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Old 02-28-2012, 10:52 AM
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1996 BMW Z3 Code Wait How To Fix

Many people may already know how to do this and I searched to find another HOW to on here. Maybe my search skillz are lacking so anyway I write a little Blog about the fixes I do to my 1996. This is my write up for recently fixing my "CODE WAIT" issue.


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Old 02-28-2012, 10:56 AM
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Z3 Stuck O2 Sensor Removal

oh how fat fingers and big tools can EFF up metal. Here is what to do if you run into a seized or Stuck "O2 Sensor".


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Old 03-10-2012, 08:02 AM
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Roadster owner's this is by far the best product to use for the rear plastic window, this is what was made for them by bmw
I have tried the mequires 2 step and this is by far easier and better then it is
simply rub it on and rub it off, that is it, 1 step and no mess
Note: I have not gotten it on the fabric so I do not know of any affects to it, but it was made for the bmw rear window by bmw so I assume there is no problem

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Old 08-26-2012, 08:12 PM
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Hello everyone!

First post on here.

Here's my z3 roadster DIY site:


Let me know how you like it!
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Old 08-31-2012, 05:23 AM
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Old 11-09-2012, 02:22 PM
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Door Striker Replacement

Took me a while to work out why the alarm was not working correctly. It would go off for no reason for a while and then finally would not arm at all.

Thought it was the hood switch but that was OK. Finally noticed that the micro switch on the drivers door was worn and therefore not working when the door was closed.

Ordered a new part ( 51 21 8 399 245) - Real OEM shows left and right parts, can't see what would be different but you never know!

WARNING THE Plate that the Striker is bolted to is not attached to anything but the striker - Only remove one bolt at a time!!

Step 1 - Disconnect the cable.

Move the seat forward, remove the one screw holding the trim inside the door.

I was able to pull the trim out enough to get at the connector and do the job without to much issue - It was still hooked in at the bottom.

Disconnect the old cable and tie/tape a length of wire or string to the connector.

Pop the rubber grommet into the door post.

Step 2 - Remove the Striker.

Remove the top bolt and use a stiff wire with a bend on the end or a longer bolt to keep the plate in place.

Remove the lower bolt and ease the striker away from the panel and then replace the lower bolt.

Remove the wire or top bolt and replace the original bolt and you end up with this

Step 3 - Feed the new wire

You can pull the old cable (with the extra wire/string attached) out of the door jamb. the rubber grommet is a bit of a squeeze but makes it through.I used a hook and screw driver combo on it.

I did see another DIY where they did the opposite and cut the cable at the striker and pulled the wire backwards through the door jam.

Either way you end up with the temporary wire that you can attache the new cable to and pull it back through.

The new grommet was quiet a bit softer and was pulled through with no issue and popped into place on the inner bulkhead

Step 4 - Bolt the new striker in place.

Reverse of step 2.

Remove the top bolt - put wire or longer bolt in place.

Remove the bottom bolt. Put striker in place, replace bottom bolt.

Remove wire/temp bolt and put original top bolt back.

Tighten and adjust as required.

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Old 06-07-2013, 05:09 AM
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Re: **Z3** How-tos (post links here)

Originally Posted by treeman View Post
97 Z3...air bag light has come on recently....any idea why that would occurr...I did have the some work on the underside of the dash looking for a rattle..may this have caused something to occurr?
I have looked into this because I have the same problem.. I narrowed it down to a " seatbelt tensioner or weight sensor I'm the seat. As the most common culprit

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Z3 Roadster Replacing Compressor/Drier

Step by Step (with photos) on my DIY...when I replaced my A/C compressor/drier. You can see it here at....www.Bimmerfest.com/showthread.php?t=703747
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Old 08-23-2013, 04:32 PM
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Cleaning the elephant nose drains on a Z3

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Old 08-23-2013, 04:46 PM
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Old 10-01-2014, 06:42 PM
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Brake Switch Replacement

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This is something I made up to hold down the brake pedal while I worked on the switch.I took a clamp and reversed it. So instead of clamping it worksClick image for larger version

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Z3 Seat Bushing fix!

Originally Posted by Walter S View Post
1999 Z3 Roadster. My seats slide about a 1/2 an inch when accelerating an stopping. Especially the passenger seat. If I put the seat all the way back it doesn't do it. These are electric seats. Any fixes or advice.

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Seat bushings need replacement.

To keep in intent of this thread here is a site with most info regarding the fix.


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Information and DIY links on how to replace the antenna base unit and grommet.
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