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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 03-07-2005, 09:05 PM
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Which would you rather have

Which do you like better?

2004 330i SP, CWP, Silver Cube, HK, Blk Leatherette, 4000 mi

or this

2003 330i ZHP, CWP, Nav, Xen, PDC, wood trim, HK, 6MT, Blk Leather, 16,000mi

I think the Alpine looks really sweet.
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Old 03-07-2005, 09:14 PM
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Originally Posted by finally330i
Which do you like better?

2004 330i SP, CWP, Silver Cube, HK, Blk Leatherette, 4000 mi

or this

2003 330i ZHP, CWP, Nav, Xen, PDC, wood trim, HK, 6MT, Blk Leather, 16,000mi

I think the Alpine looks really sweet.
I'd take the 04. I like the white.
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Old 03-07-2005, 09:17 PM
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'03. More goodies.
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Old 03-07-2005, 10:15 PM
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I like the 03 better. I have never been a fan of white.
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Old 03-07-2005, 10:30 PM
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would never get ZHP with leather
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Old 03-07-2005, 10:35 PM
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I would take the '03. I love the front bumper.
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Old 03-07-2005, 11:56 PM
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The '03 has 6MT. What does the '04 have?
The '03 is equipped better tomy taste.
Perhaps the best answer is the one you give when I ask: "Which one do YOU like better?"
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Old 03-08-2005, 01:53 AM
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ZHP plus wood trim? Sign me up. I've thought about replacing my cube trim with OEM wood trim -- how much has full trim replacement been costing people out there?
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Old 03-08-2005, 05:29 AM
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ZHP plus wood trim? Sign me up. I've thought about replacing my cube trim with OEM wood trim -- how much has full trim replacement been costing people out there?
I think the ZHP with black leather, anthracite headliner, and wood trim, is too dark inside. I called a dealer to find out about a silver cube trim kit to replace it with. The Dash and door lit is about $680. The gear shikt piece is $116.

The Alpine '04 has a 6 speed. I also like its interior much better, gray headliner, black leatherette, and the silver cube looks nice.
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Old 03-08-2005, 05:42 AM
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I think the ZHP with black leather, anthracite headliner, and wood trim, is too dark inside. I called a dealer to find out about a silver cube trim kit to replace it with. The Dash and door lit is about $680. The gear shikt piece is $116.

The Alpine '04 has a 6 speed. I also like its interior much better, gray headliner, black leatherette, and the silver cube looks nice.
So both cars had the interior trim changed out. An SP with silvercube and a ZHP with wood trim.
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Old 03-08-2005, 05:49 AM
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So both cars had the interior trim changed out. An SP with silvercube and a ZHP with wood trim.
"Believe it or not?"
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Old 03-08-2005, 07:18 AM
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So both cars had the interior trim changed out. An SP with silvercube and a ZHP with wood trim.
Apparently.
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Old 03-08-2005, 07:24 AM
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I called a dealer to find out about a silver cube trim kit to replace it with. The Dash and door lit is about $680. The gear shikt piece is $116.


I bought a complete Matte Chrome trim kit for my 330i, and I think it was less than $300.

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Old 03-08-2005, 07:32 AM
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The ZHP is this one right? Good price, offer them $30k.

http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...ist=854#vdptop

The white '04 looks awesome too though.
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Old 03-08-2005, 07:58 AM
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Which do you like better?

2004 330i SP, CWP, Silver Cube, HK, Blk Leatherette, 4000 mi

or this

2003 330i ZHP, CWP, Nav, Xen, PDC, wood trim, HK, 6MT, Blk Leather, 16,000mi

I think the Alpine looks really sweet.
I like the white better than the silver (seems like over half the bimmers I see are grey/silver/some variation of that), but I like just about everything else better on the 2003. So I'd probably go with the '03.

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heeeeey... is that a Lexus dealership?!
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Old 03-08-2005, 08:00 AM
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Old 03-08-2005, 08:05 AM
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The ZHP is this one right? Good price, offer them $30k.

http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...ist=854#vdptop

The white '04 looks awesome too though.
Yea, that's the one. I was planning on offering about 30,000 for either one. I have talked to both dealers and am pretty sure I can get that. Both cars have been on the lot for a few months. The ZHP has a few scratches on the paint like someone rubbed it against their garage and the front spoiler is a bit scuffed. It has also been through an engine coil replacement. The white '04 has not been through any service yet.

I've never considered a white car before so I'm a little uneasy. I don't really want Nav, or the black headliner in the ZHP, so I'm leaning 60/40 towards the Alpine White.

I can't decide
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Old 03-08-2005, 08:08 AM
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I like the white better than the silver (seems like over half the bimmers I see are grey/silver/some variation of that), but I like just about everything else better on the 2003. So I'd probably go with the '03.

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heeeeey... is that a Lexus dealership?!
Yes, that is a Lexus dealership. I've searched bmwusa.com, carmax.com, autotrader.com. There are only a handful of 2004-2002 330i with a manual around.
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Old 03-08-2005, 08:21 AM
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Old 03-08-2005, 08:31 AM
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Old 03-08-2005, 08:54 AM
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Yea, that's the one. I was planning on offering about 30,000 for either one. I have talked to both dealers and am pretty sure I can get that. Both cars have been on the lot for a few months. The ZHP has a few scratches on the paint like someone rubbed it against their garage and the front spoiler is a bit scuffed. It has also been through an engine coil replacement. The white '04 has not been through any service yet.

I've never considered a white car before so I'm a little uneasy. I don't really want Nav, or the black headliner in the ZHP, so I'm leaning 60/40 towards the Alpine White.

I can't decide
There might be a rash of 330i tradeins when the E90 comes out.
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Old 03-08-2005, 09:14 AM
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Yes, that is a Lexus dealership. I've searched bmwusa.com, carmax.com, autotrader.com. There are only a handful of 2004-2002 330i with a manual around.
Ahhh, I didn't get that the '04 was manny, too. In that case, go with it. That pushes it over the top for me.
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Old 03-08-2005, 09:15 AM
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There might be a rash of 330i tradeins when the E90 comes out.

Good point I would wait until May or June.
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Old 03-08-2005, 10:22 AM
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The ZHP has ........... the front spoiler is a bit scuffed.
Big ZHP issue. The bumper hangs lower than the SP bumper. You will scrape steep ramps, wheel stops, sidewalks next to parking stalls, etc. I know.
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Old 03-08-2005, 06:54 PM
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Thanks for your opinions. It sounds like the discussion I'm having in my own head.
Of these two cars I would rather own the Alpine White. I might wait a little longer and see if any other 6 speeds come along.
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