)
by mrscalex
Wed 13 Mar, 2019 15:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Chassis dimesions data
Replies: 6
Views: 783

Re: Chassis dimesions data

Personally I'd compare side by side with another Z3. And or by offering up known good parts like the chassis brace to see if they fit. Eg the chassis brace on the car may have been squeezed in by 1-2mm with the chassis rails at the time of an accident so just because it appears to fit... In fact tha...
by mrscalex
Mon 18 Feb, 2019 19:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: September 2001 wide body 3l Sport
Replies: 4
Views: 763

Re: September 2001 wide body 3l Sport

New ones aren’t too bad £65.

Or I can sell you a secondhand one. PM me if interested.
by mrscalex
Wed 30 Jan, 2019 10:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Bilstein B6 on stock springs
Replies: 6
Views: 791

Re: Bilstein B6 on stock springs

I think you may be over-specing the shock if you are keeping factory springs. Perhaps even risking mis-matching if the Bilstein has a shorter stroke and expects a shorter spring.

But this is not one of my areas of expertise so hopefully others can give you firmer advice.
by mrscalex
Wed 30 Jan, 2019 10:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Bilstein B6 on stock springs
Replies: 6
Views: 791

Re: Bilstein B6 on stock springs

Over on .Org Monroe Reflex shocks are a popular, cheap and well proven solution including on cars with bigger engines than your own. I've used them myself. Having previously been very hung up on what Bilsteins to buy. I like them. So save yourself a load of cash and headaches by considering these. Y...
by mrscalex
Mon 21 Jan, 2019 09:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Windscreen replacement
Replies: 2
Views: 564

Re: Windscreen replacement

Insist on a proper BMW screen. Not their cheapie version.
by mrscalex
Fri 16 Nov, 2018 08:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: accelerator pedal
Replies: 5
Views: 1280

Re: accelerator pedal

I would guess it might be the throttle cable getting old and sticky. Rather than the pedal.
by mrscalex
Thu 15 Nov, 2018 14:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Central locking with key.
Replies: 16
Views: 2146

Re: Central locking with key.

Is the boot lock working now?

I still have my suspicions there. As I suspect Pingu does from his post.
by mrscalex
Wed 14 Nov, 2018 20:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Central locking with key.
Replies: 16
Views: 2146

Re: Central locking with key.

Well I can't be certain of course but it's where I would start. Top bet is I would expect to find something worn/damaged under the outer sheath near the hinge where the cables go up into the boot lid. But it might be somewhere else on that leg of the loom as other places are subject to wear in the b...
by mrscalex
Wed 14 Nov, 2018 16:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Central locking with key.
Replies: 16
Views: 2146

Re: Central locking with key.

Well I think that’s the clue isn’t it.

I would start from the boot lid. And I suspect you will find damage to the loom.
by mrscalex
Wed 14 Nov, 2018 15:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Central locking with key.
Replies: 16
Views: 2146

Re: Central locking with key.

I meant a seemingly random manifestation. I know it repeats.

You’ll need to use under the bonnet connector for sure.

What happens when you try and operate using the key in the boot lock?
by mrscalex
Wed 14 Nov, 2018 14:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Central locking with key.
Replies: 16
Views: 2146

Re: Central locking with key.

INPA will let you trigger individual solenoids and this may help to isolate an issue.

But honestly, it sounds like a wiring fault it’s so apparently random. May be the old loom of doom in the boot. I can 100% tell you from experience damage there can do daft things like this.
by mrscalex
Tue 30 Oct, 2018 15:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Horn
Replies: 9
Views: 2805

Re: Horn

If both horns failed at the same time and the fuses/relay are okay then it may be the steering wheel slip ring.

That's the ring behind the horn push with the rotatable electrics to fire the airbag and work the horn push.
by mrscalex
Sat 15 Sep, 2018 22:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Floor mat tethers - sorted (hopefully)
Replies: 2
Views: 698

Re: Floor mat tethers - sorted (hopefully)

Very good :)
by mrscalex
Sat 15 Sep, 2018 10:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Floor mat tethers
Replies: 3
Views: 832

Re: Floor mat tethers

I've had engines in and out, completely dismantled 3 cars and done all sorts to Z3s. But this one has always beaten me. In fact I was only thinking about it again in the last few days! It's a safety thing too the mat rides up and can affect operation of the pedals if you are not careful. The answer ...
by mrscalex
Thu 13 Sep, 2018 11:09
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: BMW Z3 Roll hoops retrofit kit for sale
Replies: 1
Views: 757

Re: BMW Z3 Roll hoops retrofit kit for sale

Why does it require welding? OEM kits don't normally need this?
by mrscalex
Tue 11 Sep, 2018 22:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Air con front pipe mount
Replies: 6
Views: 1054

Re: Air con front pipe mount

It's part 14 on the link. And they are about £3.50 each from the dealer.

Common fault for the rubber to break off from the backing plate. Not really surprising either at about 20 years old!
by mrscalex
Fri 24 Aug, 2018 08:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: car dead any ideas
Replies: 8
Views: 1188

Re: car dead any ideas

If it’s exactly 12v then it’s the battery. A charged battery needs to be 12.6v or just above. And it sounds like the battery from the symptoms too. If you are only occasionally using the car and for short journeys even a new battery can go flat in 2-3 weeks. And/or you may have parasitic drain from ...
by mrscalex
Sun 12 Aug, 2018 11:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Window washer jets issue
Replies: 10
Views: 2147

Re: Window washer jets issue

When you remove any pipe from the washer system you will see that it’s bulbous on the end. Distorted from years sat on the ridge it fits onto. This is what causes leaks from the pipe itself. I tried various types of clip and none helped. But where there is enough length just cut the bulbous part off...
by mrscalex
Sun 29 Jul, 2018 12:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Spinning ignition barrel
Replies: 5
Views: 1136

Re: Spinning ignition barrel

As mentioned in my last paragraph, I would tend to suspect that too.
by mrscalex
Fri 27 Jul, 2018 15:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What makes a screen wash pump fail?
Replies: 6
Views: 1218

Re: What makes a screen wash pump fail?

It might have become clogged. Or it might just have given up.

I don’t think 16 years is too bad. My brother’s 8 years old 1 Series pump has stopped working. And I’ll have to take the driver wing off for that.
by mrscalex
Fri 27 Jul, 2018 15:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Spinning ignition barrel
Replies: 5
Views: 1136

Re: Spinning ignition barrel

If you mean the release hole. You can get the proper tool off eBay for about £7. I’ve done it with a vent paper clip before. But it’s fiddly. I haven’t tried the tool yet but I bought it to simplify the job. But the key is meant to be turned to posn 1 or 2 to align the release pin. That may be your ...
by mrscalex
Fri 27 Jul, 2018 14:50
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Hardtop tool(for securing screws at front of Hardtop)
Replies: 6
Views: 2066

Re: Hardtop tool(for securing screws at front of Hardtop)

I wouldn’t worry about getting the proper tool. I assume mine is OEM but it’s only a red T hex tool. I don’t even think it’s branded BMW.

The screws are the special item because of their rubber retaining band. They are £15 ea I think!
by mrscalex
Mon 16 Jul, 2018 10:10
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Parked next to Blue 1.9 in Whitby on Sunday 15th July
Replies: 2
Views: 636

Re: Parked next to Blue 1.9 in Whitby on Sunday 15th July

Well there's a coincidence. We were at Whitby Abbey yesterday. But not in my Z3.
by mrscalex
Mon 09 Jul, 2018 17:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Aerial fell apart!
Replies: 3
Views: 827

Re: Aerial fell apart!

I can help with a replacement if you PM me.
by mrscalex
Tue 26 Jun, 2018 09:55
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Carpet locks
Replies: 2
Views: 640

Re: Carpet locks

They are about £3.50 each from the dealer over here.

If you email someone like Sopers they may be prepared to send over to you.
by mrscalex
Sat 16 Jun, 2018 19:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: BMW Z3 1.9 M44 - Induction System - Suction Pipe
Replies: 4
Views: 738

Re: BMW Z3 1.9 M44 - Induction System - Suction Pipe

Yes they do get rough. A tasty £110 for a new one.

Sorry no ideas. Will be interested to hear myself.
by mrscalex
Sat 16 Jun, 2018 17:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Ground Locations
Replies: 16
Views: 1697

Re: Ground Locations

That issue may well be the cause. But it needs dealing with anyway.

If you aren’t happy selecting the correct type of cable and soldering a new section in then just call a reliable auto electrician. It’s probably what the BMW dealer will do if you take it there.
by mrscalex
Sat 16 Jun, 2018 11:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Ground Locations
Replies: 16
Views: 1697

Re: Ground Locations

Thanks Bumpa. Saved me a job :)

The disclaimer may be when the square connector only is used. You would need the round plug converter to pick them up.
by mrscalex
Sat 16 Jun, 2018 10:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Ground Locations
Replies: 16
Views: 1697

Re: Ground Locations

This is my preferred tool on a laptop now. You pay for the cable and get the software with it. It’s much easier to setup than INPA. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-Scanner-1-4-0-Diagnostic-Interface-Code-Reader-Scan-Tool-E38-E39-E46-E53-E83-/152070887752 It’s much more user friendly than INPA too and...
by mrscalex
Sat 16 Jun, 2018 10:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Ground Locations
Replies: 16
Views: 1697

Re: Ground Locations

I’ll test my brother’s C110 again as I always use INPA or BMW Scanner these days.

But I am 99% sure he specifically bought it in the early days before I had INPA to pick up an ABS fault on his pre-facelift 1.9.
by mrscalex
Sat 16 Jun, 2018 08:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Ground Locations
Replies: 16
Views: 1697

Re: Ground Locations

I just saw your other post. The P0600 seems to go hand in hand with the P1747. It means a module is failing to provide monitoring data to the DME. Which most likely suggests a faulty module or wiring between. It’s possible your garage has only looked at engine codes. If you can check for other codes...
by mrscalex
Sat 16 Jun, 2018 08:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Ground Locations
Replies: 16
Views: 1697

Re: Ground Locations

I was just reading up on that error. It basically means an electrical control signal has gone missing and the car has got confused. What other manifestations do you have? Dash lights on? How is the car running? Anecdotally the ABS module, DME and crankshaft sensor all look like common causes. As wel...
by mrscalex
Sat 16 Jun, 2018 07:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Ground Locations
Replies: 16
Views: 1697

Re: Ground Locations

You need the BMW electrical manual, preferably for your year of production.

If you PM me your email and year I will send it to you.

These docs don’t just have wiring diagrams. They have all manner of data including ground locations.

Robert
by mrscalex
Tue 12 Jun, 2018 23:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Mohair hood renovation
Replies: 9
Views: 1127

Re: Mohair hood renovation

I'm not sure how much success you'll have with a small hand-held cleaner.

I invested in a large industrial one, second-hand for £400.
by mrscalex
Tue 12 Jun, 2018 22:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Mohair hood renovation
Replies: 9
Views: 1127

Re: Mohair hood renovation

You just need to be careful you don't apply the jet across the stitching in case it rips it out. Go with the stitching.

A steam clean is even better. That's why I do and it looks a million dollars without the use of any chemicals.
by mrscalex
Thu 31 May, 2018 08:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Alternative Z3 Wing Mirrors
Replies: 2
Views: 691

Re: Alternative Z3 Wing Mirrors

X8R are the U.K. distributor for the German made part as far as I can tell.

If you email the German site you will get a prompt response in English. He’s a good guy and he’s called Udo.

Robert
by mrscalex
Sat 19 May, 2018 13:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Passenger Door closed/locked will not open
Replies: 6
Views: 1132

Re: Z3 Passenger Door closed/locked will not open

Had this problem recently. The wiring was stuffed (unrelated area physically but the passenger actuator is down stream from a lot of body control module decisions). I identified the 2 pins on the ZKE responsible for the actuator output and hot-wired them. Bingo. If that’s your issue it’s often boot ...
by mrscalex
Mon 14 May, 2018 22:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wheel sizes?
Replies: 11
Views: 1488

Re: Wheel sizes?

My first Z3 had split rims on which were hellish to clean but looked great (pic below). Can’t remeber size and not sure of style number. I do like style 78s though. https://preview.ibb.co/nzEmOy/B92_A5_F9_E_ADE8_4186_AE11_9_C540_F6597_D2.jpg Those wheels are a little odd in that they don't have a '...
by mrscalex
Mon 14 May, 2018 21:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wheel sizes?
Replies: 11
Views: 1488

Re: Wheel sizes?

18” wheels split opinion. To the best of my knowledge no Z3 (not sure on Ms) left the factory with 18” wheels. Some people say they get on fine with them. Others take them back off. I have some on one of my cars and they have caused tramlining. But new suspension and tyres may sort that. 18” wheels ...