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Article Author Brian H Views 5197
BMW Z3 M54 Cruise Control - Retrofit
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...Discuss Article
Article Author GazHyde Views 24516
Basic BMW Z3 Suspension Modifications by Mike Fishwick
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.
Article Author GazHyde Views 8657
BMW Z3 History by Mike Fishwick
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.
Article Author GazHyde Views 8909
BMW Z3 Fuel Sender Unit Removal Fix Your Faulty Fuel Guage
How to remove your BMW Z3 Fuel Sender Unit, which is accessible through the cabin of your car. There are a variety of reasons why you would want to do this, but the most common is that your fuel gauge doesn’t work correctly or at all.
Article Author GazHyde Views 15494
BMW Z3 Subtly Stiffening a Z3 by Mike Fishwick
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.
Article Author GazHyde Views 13126
BMW Z3 Replacing Heater Control Bulbs
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.
Article Author GazHyde Views 8536
BMW Z3 ALARM 3G EWS Gemel User Guide
I’ve seen a lot of posts on here whilst browsing regarding the factory fitted option alarm on early Z3′s – the 3G EWS (the one with the large house brick key with red and grey buttons). I think most of the issues are because the supplemental instruction booklet that BMW provided with the install is next to useless.
Article Author GazHyde Views 18158
BMW Z3 Radio Head Unit Removal and Replacement
In this case I am replacing the standard low quality BMW Z3 OEM Business RDS head unit for a Sony MEX BT3800U head unit. This new unit provides better sound quality, and a host of extra features such as – Bluetooth Audio and Hands Free Phone, USB Socket, Auxiliary Line In socket and so on.
Article Author GazHyde Views 15426
BMW Z3 Hood Micro Switch Replacement
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.
Article Author GazHyde Views 20022
BMW Z3 Sill Removal and Protection
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.
Article Author GazHyde Views 12945
BMW Z3 Rear Bumper Removal Procedure
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.
Article Author jonco Views 9511
3G EWS remote fob programming
[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...Discuss Article
Article Author GazHyde Views 31151
BMW Z3 General Information for Potential Buyers by Mike Fishwick
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.
Article Author GazHyde Views 13549
BMW Z3 Resetting the Service Indicator by Mike Fishwick
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.
Article Author GazHyde Views 5150
How to bleed your brakes by Mike Fishwick
Brake bleeding is one of the most cost-effective maintenance tasks you can perform, an annual operation removing most of the impurities which accumulate in the lowest parts of the system. These include moisture, rubber particles worn off the piston seals, and metallic debris from cylinder bores. Moisture is absorbed through the rubber hoses and into the hygroscopic brake fluid, reducing its boiling point, and as the “wet” fluid is denser than when “dry” it will gradually find its way down and i
Article Author t-tony Views 6343
BMW Z3 Parking Brake Cable Replacement
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.Discuss Article
Article Author GazHyde Views 19611
BMW Z3 Hard Top Fitting (1996 to 2002)
I fitted my fitting kit and hardtop a while ago now – but it wasn’t really perfect (I was about 95% happy with it).. It was weather tight – but I was getting a slight clunk from the rear when going over bad roads/potholes etc and a very slight wind noise. I always said I’d get round to sorting it out once and for all once time and weather permitted! and low and behold it was actually sunny here today for a change!!
Article Author GazHyde Views 5160
Under Bonnet Cleaning by Mike Fishwick
I am always amazed by the number of BMW cars on which the body work is regularly treated to expensive polishes, yet the engine bay and underside is totally neglected. Cleaning this area is not difficult, and even on a neglected car it can be recovered with regular attention. A morning’s work every week for a month will make a dramatic change. Do not worry about getting water on the engine and its ancilliaries – just use an open hose pipe and common sense.
Article Author GazHyde Views 12529
BMW Z3 Stuck Seat Motor - Seat Removal
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...Discuss Article
Article Author GazHyde Views 3549
BMW Z3 Protecting the Rear Plastic Screen
Most BMW Z3 have a fold line on the plastic rear screen. You can clearly see that it is the second roof spar (arrowed) which rubs against the rear screen causing those awful scratches and a fold line.
Article Author GazHyde Views 33285
How to fix your BMW Z3 Rocking Seats (changing the bushes/bushings)
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!
Article Author GazHyde Views 9252
BMW Z3 M52TU Cam Sensor Replacement
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.
Article Author GazHyde Views 19674
BMW Z3 Seat Belt Guides (adding or changing)
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.
Article Author GazHyde Views 12295
BMW Z3 Mirror Base Refurbishment
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
Article Author GazHyde Views 9024
How to Replace your Brake Pads by Mike Fishwick
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.