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Thread: Long time listener, first time caller.

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    Long time listener, first time caller.

    As I'm sure everyone on this forum not living under a rock is aware, Slater is selling his estoril coupe. Whelp, I'm the buyer. I'll be flying up in mid/late January, meeting my friend (user ZHPizza) in Toronto, importing and then driving this unicorn back to North Carolina.

    I grew up drooling over the E30 M3 and E36 M3. This became an obsession in high school because 2 lucky bastards drove them, one Dakar and one silver. The E36 was only 3 years out of production at the time, so it was incredibly enviable. The kid with the silver one came from a family with a 996 GT3 and E39 M5, so I just hated him in every way imaginable.

    I've spent the last 4 years or so thinking my next car would be an E36 M3, and have been searching high and low for a well-kept Estoril and Dove coupe. But some part of me always knew the ZHP was the correct choice. Thus, I've been looking for both concurrently. I will always love the looks of the E36, but as they say: sometimes it's best not to meet our heroes.

    Fast forward to last month when Nate and I went to look at an Imola coupe. I knew so much about the ZHP and had ridden in his Silbergrau sedan many times, but had never driven one. I was immediately hooked. He and I had exchanged plenty of links for cars for sale (never with much seriousness), but when I saw the Estoril coupe I was speechless. My favorite E36 color on the car I knew I was buying next. Sold.
    Emma - 2005 BMW 330ci ZHP 6MT Estorilblau Individual

    Sportline 8s 18x8.5F - 18x9.5R | APEX ARC-8 18x8.5 Square | aFe Intake | 135i Brembo F/R Calipers | 26mm Front/20mm Rear Sway Bars | Z4 Mirror
    M3 Dead Pedal | M3 Front Seats | Lexus ES300 Yellow Fog Light Retrofit | Koni Yellows/H&R Springs | Llumar CTX 40% | Coby Tri-Stitch Wheel & Boots

    Awaiting Install: M3 Wing Mirrors

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    Welcome, and congrats on the purchase!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BMWCurves View Post
    Welcome, and congrats on the purchase!
    +1. Very nice introduction.

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    Awesome. Welcome
    "Flame suit NOT REQUIRED!!!"
    Call Me Dane l 2/2004 330i ZHP l 18x8 ET45 BBS CK's wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport AS3+ @ 245-40-18 l KW V1 Coilovers in front l KW V1 springs w/ Bilstein B8 dampeners in rear l BMW Performance Rotors l UUC StrutBarbarian l Racing Dynamics Rear Strut Bar l Jim Conforti Shark Injector l Light Birch Interior Trim l Bimmian Celly Mount l M3 Trunk Mat l l e90 Performance E-Brake & Shift Knob l M3 Tri-Stitched Boots l AL Headlight Retrofit with ZKW Lenses l CobyWheel Wrap w/M3 Stitching l LCM sw 4.5 triple blink and rear fogs

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    Love the title of this thread also, being a huge talk radio fan.

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    Welcome

    His - 2004 Imola Red / Alcantara 330i | 6MT | ZHP |

    Her's - 2005 Black Sapphire Metallic / Black Leather 330i | 6MT | ZHP |

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    Quote Originally Posted by BMWCurves View Post
    Welcome, and congrats on the purchase!
    Thanks. I'm childishly excited about this one.

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnmadd View Post
    Love the title of this thread also, being a huge talk radio fan.
    Hah I'm pretty sure I picked it up watching Frasier as a kid.
    Emma - 2005 BMW 330ci ZHP 6MT Estorilblau Individual

    Sportline 8s 18x8.5F - 18x9.5R | APEX ARC-8 18x8.5 Square | aFe Intake | 135i Brembo F/R Calipers | 26mm Front/20mm Rear Sway Bars | Z4 Mirror
    M3 Dead Pedal | M3 Front Seats | Lexus ES300 Yellow Fog Light Retrofit | Koni Yellows/H&R Springs | Llumar CTX 40% | Coby Tri-Stitch Wheel & Boots

    Awaiting Install: M3 Wing Mirrors

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    Welcome to the mafia. As a recent owner of an e36 m3 and ZHP, you made the right choice.

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    Welcome!

    This month's Roundel Magazine has a "E36 M3 sedan vs the ZHP sedan" article. I thought it was a good article for those looking for a sedan in this era. I would take the E46 ZHP over an E36 M3 most days of the week. The extra refinement compared to the E36 is very nice for the streets.

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