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Old 08-08-2012, 01:31 PM   #1
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Thumbs Up My build/progress thread of old and new ride (formerly SH330CI, lots of pics)

I have realized after all these years I never got around to making my own build thread so I will mash the old and new ride into one. I bought my 04 330CI ZHP TIAG June 25th, 2008 CPO from a friends bmw dealership with 32k miles on the vehicle. Since then it has been on a long journey and endured 4 years of several trips to and from Michigan (to see my family and my fiance(now wife) in dental school in Michigan). I sold it at 111k miles. Below you will see pics of my mods through the years.

The day I bought it

1st Mod (Rac Dyn Air Intake, AEM dryflow installed and rac dyn rear strut brace both not pictured)

2nd Mod (Angel Eyes)

3rd Mod (M3 Seats)

4th (M3 Wheels)

5th (Slotted Rotors all around and Pagid Performance brake pads)
6th (Black rear diffuser)

7th (CSL Rep Wheels)

8th (CF Hood)

9th (Headers)

10th (BC coilovers)

11th (new zhp shift knob)

12th (leather wheel)

13th (arqray lip)

14th (CSL trunk)

15th (CSL Center Console)

Depo Smoked Tails (oem tails separated and leaked)

17th (BBS Style 5s 18")

Last but not least this was the way it looked the way I sold it: (minus the style 5s, vid below)

A list of the maintenance it underwent during the 4 years 2 months of ownership.

Control Arms and Bushings Changed under warranty August 2008
Flashed with updated DME before sold to me.
CPO Warranty Expired August 2011
Oil Changed Every 7500 Miles
Brakes Replaced and Upgraded with Slotted Stop Tech rotors and pads at 80k miles
DISA valve replaced @ 82k miles.
Polyurethane Rear Trailer Arm Bushings at 90k.
Crankshaft position sensor 93k.
New NGK Iridium Spark Plugs and Valve Cover Gasket @ 93k.
New Battery at 100k.
Water Pump Replaced at 103k miles.
Water Pump Pulley replaced at 103k miles.
Control Arm and Bushings replaced again at 104k miles.
Alignment done @ 106k miles.
02 bypass done @ 107k miles.

Now my wife was bugging me to get my next car since January but our wedding was in April so I wanted to keep that cash aside just in case some unforeseen expenses occurred. Well, after my wedding I started my hunt for my next car and I found it in NC thanks to posting a WTB thread on M5board. I was not going to waiver on the ext/int color combo I wanted. Interlagos Blue/Silverstone Leather interior. I finally found an 07 with 56k miles still under warranty. SMG pump just replaced, new clutch new battery.

All maintenance done at BMW. Good to go! I took the zhp on one final ride to pick up my new ride. I must admit, it was an emotional rollercoaster going down with the zhp because I had so many fond memories in it. Hell I took my wife on our first date in it. As soon as I arrived in Wilmington NC and I saw my new car and its former owner waiting at the Holiday inn parking lot for me all those sad feelings washed away. This car is amazing! The blue pops in person so much so that taking photographs does not do it justice. The car is pristine inside and out and has a Dinan exhaust, 12mm spacers all around, and an Eibach sport spring kit on it. The roar of the engine is bonerworthy. Here it is as she sits today.

All I plan on doing is an AFE stage 2 intake and maybe a chip. So far I have put in new brake pads, oil change, and resonator delete. A long read but I feel worth it. Hope you enjoy!

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