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    After a couple of months of looking, I finally found a 330i ZHP. I rescued it from Arizona, where I took delivery at 111 degrees Fahrenheit.

    It's not as clean as I would have liked, and there are some trim bits that need replacing or attention, but it turns out most of them are pretty common on E46 cars.

    I sold my Mazda Protege5 in one day, which was kind of surprising, so I was back to daily-driving a crew cab pickup, which wasn't too fun. I have a few modifications planned for it, but nothing too outlandish. So far, so good. I'm starting to dig it.

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    She's a beaut, Clark! Get ahead of the maintenance and enjoy!

    I just returned from the mountains in western North Carolina. We pushed our 325iT pretty hard through those awesome roads, she took it like a champ! It's not as powerful as yours, nor our Sportcross (RIP), but a manual transmission wagon is stupid fun. Nobody following me expected heel-toe downshifts through the corners.


    BTW, our e46 flies the THQ decals on her flanks:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Force McCocken View Post
    She's a beaut, Clark! Get ahead of the maintenance and enjoy!

    I just returned from the mountains in western North Carolina. We pushed our 325iT pretty hard through those awesome roads, she took it like a champ! It's not as powerful as yours, nor our Sportcross (RIP), but a manual transmission wagon is stupid fun. Nobody following me expected heel-toe downshifts through the corners.


    BTW, our e46 flies the THQ decals on her flanks:

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    Cool car Barb! It needs an alignment though.

    There are some amazing roads in Western NC. Did you get to drive the Tail of the Dragon? Lots of opportunity for heel/toe practice on that baby

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    Quote Originally Posted by ucfbrett View Post
    After a couple of months of looking, I finally found a 330i ZHP.
    Congrats on the rare find! It was about time to embrace the dark side
    I used to have Z3 3.0 5 speed and it was so much fun. I guess 330i ZHP would be pretty close performance wise minus the pucker factor of a well loaded relatively soft trailing arm rear suspension.
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    Nice Bimmer. Congrats!

    A buddy of mine in Seattle has a ZHP. Pretty cool.

    Do you plan on tracking it?
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    That is VERY nice!
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    I see Bertnice has gone transgender now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markn View Post
    Cool car Barb! It needs an alignment though.

    There are some amazing roads in Western NC. Did you get to drive the Tail of the Dragon? Lots of opportunity for heel/toe practice on that baby

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    Those pictures are from Tail of the Dragon. The wife wanted a shot, so we turned around and drove it again...she just kept on going through the end, down the Moonshine Hwy (28), back to the Fontana. Fortunately for me, her arms and shoulders were sore on Saturday from kayaking, so I had to drive most the time thereafter. The recent rains had the section we paddled a bit stronger and faster than she was used to, they were pushing 4s that day. It felt good getting in a black car sitting in the sun after being in that cold water washing machine all morning!

    I will be driving up there in a couple of weeks solo in my rebuilt Miata to exercise the new engine and Xidas (shameless plug). 138 miles from my door to that area, 40 miles are freeway, the rest are mountain back roads. I love that.
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    And so it begins...lol
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    Nice find... those are getting harder to find in good condition and when you do many have been poorly modified...
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    You guys are cracking me up.

    I took it to a German specialist within walking distance from my house to have all the fluids changed and to investigate the check-engine light that came on during my ride home (one coil, O2 sensor and oil level sensor are bad). Repairs and services won't be cheap, but I hope to get ahead of the maintenance on it. The last owner certain got behind on what needed to be done.

    I will take it to the track, and maybe autocross it here locally, but a car like this could never be as much fun as a Miata on track, so it won't be regularly.

    This car was all stock, so at least there are no ham-fisted modifications to undo.

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    is ZHP Spec E46 legal ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ucfbrett View Post
    ... I will take it to the track, and maybe autocross it here locally, but a car like this could never be as much fun as a Miata on track, so it won't be regularly.
    Never say never.

    I saw Drennan with his SE46 at a BRP a few months ago, me testing in an SM. The SE46 made an impression, and of course Mark made it look effortless. In one moment I recall BRPís off ramp with the SE46 coming up fast. The gap with SE46 disappeared almost instantly. Naturally I gave room. The SE46 came in fast and took this incredible set, balanced in a way that someone else driving a mattress box-spring on tiny wheels could only appreciate. The SE46 power came on early and it carved through corner and launched down the I5. As I my car turned vaguely into the corner I had plenty of time to ponder about race cars, and perhaps the meaning of life and racing. And maybe there was some realization in that moment. But all I could do was shake my head and blurt out angrily "WTF am I doing in a Miata?!"

    Having said that, I do enjoy racing in SM immensely.

    And no, the ZHP isn't SE46 legal. But it's too nice a donor anyway. There are plenty of other E46s out there waiting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanB View Post
    Having said that, I do enjoy racing in SM immensely.
    Prove it this weekend!
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    Quote Originally Posted by robburgoon View Post
    Prove it this weekend!
    Ha, it might be easier/cheaper for me to just buy you a tire, Rob. We won't have the car ready in time and race budget already allocated to Fall events. But if anyone wants to hand me some keys I'll gladly putt around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanB View Post
    Ha, it might be easier/cheaper for me to just buy you a tire, Rob. We won't have the car ready in time and race budget already allocated to Fall events. But if anyone wants to hand me some keys I'll gladly putt around.
    I think we're still ok on hitting the 5 starters we need, I just want more at a great track.

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    The e46 is generally pretty easy to repair. Parts don't really cost much more, if at all, than most other cars. There's a certain logic to the engineering that when you grasp it, things get better. There are still frustrating repairs, and you will need to expand your collection of tools a little, it's not so bad. If you don't already know about it, please look into the rear subframe issue. It's pretty important if you plan to do motorsports with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bellwilliam View Post
    is ZHP Spec E46 legal ?
    Nope. Specifically mentioned early in the rules.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanB View Post
    As I my car turned vaguely into the corner I had plenty of time to ponder about race cars, and perhaps the meaning of life and racing. And maybe there was some realization in that moment. But all I could do was shake my head and blurt out angrily "WTF am I doing in a Miata?!"
    Philosophizing in a racecar. Nice.

    After this shop bill, I'm sure I'll have to start doing more repairs myself. I just don't have the time or patience right now.

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