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Forum: Southeast Regional - AR, AL, GA, FL, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, and TN 12-07-2014, 06:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,952
Posted By alcofribas
I have in the past 2.5 years used three indy BMW...

I have in the past 2.5 years used three indy BMW garages. Listed chronologically, with the good and bad, calling a spade a spade:
(1) Bimmer Clinic in Hendersonville. As noted above in the thread,...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 12-03-2014, 03:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 703
Posted By alcofribas
Just reread your original post - you're in...

Just reread your original post - you're in Toronto. I'm in North Carolina, at Asheville. Shipping costs might be prohibitive. Darn.
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 12-02-2014, 05:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 703
Posted By alcofribas
Where are you located? Door panels still...

Where are you located? Door panels still available?
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 09-25-2014, 02:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 193
Posted By alcofribas
cracked piece below windshield

This long piece is on the inside, just below the windshield. It's cracked in three places. Anyone else have this situation? What to do? Replacement would be expensive - the attachment points are on...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 07-13-2014, 04:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 315
Posted By alcofribas
You might want to check with your local auto...

You might want to check with your local auto upholsterer. They can be very creative, and enjoy a challenge. Good luck!


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Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 07-03-2014, 09:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,964
Posted By alcofribas
I did not use the belt loop, but rather bought...

I did not use the belt loop, but rather bought the seat belt guides on eBay, then installed them by the method outlined in the original posting, above. Drill a hole in the support posts of the guide,...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 06-24-2014, 05:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 191
Posted By alcofribas
My 2001 Z3 has the same radio, microphone and...

My 2001 Z3 has the same radio, microphone and remote. This is supposed to be a hands-free unit, but even with the top up and the windows open, the microphone is overwhelmed by wind noise. Leaning...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 04-02-2014, 07:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,099
Posted By alcofribas
My Z3 2001 2.5i Roadster has the Steptronic...

My Z3 2001 2.5i Roadster has the Steptronic transmission. At first, I was skeptical, having always driven 5-speeds. Anyhow, I downshift for red lights, downshift going up a hill when I feel the...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 03-12-2014, 01:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,255
Posted By alcofribas
Removed the original, dysfunctional cluster....

Removed the original, dysfunctional cluster. Removed its coding plug, the one mated to the car. Installed said coding plug into the used working replacement cluster. Replacement cluster installed,...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 03-05-2014, 02:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,255
Posted By alcofribas
Z3 coding plug transfer

Following the good advice and experience suggested here, I decided to crack open the coding plug housing in the Z3 gauge cluster I bought to replace my original, dysfunctional unit. My Z3's original...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 02-18-2014, 06:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,255
Posted By alcofribas
Re: transferring the code plug. According to...

Re: transferring the code plug.

According to the repair manual, if I understand correctly, one breaks open the box covering the code plug.

Straightforward removal from slot?

Manual indicates...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 02-18-2014, 05:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,255
Posted By alcofribas
Gauge Cluster problem

Jon- (:angel:)

Thanks for your knowledge and advice!

-- Jerry
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 02-17-2014, 03:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,255
Posted By alcofribas
Angry No fix for bad tach

Re realoem.com - very few details available. I wouldn't expect anyone other than BMW to sell a brand-new cluster.

Talked to my BMW dealer this morning - two mechanics stated flatly that it would...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 02-07-2014, 09:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,255
Posted By alcofribas
Tale of two Z3 gauge clusters

My 2001 Z3 2.5i automatic has a flaky tach that stops working once or twice a week. http://home.earthlink.net/~riende9/z3-tach.jpg

(1) If I pound on the cluster hood it starts working again. This...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 02-01-2014, 05:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 833
Posted By alcofribas
Replacing rear shocks / other

I've had my 2001 Z3 2.5i Roadster since June 2012. One of the original rear shocks has been showing signs of slight leakage since my purchase (83,000 miles). Sound familiar? Car now has 101,000...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 12-05-2013, 11:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 921
Posted By alcofribas
Unhappy Z3 Heater output

After having torn apart the dashboard, I have the impression that the temp control sticking is <I>rarely</I> the bowden cable, but rather the sticky residue, as outlined in a posting above....
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 12-04-2013, 09:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 921
Posted By alcofribas
Heater output

Pretty routine to turn it all the way up if you want the full effect. I noticed my Z3's temperature control would stick when at the minimum setting -- turns out the heat control door had a stick-on...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 12-04-2013, 06:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 921
Posted By alcofribas
Z3 heat observation

My Z3 (2001 2.5 Roadster) heats up quite slowly, despite a new thermostat. The car is parked outside each night, and is driven year-round, including all winter here in the mountains of North...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 11-24-2013, 08:45 AM
Replies: 3
Z3 Roadster (E36/7) Gauge cluster repair
Views: 1,017
Posted By alcofribas
Gauge cluster repair

Collected tips for removing the tachometer needle have included:

(1) use two spoons (bowls down) upon a heavy paper disk on the gauge face to leverage the needle off, making sure pressure is above...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 11-23-2013, 07:14 PM
Replies: 3
Z3 Roadster (E36/7) Gauge cluster repair
Views: 1,017
Posted By alcofribas
Flaky z3 tachometer, part deux / tach needle concern

A few days after the [original] worked-on tach was reinstalled in my 2001 Z3 Roadster the same problem reappeared, namely the tach stops working at odd intervals when the ambient temperature rises. A...
Forum: E82 / E88 1 Series (2008 - 2013) 11-19-2013, 11:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 597
Posted By alcofribas
Starting engine to warm car, but locking and leaving vehicle

Of course, if your windshield is frosted up, it's not advisable to start driving... Not all of us have the luxury of overnight indoor parking. I've been in that rather perilous situation. Warming it...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 11-09-2013, 06:00 AM
Replies: 3
Z3 Roadster (E36/7) Gauge cluster repair
Views: 1,017
Posted By alcofribas
Talking Gauge cluster repair

My 2001 Z3 Roadster's tach had been very flaky, but not trusting my own skills taking apart delicate instruments, I purchased for $90 a used cluster on Craigslist, had it installed into my Z3, then...
Forum: New Member Introductions 11-02-2013, 11:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 213
Posted By alcofribas
New to BMW World

Someone else here in WNC has a nice yellow Z3. Thanks for serving, come home safely, and enjoy your new toy. Like any other machine 15 years old, you'll get to know it very well through your TLC....
Forum: New Member Introductions 11-02-2013, 05:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 213
Posted By alcofribas
New to BMW World

Hi and welcome! I'm in Asheville - 2001 Z3 2.5 Roadster, Oxford green w black top. My last post indicates what repairs I've had performed since I got the car in mid-2013. I've seen a yellow Z3 around...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-02-2013, 05:44 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,187
Posted By alcofribas
Purchased at 90k. Currently at 117k. Costs for upkeep thus far (below).

Bought my 2001 Z3 2.5L Roadster June 2012 with 83000 miles, $9400. Immediately spent $2000 (Indy) having all fluids changed, couple of new hoses, replaced fan clutch, water pump, leaking power...
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