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    Talk me into/out of it. New Guy

    Hey everyone, new to the forum

    Need some help..

    I’ve been wanting a BMW for a while now. I was originally set on an e90 335i/535i. The twin turbo n54 seemed like the best option to me. Then I found the ZHP and I fell in love. Been looking for one for a while now. I’m trying to keep it under 10k. I wanted a 6spd but it’s not a deal breaker after reading some people’s positive experiences with the auto.

    I’m looking at an 05 white/brown auto transmission with 133k miles on it right now for 7k. Just looking to get some peoples honest input. I’m having a hard time deciding whether to jump in or wait for the 6spd sedan in my price range to pop up, which might never happen.

    Thanks guys

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    I think the AT is perfectly fine. BTW, AW is among my favorite colors. In this case, 133k miles for $7k sounds very reasonable. If the car has some service records and there's no need for immediate repairs or parts, then I would seriously consider to pull the trigger. PPI (pre-purchase inspection) is recommended to avoid surprises later.
    2005 IR / black / 6MT
    152,000 miles

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    I have an AT that I bought with 106k miles for $7500 about 4 years ago. I really have no issues with the tranny and I've done 1 fluid flush since I've had the car. It's still plenty fun and makes for a pretty good daily driver outside of lacking the modern conveniences. Funny enough though, whenever people come check out my car, they almost always look inside to see if it's a manual.

    I will say that I am planning on 6 speed swapping my zhp in the near future but mostly as a just cause, since I plan of keeping it forever. If you really want a zhp, I'd say a clean AT is better than a meh or suspect MT any day

    2004 Titansilber Metallic BMW 330i ZHP

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    For a sportier feel, you may consider Sprint Booster. I had chance to drive Rando's car and it really makes a difference.
    2005 IR / black / 6MT
    152,000 miles

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredo View Post
    For a sportier feel, you may consider Sprint Booster. I had chance to drive Rando's car and it really makes a difference.
    I concur... I installed a Gen3 Sprint Booster in my Mystic Blue ZHP and have been very happy with this. Compared to the Gen2's I have installed in my Porsche and M3, the Gen3 is much more improved with a lot more selectivity.

    The AW/NB combo is very classy and desired. Even with auto just add the Gen3 Sprint Booster and you will love this car. GL!

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    Thanks guys!! I think my mind is made up and I’m going to go for it!! I appreciate all your input. I’ll be back to show it off if everything goes well!

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    2005 IR / black / 6MT
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rush661 View Post
    Thanks guys!! I think my mind is made up and I’m going to go for it!! I appreciate all your input. I’ll be back to show it off if everything goes well!
    Good luck!!!

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    Also, thanks for the recommendation on the Sprint Booster, I've never heard of these before!

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    Definitely prefer the ZHP over the e90, even with the added power and torque, the ZHP is a masterpiece.
    Prepare for endless fixing crap that will go into overdrive once the car hits 150k miles.

    What's the sprint booster? What does it do?

    Did some research:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8u7l...ture=emb_title

    I'm intrigued.... $290... I'm less intrigued.

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