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    New ZHP Mafioso

    My name is Doug and I picked up a 2005 ZHP convertible in SGM on gray last August. This is my second 330CI and third BMW. Like many of you I like to do my own maintenance and where possible repair work although old age is beginning to reduce the number of jobs I'm willing to undertake. My one advantage is I have a BendPak four post lift so under-car work is easier. (That comes in particularly handy for working on my other fun car...a 1968 Mercury Cougar.)

    My ZHP has about 125k miles. It is pretty solid but paint condition is so-so and it has more dings than any other car I've ever owned. But I love how it drives (although the prior owner put new run-flat tires on it...I need to wear those out fast ).

    It was purchased in Germany by a US military officer and brought to the states. It may have moved between several military members as it has been from the east coast to Hawaii...probably shipped around at government expense. The only downside is that I have no maintenance records for the car beyond what CARFAX can provide. The good news is that much of the work that was done was at dealerships but CARFAX is not specific as to what was done.

    So far I've redone the entire cooling system, changed most of the fluids and filters, installed some new interior plastic parts and sanded, buffed and sealed the headlights. Upon awaking from winter hibernation, the convertible top started acting up. Finally figured out that the top cover latch motor gear is stripped. Waiting for a replacement motor to get shipped...a steal at $30 from FCP Euro.

    Finally got scanning software for my laptop. Ordered the iSaddle cable and downloaded PA Soft 1.4. Got it up and running on my Win 10 laptop but not quite perfectly...a new thread will be forthcoming with my questions.

    I'm in central PA...Mechanicsburg to be precise. Interested if there are any other Mafioso in my area.

    I look forward to interacting with you all although most of my side of the conversation will probably be saying "thank you" a lot.

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    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Austin TX
    Welcome, Doug. You will love this forum. Please post pics when you have chance.
    2005 IR / black / 6MT
    152,000 miles

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredo View Post
    Welcome, Doug. You will love this forum. Please post pics when you have chance.

    I'll have to get some decent pics once I get the car back together. I haven't bother to take pics since "there is nothing special" about our cars.

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    Join Date
    May 2020
    Toronto, ON
    Welcome! Super-jealous of the lift - when I do settle down in my own place that's definitely on the list (and first, ensuring my own place would have a garage big enough to have one)
    2004 BMW 330CI ZHP (well, technically ZAM)

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    Join Date
    Jan 1970
    Lexington, KY
    Welcome from KY!
    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; has a 330 intake but no tune - yet][IMG]

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    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Independence KY
    Double welcome from KY! I can only imagine how nice it is to have a 4 post lift, that’s sweet
    Last edited by BADCLOWN; 05-19-2021 at 06:44 AM.
    2005 BMW 330i ZHP - BMWP brakes/intake/strut bar/shifter, Coby wraps interior, BBS CHs, Eagle Eye LED tails, LED fog lights, GC coilovers, Sprint Booster/sport button mod, 4.5 LCM w/ programming, Xtrons 9inch HU, BSW stg1, dynamat, M3 sedan dead pedal, oCarbon CF interior trim, CF seat backs, 2x2 CF MTECH2 diffuser, CF cabin filter cover

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    Join Date
    Jan 1970
    Southern California
    Welcome! Verts rule!

    Sent from my SM-G998U using Tapatalk
    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, Anthracite Black "my individual" interior trim
    ESS Stage 1 Twin Screw Supercharger, Sprint Booster, BMW Perf Intake, Magnaflow Exhaust, Dinan TB & STEP S/W, UCC Sway Bars, Apex EC-7 18x8.5 ET38
    Suspension: AST 44100 dampers, Bimmerworld front adjustable end links, Swift springs (8K front, 10K rear), Vorshlag camber plates
    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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    Thanks everyone. Looking forward to learning and sharing. Anyone out there from Central PA?

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    Join Date
    Jan 1970
    32.8 N, 117.3 W

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