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    Project SpecZHP

    I'm going to attempt to document the enjoyment and maintenance of our 2004 Imola Red ZHP sedan. The car is my wife's daily driver and for at least 2014 will be my track car. That means 3-4 multi day events from March - September. The title of this thread is a kind of a running joke with the group of guys that I do track events. But I think it explains what my objectives with the car. Historically, we've all driven different cars including S/C 318ti, 332ti, E46 ZHP, E46 M3s, E36 M3s, E34 M5. E30 M3 w/ 2.5 motor. Most of these cars were pretty modified. For example a 318ti with an S52 swapped in or a super charged 318ti with a fully adjustable suspension are far from stock.

    Two of us now own ZHPs. Two others are searching for ZHPs. So we are looking forward to driving the same car on track together. It should be fun on track and talking smack over beers. No excuses about your car has more hp or your car is lighter, etc… At this point there is a gentleman's agreement the cars will be stock or close to it. Any street tire is OK. No R compound tires. Any brake pad is fine. But no BBK. No software tunes, no intakes, no aftermarket exhausts. We'll see how long this lasts. But that's where we are right now.

    Enjoy the ride.

    Car Details
    2004 Imola Red, Natural Brown Leather, ZHP, Cold Weather Package, Glass Moonroof, Xenon Lights, Harmon Kardon Audio
    Officially we are the 3rd owners. The actual third owner never titled the car. It sat in his garage for 4 months and he put less than 100 miles on it during that time.

    Here is a link to buying and bringing the car back to Nebraska.



    Maintenance/Upgrade History:
    Date Mileage Description
    05/21/04 0,000 Build date
    06/30/04 0,010 European Delivery date
    10/11/04 0,000 US delivery date
    10/12/04 0,000 iPod install
    07/01/05 9,787 Fog light warranty repair
    07/01/05 9,787 Oil service
    07/01/05 9,787 Wiper blades
    03/10/06 14,129 15k mile service
    03/10/06 14,129 Wiper blades
    03/17/07 21,937 Oil service
    03/17/07 21,937 Brake fluid flush
    03/17/07 21,937 Wiper blades
    02/27/08 28,135 Inspection I
    02/27/08 28,135 Wiper blades
    02/27/08 28,135 Adjust E-brake
    03/14/08 28,270 Mirrors operating erratic
    07/29/09 35,237 Oil service
    07/05/10 40,964 Oil service
    07/05/10 40,964 Replace alt & acc belts
    05/17/11 48,015 Sold to 2nd owner
    05/18/11 0,000 Windshield chip repair
    05/23/11 0,000 Aux input cable
    05/30/11 50,072 Inspection I
    05/30/11 50,072 K&N air filter
    12/09/11 57,562 BMW OE Style 197 wheels
    12/09/11 57,562 Kumho tires
    02/23/12 58,700 Rear light recall fix
    03/31/12 59,564 Oil change
    03/31/12 59,564 Spark plugs - NGK BKR6EQUP
    03/31/12 59,564 Power steering flush
    03/31/12 59,564 Manual transmission fluid - Redline MTL
    03/31/12 59,564 Rear differential fluid - Redline 75W90
    04/09/12 59,830 Cooling system overhaul
    04/09/12 59,830 Geba water pump
    04/09/12 59,830 ECS water pump pulley
    04/09/12 59,830 Fan switch
    04/09/12 59,830 Thermostat & housing
    04/09/12 59,830 Sealing gaskets
    04/09/12 59,830 Expansion tank & cap
    04/09/12 59,830 Coolant
    04/09/12 59,830 Upper & lower radiator hoses
    04/09/12 59,830 Alt & acc belts
    04/09/12 59,830 Radiator drain plug
    04/09/12 59,830 Coolant level sensor
    04/09/12 59,830 Coolant level sensor clip
    04/09/12 59,830 A/C tensioner pulley
    04/09/12 59,830 Idler pulley
    10/01/13 68,276 Sold to 3rd owner
    02/07/14 68,356 Sold to us
    03/06/14 69,815 MAF
    03/06/14 69,815 BMW air filter
    03/06/14 69,815 Valve cover gasket
    03/06/14 69,815 Oil level sender
    03/06/14 69,815 FCAB
    03/06/14 69,815 Oil service w/ BG additive
    03/06/14 69,815 Fuel injection system service w/ BG products
    03/11/14 69,925 Hawk HT-10 brake pads
    03/11/14 69,925 New rotors. F&R
    03/11/14 69,925 245/35 18 Michelin Pilot Super Sports
    03/14/14 70,014 AG M359 (CSL wheels) 18x8.5 et35

    To Do:
    Brake fluid flush with ATE200 or Super Blue
    Additional camber, knocking out alignment pin in strut tower
    Bavsound Simplicity CIII
    Re-dye drivers seat edge
    Window Tint
    BMW carpeted floor mats
    BMW trunk mat
    Last edited by tkundhi; 03-14-2014 at 06:25 PM.

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    Sounds like a blast, be sure to check your struts, I was black flagged at my first school with a little over your current mileage.


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    That's a lot of wiper blades in the early life of this car. Hmm.

    So even though you have non-zhp rims, they are staggered?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lanister View Post
    That's a lot of wiper blades in the early life of this car. Hmm.
    I think since they were "free" many ppl had them changed on a regular basis. I noticed mine had quite a few early on too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ELCID86 View Post
    I think since they were "free" many ppl had them changed on a regular basis. I noticed mine had quite a few early on too.
    Agreed, my car has the same story.


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    Subscribed to see results. Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3ZHPGUY View Post
    Sounds like a blast, be sure to check your struts, I was black flagged at my first school with a little over your current mileage.

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    Thanks for the input. What was the car doing that they black flagged you?

    Except for a brake fluid flush the car would pass a tech inspection now. While I enjoying working on my car, current travel commitment have me short on time. I had a friend (BMW Master tech) go through the car; let's call it a post purchase inspection. He tracks his cars too. The two other items on the radar are the CCV and the battery. Both are original. The battery tested fine but he said that is the oldest he's seen in a long time. He recommended I do both the CCV and the battery before next winter. I'll upgrade the CCV to the cold weather version. I'm not sure about the battery. Previously I've spent the money on Interstates but the price delta over other options has grown. The consolidation in the battery space many batteries are coming from the same factory and are just branded differently. These batteries have the same specs and very similar warranties. So I need to do a little research. I replaced the battery in my E46 touring for $77 after the core refund. Less than half the cost of the Interstate I installed in that car back in 2004.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lanister View Post

    So even though you have non-zhp rims, they are staggered?
    Yup, style 197: 18x8 et34 & 18x5 et37

    t.

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    I would love to have a specZHP race! Too bad I'm no longer qualified for such a class. LOL

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    I highly recommend the CCV update
    Fantastic history on the car. Did you notice a difference after the injection and oil service? My car felt peppier but that could of been the DISA since it was replaced.


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