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Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 06-04-2019, 12:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 515
Posted By keeton
It doesn't appear so. Here is a link from Carly...

It doesn't appear so. Here is a link from Carly support as to what is possible by BMW model: http://support.mycarly.com/knowledge-base/code-bmw-what-is-possible/http://
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 05-17-2019, 01:58 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,034
Posted By keeton
I would say that the post-facelift years (2006...

I would say that the post-facelift years (2006 and later) would be the safer choice. The N52 engine has proven to be a good one and a lot of other bugs were worked out.

I had 2 Miatas (a '92 and...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 05-16-2019, 10:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 361
Posted By keeton
This happened on mine and was the ignition...

This happened on mine and was the ignition switch. Just to be sure: when you turn it to "start", the lights don't dim and nothing happens. When mine was acting up you could try it several times and...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 05-10-2019, 02:39 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,143
Posted By keeton
The engine in the 2006-2008 E85 Z4s is the N52...

The engine in the 2006-2008 E85 Z4s is the N52 series, except for the M series, which is the S54. In the BMW scheme of things, the Z4 is a bit simpler (no I-drive, for example) and has proven to be...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 04-26-2019, 11:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 651
Posted By keeton
What wheels are on there now? The non-sport Si...

What wheels are on there now? The non-sport Si had 17" wheels all around while the sport option came with 18" with staggered widths front/rear.

The early 2.5 Z4s came with 16" wheels standard,...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 01-24-2019, 02:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,246
Posted By keeton
This bears repeating. The front arm control...

This bears repeating. The front arm control bushings (FACB) are a known wear point for the Z4. It starts showing up at around the 60,000 mile mark and can cause exactly the symptoms (loose...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 10-23-2018, 08:53 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,799
Posted By keeton
I had Non-RFT Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires...

I had Non-RFT Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires installed on my Z4 last year at Costco. The installer questioned it "it says this car came with run-flats...", but I told them I was aware of that and...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 08-12-2018, 03:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 550
Posted By keeton
For a no-cost range extender, hold the key with...

For a no-cost range extender, hold the key with the blade pointing upwards and bring it up until it touches your chin. It looks goofy but you will be amazed as to how much further away your key...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 06-29-2018, 10:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,058
Posted By keeton
It should (my '07 Si does). Phone/voice only -...

It should (my '07 Si does). Phone/voice only - no audio streaming.


Yep. A 3.5mm jack is in the very front of the console of all '07s.


The Si gets the premium Carver audio that is THX...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 06-04-2018, 11:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,235
Posted By keeton
In addition to the ECU remap function, the Sport...

In addition to the ECU remap function, the Sport option also had a firmer, slightly lowered suspension and staggered tire sizes (18" for the Si, instead of the base 17"). While the boy-racer in us...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 05-04-2018, 11:32 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 359
Posted By keeton
I can't recommend a shop as I'm not in your area...

I can't recommend a shop as I'm not in your area but I would suggest that you check your mechatronics sleeve for leakage while you are investigating the leak. It is on the passenger side of the...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 04-20-2018, 08:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 863
Posted By keeton
The 6 speed ZF 6HP19 automatic transmissions were...

The 6 speed ZF 6HP19 automatic transmissions were used in the 2006-up Z4s. It cycles through all 6 gears in D or SD mode.

First gear is very short and in D mode, will typically upshift to second...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 04-16-2018, 03:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 437
Posted By keeton
I had the latch sensor break on mine when someone...

I had the latch sensor break on mine when someone sat on the seat on top of the buckled seat belt (I do that to keep the loose belt from rattling) and caused just the symptoms you are seeing.
I...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 03-23-2018, 10:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 615
Posted By keeton
Specifically the brace nuts at the firewall end. ...

Specifically the brace nuts at the firewall end. Torque them to 25 lb/ft. Very common issue.
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 02-06-2018, 02:16 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,197
Posted By keeton
FYI, Consumer Reports, who has always championed...

FYI, Consumer Reports, who has always championed the Miata, now has it as NLR (no longer recommended) for the current ND series due to reliability issues. The major problems concern a high failure...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 01-15-2018, 12:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 879
Posted By keeton
Yours sounds like worn front control arm bushings...

Yours sounds like worn front control arm bushings (FACB), which is NOT the sticky steering issue. It IS a common issue as the miles rack up and, fortunately, a relatively easy repair. A lot of...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 12-18-2017, 01:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 515
Posted By keeton
There was a dealer installed satellite radio...

There was a dealer installed satellite radio option for the E85 from BMW. At the time it was just Sirius so it uses Sirius technology/satellites. I have an XM in my Zed that uses a BlitzSafe...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 12-03-2017, 01:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 809
Posted By keeton
The red blinking light under the rear view mirror...

The red blinking light under the rear view mirror (aka "clown nose") will blink even on Z4s that do not have a "sec. sym" installed!
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 11-27-2017, 08:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 521
Posted By keeton
To add to the above list: A CarFax report to...

To add to the above list:

A CarFax report to verify ownership history and possible accident damage.
Front suspension - check the front arm control bushings. As these wear (and they do) the...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 11-17-2017, 03:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 894
Posted By keeton
For the many thou$ands in parts, labor and...

For the many thou$ands in parts, labor and accessory bits (trim, electronic controls etc.), it would be cheaper, and the results would be better, if you simply sold/traded your vehicle for one with...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 10-20-2017, 12:31 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,819
Posted By keeton
Is there anything specific about that year/model?...

Is there anything specific about that year/model? Would, say, a 2013 work or would one from an Equinox (the Chevy version) work? I don't know who publishes a cross reference for those things. It...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 10-11-2017, 09:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 639
Posted By keeton
:thumbup: Easily the best solution if in an...

:thumbup:
Easily the best solution if in an indoor garage (i.e. no wind). They will be softer than most car cover fabrics and will be easier to fold, store and wash.
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 09-28-2017, 01:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 619
Posted By keeton
Lojack is always on as it must be externally...

Lojack is always on as it must be externally activated by law enforcement when the vehicle is reported stolen. I am going to make a guess here in that perhaps your airport parking was in a weak...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 09-25-2017, 08:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,278
Posted By keeton
Excellent choice of tires and installation with...

Excellent choice of tires and installation with the Hunter machine. :thumbup:

However, before you do the alignment, and especially with your mileage, check the FACBs. If they are worn, you will...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 09-25-2017, 02:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,278
Posted By keeton
How many miles on your Z4? If over 60K, I bet...

How many miles on your Z4? If over 60K, I bet the front arm control bushings are worn out. The clue is your "no consistent pattern" comment. With the bushings worn out, your front suspension is...
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