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Forum: The Detail Department 02-04-2015, 04:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 519
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, 10:05 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,970
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, 07:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,970
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, 06:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,250
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, 03:03 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,504
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, 05:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,504
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, 02:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 210
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, 04:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 328
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, 09:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,358
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, 05:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 205
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, 07:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,132
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, 01:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,386
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, 02:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,386
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, 06:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,386
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, 05:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,386
Posted By alcofribas
Gauge Cluster problem

Jon- (:angel:)

Thanks for your knowledge and advice!

-- Jerry
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 02-17-2014, 03:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,386
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, 09:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,386
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, 05:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 894
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...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 12-05-2013, 11:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 948
Posted By alcofribas
Unhappy Z3 Heater output

After having torn apart the dashboard, I have the impression that the temp control sticking is <I>rarely</I> the bowden cable, but rather the sticky residue, as outlined in a posting above....
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 12-04-2013, 09:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 948
Posted By alcofribas
Heater output

Pretty routine to turn it all the way up if you want the full effect. I noticed my Z3's temperature control would stick when at the minimum setting -- turns out the heat control door had a stick-on...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 12-04-2013, 06:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 948
Posted By alcofribas
Z3 heat observation

My Z3 (2001 2.5 Roadster) heats up quite slowly, despite a new thermostat. The car is parked outside each night, and is driven year-round, including all winter here in the mountains of North...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 11-24-2013, 08:45 AM
Replies: 3
Z3 Roadster (E36/7) Gauge cluster repair
Views: 1,142
Posted By alcofribas
Gauge cluster repair

Collected tips for removing the tachometer needle have included:

(1) use two spoons (bowls down) upon a heavy paper disk on the gauge face to leverage the needle off, making sure pressure is above...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 11-23-2013, 07:14 PM
Replies: 3
Z3 Roadster (E36/7) Gauge cluster repair
Views: 1,142
Posted By alcofribas
Flaky z3 tachometer, part deux / tach needle concern

A few days after the [original] worked-on tach was reinstalled in my 2001 Z3 Roadster the same problem reappeared, namely the tach stops working at odd intervals when the ambient temperature rises. A...
Forum: E82 / E88 1 Series (2008 - 2013) 11-19-2013, 11:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 649
Posted By alcofribas
Starting engine to warm car, but locking and leaving vehicle

Of course, if your windshield is frosted up, it's not advisable to start driving... Not all of us have the luxury of overnight indoor parking. I've been in that rather perilous situation. Warming it...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 11-09-2013, 06:00 AM
Replies: 3
Z3 Roadster (E36/7) Gauge cluster repair
Views: 1,142
Posted By alcofribas
Talking Gauge cluster repair

My 2001 Z3 Roadster's tach had been very flaky, but not trusting my own skills taking apart delicate instruments, I purchased for $90 a used cluster on Craigslist, had it installed into my Z3, then...
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