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Thread: New from Morgantown, WV 05 330i Sport 6MT - Thank You guys!

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    New from Morgantown, WV 05 330i Sport 6MT - Thank You guys!

    You folks have a WONDERFUL community here ! Big Thanks to Shawn (ELCID86) and Justin (Hornung418) for all their Time, help, and advice during my search. If any forum members ever need anything from Morgantown, WV, please just let me know. Also, if anyone would like to discuss Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or Muay Thai - feel free to PM me.

    I am coming from daily driving a 91 NSX (my dream car, I had the pleasure of owning for over 2 years) and having an SUV for inclement weather. Iím happily married and we have 2 small children. With our older child now in school, I knew I needed a fun and SAFE sports sedanÖ Enter the E46 (I did look into E36 M3s, but E46 trumps E36 in safety for sure). My preference - I like to drive my car. I donít want my car to drive me. I always heard such Great things about the E46 platform and knew that I needed to own one.


    Though I did not pick up a ZHP, I was very close back in September.

    http://www.zhpmafia.com/forums/showt...ip-Differntial

    We had the PPI done, arranged for transport and negotiated price, but a non-Bimmer I had been wanting became available and I couldnít passed it up.

    I told myself, I would get my E46 ZHP in the SpringÖ and then for some reason, I started my search before the Spring =) I also looked into E46 330i Sport (Roads here are pretty tough on low profile rims, at 1 point, I bent 6 in under two years - not on NSX).

    Below are some E46s I had PPIs on. I know there had to be another couple cars, but I donít recall them at the moment. I was fortunate to find an 05 330i Sport in Indiana. It has 65k miles (I am Not afraid of a high mileage well maintained E46) and PPI checked out well.

    I havenít cleaned her up to take pics yet, just the CL ad, and some delivery shots here.

    I want the car to be turnkey ready here in a few weeks, when the salt is off the roads and potholes are fixed. Here is a list of what Iíd like to do, and Feedback (links too) is Greatly appreciated.


    TO DO -

    state inspection

    fix small oil leak near power steering

    cooling system (ECS has good kits, but I have no idea which to buy. Should I do the radiator? I was advised to to all of the pulleys, tensioners, and idlers. I was told the BimmerWorld kit is missing the two sensors, Iím hoping the ECS kit has them)

    http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-330...ngine/Cooling/

    http://store.bimmerworld.com/e46-3-s...aspx----------

    change All fluids (I will have to read up on fluids recommended for daily driving and order those)

    oil analysis (not sure when last oil change was, but oil is dark. I think I need a run of clean oil before I can send for analysis)

    side molding clip (right)

    driver side front window regulator (or maybe the Ziptie fix? TBD)

    auto dimming mirror needs taken apart and cleaned

    battery

    front brakes (at 30%, so I might do them in a few months)

    hood liner / insulation (It is dry and coming apart. I have read threads where it is only for noise reduction, so I might just remove it)

    http://www.amazon.com/BMW-engine-Ins.../dp/B00AEJDDP6

    clear corners, side markers, and red / clear tail lights (non-LED)

    tint

    detail and Pics !



    My E46 Search 2015 -


    I found two ZHPs on the BMWCCA site and had PPI done on both.

    Here is one, still for sale

    http://www.zhpmafia.com/forums/showt...P-Knoxville-TN

    Seller in Colorado had a Buyer will to pay asking price, regardless of PPI findings. Seller in TN was Very Firm on price regardless of PPI.

    I had PPI done on this E46 330i Sport.

    http://www.zhpmafia.com/forums/showt...ondition-in-VA

    http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1047947

    But due to Cold start issues, and not being able to diagnose the cause, I had to pass.

    followed by PPI on this Blue example in CT

    http://www.zhpmafia.com/forums/showt...em-NY%29-9-900


    last was in Maine. I had already had PPI done on the car I ended up buying, but I didnít contact this seller in time, so I had PPI done.

    http://www.zhpmafia.com/forums/showt...-Maine%29-8200


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    Welcome, sir ! Glad to hear you got a 330i ... with only 66k miles ! Good find.

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    Hey, DC!! Glad to see you found a beautiful e46
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    One ride and you'll understand why most rocket scientists are German.

    My ZHP Build 2004-2014 RIP


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    Welcome.

    "No flamesuit required"
    "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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    Welcome, congrats!
    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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    Welcome, sir!
    19" VMR VB3 CSL reps w/ General G-Max 3 A/S, BMW Performance short throw shifter, CDV delete, M54B30 swap, and a redneck CAI.

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    Welcome, looks great.

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    Welcome! This is a great group of people and a wealth of information as I'm sure you'll see soon enough!
    Sold- But not forgotten
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