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Thread: $10k | 2004 Silbergrau ZHP | 6MT | Full HPDE Car Build

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    East Lyme, CT
    My Cars
    2003 BMW 330i ZHP

    2004 Silbergrau ZHP | 6MT | Full HPDE Car Build

    EDIT - no longer for sale

    Up for sale is my 2004 330i ZHP. This is a fully streetable DE car. The car has been completely overhauled mechanically and is probably one of the most sound high-mileage E46s out there. The motor was replaced after the original engine developed a slight rod knock at the track, and I decided to purchase a lower-mileage motor and overhaul it to ensure that it would be reliable at the track, given how good the rest of the car already was.

    My plans for next season had been to add a half cage and Recaro race seats w/ harnesses, but I no longer have room to store this car indoors. The car was built to be and would be perfect for someone who needs a capable and reliable novice-level DE car, and everything that was completed was done to strike the near-impossible balance between daily use and track duty. Nearly every BMWCCA instructor I have had has commented on how well set up this car is. The car will also come with the OE roof rack, OE car cover, as well as the OE ZHP wheels w/ Pilot Super Sport tires in addition to the Apex Wheels w/ Pilot Sport 4S tires.

    This build and project mean a lot to me. My first BMW and favorite car for several years when I graduated from college was an Imola Red ZHP that I had to sell when I went back to school to change fields. I had always dreamed of finding another to race, and I had a ton of fun restoring and building this car with one of my best friends. But rather than let this car sit without a garage spot and not see track duty anymore, I think it makes more sense to pass it on to someone who will continue to use it for the purpose I had built it for.

    ---The Basics---
    2004 BMW 330i
    Silver Gray Metallic Paint
    Black Dakota Leather
    Silver Cube Trim
    ZHP Performance Package
    Cold Weather Package
    261k miles on chassis
    121k miles on drivetrain
    Full track build w/ suspension and supporting mods listed below

    ---The Good---
    * The car runs and drives perfectly.
    * The suspension setup is absolutely amazing, and can be counted upon in track use due to the chassis reinforcements.
    * The car pulls hard and burns ZERO oil
    * The interior is in great shape for the age
    * The exterior is presentable
    * The motor has about 121k miles on it now, and has been heavily overhauled
    * The car performs very well at the track, with neutral handling and strong acceleration for a non-M E46
    * This car will pass ANY state emissions test or inspection, and has no modifications to affect emissions systems
    * The motor has never been mechanically over-revved, and the car has never gone off the tarmac at the track.

    Here's a list of work done since I bought the car in November, 2016:

    • 1.4.2017 - Replaced Catalytic Converters, gaskets, flanges, and nuts
    • 1.4.2017 - Replaced both front control arms w/ OEM ZHP (incl. ball joints)
    • 1.4.2017 - Replaced both front control arm bushings w/ Powerflex Black polyurethane bushings (race)
    • 1.4.2017 - Replaced left front sway bar link w/ OEM ZHP
    • 1.4.2017 - Replaced MT shifter assembly w/ Rogue Octane short-throw kit & bushings
    • 1.4.2017 - Replaced passenger window switch
    • 1.4.2017 - Replaced burnt ZKW headlight assemblies w/ Bosch assemblies w/ ZKW projector lens retrofit
    • 1.4.2017 - Replaced headlight lenses
    • 1.4.2017 - Replaced spark plugs
    • 1.4.2017 - Replaced fuel pump w/ OEM & associated seals & hardware
    • 1.4.2017 - Replaced fuel filter & hoses
    • 1.4.2017 - Performed oil service
    • 2.13.2017 - Replaced steering shaft u-joint
    • 3.7.2017 - Replaced brake hard pipes w/ OEM
    • 3.7.2017 - Installed stainless brake hoses front & rear
    • 3.7.2017 - Removed rear subframe, installed Turner Motorsport subframe mount reinforcement plates
    • 3.7.2017 - Performed BMW subframe structural epoxy injection SIB w/ 83190007361KT1 kit on both right and left sides
    • 3.7.2017 - Replaced all 4 subframe bushings w/ Powerflex Black (race)
    • 3.7.2017 - Replaced differential bushings w/ OEM
    • 3.7.2017 - Replaced rear trailing arm bushings w/ Powerflex Black (race)
    • 3.7.2017 - Installed H&R Sport Front and Rear springs
    • 3.7.2017 - Installed Bilstein B8 shocks/struts
    • 3.7.2017 - Replaced all associated strut/shock/spring hardware with upper and lower mounts
    • 3.7.2017 - Installed Turner Motorsport adjustable race control arms w/ new rubber bushings
    • 3.7.2017 - Replaced left and right front tie rod assemblies w/ OEM ZHP
    • 3.7.2017 - Performed 4-wheel alignment
    • 3.7.2017 - Replaced front and rear brake discs with X drilled Zimmermans
    • 3.7.2017 - Replaced front and rear brake pad sets with Hawk HPS 5.0
    • 3.7.2017 - Replaced oil filter housing assembly and VANOS hose
    • 3.7.2017 - Replaced ACC tensioner and idler pulleys, drive belt
    • 3.7.2017 - Replaced power steering pressure hose
    • 3.7.2017 - Replaced manual trans and rear diff fluids with RED LINE
    • 3.7.2017 - Performed oil service
    • 3.7.2017 - Performed brake fluid service
    • 3.23.2017 - Replaced right front window regulator
    • 8.16.2017 - Sourced used long block w/ 110k miles. Performed compression/leakdown - numbers good. Disassembled motor and replaced major seals & gaskets (see invoices)
    • 8.16.2017 - Installed fresh "Dr. Vanos" Vanos unit into new long block
    • 8.16.2017 - Installed VAC baffled oil pan
    • 8.16.2017 - Installed Loctited oil pump nut w/ safety wire
    • 8.16.2017 - Installed JB Racing lightweight flywheel
    • 8.16.2017 - Installed OEM ZHP clutch kit
    • 8.16.2017 - Replaced Guide Tube
    • 8.16.2017 - Replaced Shift Shaft Seal
    • 8.16.2017 - Replaced clutch slave cylinder
    • 8.16.2017 - Replaced clutch hoses w/ UUC stainless steel lines
    • 8.16.2017 - Replaced original driveshaft w/ Turner Motorsports rebuilt driveshaft & center bearing
    • 8.16.2017 - Replaced driveshaft flex disc w/ OEM (guibo)
    • 8.16.2017 - Installed AKG limited transmission mounts
    • 8.16.2017 - Installed E46 M3 motor mounts
    • 8.16.2017 - Replaced complete cooling system, including - coolant pipe, heater pipe, radiator, expansion tank, expansion tank cap, thermostat assembly, water pump, and every associated hose & gasket
    • 8.16.2017 - Replaced starter w/ OEM
    • 8.16.2017 - Replaced timing chain tensioners w/ OEM
    • 8.16.2017 - Performed AC system service
    • 8.16.2017 - Installed AFE Magnum Force intake kit
    • 8.16.2017 - Installed AFE Mach Force XP cat-back exhaust
    • 8.16.2017 - Performed oil service
    • 8.16.2017 - Performed brake fluid service
    • 10.3.2017 - Replaced power steering reservoir, reservoir line hose, PS intake hose, and PS return hose.
    • 10.3.2017 - Performed oil service
    • 10.3.2017 - Performed brake fluid service
    • 10.3.2017 - Repaired rear muffler heat shield
    • 10.3.2017 - Re-welded manifold heat shield
    • 12.20.2017 - Replaced interior a-pillar trim w/ new OEM due to sagging fabric at dashboard
    • 3.13.2018 - Replaced AFE cat-back exhaust with Borla Sport Exhaust (approaching track DB limits)
    • 3.13.2018 - Installed Ground Control camber plates
    • 3.13.2018 - Installed front and rear Turner Motorsports strut tower braces
    • 3.13.2018 - Performed 4-wheel alignment
    • 3.13.2018 - Replaced failed Secondary Air valve and hose
    • 3.13.2018 - Performed oil service.
    • 6.20.2018 - Installed 85mm bullet nose wheel studs
    • 6.20.2018 - Installed Apex ARC-8 wheels w/ Michelin Pilot Sport 4S
    • 6.20.2018 - Performed brake fluid service
    • 6.20.2018 - Performed oil service
    • 10.5.2018 - Installed 4 new brake calipers (BMW reman fronts, WBR reman rears) w/ Bimmerworld brass guide pins at all 4 corners
    • 10.5.2018 - Installed Hawk HP+ brake pads
    • 10.5.2018 - Replaced brake master cylinder assembly w/ reservoir and clutch reservoir hose.
    • 10.5.2018 - Replaced brake booster unit.
    • 10.5.2018 - Performed compete DSC brake bleeding procedure first with BMW fluid then full fluid replacement with Castrol SRF fluid for brake and clutch system. Performed road test and bed in procedure and rechecked for proper braking system function.

    So as you can see, the car has had a TON of work done, and has a fantastic suspension setup w/ some mild power mods. I have the supporting invoices from the shop that did all of the work, provided upon request.

    ---The Bad---
    * It does have a couple of the common E46 rust spots (I have ground down the rust in these areas, prepped with rust eater, primed, and painted. See album for pics)

    Full Album w/ some of the work as it was being performed:

    Last edited by sean96gsr; 02-24-2019 at 10:31 PM. Reason: Pics not working

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    West Chester, PA
    My Cars
    97 M3/4/5
    Still available?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    East Lyme, CT
    My Cars
    2003 BMW 330i ZHP
    Hey, thanks for reaching out. I decided to keep it and drive it to get some value out of it. I'll update the ad.

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