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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 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.

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 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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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 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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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 A better air intake by Mike Fishwick

Mar 26, 2014
Category
BMW Z3 Modifications

I have a feeling that the original design of the Z3 air intake system was dictated more by the space available, rather than engineering considerations. For example, the air filter is smaller than even that of the 8-valve Volkswagen Golf GTI, which is known to be obstructive on even a 1.8 litre engine. In 16-valve form the Golf filter is enlarged to almost double the size of that used on the 2.8 or 3 litre Z3 and the 3.2 litre M Roadster.

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 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 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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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 Radio Head Unit Removal and Replacement

Mar 29, 2014
Category
BMW Z3 Modifications

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.

BMW Z3 M52TU Thermostat Replacement by Mike Fishwick

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

When the M52TU double-VANOS versions of the established M52 engine were introduced in September 1998, it featured a cooling system thermostat which was electrically controlled. These thermostats are now widely used, as they enable the engine management system to maintain coolant temperature within very close limits.

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 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

BMW Z3 Electric Hood Emergency Release Key

Sep 1, 2013
Category
BMW Z3 Guides and How To articles

While I had the carpet out, thought it would be useful to photograph the location of the electric hood release key. Useful to know the location in event of hydraulic or electric failure. Turn the key and you can manually open or close the roof. Located on the left hand side of the boot behind...

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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.

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.

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