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Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 04-28-2014, 02:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 585
Posted By fastgaas
Hydraulic pump failures are a common failure for...

Hydraulic pump failures are a common failure for tops. Search the list for top failure and you will find many diagnosis and fixes. The most common problem is the top drain wells (just behind the seat...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 03-19-2014, 04:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 389
Posted By fastgaas
The most obvious thing is the disable switch has...

The most obvious thing is the disable switch has been activated by moving the shelf in the trunk. If the shelf is moved up (large boxes in the trunk perhaps?) the the top automatically disables the...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 11-01-2013, 05:44 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,990
Posted By fastgaas
Having driven many motorcycle miles I always...

Having driven many motorcycle miles I always carry a stop and go tire plug kit (http://www.compacc.com/p/Stop-Go-Pocket-Tire-Plugger) and small tire infiltrator. I've repaired many car and motorcycle...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 10-19-2013, 05:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 677
Posted By fastgaas
I bought a used 2004 a few years ago, here's what...

I bought a used 2004 a few years ago, here's what I discovered.
1. The 2003 model is a little more prone to problems since it was the first year
2. Common problem is the convertible top well drain...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 04-02-2013, 05:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 456
Posted By fastgaas
My recommendation is do a forum search on the Z4...

My recommendation is do a forum search on the Z4 top not working. There are some excellent posts and solutions that need not repeating.

It could be the switch, but the most common problem is the...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 03-12-2013, 06:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 725
Posted By fastgaas
6.5 to 7 quarts. I usually buy a 6 pack of Mobil...

6.5 to 7 quarts. I usually buy a 6 pack of Mobil 1 and it takes all six, plus 1/2 more
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Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 02-12-2013, 02:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,966
Posted By fastgaas
Hi All Before you flame me for impending...

Hi All

Before you flame me for impending doom, hear me out. I've driven BMW motorcycles for 30 years and always carried a plug kit ans tiny motorcycle compressor (had very bad experience with...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 07-26-2012, 05:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,995
Posted By fastgaas
Wow, that was an amazing invoice. Ever since I...

Wow, that was an amazing invoice. Ever since I had a dealer puncture a oil filter during a change back in 1986 I've never let a dealer touch any of my cars. Each one lasted over 100,000 miles with...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 06-27-2012, 05:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 695
Posted By fastgaas
You post is a bit hard to read. However, if this...

You post is a bit hard to read. However, if this happened right after you replaced the motor then perhaps you reversed the lines? Look at some posts on the motor replacement, there is some discussion...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 06-22-2012, 05:28 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,580
Posted By fastgaas
I have the exact same car. I get 25-26 mpg on 91...

I have the exact same car. I get 25-26 mpg on 91 oct premium and 23-24 mpg on 89 regular.

If you do the math it turns out it's cheaper to run premium usually.

Why the difference? As I...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 01-16-2012, 05:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,130
Posted By fastgaas
Hi I have not seen any chronic starter problems...

Hi
I have not seen any chronic starter problems here on the forum, but that does not mean they don't break. It's been my experience with BMW (mostly motorcycles) that starters give you problems (in...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 01-03-2012, 02:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 954
Posted By fastgaas
Sounds like a fair price. I paid ~$15,500 total...

Sounds like a fair price. I paid ~$15,500 total for a 2004 2.5 white with premium package about a year ago. Advantage was it had 13k miles on it and clean/garaged.
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 11-08-2011, 10:15 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 533
Posted By fastgaas
Hi There Do a quick search and you will find...

Hi There

Do a quick search and you will find a number of posts on power top motor failures in this forum.

While it could be as simple as a sensor or switch, the most common problem is the...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 08-08-2011, 06:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,043
Posted By fastgaas
Sounds like the classic "water in the top motor...

Sounds like the classic "water in the top motor 'casue the drains are plugged". Search and you will see many references.

Taking the top off is the only way to get to the motor (I tried). But...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 07-26-2011, 11:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,941
Posted By fastgaas
Raggtopp products have worked very well for me....

Raggtopp products have worked very well for me. Horse hair brush and cleaner took out all stains and marks. The "cloth" sealer repels the water perfectly. I clean and treat twice a year (spring and...
Forum: General BMW 07-22-2011, 05:55 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,898
Posted By fastgaas
All I can say is that my parents were hit head on...

All I can say is that my parents were hit head on by a Ford 250 while driving their Mercedes C class. The ford was going 70 (passing a logging truck blind) and my parents 60 mph.

They both lived,...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 07-13-2011, 04:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,378
Posted By fastgaas
LOL, relax Cleaning the top drains is very...

LOL, relax

Cleaning the top drains is very easy, as well as most things BMW.

I've owned BMWs for 20 years (mostly motorcycles) and I can say they have a very German attitude. You take care of...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 07-07-2011, 01:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,252
Posted By fastgaas
I was in your boat about a year ago. Drove both,...

I was in your boat about a year ago. Drove both, talked to drivers of both, compared both. I think both are good cars, but as the previous poster said, each has a very different approach to the two...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 06-27-2011, 04:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 690
Posted By fastgaas
Besides the obvious like a leak with the window...

Besides the obvious like a leak with the window or front seal (which is easily checked by sitting inside while someone sprays water on you) i could be the rear top drains are plugged.

The Z4 has...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 06-20-2011, 04:55 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,020
Posted By fastgaas
When you find the perfect car and perfect model...

When you find the perfect car and perfect model let us know...

As a engineer of 30 years, perfection is an idea, not a reality. Some cars are definitely better than others, but some things (like...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 06-20-2011, 04:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,563
Posted By fastgaas
In general 3rd parts parts are thinner and not as...

In general 3rd parts parts are thinner and not as well fitting.

In collision work I've seen the 3rd part replacement parts can be made to fit and look as good as OEM if they take the time and...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 06-14-2011, 09:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 958
Posted By fastgaas
OK, so I'm not an expert and I'm having a little...

OK, so I'm not an expert and I'm having a little trouble following exactly what is wrong. But I do know a bit about the top since I replace my hydraulic motor a few months ago.

Some tidbits

1....
Forum: General BMW 06-03-2011, 04:37 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 6,947
Posted By fastgaas
I always strove for 10 years or 100,000 miles,...

I always strove for 10 years or 100,000 miles, whatever can first. I've had two cars make it 7 years and 75K before electrical gremlins made me dump them (a '87 Jeep Wrangler and 2003 Volvo s60t)....
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 06-02-2011, 09:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,074
Posted By fastgaas
Not to start an oil debate... but my humble...

Not to start an oil debate... but my humble opinion is you should monitor your oil and change it based on driving conditions, not miles or computer. I think the computer waits way too long and I'll...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 05-31-2011, 04:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 779
Posted By fastgaas
I bought my 2004 with 13,400 miles on it 6 months...

I bought my 2004 with 13,400 miles on it 6 months ago and have since put on 5K trouble free miles. When I bought it the top motor was frozen (having not been opened in 3 years and drains clogged),...
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