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    Alpine White ZHP Project/Maintenance

    Well, I pulled the trigger. I've done what most everyone I know thinks is crazy. I decided to replace my beloved European Delivery F30 335i with a 13 year old, 108K mile ZHP.

    I wanted to start an introduction thread, as well as a place that I can track my maintenance/modifications/progress from here on out.

    I bought the car in Pennsylvania and I'm the 4th owner. No maintenance documents with the car, other than a few things from the Carfax. The car had a clean PPI with the exception of the serpentine belt, the original cooling system, window actuators on the driver front and back sides, A/C pillars and headlights needing rejuvenating.

    The wheels were previously painted and look awful, and will either need refinishing or replacing.

    The car has a clear bra that was previously installed, that I'm thinking about taking off, and possibly replacing. If the paint is good underneath, I don't want it to become chipped.

    In any case, here's some quick photos of how she sits right now. The headlights are amazingly dim and I've ordered a new kit from The Retrofit Source here in Atlanta to fix that.

    I also plan to do the cooling system very soon as it's original and bound to go out anytime.

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    Congrats!


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    Awesome, glad you're enjoying it and that you got it home safe and sound!

    I look forward to seeing what you end up doing for maintenance and mods.

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    Congrats, man ! Hopefully you just need to refinish the wheels. What did you try to show on pic 4 ? I can't identify what your finger is pointing to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredo View Post
    What did you try to show on pic 4 ? I can't identify what your finger is pointing to.
    Burnt bowl.


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    Congrats!

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    Thanks everyone!

    fredo - Like Aeternalis said, the bowls in my headlights are burnt. Light output is awful.

    One other thing of note, on the drive home the CEL came on, so I need to pick up a scanner to check codes. Any recommendations?

    Also, I think the TO bearing is either going bad, or has gone bad.

    When the clutch isn't depressed it sounds like the car has a LWF and I know it doesn't, but when I depress the clutch, the sound goes away and it runs fine.

    So, I suppose a clutch job is on the short list with cooling system.

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    Alpine White ZHP Project/Maintenance

    Quote Originally Posted by dkmcclelland View Post
    Thanks everyone!

    fredo - Like Aeternalis said, the bowls in my headlights are burnt. Light output is awful.

    One other thing of note, on the drive home the CEL came on, so I need to pick up a scanner to check codes. Any recommendations?

    Also, I think the TO bearing is either going bad, or has gone bad.

    When the clutch isn't depressed it sounds like the car has a LWF and I know it doesn't, but when I depress the clutch, the sound goes away and it runs fine.

    So, I suppose a clutch job is on the short list with cooling system.
    No particular scanner to recommend, if you dont get CEL lights often I'd go to your local autoparts store to diagnose all of your codes. Write them down so you have a log of them, otherwise you could buy PASoft BMW Scanner - but it requires installation onto a laptop thats running WindowsXP

    I have the same problem with my clutch and I've had my car for 2 years already, Admittedly It has got to be a failing clutch, or throwaway bearing... I never diagnosed this as a transmission overhaul is long over due on my car, as I'm a pretty aggressive driver.

    Look no further than FCPEuro for the cooling system, I didnt go full genuine BMW parts as I made a few massive purchases for my car - only perk is that they have lifetime warranties on everything, should anything ever fail they'll replace it no matter how long it's been.

    I also did my belts and under drive pullies while I was down there in that mess of coolant lol

    Best of luck!


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    https://youtu.be/5ndZyejpZGs

    So this is the noise it's making. The noise stops when I press in the clutch pedal and disengage the clutch, and when I release the pedal to engage the clutch, the noise starts back.

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