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Old 10-11-2012, 02:40 PM   #1
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My Ride: 2003 325ci
2003 330ci ZHP Project Car, $15k in Receipts, new Stereo, Tires, more

2003 BMW 330ci, 15k in receipts, 90% Complete Project Car

  • New ZHP Motor w/111k miles on it

  • New Cylinder Head Gasket, Oil Pan Gasket, Front&Main Seals

  • New Water Pump

  • Radiator Fan Shroud

  • New Fuel Filter and Air&Micro-Filter

  • New Spark Plugs

  • New Motor Mounts

  • New Transmission Mounts

  • New Transmission Mount Bushing Assembly

  • New Driveshaft Gweeble

  • New Front Control Arms, Bushings, and Securing Hardware

  • New Front Brake Pad Sensor

  • New Final Stage Resistor Assembly Unit

  • New Fuel Pump

  • New Washer Pump and Screen

  • New AUX Adapter

  • New Oil Level Sender Unit

  • New Sunroof Shade

  • New Rear Brake PAds

  • New Subframe Plate


  • 2 New Front Tires

  • New Fan Clutch

  • New Left Rear Lower Control Arm Assembly


  • Upgraded to Pioneer Avic-Z3 Touch Screen Navigation

  • Bluetooth, HD Radio, Satellite Radio, Nav Traffic

  • JL Speakers with Boston Acoustic Speakers all around

  • 12" Boston Acoustic Subwoofer with JL Amplifier, and JL Digital
    Amplifier for speakers

The two major things that this car needs to be 100% complete are a torque
converter (keeps throwing a check engine), and paint!  The torque converter
I had been holding off on, in part due to finances, and mainly due to the fact
that I was flirting with the idea of converting the car to a stick.  It
could use an alignment, but I'd been waiting with hopes of dropping it a little
and putting a sportier suspension in it.  The roof, hood, and trunk lid are
all missing the clear coat; it's a Cali car, so I can only assume that it baked
off.  The body is solid, however the paint is leaving something to be
desired.  Again, I had refrained from doing anything with this because if I
kept it, I really wanted to paint it Alpine White.


But, as they say, my loss is your gain.  It's my daily driver right now,
and it's a blast.  As you can see from the receipts, this car has been gone
through with a fine toothed comb.  Every single part that was replaced was
replaced with an OEM replacement - nothing aftermarket.  No expenses were
spared on the motor, the stereo, and the repairs.  I've got over $15k into
the car in parts/labor, and I paid $6000 for the car prior to the motor swap, so
all told I'm into this thing for over $20k.  (It has a recon title dating
back to CA - I have the CarFax, and it wasn't in an accident, but rather was
stolen.  I happened to know the sister of the owner, and when it was stolen
and the wheels, nav, xenon's and seats were taken.)  Obviously I don't
expect to recoup all of that or realistically, anywhere near that, but all
reasonable (cash) offers will be entertained.  Please email with any
questions.  Thank you.

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