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Old 15-02-2015, 09:47 AM
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Default Silver S50 with ACS parts journal

Currently 4 and a bit years in to ownership, and following a nudge on the forum from Dave P, I've finally got around to starting my S50 ownership journal...

A bit of background I guess... I first saw an MC parked up in at Harewood House, near Leeds, back in '99. I stood, drooling at it with my wife, despite not knowing that much about the model, but fell for the crazy lines instantly. Fortunately, so did my wife so no hurdle to overcome there

It wasn't until 2010 that it became feasible (sportsbikes/finance/blah blah blah) but following a redundancy payout, and then finding another job, I was faced with a decision to either payoff a chunk of the mortgage or buy the car I'd wanted for years. Yup... heart won!

After a few viewings and test drives, I eventually decided on an MC located up in Scotland and drove it back home to Yorkshire through ice and snow - a great experience in the first powerful RWD I'd ever driven.

Link to Dave's "new listing" post:
http://www.z3mcoupe.com/forum/showthread.php?t=10624

Couple of photos sent through by the seller:





Full story to follow. Just wanted to commit to getting a journal started.
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Old 15-02-2015, 11:01 AM
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Good start Tony.... I'll be back in 2019 for the next installment
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Old 15-02-2015, 11:19 AM
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Hahahahaaaaa, you know there's so much truth in that mate
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Old 15-02-2015, 05:46 PM
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Just to prove you wrong Spooks, instalment 2 (slow afternoon!)

I'd negotiated a good price for the car due it having a couple of areas of rust on the leading edge of both sill covers, as well as a small amount on the lips of the rear wheel arches. Looked to me like it had a couple of stone chips on the lips around top-centre that hadn't been caught in time - nothing that couldn't easily be sorted though and I wasn't looking for a garage queen. Hell, I didn't have the budget for a garage queen for starters, but fair to say that I prefer to drive a car than to clean it anyway, so it wouldn't have been a garage queen for long.

The small rust spots might have put some buyers off, but after seeing and driving several standard M Coupes, I'd completely fallen for this car as soon as I saw it in the flesh, and the test drive just blew me away - it felt much more responsive to steering input. Yep, heart ruling head again

The car looked and drove so much better than OEM spec in my opinion, with the stance looking great, sat on ACS suspension with 18" ACS Type IIIs fitted. At this point, not having done much research in to the ACS suspension, I didn't realise that there were 2 versions available. As it turns out, the car had the sport version, with coilovers upfront and the top front mounts had also been swapped over to increase camber.

I'd done some research in to the car, speaking to 2 garages who'd serviced the car during the more recent years of it's 52,000 mile life, both of whom gave it a thumbs-up relating to when they'd serviced it. I also contacted the garage that had fitted the Simota intake and new EBC brake discs and pads all round for the seller, who waxed lyrical about the car.

Other issues I'd spotted with the car were that the passenger window was doing the sluggish opening thing, to the extent that it struggled to get beyond halfway down unless helped, and also the airbag warning light was on when I first viewed it. The seller had this reset before I collected the car, but when I moved the position of the driver's seat on the drive home, the warning light lit up again. I also discovered that the NS electric door mirror didn't operate.

After the long drive home from Edinburgh in December 2010, with my dad smiling nearly as much as I was, we got the car back to Leeds and gave it a bloody good clean. It was an ace day, despite having stalled on first attempt to drive away from the seller's house and despite falling snow and the fuel shortages that were on at the time. I was so pleased to find that the MC exceeded my expectations - I'd never enjoyed driving a car so much.

Next job was to remove the Tag Hauer stickers that the seller had added. Nope, never did find out why, but I was relieved to find that they hadn't been added to cover up any damage.



Despite having planned to tuck the car away for the winter to avoid exposure to road salt and muck, I couldn't resist driving it often

I was advised that the ACS mods had been fitted when the car was purchased new. These were:
  • Exhaust
  • Sport suspension
  • 18" Type III wheels
  • Front flippers
  • Gear shift knob
  • Handbrake lever
  • Foot pedals
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Old 04-03-2015, 07:49 PM
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Dec 2010

After having a couple of tailgate hits forehead moments, I ordered new 320Nm gas struts from SGS and fitted them. Very straightforward job, keeping the tailgate up where it should be when the car's parked up on our steep driveway.

Feb 2011

After some research online I found Autohaus Diagnostics. Everything I found about them suggested they were a quality, specialist BMW indy who were fairly local to me. I gave them a call and booked the MC in for a thorough look over, and to sort out the airbag warning light.

Everything I'd read online about the garage was spot on - really tidy, clean and well equipped setup with 2 great guys that I was more than happy to leave the car with. A couple of days later I picked the car up with a clean bill of health, a new dust seal on the N/S front brake caliper and modified seatbelt pre-tensioner wiring to resolve the airbag warning light

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Old 04-03-2015, 08:26 PM
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April 2011

Unable to resist driving the MC more than I'd planned during my first winter of ownership, I decided it was time to get those bits of rust on the leading edge of the sill covers and on the lip of the rear wheel arches sorted. Yeah I know - should have done so beforehand!

My research in to the boot floor issues that MCs can suffer from also made me want to get that checked out properly. I'd found mention of a firm called Emley Refinishers who'd done several boot floor repairs for some Roadster owners and given that they're BMW approved paint shop, I figured that was as good a place as any to get it all looked at at the same time.

With them doing both a boot floor inspection as well as the paintwork I left the car with them for the week. While the boot floor was given the thumbsup, the sill cover leading edges were a little worse than I'd thought and it turned out to be about £200 more to replace the sill covers with new parts than it would have been to prepare and paint the leading edges. Seemed like the sensible thing to do so new sill covers it was.

With the covers off and inner rear wheel arch lining out, Emley gave it all a thorough prep, painting and then a covering of anti-stonechip 'paint' on the hidden areas (sills and inner wheel arches).

After picking the car up, absolutely delighted with the work they'd done, and a thumbsup for the boot floor as well, I was very happy indeed. However, on the drive home I noticed a wheel-speed related clicking from time to time. Hmmmmm.



A couple of weeks later I found the O/S front brake caliper binding a bit. My own fault for washing it after every drive in winter, hosing down the wheels and brakes and never being able to get them dry before putting the car away in the garage I guess. Fixed with a piston clean and new seal kit by the guys at Autohaus.

I'd also asked them to look into that wheel-speed related click that I'd realised only occurred on fairly hard cornering. Turned out that Emley hadn't realised that the wheel bolts were slightly different lengths for front and rear wheels. A couple had got mixed some up and were fitted to the wrong wheels, protruding slightly and just brushing something on tight turns.
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Old 05-03-2015, 08:21 PM
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May 2011

It was all about the brakes... this time a rattle from the N/S rear wheel caused by a broken hand brake spring. New mounting kit fitted. All good. Took the opportunity to clean calipers front and rear.



It was at this point that I noticed the car was missing the recommended ACS spacers for the rear Type IIIs. That'd explain the fact that they seemed to sit further in to the arches than photos I'd seen of other ACS equipped MCs then.
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Old 06-03-2015, 07:07 PM
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Like the Nurburg decal on the rear quarter windows- both sides?

And those 18's set the stance just right.Smart car in silver.

Write more please..........
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Old 07-03-2015, 12:22 PM
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Like the Nurburg decal on the rear quarter windows- both sides?
It was just on the one side. The circuit part of it has since been removed, leaving just the text. I haven't actually done the 'ring in the car, only on sportsbike, and only managed a 9-minute-dead best lap, so it shouldn't be on the MC at all really

I justify leaving it on with it being where the ACS suspension was tested I believe, ha.
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Old 05-04-2015, 02:30 PM
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July 2011

Having realised that the rear wheels were missing 10mm wheel spacers that are supposed to be fitted with the 9.5J Type IIIs... order placed with Rossiters for new ACS spacers and extended bolts. Rear arches now nicely filled

McGard locking nuts also purchased

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