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  • 11-02-2010, 02:28 PM
    bryanclar

    Good...mostly yes. Careful? Hmmm...not always!

    I've seen some idiots out here, too, but for the most part, they take their driving VERY seriously. You NEVER cruise in the left lane. If you're in the left lane, you're checking your mirror for the 911 doing 300kmph behind you!

    Get into town, though, and they fly through narrow roads with cars all around. It's a little nerve-racking the first couple of times you're in a cab. I'm used to it now...hell, I'm driving like them now! :-)

    97 2.8 Arctic Silver - Tanin Red interior with wood console - black top
    Whalen Shift Machine, polished - Type II windscreen (non roll-hoops) - Bilstein HD shocks/struts
    Axxis Metal Master pads - Brembo rotors - Doug Whalen seat bushings
    Passenger Eject (unfortunately non-functional) - OEM Passenger Airbag Disable switch
    Polk Audio all around - Blaupunkt PA amps - LeatherZ Mark II armrest - Strong Strut Trio - AUX input via tapedeck
  • 11-02-2010, 12:36 PM
    Monolith

    Maybe the Germans are very careful drivers......

  • 11-02-2010, 12:34 PM
    Monolith

    Thank you for your help!

    I'll get in contact with him.

    I'm surprised that they're too new for German wrecking yards.
  • 11-02-2010, 12:09 PM
    bryanclar

    I talked with the guy today...

    He speaks really good english but said Z3s are "too new" to be in junk yards yet over here :-). I'm sure they're in some, but I don't know where to look for them. His shop was a jumble of all kinds of cars, parts, and tires, but he seemed to know his stuff and had ///M5s everywhere!

    I asked for a price on the part and he wanted to know more specifics about your car, and then told me it would be an expensive part, mostly because it would be very difficult to find a used one. I would suggest emailing him directly as to avoid my confusing exactly what you want. He wanted to know which type of tranny you had (GM?) and the last 7 of your VIN. Here's his info:

    Toni's Autoland
    [email protected]
    phone 06371-2853 (you'll need to dial 011, then 49 before the number for international if you call)

    Good luck!

    97 2.8 Arctic Silver - Tanin Red interior with wood console - black top
    Whalen Shift Machine, polished - Type II windscreen (non roll-hoops) - Bilstein HD shocks/struts
    Axxis Metal Master pads - Brembo rotors - Doug Whalen seat bushings
    Passenger Eject (unfortunately non-functional) - OEM Passenger Airbag Disable switch
    Polk Audio all around - Blaupunkt PA amps - LeatherZ Mark II armrest - Strong Strut Trio - AUX input via tapedeck
  • 11-01-2010, 10:11 AM
    Monolith

    Okay, thank you!

  • 11-01-2010, 09:08 AM
    bryanclar

    I drove past a parts place today...

    ...but it's a German holiday so I'll swing by in the next day or two and ask them if they can help. I haven't actually found a junk yard, but this looks pretty close to one (and it's close to where I'm living). I'll keep you posted.

    97 2.8 Arctic Silver - Tanin Red interior with wood console - black top
    Whalen Shift Machine, polished - Type II windscreen (non roll-hoops) - Bilstein HD shocks/struts
    Axxis Metal Master pads - Brembo rotors - Doug Whalen seat bushings
    Passenger Eject (unfortunately non-functional) - OEM Passenger Airbag Disable switch
    Polk Audio all around - Blaupunkt PA amps - LeatherZ Mark II armrest - Strong Strut Trio - AUX input via tapedeck
  • 10-22-2010, 11:13 PM
    lpcapital

    Not Z3 related, but I might as well ask...

    I've sent you an email, in case you can help... ehehehe
    ---------------------------------



    2003 Z4 2.5i
    2002 Ducati Monster S4

  • 10-22-2010, 05:23 PM
    Monolith

    Thank you!

  • 10-22-2010, 04:44 PM
    bryanclar

    I'll ask around and see what i can do



    97 2.8 Arctic Silver - Tanin Red interior with wood console - black top
    Whalen Shift Machine, polished - Type II windscreen (non roll-hoops) - Bilstein HD shocks/struts
    Axxis Metal Master pads - Brembo rotors - Doug Whalen seat bushings
    Passenger Eject (unfortunately non-functional) - OEM Passenger Airbag Disable switch
    Polk Audio all around - Blaupunkt PA amps - LeatherZ Mark II armrest - Strong Strut Trio - AUX input via tapedeck
  • 10-22-2010, 01:35 PM
    Monolith

    I wasn't sure if the yards are like in UK

    And all the parts are pulled and cataloged. If you don't speak German, this task will probably be easier for me to do using a written translator and inquiring via the web than for you to hunt the yards.

    The transmission controller is the same size as the engine computer (DME) and is next to the engine controller (they are stacked as a pair) in the engine bay (right side). The units are fairly light weight (under a pound?). A unit shipped from England ran about $10-15 pounds (handling and shipping). The Euro Z3 2.8 automatic models with the part I'm after were manufactured from 09/98 to 05/2000 (when the 2.8 model ended). The BMW part number is 24-60-1-423-974. The unit will have two stickers on top - one is a Bosch sticker with a Bosch part number, a generic BMW unit number (e.g., 1-423-000) and a software version (I'm looking for software version GS8.34.1) and the other sticker is somewhat of a printed label with BMW part numbers and VIN number. The part number will be truncated to "1-423-974".

    The problem I'm having so far is that BMW Germany sells a lot of its excess US spec cars in Germany. I've found GS8.34.1 software, but it's for a US spec car. So, it's important to get the VIN to ensure that it's a Euro spec car.

    Summary:

    Part No.: 24-60-1-423-974
    Software: GS8.34.1 (I'm looking only for the ".1" version)



    Below is an attempt to link to eBay Germany showing a GS8.34.1 software unit but from a US spec car (VIN indicates US car and part number as well):

    http://cgi.ebay.de/Automatikgetriebesteuergerat-BMW-TCM-Bosch-/380274729961?pt=Autoteile_Zubeh%C3%B6r&hash=item588a23e3e9
  • 10-22-2010, 12:49 PM
    bryanclar

    maybe...I haven't really tried...

    I have a car so I can drive to one if I can find one. How big is the controller? I can ask around and see what I can find. Email me a part number if you have it and I'll see what i can do. Shipping could be interesting depending on how big it is but if I can help you out, I'll do my best.

    97 2.8 Arctic Silver - Tanin Red interior with wood console - black top
    Whalen Shift Machine, polished - Type II windscreen (non roll-hoops) - Bilstein HD shocks/struts
    Axxis Metal Master pads - Brembo rotors - Doug Whalen seat bushings
    Passenger Eject (unfortunately non-functional) - OEM Passenger Airbag Disable switch
    Polk Audio all around - Blaupunkt PA amps - LeatherZ Mark II armrest - Strong Strut Trio - AUX input via tapedeck
  • 10-22-2010, 08:40 AM
    Monolith

    Any access to German junkyards?

    I'm looking for a very specific Euro transmission controller for a 2.8 Z3. Can't seem to find any on eBay Germany. The ones that are listed on Ebay Germany are for US spec models.
  • 09-14-2010, 01:03 AM
    fredr

    Oktoberfest, Disneyland with beer! Back in 1968..

    Well, what I remember was fun!
    Fred
    96 1.9 Z3 black/tan/black
    97 M3/4 estoril/gray
    08 Kubota 3400 HST orange/charcoal
    08 GMC Sierra stealth gray/gray
  • 09-13-2010, 06:22 PM
    shastamutt

    me too :-)

  • 09-13-2010, 06:20 PM
    Doug W.

    I don't like beer, so you can have my share. :-)

  • 09-13-2010, 05:46 PM
    MikeinNH

    Lucky guy - Germany is one of my favorite places

    and I loved Ramstein. I'd love to live over there - maybe someday...
  • 09-13-2010, 05:41 PM
    MikeinNH

    I was pretty happy for the Redskins... :-)

  • 09-13-2010, 03:28 PM
    bryanclar

    DOH! Fixed the link here...

    LINKY

    97 2.8 Arctic Silver - Tanin Red interior with wood console - black top
    Whalen Shift Machine, polished - Type II windscreen (non roll-hoops) - Bilstein HD shocks/struts
    Axxis Metal Master pads - Brembo rotors - Doug Whalen seat bushings
    Passenger Eject (unfortunately non-functional) - OEM Passenger Airbag Disable switch
    Polk Audio all around - Blaupunkt PA amps - LeatherZ Mark II armrest - Strong Strut Trio - AUX input via tapedeck
  • 09-13-2010, 03:27 PM
    bryanclar

    Hi Mary...here's something for you and Rusty...

    VIDEO #1

    THIS ONE IS BETTER

    GO TECH!!!

    97 2.8 Arctic Silver - Tanin Red interior with wood console - black top
    Whalen Shift Machine, polished - Type II windscreen (non roll-hoops) - Bilstein HD shocks/struts
    Axxis Metal Master pads - Brembo rotors - Doug Whalen seat bushings
    Passenger Eject (unfortunately non-functional) - OEM Passenger Airbag Disable switch
    Polk Audio all around - Blaupunkt PA amps - LeatherZ Mark II armrest - Strong Strut Trio - AUX input via tapedeck
  • 09-13-2010, 03:24 PM
    bryanclar

    Don't worry...Oktoberfest is almost here :-)



    97 2.8 Arctic Silver - Tanin Red interior with wood console - black top
    Whalen Shift Machine, polished - Type II windscreen (non roll-hoops) - Bilstein HD shocks/struts
    Axxis Metal Master pads - Brembo rotors - Doug Whalen seat bushings
    Passenger Eject (unfortunately non-functional) - OEM Passenger Airbag Disable switch
    Polk Audio all around - Blaupunkt PA amps - LeatherZ Mark II armrest - Strong Strut Trio - AUX input via tapedeck
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