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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 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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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.

Removing BMW Z3 Roll Hoops

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

How to remove your BMW Z3 Roll Hoops from your cars. There are various reasons for this such as changing them to chrome versions, or you may be stripping your BMW Z3 to sell the parts.

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 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 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 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 Hard Top Fitting (1996 to 2002)

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

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!!

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.

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

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 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 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

M44B19 Fuel Injector Replacement

Apr 8, 2014
Category
BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

This article details the procedure to replace the BMW Z3 M44B19 Fuel Injectors. This is a procedure which can be carried out by a competent home mechanic, but as you are dealing with the fuel system, extreme care should be taken.

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How to change Auto Gearbox Oil

Dec 28, 2014
Category
BMW Z3 Guides and How To articles

Before you undertake changing the auto transmission fluid in your BMW Z3 you will need to do a little home work to figure out what you need!

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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!

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 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.

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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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 Z1 (E30) March 1989 to June 1991

Mar 22, 2014
Category
Z Roadster and Coupe Range

Zukunft is the German word for ‘future’, which is where the Z designation came from. First used on the Z1, it was later used on the Z3, Z4 & Z8 cars. The BMW Z1 was a two-seat roadster developed by BMW. It was produced from March 1989 to June 1991. All the BMW Z1 were left-hand drive, except the final one built.

BMW Z3 (E36) Roadster & Coupe 1997 to 2002

Apr 2, 2014
Category
Z Roadster and Coupe Range

The BMW Z3 was designed by Joji Nagashima of the BMW Design Team. It was based around the well established E36 3-Series platform. The BMW Z3 was announced in 1995, making its first public appearance in the James Bond film ‘Goldeneye.’ It was soon a real success.

BMW Z4 (E85) Roadster & (E86) Coupe 2002 to 2008

Mar 23, 2014
Category
Z Roadster and Coupe Range

The BMW Z4 was not so much a replacement for the BMW Z3, but an evolution of the 2 door 2 seater convertible, designed by Anders Warming. Warmings design for the BMW Z4 was deemed controversial, as were many other car designs from BMW at the time.

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