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Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 04-28-2015, 12:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 568
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: 501
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...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 03-26-2015, 04:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 360
Posted By alcofribas
What's inside the door card?

Thanks for the reply. I went ahead and purchased a new formed foam barrier, not knowing ahead of time what shape the original one might be in. I assume I should get a roll of double-sided butyl tape,...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 03-26-2015, 02:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 360
Posted By alcofribas
What's inside Z3 door card?

I need to remove my 2001 Z3 2.5i door cards, since some of the vinyl/plastic covering the metal frame has pulled away from its adhesive. While I'm inside, I'm prepared to clean out the space, replace...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 03-09-2015, 05:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 346
Posted By alcofribas
Surgery on the Z3 door

Your suggestion is right on target - open it up, clean it out, tighten things up. I've got new window sliders and plastic hold-down connectors waiting for installation. You noted the loose tweeter...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 03-08-2015, 12:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 346
Posted By alcofribas
No wedge, but the greater problem is the bare...

No wedge, but the greater problem is the bare metal beneath the shrunken vinyl. I'm thinking of installing a contrasting edging strip to cover the edge, something that will look acceptable. Unless I...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 03-08-2015, 10:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 346
Posted By alcofribas
z3 door vinyl question

After I bought my 2001 Z3 2.5i in June, 2012, I began to notice all the <I>little</I> things that would need correction, since the big things (fluids, belts, water pump, leaky PS pump reservoir,...
Forum: The Detail Department 02-04-2015, 03:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 645
Posted By alcofribas
polishing Z3 headlights

I found this thread, and decided to put in my two cents' worth of experience. I used the same 3M headlight restoration kit as mentioned in posts above, and am pretty pleased by the results. I don't...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 01-03-2015, 09:05 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,528
Posted By alcofribas
Mirror control placement

Sorry, I meant to say the <B>mirror</B> control piece. Thanks for the reply.

You are right, the window control is in a completely different place! Where did you get the molded foam sheet? Did you...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 01-03-2015, 06:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,528
Posted By alcofribas
Cool Z3 window / door panel problems

My 2001 Roadster is exhibiting all the problems indicated by others posting here. Thanks for the info and for YouTube videos showing how to make the repairs.

The last indy garage I took my Z3...
Forum: Southeast Regional - AR, AL, GA, FL, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, and TN 12-07-2014, 05:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,426
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, 02:03 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,635
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, 04:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,635
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, 01:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 238
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, 03:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 366
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, 08:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,917
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, 04:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 226
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, 06:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,180
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, 12:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,534
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, 01:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,534
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, 05:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,534
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, 04:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,534
Posted By alcofribas
Gauge Cluster problem

Jon- (:angel:)

Thanks for your knowledge and advice!

-- Jerry
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 02-17-2014, 02:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,534
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, 08:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,534
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, 04:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 995
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...
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