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JOURNAL: 1998 BMW Z3 2.8 Roadster [UPDATED: 6th May 2011]

I bought my BMW Z3 about 2 years ago (February 2009) and thought it would be a good idea to start a Journal so I could keep track of it's progress.

I was originally looking for a Black or Silver Z3 - but when I saw this Montreal Blue it ticked all of the boxes and I knew I had to have it. It's original owner was a doctor who specced it reasonably well in addition he also picked a nice black/beige leather combo interior (as opposed to the complete beige leather) that seemed to be more prevalent in the vast majority of Montreal Blue Z3's - which was one of the first things I noticed about the car! It's other 2 owners seemed to have cared for it equally as well and the paperwork confirmed full service history and that it had been covered by a BMW Extended Warranty up until 2006.

ORIGINAL PICTURES (February 2009) FROM FOR SALE ADVERT:






CAR DETAILS:
Type code CJ32
Type Z3 (EUR)
E series E36 (7)
Series 3
Type ROADSTER
Steering RIGHT
Doors 2
Engine M52
Displacement 2.80
Power 142 KW / 193 BHP
Drive HECK
Transmission MANUAL
Colour MONTREALBLAU METALLIC (297)
Upholstery LEDER OREGON/BEIGE E36 SANDBEIGE E3 (Q2SN)
Prod.date 1998-01-15

FACTORY FITTED OPTIONS:
HEATED WINDSCREEN WASHER NOZZLES Door mirror / driver's lock, heated
SOFTTOP BLACK Softtop, black
SOFTTOP OPERATION, ELECTRO-HYDRAULIC Softtop, electromech. semiautom.
FLOOR MATS, VELOUR Floor mats, velours
WARNING TRIANGLE Warning triangle and first aid kit
SMOKERS PACKAGE Smoker package
AIR CONDITIONING Air conditioning
ON-BOARD COMPUTER On-board computer
RADIO BMW BUSINESS CD RDS Radio BMW Business CD RD
HIFI LOUDSPEAKER SYSTEM HARMAN KARDON Hi-Fi System Harman Kardon
M LEATHER STEERING WHEEL M sports steering wheel
ENGLAND VERSION NATIONAL VERSION GREAT BRITAIN
MAIN BATTERY SWITCH Battery master switch
EUROPE/DEALER DIRECTORY Retailer Directory Europe
ENGLISH/OWNERS HANDBOOK/SERVICE BOOKLET Operating instructions, English
SHIPPING PROTECTION PACKAGE Transport protection package Standard equipment
LIMITED SLIP DIFFERENTIAL (25%) Differential lock 25%
AUTOMATIC STABILITY CONTROL+TRACTION Automatic stability control (ASC+T)
LT/ALY WHL/ Z STAR BMW LA wheel Z Star
CHROME LINE INTERIOR Chrome Line Interior
HARDTOP PREPARATION Hardtop-preparation
WINDOW LIFTS, ELECTRIC AT FRONT Window lifts, electric, front
HEADLIGHT BEAM-THROW CONTR. F LOW BEAM Headlight aim control
FOGLIGHTS Fog lights
LANGUAGE VERSION ENGLISH Language version English
BMW OEM FACTORY WIND DEFLECTOR (non-roll hoop version)

I've made the following changes over the last 2 years:

SUSPENSION:
E-Tech front strut brace
FK Silverline Coilover Plus suspension
Camber adjustable top mounts (front)
E36 Camber adjustment bolts (front)
BMW OEM M3 strut reinforcement plates (front)
BMW OEM shock mount gaskets (front and rear)
Meyle Heavy Duty top mounts (rear)
Meyle Heavy Duty control arms
BMW OEM shock reinforcement plates (rear)
Powerflex polybush kit (complete kit)
New sway bar/drop links

WHEELS AND TYRES:
18" Staggered Beyern Multi (FRONT 18x8.5 and REAR 18x9.5)
Falken FK-452's all round (FRONT 225/40/18 and REAR 255/35/18)

ICE:
Alpine CDE-9880R with full speed iPod control
Factory upgraded Harman Kardon system (amp, speakers and subwoofer)
Clifford G5 650 MKII alarm with dual proximity sensor
BMW OEM Sport Antenna

PERFORMANCE:
ITG Pro Filter drop in replacement filter
SuperSprint stainless steel back box
EBC Yellow Stuff brake pads all round (fitted 19/04/2011)
Brembo HC brake discs all round (fitted 19/04/2011)
Goodridge braided stainless steel brake lines (fitted 19/04/2011)
Earls Performance stainless steel clutch line (fitted 19/04/2011)

EXTERIOR:
Clear front indicator lens conversion with chrome bulbs
Clear side indicators with chrome bulbs
Clear/red rear light units with chrome bulbs
BMW hardtop (cosmos black)
Z3 M side gills
Z3 M side mirrors (* yet to be fitted *)

INTERIOR:
Storm Motorwerks V1 stainless short and weighted gear knob
Storm Motorwerks handbrake cover
Storm Motorwerks lighter blank
Custom EL Lockwood dials (beige) with LED conversion and red needles
BMW OEM Roll hoops
Custom retrimmed and repadded M steering wheel (black leather top and bottom, black perforated leather sides and beige stitching)
Custom beige leather gear gaiter (* yet to be fitted *)
Custom beige leather handbrake gaiter (* yet to be fitted *)
Windblox Lexan Wind Deflector (fitted 21/04/2011)
Doug Whalen black anodised hood release handle (fitted 06/05/2011)


RECENT PICTURES:









RECENT PICTURES (in it's winter guise with Cosmos Black hardtop):









RECENT PICTURES (with Z3M gills fitted):








INTERIOR PICTURES:












Thanks for looking!! :D
 

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That's a car and what a change from 2 years ago till now well done mate

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Thanks metroreg!.. :D

Nice one Pangster :thumbsup ...have you thought about getting the hard top sprayed to match the car?Would look well :cool
I'm still undecided regarding the colour of the hardtop.. it's off the car now! - so I might stick it in the paint shop in time for this winter! :D
 

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Nearly three years, about time you made a project thread :hihi

Car looks ace :thumbsup
LOL!.. I know - wasn't exactly in a hurry was I? :D.. In all honesty it would have been less of a ball ache if I had done it ages ago and just added to it! :lol

nevermind - I'll try and keep on top of it now and post regular updates! :D
 

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Some details around the brake setup that will soon be installed - if anyone is looking for the part numbers for EBC Yellow Stuff pads for the 2.8 - then I've also listed these below..

BRAKE PADS:
EBC Yellow Stuff (interestingly enough EBC do not list Yellow Stuff pads for the 2.8 Z3 - but after a lot of cross checking/referencing - I managed to identify the following part numbers: front = DP41211R / rear = DP41289R) - they also come with 3M anti squeal pads:




BRAKE DISCS:
I decided fairly early on that I didn't want drilled or grooved discs - I've had these on other cars and again feel that these were more for show than for any perceived benefit I could gain from them - plus when you have as many spokes on your alloys as me - you can't really see them!! :D With the decision made to go for blanks/OEM style rotors, I had read some very good reviews about the Brembo HC (high carbon) discs. A nice feature of these discs is that they also come with EASY:CHECK dimples which show you when you're on the limit of thickness for the disc.




BRAKE LINES:
Surprisingly enough there was quite a few stainless steel options out there for brake lines - but I've used Goodridge before and have been happy with the quality and performance of them - so it was a bit of a no brainer.




Just need to get the car booked in now to get it all fitted! :D
 

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PROGRESS OF EXTERIOR MAKEOVER:

As you can see from the original post - the Z3 M side gills have now been fitted. I'm in the process of painting the Z3 M mirrors - but I ran out of paint and the Halfords tins I bought to try and finish the job off were a COMPLETELY different colour:



So the mirror bases need rubbed back and completely re-done and the mirror shells can do with being flattened back and given a final colour coat and then lacquered. I'm off for a week and a half soon - so will aim to get them all painted up and fitted then - in the meantime here was some 'in progress' shots:

 

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Thats quite a transformation pangster and all for the better I may add :D

Love the side by side alteration pics, numptys like me need those to see the changes, great thread, pics and car :thumbsup
 

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Thats quite a transformation pangster and all for the better I may add :D

Love the side by side alteration pics, numptys like me need those to see the changes, great thread, pics and car :thumbsup
thanks SlowTech! :D - the changes to the exterior are quite subtle.. so figured it would be worth doing a comparison shot.. it helps you see the difference they make! I'm very happy with the Z3M side gills and think they fit in well with the wheels and rest of the car.. nice little chrome flash! LOL!.. although I've seen some other Z3's that tend to get a bit carried away with the whole chrome thing! :confused:lol

I'll do another side by side comparison shot for the mirrors as these are quite subtle as well.
 

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Looking good!
Are those the the side gills in the first pictures?
The stock/standard side gills are the ones in the first pictures (and my signature) - the Z3M side gills are the ones that have the chrome dart in them - here's a before and after shot (stock/standard gills on the top and Z3M gills on the bottom):

 

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INTERIOR MAKEOVER CONTINUED
My latest purchase is a Windblox Wind Deflector. I've came to the conclusion (or rather the wife has!) that a wind deflector is an absolute must as I think the novelty of being whipped in the face with her hair has worn off! :D - I've read various reviews and considered going for the mesh OEM type - but in the end decided to go for the clear solid type. After a bit of research it soon became apparent that the market leader for these types of screens is a company called Windblox based in the US - not to mention they're cheaper (including shipping) than some of the inferior UK based products.

I settled on the following configuration:

Material: Lexan
Straps: Clear
Tint: Clear

Example installed pictures (with black straps):






Should be here within the next 2 weeks or so! :D
 
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