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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 M52TU Cam Sensor Replacement

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

I originally experienced problems with my old BMW Z3 2.8 but did not initially attribute them to the camshaft sensors as the the symptoms were so intermittant. Symptoms including reluctance to start, stalling and low power but these were all occuring fairly infrequent until recently when I could repeat them after restarting the engine whilst it was luke warm.

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 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 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 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 Z3 Seat Belt Guides (adding or changing)

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

How to fix issues with your BMW Z3 seat belt guides. It’s unfortunately common for the BMW Z3 seat belt guides to snap or break if you are not careful. It’s also quite common for roadster owners to retro fit the M Coupe seats as they are arguably more comfortable (and heated). However the Z3 Coupe seats don’t have a seat belt guide attached to the seat, as this was fixed to the B pillar in the car.

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

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.

Battery Maintenance and Problems by Mike Fishwick

Mar 23, 2014
Category
General Maintenance

Even those who keep their cars in top condition often ignore their battery until it dies. This failure is usually regarded with surprise, and accepted as being ‘One of those things,’ but at £60 to £80 a time it is an expensive folly.

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 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.

BMW Z3 Seat Belt Guide Basic Repair

Oct 4, 2014
Category
BMW Z3 Guides and How To articles

Most BMW Z3 Owners have suffered from the seat belt guide snapping at some stage during ownership. I have seen quite a few methods of repairing the BMW Z3 seat belt guides on our cars. Here is mine, not as pretty as some but definitely less expensive.

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BMW Z3 New Remote Key Cases

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

I received a full set of keys with my BMW Z3 M (x2 remote locking, valet and small plastic wallet key) One of the main remote keys was mint but one was very worn and had the usual degraded rubber buttons typical of this type of key. With my previous BMW Z3 M I had the same issue and purchased a new key off eBay so I decided to do the same.

BMW Z3 1.9 M44B19 Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul

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

This the first phase of my overall Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul job. A mission to ensure my BMW Z3 is fully refurbished, This article includes many of the obvious tasks for a car of this age.

BMW Z3 Stuck Seat Motor - Seat Removal

Jun 2, 2014
Category
BMW Z3 Guides and How To articles

This article will show you how to manually move your seats forwards if the back/forwards motor has failed. It's all too common that either the seat motor fails, or that the seat jams in the rails because it has been adjusted too far back. Using this procedure you can move the seat forwards...

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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.

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 screen replacement

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

Well after splitting the plastic rear screen on my BMW Z3 I was left with no alternative but to seek out a replacement. An OEM screen is now in excess of £200 so I started a search for a good quality aftermarket one.

BMW Z3 Hood Micro Switch Replacement

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

Problems with the electric roof on my BMW Z3 and I identified the problem to be a faulty microswitch, I decided I would finally cure the problem and replace the switch. It is a fairly simple job but does require a little modification from the old switch to the new switch.

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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How to Maintain Your Handbrake by Mike Fishwick

Mar 23, 2014
Category
General Maintenance

The BMW handbrake employs drum brakes integral with the rear discs, which obviously have to be removed if access is required. This can be less than easy, and is the basis for the increased price of an Inspection 2, which on most BMWs is little different from an Inspection 1 apart from requiring that the condition of the handbrake shoes is inspected.

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

Engine Remapping by Mike Fishwick

Mar 23, 2014
Category
General Maintenance

Many people ask if it worth having their engine management system remapped, the answer being that it works well, with no snags other than the cost – unless you plan to keep the car for a long time, or it has an annoying flat spot, then perhaps it is not worth paying for – that depends on the owner’s priorities.

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

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