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    Bill's Alpine White project

    My latest project is a 2004 Alpine White sedan. I bought the car with 84k miles from Florida. She arrived with a sand beige interior that wasn't up to par condition wise. Other than that, the car showed very well, with a few minor bruises here and there. And as in the case with almost every used German sports sedan, maintenance is always needed, preventative and / or past due!

    I have owned many ZHP's in all forms, mostly sedans, but did have a coupe and a convertible. This, however, is my first, and only Alpine White iteration that I've owned. I've wanted an Alpine White ZHP since 2005, but when they occasionally hit the market over the years, I was either not a position to buy or didn't like the price.

    With that said, let the journey begin.....
    Last edited by illirep; 03-09-2014 at 05:25 PM.

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    Date Mileage Description
    08/21/04 5 In-service date
    03/04/05 9,593 Wiper blades replaced
    11/09/05 14,216 Inspection I service (oil and filter, visual inspection of various components)
    11/05/07 27,901 Belts replaced
    11/05/07 27,901 Brake fluid flush
    11/05/07 27,901 Inspection I service (oil and filter, visual inspection of various components)
    11/05/07 27,901 Wiper blades replaced
    11/12/07 27,951 A pillar trim replaced
    02/16/09 35,901 Inspection I service (oil and filter, visual inspection of various components)
    02/16/09 35,901 Wiper blades replaced
    02/16/09 35,901 Wiper fluid pump replaced
    04/27/09 37,227 Themostat replaced
    04/27/09 37,227 Washer fluid level senser replaced
    10/01/09 41,707 Brake fluid flush
    10/01/09 41,707 Inspection I service (oil and filter, visual inspection of various components)
    04/19/10 46,864 Rear brakes replaced
    04/19/10 46,864 Valve cover gasket replaced
    08/21/10 50,950 CPO / extended maintenance plan expired
    09/08/10 51,213 Wiper fluid pump replaced
    12/23/11 66,115 E46 tail light recall campain performed
    05/30/13 83,900 Oil and filter service
    05/30/13 83,900 Both front window regulators replaced
    12/27/13 84,300 Battery replaced, OEM
    12/27/13 84,300 New A and C pillars
    12/27/13 84,300 New center HVAC vent installed
    12/27/13 84,300 New rear deck panel installed
    12/27/13 84,300 New rear H/K speaker covers installed
    12/27/13 84,300 New front grills installed, OEM 325i - chrome outer ring / black slats
    12/28/13 84,324 New air filter installed
    12/28/13 84,324 Oil filter housing gasket / vanos lines replaced, OEM BMW
    12/28/13 84,324 Oil and filter service
    12/28/13 84,324 Starter replaced, OEM Bosch
    12/28/13 84,324 Replaced disa valve replaced, OEM BMW
    12/28/13 84,324 New alternator belt, OEM BMW
    12/28/13 84,324 Right pork-chop replaced, OEM BMW
    01/11/14 84,408 Windshield cowl replaced
    01/11/14 84,408 Gloss black shadowline exterior trim replaced
    01/16/14 84,440 Complete cooling system update (radiator, water pump, hoses, expansion tank, etc.)
    01/16/14 84,440 Sprint booster installed
    02/15/14 85,200 Replaced all 4 135's with very good condition used set
    02/15/14 85,200 New Goodyear Eagle AS sports all around
    03/31/14 86,708 Alcantara interior conversion
    03/31/14 86,708 Replaced headliner with a perfect condition used one due to sagging
    03/31/14 86,708 Replaced grab handles, sun visors and sunroof shade
    03/31/14 86,708 New upper and lower B pilliars
    03/31/14 86,708 New front and rear door sills
    03/31/14 86,708 New center console and rear ash tray delete / storage compartment
    03/31/14 86,708 Replaced all four door weather moldings
    03/31/14 86,708 Replaced both front vapor barriers from sloppy regulator replacement job
    04/10/14 87,103 New M Dead pedal
    04/10/14 87,103 Homeline installed
    04/10/14 87,103 V1 Hardwired
    04/10/14 87,103 New Dice silverline duo installed
    04/10/14 87,103 New F30 Msport (zhp knob) and leather boot retrofit
    04/10/14 87,103 BMW performance alcantara hand brake and boot
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    Nice. Looking forward to more pics.
    Randeaux/Rando/John/jr - '06 Cic ZHP; Southern California
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    Looking forward to more images

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    I'm totally into this! Awesome, Bill!
    Matt/Matthew/Belvin
    2003 ZHP Sedan, 6sp, Jet Black/Sand with Black Cube
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    Bill's Alpine White project

    I can't imagine doing the interior swap multiple times. I know you've done it a few times (although maybe not as extensive with carpet and dash swaps). My back would be shot and I'd be on bed rest for a week.

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    Sean, replacing the dash is not as hard as you think. Only one phillips screw and 4 nuts, that's it. After that you can just pull out the dash once you take out the A-pillar covers. It's the crawling around inside that gets to you after awhile.
    .........2008 GT Silver 997.1tt.........................2004 TiAg ///M......................2001.5 Audi S4 Avant.........

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    Agreed Charlie.

    The swap is surprisingly very easy and straight forward. There are few 'annoying' but not necessarily complicated areas, at least in my opinion:

    -the hex bolts that secure the A pillars are angled toward the windshield. I have a flexible dewalt bit receiver that helps, but the bolts are easy to strip so I always take extra caution on them.

    -the C pillars and accompanying reading lamps are a bit challenging to remove without breaking the clips on either

    -the glove box always causes me grief when reinstalling it. It is sort of heavy and difficult to align when bending / reaching from outside the car, with two hard to reach screws

    Other than that, it is fairly straight forward, and totally worth it!

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    Sweet! Where did you source the NB interior ? Do you still have the mystic blue beauty ?
    Alex '03 Imolarot BMW 330i ZHP - 6MT


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    Quote Originally Posted by illirep View Post
    Agreed Charlie.

    The swap is surprisingly very easy and straight forward. There are few 'annoying' but not necessarily complicated areas, at least in my opinion:

    -the hex bolts that secure the A pillars are angled toward the windshield. I have a flexible dewalt bit receiver that helps, but the bolts are easy to strip so I always take extra caution on them.

    -the C pillars and accompanying reading lamps are a bit challenging to remove without breaking the clips on either

    -the glove box always causes me grief when reinstalling it. It is sort of heavy and difficult to align when bending / reaching from outside the car, with two hard to reach screws

    Other than that, it is fairly straight forward, and totally worth it!
    Those freaking hex bolts. Drove me crazy.
    2003 Oxford Green ZSP 5MT 330i
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