Exterior photo of 2003 BMW 330i ZHP Sedan

2003 BMW 330i ZHP Sedan



Price: SOLD

Mileage: 112,700 Miles

Transmission: 6-Speed Manual Transmission

Exterior color: Imola Red Exterior (405)

Interior: Black Alcantara / Cloth Interior (G7AT)

Additional features:

1 of 80 Imola Red / Alcantara Cloth 330i ZHPs

Performance Package (ZHP)

  • ZHP-specific cams and DME producing 235 horsepower and a 6800-RPM redline
  • Weighted Illuminated ZHP Short Shifter
  • 3.07:1 Final Drive (Replaced with 3:46 Limited-Slip Differential)
  • Sport Suspension (control arms bushings, sway bars, dampeners, 15mm lower)
  • Reduced Steering Ratio (13.7:1 instead of 15.5:1)
  • M Aerodynamics Package (front and rear valence, trunk lip spoiler)
  • Shadowline (gloss black) Trim
  • Large Diameter Exhausts
  • Anthracite Headliner
  • Alcantara Shift and E-Brake Trim
  • Leather M-Stitched Sport Steering Wheel
  • Power Sport Seats w/ Memory
  • Black Cube Interior Trim
  • Red Instrument Cluster Needles

3:46 Limited-Slip Differential

H&R Sport Springs

Bilstein Sport Shocks

Turner Motorsport Fixed Camber Plates

Z4M Offset Front Control Arm Bushings

Dinan Rear Trailing Arm Bushings

European Blind-Spot Mirror Glass

Auto Solutions Short Shifter

Center Exhaust Resonator Delete

BMW Business CD Player

Harmon Kardon Premium Sound

Xenon Headlights

Lightly Tinted Windows

1” Receiver Hitch

18” x 8.5” Style 135 ZHP Wheels (Square not Staggered using Four Rear Wheels

Continental Extreme Contact DWS06 Tires

BMW Enthusiast Owned and Maintained


2003 BMW 330i ZHP Sedan exterior photo

If you are unfamiliar with the BMW E46 Performance Package, or ZHP, here is the original BMW North American press release:

The 330i Performance Package has been created exclusively for the U.S. market for enthusiasts by enthusiasts at BMW Individual, a division of BMW M GmbH. There is no aspect of the driving experience that has not been enhanced by the Performance Package. Modifications to the 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder engine, which include different camshafts and performance-modified Digital Motor Electronics, yield a ten horsepower increase to 235. For the first time in a 330i a six-speed manual transmission will be standard. With the Performance Package it will include a short-throw shifter. The package also includes a shorter final drive ratio. The benefits of these modifications are immediately apparent - the 330i with a Performance Package will accelerate from 0 - 60 miles-per-hour in 6 seconds, about half a second faster than a standard 330i. To match the straight-line performance a new sports suspension, more aggressively tuned than the 330i’s standard sport suspension, is mated to 18-inch wheels with mixed-size performance tires. In addition to the wheels and tires the exterior of the 330i Performance Package is distinguished by its Aerodynamic Package, black headlight trim, high gloss shadowline trim and a new exhaust that not only appears but also sounds more aggressive. The look and feel of the interior has been refined with cloth and Alcantara sport seats matching the Alcantara sport steering wheel. An anthracite headliner and Black cube aluminum trim complete an ambiance tailored to the enthusiast. Silver cube aluminum trim is optional. The instrumentation includes red needles while the tachometer reflects the modified engine’s 300 higher rpm limit. Production of the 330i Performance Package will begin in March 2003 with the first cars arriving at BMW centers in April.

The ZHP is the most evolved and developed four-door E46, and a more practical alternative to the two-door only E46 M3, that said from someone who has plenty of seat time behind the wheel of both. There are few better buys in the E46 market than a ZHP.


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This 2003 Imola Red over Black Alcantara Cloth 330i ZHP sedan is an exceptional outlier example. It is 1 of 80 Imola Red over Alcantara Cloth examples—arguably one of the best ZHP color combinations. In addition to the standard ZHP kit, it also features a 3:46 limited-slip differential—the single best upgrade you can do to a ZHP and a significant expense. Other upgrades include H&R sport springs and Bilstein sport shocks with fixed Turner Motorsport camber plates, Z4M offset front control arm bushings, Dinan rear trailing arm bushings, and a center exhaust resonator delete. The ZHP Style 135 wheels were refinished and set up with square (not staggered) 18” x 8.5” (rear wheels) on all four corners. They are wearing fresh Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 tires. An Auto Solutions short shifter and Euro blind-spot mirrors round out the upgrades. The car came to us on consignment from a Glen Shelly regular, who is selling to support his restaurant business in the current small business situation. He purchased it on Bring a Trailer in July of 2018 and did the suspension, wheels, shifter, and exhaust upgrades. Recent maintenance includes fresh fluids, rear brake rotors and pads, the flex disc, transmission mounts, the entire power steering system, and windshield. In preparation for sale, we replaced the oil stand gasket and oil pan gasket with a fresh oil change. Other significant past maintenance includes the cooling system, VANOS rebuild, DISA valve, and fresh ZHP shocks (the original suspension components are included in the sale). The ZHP is the most evolved and developed four-door E46, and a more practical alternative to the two-door only E46 M3. A ZHP in this color combo, exceptional condition, and with the considerable upgrades closes the performance gap with the M3 even further. It is an outlier example that represents one of the best E46 BMWs ever built. We would like to find a new steward who appreciates what it is and will continue its ownership pedigree.


2003 BMW 330i ZHP Sedan exterior photo

The Imola Red paint is in fantastic condition. The leading edge of the hood has some minor rock chipping. The glass is clear and crack-free, with the exception of minor windshield pitting. There is absolutely no rust anywhere. The body panels are very straight, with no glaring dents or dings. All VIN tags are in place. The front bumper is fairly rock-chipped and has some scraping on the underside from being lowered. The window glass and “shadowline” trim are clean. The headlights are clear and crack-free, as are all indicator and marker lights. The indicators, markers, and taillights have all been upgraded to clear European-spec units. The square 18x8.5 Style 135 wheels have no curb rash, and are wrapped in Fresh Continental DWS06 tires with 85% tread remaining.


 interior photo

Overall the interior is in great shape. Black Alcantara is not known to be BMW’s most durable interior finish, but this one is an outlier in great condition. The alcantara is in good condition with no tears and no significant bolster wear. The rear seats are in great shape. The carpet has no stains or tears. The headliner does not sag. The A-pillar covers are not sagging (a common issue). All switches and functions work correctly. There are no blown out pixels in the instrument cluster, radio screen, or HVAC control. The airbag light in the cluster turns on intermittently. The heat blows hot and the air conditioning blows cold. The blower motor is quiet. The Harmon Kardon BMW Business premium sound system is fantastic. The sunroof operates correctly.


 engine photo

This ZHP has been mechanically well cared-for its entire life, with extensive documentation. All maintenance is up to date and all common E46 issues are either not present or have been addressed as detailed in the summary paragraph. The engine idles smoothly and pulls strongly to redline. The 3:46 rear differential noticeably improves acceleration. There are no fluid leaks. All door locks and window regulators work. There are no driveline, wheel bearing, or suspension noises or vibrations. The sport suspension is firm and compliant. The brakes are strong with plenty of pad life and rotor run-out remaining. We would like to find an owner for this ZHP who will continue to care for it and appreciate it for what it is. It is a clean example that has some choice modifications that make it as capable on the racetrack as it is looking good at the local cars and coffee.

VIN Decode

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VIN Decode

  • VIN: WBAEV53433KM04810
  • Model: 330i
  • Market: USA
  • Dev. Code: E46
  • Chassis: Sedan
  • Steering: Left
  • Doors: 4
  • Engine: M54
  • Displacement: 3.00L
  • Power: 235 hp
  • Drivetrain: Rear-Wheel
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Color: Imolarot 2 (405)
  • Upholstery: Standardleder/Schwarz – N6SW
  • Production Plant: Munich
  • Production Date: 2003-07-03


  • 710 M Leather Steering Wheel
  • 716 Aerodynamics Package
  • 787 BMW Alloy Wheel M Double Spoke 135
  • 403 Glass Roof Electrical
  • 441 Smoker Package
  • 459 Seat Adjuster Electric with Memory
  • 481 Sports Seat
  • 495 3 Point Belt and Headrest Center Rear
  • 411 Window Lifts Electric Front/Rear
  • 473 Armrest Front
  • 640 Preparation F Telinstallation Universal
  • 650 CD Player
  • 674 HiFi System Harmon Kardon
  • 692 Preparation BMW 6CD Changer ibus
  • 645 BMW US Radio
  • 661 Radio BMW Business C43
  • 522 Xenon Light
  • 534 Automatic Air Conditioning
  • 520 Fog Lights
  • 550 Onboard Computer
  • 226 Sports Suspension Settings
  • 249 Multifunction F Steering Wheel
  • 210 Dynamic Stability Control
  • 818 Battery Master Switch
  • 354 Green Windscreen Green Shade Band
  • 823 Hotclimate Version
  • 832 Battery in Luggage Battery in Luggage Compartment
  • 845 Acoustic Belt Warning
  • 853 Language Version English
  • 876 Radio Frequency 315 MHz
  • 760 High Gloss Shadow Line
  • 767 Performance Package
  • 772 Interior Moldings Alu Black Cube
  • 775 Headlining Anthracite