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Started fixing all my niggling problems

Discussion in 'Z3 Roadster & Coupé' started by Monkey, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. Monkey

    Monkey Regular Member

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    the list of things to do:

    Buy and fit new H/U
    Fix passenger seat - stuck as far forward as it will go, and suffers from the "rock"
    Fix Drivers seat - its stuck as high as it will go, and suffers from the "rock"
    sort out Airbag light - its on constantly
    Fix oil leak
    Sort Alarm Fobs

    i can say one thing - BMW make their seats well. really over engineered.
    the passenger seat rocks, i had not sat in the passenger seat at all and when my G/F said it rocks (as does the drivers seat) i put it doen to the common issue. that was untill i went ot unbolt it. the front 2 bolts were not in. one in the rear was finger tight, and the other was as tight as i expected.

    if i had know that i would not have put my Missus in the passenger seat.

    i've had to strip the base right down, and more so that i needed to, as one of the screws has totally siezed. the motor is fine, the switch is fine.

    once i had got into the inner workings, i find that the rubber busing had perished, and got caught between the screw and nut jamming it in place.

    seat nearly done, but i have knackered one of the flexy shafts, so i cant finish that untill i get one, or bodge something.

    Going to buy a new stereo tomorrow, and i'll fix the drivers seat as well. i love buying older cars, and there is always something to fix (and i mean that)

    Edit: forgot to put Alarm Fobs in my list of things to do
     
  2. EnthuZiaZT

    EnthuZiaZT Zorg Guru (V)
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    Maybe it's a French Zed, you take the seats out like a Deux Chevaux. :D

    Makes you wonder why the previous owner wasn't worried by the mobility of the seats :-ss
    maybe he'd stripped the threads and couldn't get the bolts back in! :|
     
  3. stevie_a

    stevie_a Zorg Guru (IV)
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    Sounds as if he /she has put different seats back in before selling
     
  4. Boysie

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    Does your Missus know about the Gf ! :-s
     
  5. Monkey

    Monkey Regular Member

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    I think the previous owner tried to fix the seat, but couldnt get the bolts back in, as you cant put a spanner/ratched on the front bolts when the seat is all the way forward.

    I am confident that these seats are the original seats for this Zed.

    Yes, and she's a better Cook :-^
     
  6. Boysie

    Boysie Zorg Guru (I)
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    Thats ok then
    As long as you have your priorities right

    i wont make a meal of it
    :D :D
     
  7. Monkey

    Monkey Regular Member

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    Right and update,

    Passenger seat fixed. The problem was on one on the screw nuts the rubber had perished and got tangled up. after abit of swearing it was free, greased up, fitted new bushes and back in. so passenger seat fixed. it goes backwards and forwards now.

    i also fitted the passenger seat occupany airbag sesonr mat bypass, but i think i need to get the error/light reset to be 100% sure that was the issue.

    drivers seat fixed. again it was the screw that had jammed to stop it going down, a bit more swearing a mallet and some pliers fixed that, i replaced the bushes on this seat, greased everything back up, and fitted. i when fitting the screws i on purpose made the 2 sides to be out of alignment, as the seating position seems like it was pointing to the left, and wasnt that comrotable. this has now sorted that. it goes up down forward and back.

    new stereo bought and fitted. i bought a Pioneer DEH-8400BT - this has 2 USBs, Parrot Bluetooth Handsfree build in and other features. i fitted the mike just behind the steering wheel, at the bottom of the dials. this is a test position for now, and when i am happy i wil lmake a more permanent fixing. i only setup one USB cable, as i dont have then eed yet to be using 2, i ran the cable to the ashtray, and a little bit of bodging i have made a USB memory stick enclosure that plugs into my stereo.

    i/m going to play with the alarm tomorrow, and hopefully do the oil leak. but without the oil and filter, i dont want to do it yet TBH. but we will see. i'm keeping an eye on my levels and they are ok for now.

    but i have to say, the car now feels better to drive, much more like what i was expecting. the problen was the seating position. it was too high and pointing in the wrong direction. and its amazing how much changing your seating position can change the feel of the car. as well as having good music playing whislt your driving.
     
  8. Snoops

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    Sound like you've had a busy and productive day :-bd

    I have a Parrot hands free system in my Golf and the mike has been fitted at the top of the instrument cluster and it picks up great. :D
     
  9. Monkey

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    yes it was, its been a fantastic day. Its been years since i've had to have a play with a car. our Focus just works, and the G/F wont let me change/upgrade any part of it. apart from the Handsfree. i've had parrot hands free for years, ive had most models since the 3100. the issue i have epsecially with the 'Z' is air pressure/wind noise. next time your out and driving, hold your hand up to the dials, and round the top corner of the screen and behind the interior light, with the roof down. you will feel a "swirl" of air in those spots, and this can distort/render useless the mike.

    on my Focus i have cut/bodged the mike into the interior light
     
  10. Monkey

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    and the alarm is now fixed. both fobs work to lock and unlock etc.

    its too nice a day not to be dring topless, so we are going out for a bit, we have some errands to run and it would be crime to take the focus
     
  11. Aceman

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    Glad you got your seats sorted and the bushes fitted ok, another happy customer (I hope :-ss ) ;)