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Old 04-23-2016, 09:53 PM   #1
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Default Picked up a 97 M44 today

It was wrapped in a Z3 body.




Needs some TLC, but all the base things are in good shape. New to car M44, Remus exhaust, heated seats, clean, but needs hood paint. It's in generally good shape.

I'll be making my renewal list.

It's the right color tho...






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Sweet.love the z3
What made you get it?
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Old 04-24-2016, 05:54 AM   #3
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Default Picked up a 97 M44 today

Needs work, so the price was right. I grew up with Verts and while the Cali is nice for a big sunroof, it's not a vert. Main motive was price, shell and interior condition. New struts/shocks, new battery and overall clean car.

A lady owned the car and used it for 180 mile daily commutes. High mileage, but reportedly highway miles. I suspect so as the suspension arms and steering components show minimal wear and tear.

I actually wanted a Z3M, but this was less than a 5th of the going cost and I have immediate available spares for most all that needs repair. Motor runs strong, but needs a oil pan gasket. Also needs tranny mounts and a flex disc.








I think I have new spares in storage. Codes show it needs a O2 rear sensor.

Started to polish out the headlights, reattached the rear view mirror, put on a fresh hood Roundel and removed the leopard skin seat covers.
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Old 04-24-2016, 05:54 AM   #4
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Old 04-24-2016, 06:00 AM   #5
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Nice u got it rich
Thanks Jim! I was concerned it might have a torn subframe or diff mount, but both are solid. Handles very well.

Just need to have the oil issues cleaned up and the flex disc/tranny mounts as an immediate priority. I'll do the two water pipes for piece of mind and send the DME out to Barrie.

Basically a car whose owner sought to take care of it while they had it, but the little items caused her to buy a 128i Vert. Her gain, my gain.
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Cool car. The Z3's are starting to grow on me... It'll be nice that you have all those spare parts. They don't have a whole lot of utility though, other than catching a tan (which is nice). I've enjoyed driving mine with shades, bmw driving gloves, and a bmw jacket..So I look like a proper jerk.

I can't believe that you'd nix the leopard covers. Going Zebra?
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Old 04-24-2016, 06:42 PM   #7
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Default Picked up a 97 M44 today

Polka dot yellow smiley faces seat covers.

I figured if I use it for commuting, I can still get some groceries and 60lbs of dog food.

I did pull out a bunch of renewal parts for the TIs that are same part#s for what I need on the Z3.



Something to be said about standardizing some aspect of your vehicles...


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Other Current Bimmers: 2006 530i / 2000 2.3L Z3 / 1997 1.9L Z3 / 1999 540it

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Old 04-25-2016, 05:16 AM   #8
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Default Picked up a 97 M44 today

Not as much progress as I would have liked today, I but sorted a few things out.
  • Power washed the underside, so I could better see what I am working with.
  • Removed the shredded Flex Disc and wasted a bunch of time trying to figure out why spare Guibo wouldn't fit. Turned out it was for an automatic. Good lesson gained by wasting 4 hours. Thanks James and Ed!

  • Found the source of the exhaust leak, 3 of the four retaining nuts on the exhaust manifold flange are missing.

  • Installed a M3 EVO three spoke steering wheel in place of the torn 4 spoke wheel

  • I found the main oil leak. It is by the oil pan near the internal oil pump pickup. I suspect no gasket maker was applied to the oil pan gasket at the seams between the covers. The Oil Filter housing gasket does not seem to be leaking, but I'll do that one when I do the drivers side plastic coolant pipe.
  • Wire brushed the rust off the hubs as the wheels were a bear to get off. Reinstalled them with anti seize and a set of wheel locks. 3 of the four tires are now racing slicks. I will throw a set of DS-2s I have in storage with some great tread for the moment.
  • Tried to figure out if the storage compartment I have behind the seats is a dead subwoofer or a child proof storage area. If the latter, I suspect I won't be able to get in.
  • Ordered a replacement set of driving lights as I found the switch and the leads to the Fog lights.
  • Taped off the rear soft top window as I understand we have rain coming. Three years of drought and I suppose the trick to get it to rain is to buy a car with a leaking soft top.

I will see what I can get done during the week, as I need to actually work on a my Cali prep for Fest.
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Default Picked up a 97 M44 today

Completed:
  • Title Registered
  • Flex Disc replaced
  • Cleaned heat shields
  • Exhaust gasket and nuts addressed
  • Tranny mounts replaced

  • Short weighted shift knob installed
  • Figured out how to get into the Subwoofer for inspection. Subwoofer looks and sounds clear. The rear drivers side mid is blown as is the passenger lower mid/low in the kick panel. Additionally, the drivers door speakers are not working. Repaired the cracks in the Subwoofer lid from underneath.

  • Adjusted trunk lock

The car was running smooth and sounding healthy after addressing both the Flex Disc and the exhaust issue. Then, after a little spirited driving, a terrible, constant misfire.

My BT reader indicated that the #4 plug started misfiring. Upon inspection, the boot was torn off and #4 plug was shorting on the block. I ordered new Magnecor wires and in the meantime, I'll see if I have a spare in storage this weekend to temp replace while I wait for the new wires.

I also noticed a familiar rattle behind the drivers seat. I suspect the Drivers side RSM is blown. I'll replace them both and install the reinforcement plates.

No worries, i'm expecting to find stuff and just address them.

I should prolly post this in a Z3 site, but since much of the work to be done is just about identical as to what you need to do to a TI for reference, I figure I'd update here, unless anyone objects.

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Default Picked up a 97 M44 today

This weekend:


Replaced burnt out bulbs in instrument cluster





Replaced #4 spark plug wire. Runs smooth again
Tightened up loose center vent roller switch and rotating vents




Ordered spare lighted key
Replaced Oil Pan gasket



Replaced motor mounts
Powerwashed underbody post oil pan gasket replacement (I suspect I will still have a Oil housing gasket leak to deal with.
Addressed missing air cleaner horn to hose. It was just plain missing




Replaced the secondary air pump with one with the correct inlet
Replaced oil filter and air filter
Replace the BMW radio with a CD43
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:28 AM   #11
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Default Picked up a 97 M44 today

I love getting stuff in the mail. Getting ready for the weekend fixes.



Nah, couldn't wait. Installed them.


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Default Picked up a 97 M44 today

Started and maintaining my renewal post for the Z3 over on ZRoadster.org to not tie up resources here, but you can check it out there if you are interested in following along.

https://zroadster.org/threads/my-new...9/#post-196024

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