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Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 03-17-2017, 07:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 805
Posted By alcofribas
Well, I think this thread can be considered...

Well, I think this thread can be considered resolved. Good water pump, good fan, good to go. Thanks for the discussion.


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Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 03-17-2017, 04:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 805
Posted By alcofribas
Symptoms of missing fan blade

https://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?2084781-Broke-the-RADIATOR-FAN-BLADE

<I>Read the whole thing. Good answers later in thread.</I>
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 03-17-2017, 02:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 805
Posted By alcofribas
[QUOTE=vintage42;10079501]Have you got that...

[QUOTE=vintage42;10079501]Have you got that right? I don't know what would make a water pump vibrate./QUOTE]

Worn bearings, I would guess. Anything with bearings will eventually go bad given...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 03-17-2017, 12:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 805
Posted By alcofribas
Engine shakes car -- follow-up

As noted above, my indy BMW garage arrived at a diagnosis of a bad MAF sensor, although after he installed a new one, the vibration continued. His next thought was maybe it was bad gas.

<I>So I...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 03-04-2017, 10:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 805
Posted By alcofribas
Most of my sources, including Snopes, agree with...

Most of my sources, including Snopes, agree with you, that gasoline coming from an underground tank goes through a number of filters before delivery.

Re the valve you mention: I'm looking at my...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 03-03-2017, 03:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 805
Posted By alcofribas
Yes, MAF factory Bosch. That was the first thing...

Yes, MAF factory Bosch. That was the first thing that was replaced.
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 03-03-2017, 07:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 805
Posted By alcofribas
Engine rocking, no check-engine light

The mechanic asked me when I had last filled the gas tank. Three days before. <B>"Was a tanker truck filling the underground tanks?"</B> I hadn't noticed.

The mechanic pointed out that when a...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 03-02-2017, 04:11 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 805
Posted By alcofribas
Engine shaking car

It's a 5-speed automatic trans.

How often is a broken motor mount found on a Z3 2.5i? I had that happen only once many years ago on an old V8 Buick engine, with a known motor mount problem.
...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 03-01-2017, 04:08 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 805
Posted By alcofribas
Idling Z3 engine shakes car

A few days ago my 2001 Z3 2.5i started idling unusually roughly after running like a sewing machine for my five years of ownership. Put a bottle of injector cleaner in the gas tank. No change after a...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 02-23-2017, 07:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 553
Posted By alcofribas
What type of engine?

Most likely M54.
:)
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 09-19-2016, 12:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 985
Posted By alcofribas
looking for a z3 coupe

http://www.z3coupebuyersguide.com/listings
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 09-02-2016, 05:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 716
Posted By alcofribas
Mine was definitely not a coding-plug problem. A...

Mine was definitely not a coding-plug problem. A gauge-repair source indicated that a number of Z3 tachometers had similar fault problems due to a cold solder joint. My replacement cluster accepted...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 08-27-2016, 07:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 716
Posted By alcofribas
Switching coding plug between clusters

I had the same problem, except mine was with the tach, which would work intermittently. Smacking the dash helped, but there was most likely a cold solder joint that had broken. After sending my...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 04-07-2016, 12:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,866
Posted By alcofribas
The door pull on my 2001 Z3 2.5i lasted for 15...

The door pull on my 2001 Z3 2.5i lasted for 15 years before its ends split off. Got a new one at BMW (discount as member of BMW CCA), actually lower price than on eBay. Installed very easily...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 08-19-2015, 06:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,149
Posted By alcofribas
Vintage -- Thanks for the link. Interesting...

Vintage --
Thanks for the link. Interesting discussion. You're most likely right about friction being a major culprit. Silicone helpful here?
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 08-19-2015, 03:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,149
Posted By alcofribas
Driver-side window problem

My 2001 Z3 had just about the same window problem, with its going up higher than it should upon being raised, and with a rather terrifying "clunk" upon being encouraged back down. In addition, I was...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 08-19-2015, 03:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,564
Posted By alcofribas
z3 cracked dash panel / screw cover disk

<I><B>Andrew</B> - thanks for the note on your re-gluing experience.</I>

I have a different sort of challenge - <B>the central cover disk loosened from its mount</B> and slipped into the space...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 08-17-2015, 06:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,564
Posted By alcofribas
cracked Z3 dash panel story

By now (August 2015) pretty much everyone is resigned to the fact that this panel (the one that encloses the defroster vents) is securely attached at 8 points underneath the dash, and that major R&R...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 08-04-2015, 06:28 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,180
Posted By alcofribas
z3 cracked dash trim panel

Re doing something to renew the cracked dash panel, short of pulling the whole dash and removing the 8 screws holding the panel:

Mine is cracked in four places, one of the fractures being in the...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 08-03-2015, 11:19 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 10,700
Posted By alcofribas
The driver's-side window in my 2001 Z3 started...

The driver's-side window in my 2001 Z3 started going up too high, plus it would sound like it was catching on something. As noted above, the offending stud was welded in place and a new window...
Forum: Southeast Regional - AR, AL, GA, FL, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, and TN 06-23-2015, 05:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,197
Posted By alcofribas
Found another excellent AVL BMW shop - Import...

Found another excellent AVL BMW shop - Import Auto Performance on Hendersonville Rd just south of Long Shoals Road. Owner Val did very nice work twice on my 2001 Z3 : (1) replaced the radiator,...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 06-23-2015, 04:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 480
Posted By alcofribas
Thanks - good suggestion. Hadn't looked inside...

Thanks - good suggestion. Hadn't looked inside the hole - the photos are helpful, too.
-- Jerry
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 06-23-2015, 06:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 480
Posted By alcofribas
Question Need help - mirror switch falls out

At some time in the past, I had my driver's side (LHD) door card removed in order to do have some work inside. When the mechanic re-installed the door card, he managed to damage the mirror-switch...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 04-28-2015, 12:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,187
Posted By alcofribas
It takes ten minutes tops. One of my old struts...

It takes ten minutes tops. One of my old struts was dead, leaking oil, providing no support. New struts, what a difference.
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 03-27-2015, 06:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 753
Posted By alcofribas
Avoiding cooling system catastrophe (2001 Z3)

About ten thousand miles ago (now 111,000 miles) my first signs of cooling system problems were (1) the coolant temperature indicator, which stopped reaching the mid-point mark and (2) the lack of...
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