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Now assuming all the parts were correctly installed and the proper parts, are you sure the clutch fluid was bled properly? if there is even a bubble of air in there the clutch wont 100% disengage and cause more issues in 1st/rev. Some clutch systems need to be bled in a specific way and may not be as simple as others.

1996 BMW Z3... | Answered on Dec 23, 2017

worn out first gear in the transmission most likely. maybe too many burnouts in its past

1996 BMW Z3... | Answered on Nov 19, 2017

Check your EGR valve and system. EGR should not be on when engine is cold, if its on the car will run as you describe.

1996 BMW Z3... | Answered on May 27, 2016

Hoses wear out , replace it . That hose is under a lot of pressure and heat and everything wears out and has a life. I would say that was a helluva hose to last that long and would suggest you look at all your hoses and belts especially if they have never been replaced.

1996 BMW Z3... | Answered on Jul 02, 2015

Do not try and cross any wiring as you can deploy your air bags.
You need to have a scan tool that will read air bag codes and make necessary repairs.

1996 BMW Z3... | Answered on May 17, 2015

Normally the dealer just needs to know the serial and it will give you the code in less than a minute. If the code they gave you doesn't work then the radio unit  has been modified and the only ones that know what was modified  are the ones that did it.
Just bite the bullet and get a new radio - one with an iPod hookup , your wife will appreciate that.

1996 BMW Z3... | Answered on Aug 20, 2014

the problem is that it has been parked up for 8 yrs, you really need to get a decent mobile mechanic to give it the once over, there are a number of things that it could be, they don't like being left that long & not at least started.

1996 BMW Z3... | Answered on Aug 17, 2014

Check on Bimmerfest,com its a bmw forum, I have gotten alot of great answers and ideas for my 1997 z-3 roadster great site.

1996 BMW Z3... | Answered on Aug 06, 2014

Pedal sinking to the floor is typically a failed master cylinder, failed slave cylinder and maybe both. A failing clutch has different symptoms (hard to shift, engine slips while in gear).

So good news because replacing both cylinder is cheaper than replacing the clutch. If you are mechanically inclined you can replace these yourself - I'd give it a medium on difficulty but you will be dealing with hydraulic fluid which can make a mess (and it will ruin your paint any place it touches).

On youtube there are dozens of videos on how to replace your master clutch cylinder and slave clutch cylinder (there is also a break master cylinder which is similar but not the same), So watch a few of them and see if you're up for it.

1996 BMW Z3... | Answered on May 03, 2014

the rear universal is probably gone bad at rear of drive shaft. does it clunk when shifting from park into drive, get under vehicle, when it is turned off. you can leave it in park. grab drive shaft and see if you can wiggle it. if so its the universal joint on drive shaft.put on e-brake before getting under it. if it is bad, its best to change both front and back universals. Good-day!

1996 BMW Z3... | Answered on Apr 30, 2014

can i ask why you put a trickle charge on a new battery ? also a trickle charger that is faulty will blow the ecu. its best not to use them on and vehicle from 90's and below as they were not designed to take them. modern cars have overloaders inbuilt into the ecu so lighting strikes etc don't do any damage and the engine will run on.

1996 BMW Z3... | Answered on Mar 20, 2014

have you checked the obd2 codes yet? what you describe could be the mass ir flow sensor.
does it runs but wont go if you acelerate fast? let me know

1996 BMW Z3... | Answered on Oct 14, 2013

There's a problem some where in the starter circuit or starter motor /solenoid etc.Check for bad ground frayed cable loose cable
neutral/start switch needs adj. starter pinion jammed.If it started the first time after the new battery and then not the alternator may not be charging.The charging rate should be checked when the battery is replaced.If the headlights are very bright and the radio sounds loud and clear then the battery is not discharged.It should read a full 13volts if tested with a meter.

1996 BMW Z3... | Answered on Jun 24, 2013

Hi James, the early Z3 vehicles had a common issue with the ignition switch not recognizing when the key has been removed. You can listen for a definitive click when the key is removed from the switch. There is a gong located under the driver's dash area in the plastic trim panel. It can be unplugged.

1996 BMW Z3... | Answered on Nov 25, 2012

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