The BMW E46 ZHP package was a bit of a Goldilocks performance package for the E46 3 series. While some argue that you can never have enough horsepower, others don’t need to go around with their pants on fire 24/7. So in comes the ZHP, splitting the middle between the garden variety 3 series and M3. Included in the package was a 235 bhp, 3.0 liter inline six with higher 6,800 rpm redline, firmer springs and dampers along with larger diameter anti-roll bars, M-Tech II bodykit and 18″ Style 135 wheels. Alcantara interior trim, a shorter shift knob and some special interior trim items rounded out the interior.
This ZHP for sale in Providence, Rhode Island comes to us from our reader Jeff and has a long history of ownership within the BMW Car Club of America.
Model: 330i ZHP Sedan
Engine: 3.0 liter inline six
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 87,000 mi
Click for Details: 2004 BMW 330i ZHP on Craigslist Providence
For sale: bone-stock 2003 Mystic Blue Metallic/alcantara BMW 330i ZHP sedan. Originally a North Carolina car that had never seen snow before this year. Extensive BMW CCA member ownership history. Hard to find color combination. Price is negotiable.
For more info the ZHP performance package, check here (copy/paste full link): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_3_Series_(E46)#Performance_package_.28ZHP.29
My car is one of the rarer combos (and an early example) and still shows great. The alcantara is holding up well. Zero modifications, not even to the stereo! 87,000 miles and used a few times per week as I use my E30 most days in the summer. It is equipped with the six-speed manual, Harmon-Kardon stereo and Xenons. Zero accidents, no bodywork. VIN tags intact. Some cosmetic blemishes consistent with age/mileage.
Recent maintenance includes:
Transmission + differential fluid changes;
New (upgraded) water pump + housing;
New front rotors with Red Stuff pads;
All new belts;
New ZHP shift knob;
New FCABs (front control arm bushings);
New headlight lenses;
New fuel filter;
New valve cover gasket;
New spark plugs;
New cabin/air filters;
New OEM all-weather mats;
Synthetic oil changes every 4K miles;
New oil filter housing gasket;
New rear tires – 255/35R-18 Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport;
Car has been looked after by German Motors in Providence, RI. For an additional $500, I will have the factory 18 inch wheels refinished. Currently on General Altimax snow tires/Bavarian Autosport 17 inch steel wheels which will be included for $250. Roof rack is not available.
Price is $16,000 OBRO/negotiable.
I have been in contact with the seller Jeff and he is willing to negotiate on price, but does have a certain bottom line in mind. That being said, he wants to assure serious buyers that they should feel comfortable making him an offer. This car has a lot going for it, as it has not been modified, has had a slew of maintenance items squared away recently and resided in temperate North Carolina until this year. Also, it’s a 6-speed ZHP that isn’t Imola Red, for those who prefer to fly under the radar.
Jeff is seeking to sell this ZHP to help fund a restoration project on another BMW. As the 3 series becomes larger and more complex, I’m drawn to the E46 more and more. The ZHP sedan is a favorite of mine, especially in a subtle color like this with the all important 6-speed manual. Sure, it might not be as raw and visceral as an M3, but this thing is certainly no slouch. For someone looking to get their hands on a good ZHP, you can reach Jeff at email@example.com.