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Forum: E36 /7 Z3 (1996-2002) 12-07-2013, 03:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 373
Posted By Ron Chapple
Problem solved! The squeak was in the upper shock...

Problem solved! The squeak was in the upper shock mount gasket. I had replaced it previously with a home made gasket obviously made from the incorrect material, and it had compressed slightly. But...
Forum: E36 /7 Z3 (1996-2002) 12-05-2013, 02:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 373
Posted By Ron Chapple
The squeak has been there a couple of months. It...

The squeak has been there a couple of months. It is very pronounced at walking speed over a rough grass surface, and diminishes as speed increases. At highway speed it is an occasional noise when...
Forum: E36 /7 Z3 (1996-2002) 12-04-2013, 01:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 373
Posted By Ron Chapple
The noise is in that area. I had a problem with...

The noise is in that area. I had a problem with the shock mounts previously, and replaced the gaskets, which fixed the problem. The noise now is only with the top up, could the tension in the top...
Forum: E36 /7 Z3 (1996-2002) 12-03-2013, 04:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 373
Posted By Ron Chapple
Squeaky soft top

97 Z3 soft top squeaky when going over bumps. I have lubricated the rubbers and metal pivot points. The noise appears to come from the lower left rear corner area, possibly where the bottom of the...
Forum: E36 /7 Z3 (1996-2002) 05-01-2013, 03:52 PM
Replies: 11
Z3 Roadster (E36/7) dodgy vin # ?
Views: 786
Posted By Ron Chapple
Bob 2.8 - I think you are correct. The number you...

Bob 2.8 - I think you are correct. The number you suggested lists specifications that match the car.
vintage 42 - I cannot see any other VIN stickers. There is a tyre pressure sticker on the RH door...
Forum: E36 /7 Z3 (1996-2002) 04-29-2013, 03:47 PM
Replies: 11
Z3 Roadster (E36/7) dodgy vin # ?
Views: 786
Posted By Ron Chapple
vintage 42 - I cannot see any other VIN plates or...

vintage 42 - I cannot see any other VIN plates or stickers.
Bob 2.8 - Sounds possible, I will check next time I see the car.
Thank you all.
Forum: E36 /7 Z3 (1996-2002) 04-28-2013, 10:36 PM
Replies: 11
Z3 Roadster (E36/7) dodgy vin # ?
Views: 786
Posted By Ron Chapple
The compliance plate I believe is a requirement...

The compliance plate I believe is a requirement of the Australian Government to verify that the car complies with their standards for safety, emissions etc. Mudguard = fender. The full vin number is...
Forum: E36 /7 Z3 (1996-2002) 04-27-2013, 03:49 PM
Replies: 11
Z3 Roadster (E36/7) dodgy vin # ?
Views: 786
Posted By Ron Chapple
dodgy vin # ?

I am trying to source parts for a friend's 1997 Z3 1.9l 5 speed. The compliance plate on the mudguard above the RH front wheel shows vin # LD95573. Real OEM, BMW TIS and vin decoder all register it...
Forum: E36 /7 Z3 (1996-2002) 01-15-2013, 02:32 PM
Replies: 3
Z3 Roadster (E36/7) Diff oil
Views: 494
Posted By Ron Chapple
Not really. I have got into the habit of using...

Not really. I have got into the habit of using all Castrol products. Cheers.
Forum: E36 /7 Z3 (1996-2002) 01-14-2013, 02:43 PM
Replies: 3
Z3 Roadster (E36/7) Diff oil
Views: 494
Posted By Ron Chapple
Diff oil

Can anyone advise me of a dealer who stocks 1 litre bottles of Castrol Syntrax Long Life 75W-90 (formerly SAF-XO), preferably in Australia. I have tried 2 BMW and 6 Castrol dealers unsuccessfully....
Forum: E36 /7 Z3 (1996-2002) 09-09-2012, 12:59 PM
Replies: 2
Z3 Roadster (E36/7) air filter
Views: 595
Posted By Ron Chapple
Thank you kindly.

Thank you kindly.
Forum: E36 /7 Z3 (1996-2002) 09-08-2012, 07:12 PM
Replies: 2
Z3 Roadster (E36/7) air filter
Views: 595
Posted By Ron Chapple
air filter

Z3 1.9l air filter box has what appears to be insulating material attached to the inside walls by means of a plastic mesh. This material is disintegrating and I fear that particles from above the...
Forum: E36 /7 Z3 (1996-2002) 06-19-2012, 10:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 632
Posted By Ron Chapple
I don't know what caused them to break, I have...

I don't know what caused them to break, I have not tried to adjust them. It appears as though the stud is spotwelded to a backing plate which is in turn located between the inner and outer panels and...
Forum: E36 /7 Z3 (1996-2002) 06-17-2012, 10:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 632
Posted By Ron Chapple
97 Z3 hood

There are 2 stop buffers located at the bottom rear of the hood to position it laterally when closed. The studs which these buffers screw onto have both snapped off flush with the inside hood panel....
Forum: E36 /7 Z3 (1996-2002) 04-14-2012, 06:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 531
Posted By Ron Chapple
Z3 ignition

1997 Z3 roadster manual with intermittent ignition problem. Sometimes the key will not rotate from the "on" position to the "start" position. Removing and reinserting the key a few times usually does...
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