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Thread: Bought a ZHP by mistake

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    Bought a ZHP by mistake

    Hello, I just picked up a 2006 - black sapphire metallic - 330ci convertible - 6 speed manual with only 119,000kms (74,000miles). I found it at a small used car dealer for $8500 CND ($6518 USD) who didn’t seem to know it was a ZHP, he said it was an M package but no performance engine (maybe he meant M3 engine). Unfortunately it has had an accident, I see the fenders and hood have been replaced also the front bumped but it still has a clean title, so no rebuilt or salvage title. So I wasn’t sure it was a ZHP even after I bought it (mostly because my car doesn’t have any alcantera, not even the e-brake or shift boot) but I thought maybe it was, so I decode the VIN and sure enough S767A code!! (I will post the decode results and pics below) Then of course I tested the engine and YEP IT REVS UP 6800!! I’m upgrading from a 325CI vert (5speed manual) that was a great car but the 330 is noticeably better in every way possible. I have been an e46 enthusiast for some time and was aware for the ZHP package and the ZHPmafia!! I enjoy wrenching on my own cars, the first thing I plan on doing is just maintenance stuff like transmission, diff fluid and fresh oil. Thanks for reading and its good to be a part of the family.

    Type Code-BW53
    E Series-E46 (CFL)
    Model-330CI (USA)
    Prod Date-2006-03-04
    L838A-National version Canada
    S1CAA-Selection of COP relevant vehicles
    S210A-Dynamic stability control
    S226A-Sports suspension settings
    S249A-Multifunction f steering wheel
    S251A-Runflat indicator
    S354A-Green windscreen, green shade band
    S388A-Softtop, black
    S399A-Softtop, electromech. all-autom.
    S431A-Interior mirror with automatic-dip
    S441A-Smoker package
    S459A-Seat adjuster, electric, with memory
    S464A-Ski bag
    S473A-Armrest front
    S481A-Sports seat
    S488A-Lumbar support, driver and passenger
    S494A-Seat heating driver/passenger
    S508A-Park Distance Control (PDC)
    S520A-Fog lights
    S521A-Rain sensor
    S522A-Xenon Light
    S524A-Adaptive Headlights
    S534A-Automatic air conditioning
    S548A-Kilometer-calibrated speedometer
    S550A-On-board computer
    S645A-BMW US Radio
    S650A-CD player
    S661A-Radio BMW Business (C43)
    S674A-Hi-Fi System Harman Kardon
    S692A-Preparation, BMW 6-CD changer I-bus
    S710A-M leather steering wheel
    S716A-Aerodynamics package
    S760A-High gloss shadow line
    S767A-Performance Package
    S772A-Interior moldings Alu Black Cube
    S785A-White direction indicator lights
    S787A-BMW alloy wheel, M double spoke 135
    S818A-Battery master switch
    S823A-Hot-climate version
    S832A-Battery in luggage compartment
    S845A-Acoustic belt warning
    S853A-Language version English
    S876A-Radio frequency 315 MHz
    S896A-Daytime driving light switch
    S8SPA-Control unit COP
    S992A-Control of number-plate attachment

    Last edited by TripleBlackZHP; 10-21-2018 at 06:44 PM. Reason: grammer

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    Join Date
    Dec 2016
    Greensboro, NC
    Good looking example. Welcome aboard, ZAM brethren.
    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 | Lexus ES300 Yellow Fog Light Retrofit | Koni Yellows/H&R Springs | Llumar CTX 40% | Coby Tri-Stitch Wheel & Boots

    Awaiting Install: M3 Wing Mirrors

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Hmmm, the gauge needles are white but US zhp's have red gauge needles. A Canadian difference perhaps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 704sw View Post
    Good looking example. Welcome aboard, ZAM brethren.

  5. #5
    Quote Originally Posted by Cabrio330 View Post
    Hmmm, the gauge needles are white but US zhp's have red gauge needles. A Canadian difference perhaps?
    I've read online that the Canadian ZHPs(ZAMs) don't get the red needles and also the RPM redline is at 6500. But it still revs to 6800, as tested.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Well then, congratulations! Great car for what seems like a bargain price!

  7. #7
    Quote Originally Posted by Cabrio330 View Post
    Well then, congratulations! Great car for what seems like a bargain price!
    Thanks! The seller didn't know what they had.

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    Join Date
    Oct 2016
    Ya did GOOD! Welcome!
    2004 BMW 330i ZHP (52k miles), Jet Black with black leather, MFactory LSD (3.38) with Z4 cover, 18"x8.5" ET38 APEX Arc-8's (Anthracite) with 245/40 Michelin PSS', Koni Sports with factory springs and front and rear reinforcement plates, Shark Injector, Corsa TSE3 cat-back exhaust, TMS under-driven pulleys (water & steering), CDV delete, TMS CF strut brace, K&W CAI, GAS DISA rebuild, TMS pedals, Wheelskins steering wheel cover, roller tray center console, black-out grilles, and WeatherTech mats

  9. #9
    Those are the kind of mistakes to make. Welcome!

    2003 Blue ZHP Sedan @ 210k
    Dead due to damaged valve. We will save her soul for future use, but the body will go to car heaven...or another owner...who may or may not turn her into a race car...

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Lexington, KY
    That's a dream come true story. Congrats man!
    325i, 2005, 5MT, Silvergrey, leatherette, Sport package; CDV delete, KONI STR-T & KYB Excel-G, Weisslichts, Stewart H2O pump

    328i, 2010, 6MT, Spacegrey, dakota leather, M-sport packages; all stock][IMG]

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