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Thread: Lorenzo's Imola sedan Project

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    Lorenzo's Imola sedan Project

    Picked up my ZHP on February 5, 2017. I've owned ZHPs in the past, but didn't really know or fully appreciate what I had. I drive a 2014 428 MSport as my daily, which I really like, especially all the technology. But the ZHP is connected to the road and driver, like no other car I've driven.

    I wasn't looking to buy another one, but after a friend recently bought one, I checked the 'For Sale' posts in this forum, and stumbled on a local ZHP that looked good. It was my favorite build - Imola, alcantara, manual, and sedan. Mileage was on the high side at 155K, but the asking price of $7K was attractive. I emailed the seller on Craigslist and saw the car the next day. It was in good condition in and out, especially the Alcantara. After a PPI, I found that it was decently maintained, but not enthusiast maintained. So much work to be done to bring up to a higher standard. But that is the fun part - especially interacting with fellow ZHP Mafia members to learn and share.

    Summary
    Year: 2004
    Model: 330i sedan
    Exterior Color: Imola Red
    Interior: Alcantara/cloth
    Transmission: 6-speed manual
    Packages: Performance
    Options: Heated front seats, Xenons, Harman-Kardon
    Purchased Date: 02/05/2017
    Mileage at purchase: 155,500 miles
    VIN: WBAEV534X4KM07043

    Previous History
    04/20/04: 4 miles: In Service Date (Allentown, PA)
    10/29/04: 13,902 miles: Oil and filter change
    06/30/06 44,389 miles: Oil and filter change, Brake flush
    01/13/07: 60,000 miles: Oil and filter change, front brake pads and rotors replaced
    10/13/07: 75,000 miles: Oil and filter changed, Drive belts replaced
    05/29/09: 89,434 miles: Oil and filter change
    06/23/14: 131,653 miles: Alignment performed
    01/15/16: 143,019 miles: Oil and filter changed, OFHG replaced
    04/30/16: 146,300 miles: Oil and filter changed, alignment
    06/24/16: 148,000 miles: Front brakes and rotors - Turner Motorsports Slotted Front Rotors and OEM BMW Front Brake Pads w/new OEM BMW wear sensor
    08/06/16: 150,780 miles: Oil and filter changed mobile 1 0W-40
    Carfax shows many more service entries but no details
    In past two years, last owner has:
    -New belts Serpentine and A/C
    -0W40 Mobil 1 Synthetic with OEM filter every 3-4K miles
    -New NGK spark plugs
    -New Rear Michelin Pilot Super Sports
    -Tinted windows 35%
    -Black Kidney Grilles
    -New OEM ZHP Shift Knob
    -BMW OEM Weather Floor Mats

    My maintenance and upgrades
    Replaced Intake and Cabin air filters (DIY) - 02/10/17: 155,601 miles
    Oil and filter change. Mobil 1, 0W-40 - 02/11/2017: 155,621 miles.
    Cooling System Overhaul w/radiator - 02/17/2017: 155,678
    Replaced Rear Wheel Bearing - 02/17/2017: 155,678
    Changed Differential Fluid w/Redline 75w90 - 02/20/2017: 156,750
    Changed Manual Transmission Fluid w/BMW MTL-LT-3 SAE 75W-90) - 2/25/2017: 155,855
    Replaced Center Console and Cup Holder - 02/25/2017: 155,855
    Drivers side Airbag recall - 03/03/2017: 155,932
    Valve Cover Gasket - 03/04/2017: 155,980
    Vanos Seal and Rattle Repair - 03/04/3017: 155,980
    Oil Pan Gasket - 03/09/2017: 156,074
    M3 Engine Mounts - 03/09/2017: 156,074
    Lemforder Front Control Arm Bushings - 03/09/2017: 156,074
    Steering Coupler - 03/09/2017: 156,074
    Fuel Pump and Fuel Filter - 03/30/2017: 156,318
    Brake and Power Steering Flush - 4/8/2017: 157,605

    Planned 2017 maintenance
    Brake flush. DONE
    Drain/refill Power steering fluid. DONE
    Oil And Filter change. DONE
    Change Differential fluid. DONE
    Change transmission fluid. DONE
    Air bag recall. DONE
    Replace Fuel filter. DONE
    Detail interior and exterior. DONE
    Engine Bay clean. DONE.

    Planned 2017 Repairs
    VANOS Rebuild (Beisan seals and rattle kit). DONE.
    Valve Cover Gasket. DONE.
    Control arm bushings. DONE
    M3 Engine Mounts. DONE
    Oil Pan Gasket. DONE
    HID Low Beam Bulb (driver side). DONE

    Planned 2017 Upgrades and Refreshes
    Coolant overhaul. DONE.
    Center console. DONE
    Cup holder. DONE
    Refresh suspension - Shocks/struts/springs. DONE. Koni Yellow Sport.
    Upgraded Sway Bars
    PDR trunk
    New BMW Wheel Caps. DONE.
    New carpet mats

    Future upgrades and maintenance
    Steering coupler. DONE
    Repair Sunroof Shade
    Repair Emergency Brake
    Install ICV and new upper and lower intake boots (parts in hand)
    Re-wrap alcantara steering wheel - Coby Wheel
    Armrest -re-dye leather
    Install new front lower bumper grill (already have part)
    Replace B pillar fabric
    M3 footrest
    Cowl replacement
    Paint Re-spray hood and bumper
    Install Homelink
    Replace driver mirror glass
    White and red tail lights
    Clear side markers and reflectors
    Strut Bar
    M3 Transmission Mounts
    Differential Mounts

    Last edited by Lorenzo; 11-13-2017 at 05:53 PM.

    2004 ZHP Acquired: February 5, 2017
    Lorenzo's Project Thread

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    Welcome back. Imola is the right choice.

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

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

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    congrats, and welcome back! and yes, imola is pretty good.
    peter

    2009 BMW 335i M Sport 6MT

    2015 VW Golf TSI Comfortline 5MT

    2007 BMW X3 3.0si M Sport 6MT

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    Congrats, sir. IR is my favorite ZHP color. Pics of interior when possible, please.

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    Nice!

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    Randeaux/Rando/John/jr - '06 Cic ZHP; Southern California
    "ZHP or not, I still like you"


    ZHP Performance Package, Cold Weather Package, Leather, Jet Black/Black/BlackCube, NAV
    ESS Stage 1 Twin Screw Supercharger, Sprint Booster, BMW Perf Intake, Magnaflow Exhaust, Dinan TB & STEP S/W, Ground Control Coilovers, UCC Sway Bars, Apex EC-7 18x8.5 ET38
    Dynavin D99+, Hardwire V1 (w/V1 Connection), BSW Stage 1 Speakers, Kicker Amp/Subwoofer
    BMW Performance Strut Brace, Orion V2 Angel Eyes, No-holes License Plate, SMG Paddle Shift Mod, Besian VANOS, Gold DISA, Fan Delete, M3 Side Mirrors
    Note: Actual car no longer resembles signature picture

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    Got the car registered and titled today - it was surprisingly convenient. Didn't have to go to slow full service DMV. Last year Virginia closed down the DMV select offices which were small offices that made this kind of work easy. But in 2017 they changed their approach to DMV to go. I drove to nearby Chantilly and got on the small bus and within 10 minutes I was done. They travel around from area to area within the state on a rotating basis - they can do the many of the same services that are done at the full-service offices, but no lines.
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    2004 ZHP Acquired: February 5, 2017
    Lorenzo's Project Thread

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    Convenient.

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

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

  9. #9
    We still have select office below richmond.

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    Very nice

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