BMW Z3 questions and answers
Q: Why would I get a Dinan Chip for my BMW Z3?
Since buying my beemer three other bmw owners suggest I spend the $300 to have the Dinan Chip installed to re-set the beemer settings back to original european horsepower. Does the chip work? If so, what should I expect. Haven't talked with a Dinan software person or found much online.
A: sure dinan is ripoff but they sure do know what they are doing with BMW. They will not void any bmw warranty which it is a bonus. Dinan will wake up any bmw any time. It will change shifting, timing, fuel advancment, and etc.
Q: is a bmw z3 easy to work on at home?
Ive been thinking about getting a bmw z3 and i know their expensive to fix if somethingg goes wrong, so i was wondering if they are easy to work on at home.(my whole family have all grown up around cars)
A: If you're competent and patient, the answer is they are not that difficult. There are a lot of resources available, starting with the all-important Robert Bentley manual. The car is mostly like any other E36, except the rear suspension (like the 318ti) owes more to the E30 3-series. The motors are shared with other E36 and E46 3-series, too, so if you're BMW-savvy there'll be a lot that's familiar, as well as a fair number of interchangeable parts. There are great places online to get discounted parts, such as rmeuropean and bimmerparts, and you should also talk with your local BMW dealer about discounts, too. Many are appreciative of regular customers. As far as web resources
Q: How do i change my BMW Z3 lights from right hand drive to left hand drive?
do i need to change light fittings and lens or are the lights adjustable and i only need to change the lens ?
A: If you are doing it to drive on the right while on holiday for a while then you can get some stickers at the port or in a good D.I.Y shop, if you need to change permanently then you will have to change the lens and that is going to cost a lot of money.
Q: how many miles will a used 2000 bmw z3 get before it starts having problems?
they want 7,800 and it has 89,210 miles its a manual shift, is it worth it?
A: cars are funnny with problems, some cars always have them, others never, you can have 2 cars from the same factory, the same model from the same assembly line, one made right behind the other and one will always be in the shop while the other just needs oil changes etc.. so thats iffy ya know. as far is the car worth almost 8k thats all on you, if you like it enough to pay the 7.8k or if you think you can find something you might like better for that money. things will break, have money ready for it
Q: Can you tell me what the orange clock symbol on the bmw z3 means ?
Its above the service lights on the dashboard. And only comes on when first starting the car up. Never seen this displayed before, so if you could tell me what it is i would be grateful. Thanks for you help.
A: Is it a circle with 3 dashes on either side? If it is it means your brake pad sensor has started to wear and you should have your brakes checked/replaced. Or does it look like a gear with and exclamation mark in the center? That means you have a transmission fault, if so take it to a garage that is proficient in BMW or foreign transmission repairs or the dealership. If these don't seem like them, look at the image link below. I understand that this is not your exact cluster but it will help if you can point it out since the clusters use similar icons. Then let me know.
Q: I have a bmw z3 how do you reset the oil change indicator ?
Thanks, but my wife found the answer on line. You connect pin 7 and 19 with the key in position 2. Worked like a charm, so easy.
A: If you can afford a Z3 you can afford to bring it to your local garage or the dealer
Q: How to install rear window in BMW Z3?
Window is supposed to zip out and new one zip in: There is no zipper handle there. Do I need a special tool or have to take it to a dealer?
A: The parts package should inlcude the zipper handle, 2 pieces of clamps/locks, and a small plastic tool like a pointed spatula. But while it can be done by a newbie, replacing the rear window is not an easy job and certainly not for people who have little patience and manual dexterity. Usually you would need somebody to help position the new window at least until the zip process can be started, and also when pushing in and locking the clamps. Start by removing the lock(s). Straighten the pointed ends and remove. Then the old window can now be removed easily since the zipper would disengage even without the zipper handle. Insert the handle in the convertible top portion of the zipper, then insert the initial portion of the new window side of the zipper into the handle (this would be both in the middle lower area of the window). Then pull the handle counter clockwise (if you are inside the car looking backwards). One of the worst parts of doing this is due to the cramped space at the back..When both ends are zipped close then carefully insert the locks/stoppers into place without disengaging the zipper. Have fun!
Q: How has the BMW z3 changed over its production run?
for example what are the differences (in relation to the body) between the 1996 model and the 1999 or the 2002 models? any links to pictures that clearly show the differences? thanks so much
A: No difference from 96 to 99 except for the engine. Minor updates were performed. (Just redesigned parts to help with fuel economy and emissions) Also in 1999 they offered a Z3 called the "M Roadster" This model was dramatically different, it had sportier suspension, it had a wider, more sporty body, and it had a much larger engine (M Powered Engine is what the call it) And with the engine they had a stronger transmission and a stronger axle. In 2002 It is the same story, we have updated engines, and interior. Also an indash CD player was put into the 2002, versus mine has a 6 disk changer in the trunk (gets kind of annoying) Also they produced a car called the Z3 Coupe. It was not a convertible but it looked very similar... Here is a picture. http://www.autoplenum.de/Bilder/T/t0003933/BMW/BMW-Z3-Coupe-3-0i---2000-2002-.jpg Here are Pictures of various years and models 2002 Z3 http://www.car-buying-strategies.com/2002-photos/2002-bmw-z3-convertible.jpg 1999 Z3 http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0WTefMGMjlKwyYA_MmjzbkF/SIG=12ggumeuo/EXP=1245348742/**http%3A//www.bmwworld.com/models/years/1999_z3_28_roadster.jpg 1996 Z3 http://www.bmwworld.com/models/years/1996_z3_19_roadster.jpg As you can see there are little or no differences between the years. Now here are pictures of the M Roadster and the M coupe. 1998 M roadster http://www.curiositiesblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/02/1998%20BMW%20%20M-Roadster%20f3q.jpg 2002 M roadster http://www.discountpartcenter.com/cartire/2002BMWM-Roadster.jpg The M roadster also had quad tips for the exhaust... Looked a lot sportier.. http://img.infocoches.com/img/bmw/1999-M_Roadster/bmw_1999-M_Roadster-006_2.jpg VERSUS The Standard Z3 http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2227/1836022339_a8e9df2ac3.jpg?v=0 Also the M roadster had a cooler looking interior. Sorry I could not find a good picture of it. So as you can see, there is not much difference between the years. The only major differences are found between the M models and the regulars. Here is all the information you need on the Z3s... http://consumerguideauto.howstuffworks.com/1996-to-2002-bmw-z3-6.htm Happy Motoring!!! I have a 1998 M roadster and I love it!
Q: What would be the best tyres to put on a bmw z3 with z4 for wheels.?
I don't want to spend a fortune, but require a tyre that will give me more stability in the rain and will feel smoother when driving. Someone has suggested uni-royals. I would be geatful of any sugestions. Many thanks
A: Just buy the tires that the BMW fitted it to originally. Pirelli is a good brand. There are many kinds of Pirelli, try their "Z" rated tires
Q: BMW Z3 1996 Convertible Roadster - is the top automatic or do you have to do it yourself?
Trying to find out if the top on these convertibles are automatic or if you have to take them down and put them up yourself.
A: Although later model years had the power top option, the 1996 did not. It will have a manual top. The power top became available for the 1997 model year on the Z3 with the 2.8 litre engine, and then across the range for the 1998 model year. Because of the top design the rear window actually folds as the top goes down. Over time, this scratches the rear window, and a crease line becomes obvious in the plastic. Even if you have the power top, it's a good idea to use the protective blanket for the rear window that BMW sells. Since you have to hook this up manually, it makes the power top pretty much redundant. The manual top is also very easy to put up and down, and is lighter and less complicated than the power top. I would prefer a manual top on this basis. A couple of updates to clarify Brod's misconceptions: With or without the power top, there are two clamps that need to released from the windshield header rail before the top can be dropped. The best way to tell, with casual observation, whether or not the car has a power top or not is to look for the power top switch, installed in the front or rear switch bank of the centre console. There was no 1996 2.8. The car was released for the US market for the 1997 model year. There was no 1.8l in the US market at all. The power top option, while it may have been globally available, became available in the US market for the 1997 model year.
Q: Would it be worthwhile buying a BMW Z3 1999 for first car?
I live in the UK and the older models are like £4,000 (year-1999). Is it worth buying this car, would the insurance still be too high and would this car be of any use as it's pretty old now? I'm 19 by the way.
A: You should also consider that such a car may be expensive to insure. Check your insurance rates before buying one, for example here - carinsurance.yoll.net
Q: BMW z3 2000 Maintenance costs and spare part price difference from toyota's?
I am looking into buying a BMW Z3 2000. What are typical maintenance costs for this car (i.e. tune-up, oil change, brakes, tires, etc.) Also, do you haveto take it to the BMW dealer to get an oil change or will a local jiffy lube do it?
A: like nite and day different an dyou neve rhave to go to dealership for anything really an dreally since its a 2000 you coul ddo it yourself or at any shop where they work on cars dealer is last place to go
Q: BMW Z3 recently it has started to chug as though it is low in petrol and now it wont start,battery light shows?
A: charging system issue. get a new battery and test the alternator. =]
Q: how much is insurance for a bmw z3?
I'm a male 16 yr old , just got a 1999 bmw z3 convertible. 30,000 miles for $6,999 (sweet deal!!) what would insurance be? My record is clean (of coarse) and straight A's. Chicago IL. can you give me a price range?
A: honestly dude the car itself doesn't play a huge role in your insurance cost!... the main factors i think are more how much you drive, your age, and driving history/experience. It you really want to get cheap car insurance I recommend being on your parents/guardians insurance policy until your 18.......it guarantees your insurance will be way cheaper now, and when you get your own insurance at 18. Also I highly recommend USAA insurance they r absolutely amazing!!! I have two cars, one being a 97' bmw 328i, and with both them I'm paying less then $800 a year....n im 19. n good buy with the Z3 those r serious chick magnets!!!
Q: Is it possible to get a BMW Z3 with a diesel engine or were they only ever made with petrol engines?
A: No, The BMW Z3 (1996-2002) was only made with petrol engines, varying from 1.8 to 3.2 L.