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Old 07-07-2004, 03:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I drove a used (May '03) 330ci and really liked it. How can I tell if the performance package is included - or was it even available? This car is not for sale at a BMW dealership ....so salesman seems to be clueless. From a quick look....the car has 18" 255s on rear, appears to lower suspension, 5 spd manual. Any definitive way to tell?
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pretty sure all ZHP 330s comes with a 6spd manual.

They also come with alcantara M steering wheel and seats. Gauges are black with white lettering and red needles with silver rings...The redline should be a bit higher too. Shift boot and ebrake boots are both alcantara. The headliner should be anthrasite or black headliner and not the usual gray.
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i dont think bmw offered the performance package on coupes in 03.

to me, the most obvious things that would stand out would be the M-technic kit+wheels and the 6speed. what you described just seems to be the sport package with the optional 18" wheels
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Originally posted by 03 330ci@Jul 7 2004, 03:58 PM
I drove a used (May '03) 330ci and really liked it. How can I tell if the performance package is included - or was it even available? This car is not for sale at a BMW dealership ....so salesman seems to be clueless. From a quick look....the car has 18" 255s on rear, appears to lower suspension, 5 spd manual. Any definitive way to tell?
ZHP (performance package) was not available on 2 door's in '03, only the 4 door. In '04 however, it was available on the coupe and convertible, and came with an auto if you wish (only 6 speed in '03).

As for the differences, at least in stock form it's easy to tell - M technic body kit, 18 inch wheels (255's in the rear instead of 245's), alcantra steering wheel, red needles on the dash, 6800 redline instead of 6500, etc.
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Give the VIN number to a dealer and they can tell you.
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