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Basic BMW Z3 Suspension Modifications by Mike Fishwick

Sep 9, 2017
Category
BMW Z3 Modifications

Back in the days when cars had a separate chassis it was not unusual for the driver to see that the radiator and bonnet were moving relative to the scuttle – the front of the body’s rigid area, on which the windscreen was mounted – as the chassis flexed. This phenomenon was known as ‘Scuttle Shake,’ and largely passed away with the advent of monocoque body structures.

BMW Z3 Mirror Base Refurbishment

Mar 29, 2014
Category
BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

This guide is mainly for those BMW Z3 owners among us whose mirrors are so badly corroded they cant be twisted to access the bolts. Theres no extra work per se but the removal process is somewhat backwards

Fitting Sonar Halo BMW Z3 Angel Eyes Headlight Units

Mar 26, 2014
Category
BMW Z3 Modifications

Article written by 'Zedonist'. Detailed instructions on how to change your standard BMW Z3 headlights for Angel Eye versions. These particular angel eyes are made by Sonar

BMW Z3 Seat Base Repair M Sport Heated

Mar 29, 2014
Category
BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

On our recently purchased BMW Z3. I found that the seat base on the drivers side would not heat up, whether on low or high heat, the car had the M-Sport seats. So today I carried out the following investigation.

BMW Z3 Fitting a Smaller Steering Wheel by Mike Fishwick

Mar 26, 2014
Category
BMW Z3 Modifications

I have always found that manufacturers tend to fit their sportier models with steering wheels which are larger than necessary, apparently believing that customers are all would-be truck drivers, and BMW is no exception. Worse still, the M-Technic wheel fitted to my Z3 had a hard rim of a peculiar shape, with hard pieces of plastic designed to cut into one’s thumbs. After two hundred miles my fingers were sore, and a four hundred mile day left my hands in pain; a replacement was necessary – but

Choosing Engine Oil by Mike Fishwick

Mar 23, 2014
Category
General Maintenance

Many new owners seek advice about which oil to use for their BMW, and the best advice is to be found in the Owner’s Handbook, which has a couple of pages regarding engine oil – but it is unfortunately commonplace for previous owners to retain the handbook.

BMW Z3 General Information for Potential Buyers by Mike Fishwick

Mar 26, 2014
Category
BMW Z3 General Information

Article reproduced with the kind permission of Mike Fishwick A BMW Z3 Buyers Guide. This article gives out general information on what to look for when choosing your BMW Z3.

BMW Oil and Filter Changes by Mike Fishwick

Mar 23, 2014
Category
General Maintenance

Many owners are terrified of losing that string of BMW Dealer stamps in their service book, believing that such expenditure may gain a better trade-in value or an easier private sale. Although this has a logic in terms of fairly new cars, an investment of maybe several thousand pounds will never be redeemed on a long-term car deemed by the trade to be virtually ‘worthless.’

BMW Z3 Sill Removal and Protection

Mar 29, 2014
Category
BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

BMW Z3 Sills are prone to rusting from the inside outwards, so this article shows you how to remove them and protect the bare metal on the insides.

BMW Z3 Replacing Heater Control Bulbs

Mar 29, 2014
Category
BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

As is the case with most of the BMW Z3, the heater controls are ‘borrowed’ from the E36 series, but in their new home there is far less space behind them than in the original application. This, coupled with the tight fit of the bulbs in their mountings, makes replacement less than easy.

BMW Z3 Club UK at ZRoadster.org

Mar 29, 2014
Category
General Articles

As it stands there is currently no dedicated BMW Z3 Club in the UK. There are plenty of useful resources out on the internet, and top of that list is the ZRoadster.org BMW Z3 Forum which has been running since December 2011. We like to think of ourselves as a BMW Z3 Club, as we do all the things that a car club does.

BMW Z3 History by Mike Fishwick

Mar 26, 2014
Category
BMW Z3 General Information

This article is to give a basic BMW Z3 history. The overnight success of the Mazda MX-5 throughout the USA was probably the deciding factor in BMW’s decision to produce a small sports car. It was decided that as the majority of sales would take place in the USA, the car would be built by the new BMW factory at Spartanburg, South Carolina.

BMW Z3 Subtly Stiffening a Z3 by Mike Fishwick

Mar 26, 2014
Category
BMW Z3 Modifications

The Z3 must be the most-maligned sports car ever built, most of the motoring press and television presenters pouring scorn on it, particularly for its use of ‘old fashioned’ semi-trailing arm rear suspension from the E36 Compact. The same people, of course, are full of hysterical praise for the E30 M3, which has the same suspension, but which is set up for a more specialised task.

How to fix your BMW Z3 Rocking Seats (changing the bushes/bushings)

Sep 9, 2017
Category
BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

How to fix your BMW Z3 Rocking Seats. It’s a common problem that all BMW Z3 owners will suffer from at some stage as our cars get older. The standard seat bushes wear out, and this article details how to change yours for a set of Aceman's World Famous BMW Seat Bushes!

BMW Z3 Petrol Tank Rattle Solved

Jun 1, 2014
Category
BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

My BMW Z3 started to suffer from the petrol tank rattle, so I decided to tackle the issue. What follows is the procedure I went through to resolve my BMW Z3 Fuel Tank Rattle. There are various 'fixes' for this issue, and I can confirm in my case it is the fuel tank that rattles, or to be more precise the vapour catcher unit on the top. This is how I set about removing my BMW Z3 fuel tank to cure the issue for good.

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BMW Z3 M54 Cruise Control - Retrofit

Jul 8, 2012
Category
BMW Z3 Guides and How To articles

After reading various posts regarding the retrofit of cruise control to the various models of Zeds I decided to give cruise control a go on my car. My car is a 2002 M54 3.0i build date nov 2001 with a fly by wire throttle. As far as I am aware this guide is applicable to all fly by wire throttle...

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BMW Z3 Rear Bumper Removal Procedure

Mar 29, 2014
Category
BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

How to remove the rear bumper on your BMW Z3. In this case the paint along the surface at the side of the bumper where it meets the wing on my car was flaking away, probably due to a respray at some time in the past. Anyway, wanted to try and rectify this before the flaking reached the main external surface of the bumper.

Transmission Oil Changes by Mike Fishwick

Mar 23, 2014
Category
General Maintenance

The older BMW gearboxes were filled with either normal 75-80 EP gear oil or automatic transmission fluid, this being denoted by the use of either a brown or orange label near the filler plug, and owners of such cars therefore accept the need to change the oil from time to time. Many have found that the use of a more modern synthetic lubricant improves their gear change action, but if following this route, first find if your gearbox requires the use of GL3/GL4 oil only, or the modern GL5 standar

BMW Z3 Resetting the Service Indicator by Mike Fishwick

Mar 29, 2014
Category
BMW Z3 Guides and How To articles

The Service Indicator system operates the SI lights, which lose one of five green lights at a time, in response to the amount of fuel used – hard driving and/or cold running uses more fuel – changing to orange (Service due) and red (Service NOW!). The system also operates a two-year timer, which illuminates a clock symbol indicating that the coolant and brake fluid should be replaced.

3G EWS remote fob programming

Aug 18, 2013
Category
BMW Z3 Guides and How To articles

[B][U]Subject: 3G EWS remote fob programming Background[/U][/B] I have a ’98 1.9 Z3 with the old style `house-brick’ remote and had problems with it not operating. I sought help on the zroadster forums and as is usual, there were lots of useful comments and links to previous...

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BMW Z3 3rd Brake Light Gasket Replacement

Mar 29, 2014
Category
BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

A common complaint with leaks on the BMW Z3 seems to be in the boot and specifically around the third brake light – the root cause for this is because the gasket perishes over time.. it’s a fairly cheap and straight forward process – but I couldn’t find any guides for it so thought I’d throw one together as I’ve just done mine.

BMW Z3 Parking Brake Cable Replacement

Oct 6, 2014
Category
BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

Here's my step by step guide to fitting BMW Z3 parking brake cables. You can see in the pictures that both of the outer sheathes of the cables had completely split in half. Whilst this isn't a reason to fail the M.O.T. it is sensible to change them as water ingress can cause them to fail.

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How to Replace your Brake Pads by Mike Fishwick

Mar 23, 2014
Category
General Maintenance

Many owners regard the presence of a brake pad wear warning lamp as an excuse to ignore the condition of their pads, but the warning is only given when the friction material is worn to 3 mm, when there is a risk that damage to the discs will soon occur, particularly if the owner leaves replacement until the next service.

BMW Z3 Detango Headlights and Halos added

Mar 26, 2014
Category
BMW Z3 Modifications

Finally got my headlights de-tango’ed, big thank you to Myredzed for helping and showing us the way. Not so scary to put headlights in the oven, once you have seen it done.

BMW Z3 Seat Belt Guide Repair

Dec 8, 2013
Category
BMW Z3 Guides and How To articles

This must be the cheapest and quickest repair for a broken seat belt guide. I also carried it out on the unbroken one as well to add strength.

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