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Old 09-08-2011, 05:05 PM   #1
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New Member - 2005 330CI ZHP - Gray w/Alcantara

Hello everyone. I have been observing the forum for quite some time now, but decided to go ahead and introduce myself. I have recently (have already put 15k miles on it) bought a 2005 330CI ZHP 6 speed, Silver Gray Metallic with the Alcantara interior and silver cube trim.

I have added a AUX input cord as well as the EURO first aid box. The car also has a strut brace and Active Autowerke exhaust. Look forward to many miles and possibly a couple track days.
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Old 09-08-2011, 05:06 PM   #2
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Old 09-08-2011, 05:07 PM   #3
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Old 09-08-2011, 05:26 PM   #4
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<- Jealous! Looks very nice bro! On the hunt for me one as well.
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Old 09-08-2011, 05:28 PM   #5
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If I had ordered a ZHP new, it would have been that.
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Old 09-08-2011, 05:30 PM   #6
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Very nice ZHP!!!! Also, good choice of gas! Chevron and Exxon/Mobil are best for this car!
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Old 09-08-2011, 06:01 PM   #7
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Old 09-08-2011, 06:07 PM   #8
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That is one SEXY car! You are a lucky person to find it with all those options. I started looking at some different bimmers last night and one of that nature was very hard to find.
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Old 09-08-2011, 06:36 PM   #9
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What a sexy ride, nice find! Welcome to E46F.
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Old 09-08-2011, 06:42 PM   #10
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Welcome, and very nice color... Manual ftmfw, I also stay in TX near downtown Dallas Maybe some CSL wheels next?
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Old 09-08-2011, 08:20 PM   #11
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sweet car! I like the picture with the e90's next to your ZHP; the e46 STILL looks better!
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Old 09-08-2011, 08:53 PM   #12
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Hello everyone. I have been lurking* the forum for quite some time now, but decided to go ahead and introduce myself. I have recently (have already put 15k miles on it) bought a 2005 330CI ZHP 6 speed, Silver Gray Metallic with the Alcantara interior and silver cube trim.

I have added a AUX input cord as well as the EURO first aid box. Look forward to many miles and possibly a couple track days.
fixed and welcome to the interwebz, nice pics
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:47 PM   #13
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Welcome! Car looks great! Wish mine had Alcantara interior :/ Take care of her and she'll do the same to you. There are many great maintenance threads on here, just watch out for the mod bug!
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Looks great. They're wonderful cars to DD, no?
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Old 09-08-2011, 10:24 PM   #15
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Thanks everyone for the replies. I looked tirelessly to find a ZHP with the right options. I was not sure what I thought of the alcantara at first but I quickly decided how great it is. I recently followed a members directions to restore and bring my steering wheel back to life. It looks like new again.

I really do enjoy this car as a daily driver. I sometimes hate how many miles I put on it, but atleast I get to enjoy it and appreciate it. The 1st to 2nd gear transition has taken some getting used to.

I have done a lot of research on the cars history and maintenance. I will probably start another thread shortly with the maintenance that has been done and what I am thinking about doing next.
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:17 PM   #16
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The 1st to 2nd gear transition has taken some getting used to.
may i recommend going to Lowe's and buying rubber bumpers? its a round thing that goes on the feet of furniture, it works wonder as a clutch stop.
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Old 09-09-2011, 12:27 AM   #17
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Put a lot of miles on it. That's the whole purpose of it. I hope you will keep it for a long time.
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I really do enjoy this car as a daily driver. I sometimes hate how many miles I put on it, but atleast I get to enjoy it and appreciate it. The 1st to 2nd gear transition has taken some getting used to.

If well taken care of, these cars last a long time - no worries on the mileage! I put about 30k/year on mine.


The 1-2 shift is very difficult to get used to. A clutch stop helps some people, and removing the CDV helps some people. My 1-2 shift became much smoother after getting rid of the CDV. Search the forum for "CDV Delete", it is pretty straightforward to do.
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Old 09-09-2011, 09:22 AM   #20
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Ya I have heard a few things about the CDV delete, I will have to go do a bit more research.

I forgot to mention that the car also has a strut brace and Active Autowerke exhaust

As many of you have mentioned, If maintained these cars can and will be great for years to come. I have put together a spreadsheet of all the records I can find from previous owners as well as BMW CPO. At the end I have written some maintenance items to complete at the 100k mile mark. Please comment and let me know if you think I am on the right track or if I need to add something or take care of it before 100k. I started a new thread for this topic. Thanks so much

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...8#post13567278

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