2004 BMW 330i ZHP

The recent kerfuffle surrounding BMW’s decision to expand the M badge to a wider variety of cars such as diesels and all-wheel drivers has merits on both sides of the aisle, but leaves me wondering why they’ve so egregiously ignored a different branding in their own history, the “is” moniker. Sure, they finally brought it back with the 335is (which I think is great), but why not skip pouring fuel on the “M dilution”-fire and just make a 535ds, an X5 4.4is, or something along those lines? The 325- and 535is in the 80s were awesome, and gave a nice, subtle hint that there was more. I know the bottom line is that the ///M brings in tons of cash, but that’s a shitty reason when it comes to maintaining brand identity.

Today’s E46 330i with the ZHP package also seemed like the perfect opportunity to utilize the “is,” but was eschewed for a 3-letter addendum bearing no relation to BMW’s model history. Gripes with nomenclature aside though, it was an awesome package. Interior and exterior specialties were well backed up with 10 more horses and a higher redline, a shorter final drive for the only non-M 6-speed manual, and various suspension and running gear upgrades. This makes it essentially the opposite of most upgrade packages: lots of content with little advertisement. No one knows how many were made, but they quickly established a solid cult following. This example on Craigslist Sacramento has added an M3ish front bumper which, combined with a salvage title, makes me think it was involved in a front-end collision. It should thus be thoroughly inspected for possible damage, but if it checks out it could be had for a significant discount. At $11,900, this could be an extremely fun car for very reasonable money.

2004 BMW 330i with ZHP package for sale on Craigslist Sacramento


A glowing description that unfortunately never explains the salvage title but includes a nice list of ZHP upgrades:

The car is in amazing condition very clean inside and out,
The paint is flawless no dents or scratches on it
Runs and drives excellent, very smooth, quiet, and comfortable <>Handles like a dream
–I’m asking $11,900 for it
– The KBB Value for this car is $15,210

Miles: 75,030
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
Title: salvaged
Interior: Alacantara Seats/Sterring Wheel, and black carbon fibre looking trim
Exterior: M3 front bumper, M-Tech II rear bumper, trunk lid spoiler

Fully loaded– Harman/Kardonpremium sound, Heated Power Memory seats, HID Xenon self leveling headlights,

Options– ZHPpackage, Sports package, Performance package, Premium package, cold weather package.

***The ZHP (performance package) upgrade includes the following:
* Firmer springs (front +6%, rear +8%)
* Firmer shocks (Jounce: front +50%, rear +20%), (Rebound: front +35%, rear -8%)
* Larger diameter anti-roll bars: 23.5 mm front (v. 23.0), 18.5 mm rear (v. 18.0)
* More rigid forward bushings
* -.5 degrees of camber
* BMW M exterior trim elements (front & rear fascia, side sills, & trunk lid spoiler)
* Special exterior trim: Anthracite (charcoal) headlight & foglight surrounds, High-Gloss
* Shadowline (black gloss) trim
* Large diameter stainless steel dual exhaust outlets
* Extra thick Alcantra steering wheel
* Sport Seats
* Alcantra & Cloth upholstry to replace leatherette and standard trim
* Choice of “Black Cube” or “Silver Cube” trim
* Anthracite headliner
* Red needles on the instrument cluster
* Unique 18″ Wheels (style 135M), 18×8.0″ front, 18×8.5″ rear
* Wider Tires: 225/40ZR-18 in front and 255/35ZR-18 in the rear.
* Steering ratio: ZHP has the steering ratio of 13.7:1. Non-ZHP cars as well as the E46 M3 is 15.4:1, and the E46 M3 Competition has ratio of 14.5:1.

Obviously the biggest road block is the title, and a trustworthy and thorough mechanic’s inspection will be needed before considering purchasing this ZHP. If the damage was minor and well-repaired though, less than $12k is a good deal for a sharp and unique 4-door Bimmer that’s just 8 years old.

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2004 MINI Cooper S MC40

Part of the allure of the MINI is the level to which one can personalize their car to stand out from the crowd. From roof graphics to wheels, the possibilities for kitting your car out are endless. Along with accessories, MINI has been known for the special edition versions. Variants such as the Park Lane, Mayfair and Mary Quandt editions were offered on the original Mini, and we have seen versions such as the Sidewalk and Camden with the new MINIs. To celebrate Mini’s 40th Anniversary of winning the Monte Carlo Rally, the MC40 was released. A limited run of 1,000 vehicles, this edition came in red with a white roof over red and black leather and finished the look with rally lights, 17″ anthracite finished wheels and magnetic graphics that included a 33-EJB number plate on the bonnet and “37” decals on the doors. This particular example also has the British flag roof graphic and tinted windows.

2004 MINI Cooper S MC40 on eBay

I have my Mini Cooper “S” MC40 PKG for sale that i have owned since 2006 and i am the second owner. The car has always been garaged and driven just 6 K miles since i bought it . It has all factory services done and was just in for a oil service and all checked out just fine. The Car is number 56/1000 being a special limited addition MC40 package to commemorate teh 40th anniversary of mini winning the monte carlo. The car has R90 wheels , two tone leather seats, carbon fiber , Cooper works interior package sport suspension, cooper works cold air box and engine cover,Mini Rally lights, union jack roof decal, windows just tinted and new tired V12’s just 1000 K miles ago at a cost of 1250$. This car smells new and looks new as teh paint shines, i have all original book and papers plus all service records , also have the mini number “34” car magnetic door decals. Truely a rare mini combo that has been taken care of and lightly driven and ready to have fun. If you want more info on the MC40 package you can go to www.mc40.com to read all about the car and the package.

The sellers buy it now price is rather realistic, as most Cooper S models of this year, with around this kind of mileage, are bringing anywhere from $10,000 to $13,000 these days. For comparison I paid $15,000 for my 2006 Cooper S with 33,000 miles on the clock one year ago. I’ve only put 6,000 miles on the car last year, but I could see my car pulling maybe and extra $1,000 to $2,000 versus this example. Limited editions will always garner a little bit more cash and these MC40s are a neat throwback to the event which solidified the Mini’s place in competition history.

-Paul

2004 Audi S4 Avant for sale

The B6 S4 series is not my favorite. More pedestrian than the following B7, more bloated than the preceding B5, and not even close to matching the sex appeal of the newest B8, passing B6s usually makes me sigh in disappointment, wishing it were any other S4. It takes a whole lot of “doing it right” to get me excited about one. Luckily, our seller today did it as right as one can with a B6, checking all the right boxes to take this 2004 S4 from bland suburbanite to badass sleeper.

[X] Avant [X] 6-speed [X] thoughtful performance upgrades [X] BBS CH

From the seller (who sounds like my kind of car guy):

Up for sale is my 2004 Audi S4 Avant (wagon). This is one of the few with the 6speed manual transmission. If you’re not set on whether or not you want an S4 Avant, let me give you a bit of a sales pitch on it. First off, the wagons are cool. I know that’s not much of a sales pitch, but they look far more modern than the sedans, hold their values so much better, and simply make more sense. Unfortunately, they didn’t sell many. So getting your hands on one can be tedious if you have any other prerequisites.

So what makes these cars cool? Well, they are all wheel drive sports cars with high revving V8s that happen to hold 5 people and all their luggage. They sound AMAZING too, especially set up like mine. Audi’s interior quality is second to none too, and mine has been babied. All the window switches feel as if new still.

What makes MINE special is this:
It’s been meticulously maintained, and we’ve got the service records to show. Also, it has a good list of upgrades that allow for higher power and torque, as well as better fuel economy. The car is making somewhere around 400HP now, and has an incredible amount of torque too. All work has been done by European Auto Garage in Knoxville, TN.
• JHMotorsports Engine Tuning Software
• JHMotorsports Intake Manifold Spacers
• JHMotorsports 4:1 Center Differential Upgrade
• JHMotorsports Stage 4 Clutch and Lightweight Flywheel Combo
• Apikol Polyurethane Rear Differential Mount
• Apikol Polyurethane Front Engine “Snub” Mount
• JHMotorsports Complete Solid Short Throw Shifter with all add-ons
• JHM Weighted Delrin Shift Knob
• 034 Motorsports Transmission Mount
• Hawk HPS Brake Pads – Street – Front
• Hawk HPS Brake Pads – Street – Rear
• Alcantara Headliner & Pillars (See Picture)
• K40 Radar Detection System
• Bridgestone RE11 Tires
• BBS CH Wheels – 19″
• H&R Lowering Springs
• 2.5″ Magna Flow Dual Exhaust (Resonators Removed)
• Powdercoated Valve Covers (See Picture)

In addition to these, recent maintenance (past 10k miles) includes:
• Replacing center differential fluid and rear differential fluid with Redline Products
• Religiously replacing oil and filter every 3k miles. This week, it was upgraded to Motul Ultra-Synthetic
• New Bosch Platinum (4 electrode) spark plugs
• New Coolant Expansion Tank
• Every two oil changes, it gets a new air filter
• Every three oil changes, it gets a new cabin filter
• New Valve Cover Gaskets
• ALL EIGHT Coil Packs – Upgraded to the new type Audi has
• Coolant Expansion Tank Lid
• Lower Radiator Hose Replaced
• Water Temperature Sensor Replaced
• Engine Front Main Seal Replaced
• Intake Manifold Gasket Replaced
• Bridgestone RE11 tires have roughly 4000 miles on them.
• Brake pads have roughly 6000 miles on them

I love it. For the first time ever, it’s B6-ness almost enhances it, putting it just low enough under the radar that the de-resonated near-RS4 power can suckerpunch unsuspecting passers by. The owner has taken extremely good care of it, not abusing it like so many other “STAGE 11 S4” tuners for sale on eBay. This is a stealth family-hauling hammer, the best the B6 can be. With about 90k miles on it, this is a great deal if it stays under $20k.
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2004 Mercedes-Benz SLK32 AMG

Every time I see the recent Mercedes-Benz commercial with Santa riding off in the red SL63, it gets me in the mood for a red Mercedes roadster. And here we have a tasty, red, first generation AMG SLK right in time for the holidays. This example has just under 35,000 miles on the clock. The SLK32 packed the 3.2 liter supercharged V6 which was shared with the Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 coupe and roadster.

Not much of a description is given by the seller, but from the pictures and the mileage, it looks as if it was well cared for. Provided there are no issues and a clean service record, this could be a good, lightly used bargain for under $20,000.

-Paul

2004 Audi Allroad just in time

I’m back near Seattle, Washington for Thanksgiving with my family and landed just as a snow storm blanketed the Pacific Northwest. While the front-wheel drivers are still making it around, it’s looking like they’ll be rendered inadequate very soon. With this in mind, my thoughts turned to all-wheel drive, namely Quattro and what I would love as a serious winter machine, the Audi Allroad. Their faults are known, but with great styling and impressive versatility, I’m willing to overlook them.

As I mentioned before, these cars are not without their flaws. A friend’s had the air suspension go totally haywire, as well as the various electrical afflictions this generation of Audis can have. What made this one stick out to me was the lack of miles and the fact that the air suspension has already been addressed. It’s apparent (and stated) that this car has been well taken care of and is ready to go for the new owner. Maintenance down the road will obviously be Audi-rific, but I think this is about as good a place to start as any when it comes to the Allroad. Apparently listed at $16,950 at the dealership, it’s on eBay at $9k now with a Buy-it-Now of $13,900. 4-wheel drive luxury pulling up to Depreciation Station, wish I had a ticket!

As the flurries intensify, so do my dreams of dominating the snowy roads in an Allroad, empty except for a few Subarus, Audis, and a couple overzealous SUVs stuck in the ditch.

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Low, low mile 2004 VW R32 for sale

Until the new Golf R comes out, provided VW blesses us deprived ‘mericans with its presence, the 1st-gen R32 will be top on my list of modern VWs to have thanks to its healthy VR6, 6-speed, and awesome 4Motion all-wheel drive.  I don’t think I’m alone in this, as the much newer (and thus less used and abused) 2008 models are going for just a few thousand more on the market.  Today, I found a magically low-mile and clean 2004 in Black Magic, though I can never decide if, were I actually to make the purchasing jump, I would go for black or the Deep Blue.  Regardless, this 20k-mile example comes in black, so I’ll go with it.

I’ll preempt the haters and say that this generation of VWs has it’s faults.  It may require some maintenance.  There, I said it, so I can go back to drooling over thoughts of bombing up the mountains with nary a care in my AWD hot hatch.  This thing has gone just over 3k miles a year, in my eyes making it worth the $22,500 asking price provided everything checks out.  Their rarity will only become more important as time goes on, and I think we all, as German car lovers, owe VW a hearty thanks for having the cojones to put out a car like this while a lot of other volume-based companies went bland and beige.  I may have to wait a few more years until I get mine, but a low-mile one like this is what I’ll be looking for.

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Clean 2004 R32 for sale

Now, I may have made my case for a used RS6 being more worth your $32k than a new R32, but my same reasoning makes me anxious to make some more money so that I can be realistically in the market for the original R32 at new base-level Golf price.  I like the MkIV R32 so much more than the MkV anyways.  Same engine, same AWD, but much better looking.  They’re around for up to $25k still, but the market has come down enough to be able to find nice ones under $20k if you’re patient.  This Reflex Silver example has covered just 39.5k miles and, despite a few wheel nicks and small scratches, is the total package.  Not many miles, overall beautiful condition, and good price make this a tempting prospect.

“It will be mine.  Oh yes, it will be mine.” – Wayne Campbell

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Scary Twin-Turbo R32 for sale

I remember reading about the HPA twin-turbo upgrade on a VW New Beetle when I was in middle school.  It blew my mind in many ways.  Then the MkIV R32 rolled around and they started working their magic on that.  Heaven, BiTurbo R32 is thy name.  HPA does extremely nice installations, creating a driveable monster out of one of my favorite cars.  This one is juiced up even more than I’d heard of before, with some 500hp at the WHEELS.

Upgraded Twin-Turbo 2004 VW R32 for sale


The rest of the upgrades read like a “if I had a million dollars” list, so I’ll let the seller do his thing:


This exact package is truly one of my dream cars.  I’d take this over most Italians (288 GTO exempted), and it’s just right up there with a Turner Motorsports E30 M3 2.5 or RS4 wagon as the best thing possible.  Just epic.

At first I thought the HPA on the hood was a bit much, but the fact that it’s clear-coated over the carbon hood with the rest body-color is a nice touch.  This guy has done truly everything to make this the most insanely awesome R32 possible.  $85k is steep, sure, but it’s a proven turbo system on a great car with all the requisite upgrades to make it so much more than just some tuner car.  I’m jealous of the owner’s resources and ambition for making this car a reality.

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