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Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 11-14-2014, 09:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 411
Posted By Randy Forbes
To agree with Doug, I have only heard of one (1)...

To agree with Doug, I have only heard of one (1) ever automatic xmsn equipped Z3 having a problem, and have personally never seen one myself.

To carry that last sentence a little further, I have...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 11-14-2014, 08:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 535
Posted By Randy Forbes
Just as a point of reference, our member here,...

Just as a point of reference, our member here, Derek, aka "Vinci" has done a very comprehensive write up on the subject of top replacement, as well as a few other common maintenance jobs.

I...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 11-13-2014, 09:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 535
Posted By Randy Forbes
Yes, people (and car-people in particular) love...

Yes, people (and car-people in particular) love to see pictures; the more taken apart the subject matter is, the better!

I can very matter-of-factly say, that what I do to earn a living today, is...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 05-07-2014, 04:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 740
Posted By Randy Forbes
I've been side-stepping this thread, but I'll...

I've been side-stepping this thread, but I'll tell you what I know, and how it relates to the 1999 & 2001 ///M Roadsters. If you wanted to bypass the clutch interlock switch, it was a simple matter...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 04-23-2014, 11:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 472
Posted By Randy Forbes
I'm going to have to write those guys a terse...

I'm going to have to write those guys a terse letter; they're making the rest of us look bad... :angel:
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 04-23-2014, 11:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 307
Posted By Randy Forbes
I did when I had the black car painted. Pretty...

I did when I had the black car painted. Pretty simple really, remove the old, noting how its fitted, and replace the new the same way.

One tip might be to buy the seal ahead of time, unroll it,...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 04-20-2014, 08:24 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,248
Posted By Randy Forbes
Indeed! Like I said, it has become my...

Indeed! Like I said, it has become my life__well, I've always worked on sportscars, before the BMWs, it was Austin-Healeys, MGBs and Triumphs__but working on the Z3/Ms allowed me to make them my...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 04-20-2014, 08:03 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 343
Posted By Randy Forbes
Mice. There are a couple of relays that are...

Mice.

There are a couple of relays that are mounted right at the top's elctro-hydraulic unit in the trunk (immediately behind the left rear wheel). Easily accessible behind the felt side panel. ...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 04-13-2014, 10:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 837
Posted By Randy Forbes
It's possible that that module has to be "coded"...

It's possible that that module has to be "coded" to the car; so you've replaced it, but the controller doesn't recognize it yet. I can't say positively, as I've not had to replace one yet, but there...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 04-06-2014, 09:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 317
Posted By Randy Forbes
You'll have a pretty hard time, and relocating...

You'll have a pretty hard time, and relocating the front xmbr to remove the oil pan sounds more daunting than it really is, and isn't a job to be afraid of. It would be terribly difficult to insure...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 04-05-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 409
Posted By Randy Forbes
Sounds like fun, but I'd probably spend about 30...

Sounds like fun, but I'd probably spend about 30 or 40 million dollars (>$30,000,000.00)...

... I mean, I would if I had it :angel:
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 04-04-2014, 09:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 409
Posted By Randy Forbes
Nah, it's just a queen now, though I do drive it...

Nah, it's just a queen now, though I do drive it as often as I can__in between having to drive other people's cars :angel:

My courtyard...
...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 04-03-2014, 12:05 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,626
Posted By Randy Forbes
Pretty sure this is the one he's looking for: 54...

Pretty sure this is the one he's looking for: 54 21 8 410 534 Torx bolt. THIS is the bolt that secures the front of the hdtp to the windscreen frame.
...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 04-02-2014, 03:23 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 13,923
Posted By Randy Forbes
A milling machine with a rotary indexing...

A milling machine with a rotary indexing table__every workshop should have one... :angel:

http://www.spcarsplus.com/gallery3/var/resizes/mhc/IMG_7745.jpg?m=1304138551
...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 04-02-2014, 02:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 825
Posted By Randy Forbes
Without going into too much detail, the 1.9 &...

Without going into too much detail, the 1.9 & 2.3/2.5 Z3s DO use a different XMSN than the 2.8/3.0 & 3.2 litre models. The smaller (physical size & torque capacity) Getrag and the larger (ditto) ZF...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 04-02-2014, 12:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 825
Posted By Randy Forbes
You can use any Dexron/Mercon ATF fluid__I'm...

You can use any Dexron/Mercon ATF fluid__I'm partial to Castrol brand__in the Power Steering Reservoir.

I'm afraid you threw everybody off when you were calling it the transmission fluid ;)
...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 04-02-2014, 10:44 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 13,923
Posted By Randy Forbes
That's the biggest load of bull$hit I've ever...

That's the biggest load of bull$hit I've ever heard to come across the parts counter! The part numbers for the tools have to be cross-referenced from their former numbering system to their...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 04-02-2014, 10:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 533
Posted By Randy Forbes
Pretty sure you can bolt on the rear fenders of...

Pretty sure you can bolt on the rear fenders of the pre-face-lift Z3s, but you'll also need the rear bumper, and possibly the rocker panels (they are bolted on, not welded).

AGES ago, there was a...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 04-02-2014, 10:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 409
Posted By Randy Forbes
There could've been a hardtop fitted at some time...

There could've been a hardtop fitted at some time in the past, so the rear window defrost switch was likeley removed. Are the hdtp mounting brakets still in the car? I'd guess not__they bolt on...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 03-03-2014, 06:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 860
Posted By Randy Forbes
Glad you're doing it at the DMV; I've been told...

Glad you're doing it at the DMV; I've been told that Florida won't issue salvage/rebuilt titles, but I have no idea about honoring a salvage/rebuilt title from another state.

Your best bet on...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 03-03-2014, 06:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 683
Posted By Randy Forbes
What you describe, assuming you're familiar with...

What you describe, assuming you're familiar with manual xmsns in general, sounds like a worn synchromesh ring. What sound does it make when (on the move) and you shift down from 2nd to 1st? If it...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 03-03-2014, 06:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 602
Posted By Randy Forbes
I don't remember the exact cut-off date (04/03...

I don't remember the exact cut-off date (04/03 maybe?) but to fit the later pan on the earlier block isn't a big deal. If it has the smaller diameter circular strainer/cover, then you just need the...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 02-26-2014, 06:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,393
Posted By Randy Forbes
Amazing, a jack & jackstands, eh? It looks...

Amazing, a jack & jackstands, eh? It looks entirely too clean/nice to function as a working garage__I'm sure that I couldn't accomplish a thing in it__I'd be too self-conscious about getting it...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 01-20-2014, 10:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 488
Posted By Randy Forbes
I've lost count of the number of trips our ///M...

I've lost count of the number of trips our ///M Rdstrs (99 & 01) have made between Ohio and Florida; nine (9) round-trips from Ohio to Greenville too.

The upside of the smallish fuel tank is its...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 01-19-2014, 04:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 904
Posted By Randy Forbes
I found the car that I used them on, if you feel...

I found the car that I used them on, if you feel you still want to use the serrated plates; you can see what I felt they needed to be installed correctly in one of our cars. Work on the rear...
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