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      09-27-2011, 06:23 PM   #155
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1 Last Look...

Car found a new owner and will be delivered 400 miles to the north in Minneapolis tomorrow. I'm happy to say some of the fine parts including the Bastuck quad will be staying with her, but it still hurts knowing she won't be in my garage every morning.

This was her a little over 6 months ago at timmayfest, and this afternoon in my driveway, freshly waxed and ready to go to Minnesota tomorrow at 6am.




I'm honestly saddened right now thinking about it all. I loved this car so much but as they say nothing lasts forever. For someone who's owned as many cars as I have (12 different cars in 16 years of having a license) you'd think I would be used to giving them up without an issue but this one was different than the rest, she was my 1st real sports car and one that I had many fun times and memories in, I drove my wife home from our wedding in it this past summer. But now the time has come to move into a bigger sedan and something that will help me and my new family grow and financially plan for our future.

So the only thing left to say is goodbye ole blue, see you in my dreams.


Thanks for reading everyone.
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      01-16-2012, 07:01 PM   #158
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      01-16-2012, 07:04 PM   #159
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god i wish.

purchased a....

well I'll let it be a surprise. It's nothing as new or as powerful as this was, it will still be a car I'll enjoy driving though.
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Good Luck in the future man. You mod journal was always fun to follow
thanks bud

BTW have a few parts left over, watch out for a final part out thread, might be some goodies in there for you all
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BTW have a few parts left over, watch out for a final part out thread, might be some goodies in there for you all
haha. Can I have your injectors? Im in need of a few
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lol, pretty sure those meed to stay w/car.
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lol, pretty sure those meed to stay w/car.
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Well she's gone...

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1/17/12

(combo of Cannon and iPhone 4s pix)


So I packed the 135i the night before and was ready to go early in the AM. Of course the day after I get the car detailed and ready for its new owner, we get a blizzard. I left the house around 6:15am and headed out as the snow was still a light rain.


Made it out to the 1st Oasis ok, needed some gas. Weather was ok but I could tell it was about to take a turn for the worst.



And it did...


It got so bad that I switched on the eurofogs so the people behind me could see where I was at.


Despite the bad weather I made it to Madison... REALLY wanted to stop in but no time.


Saw a bunch of people who were in the ditch, accidents and all of that. Surprised that in a state that gets so much snow annually people still lose control of their vehicles. It's called winter tires people. :rolleyes



Things cleared up even more and I decided to fill my tank up again so I could clean my wipers and go straight to Minneapolis and not stop anymore. My car grew a beard of ice/slush and I was only 1/3 of the way there.


I was able to get moving again (instead of going 45mph). Hadn't been up this far in Wisconsin for a long time, forgot how pretty it was.


Gotta have a little snack for the drive... delicious. :drool


Contrary to my initial thoughts, the further North I went the cleaner the roads became so I was back up to cruising at 80mph and closer to Minnesota.


Around 12:45pm I finally reached the St. Croix River and crossed into Minnesota. I made my way to the meet up spot to pass along the 135i to the new owner by 1pm - meeting my initial ETA of 12-1pm by mere seconds.


So at this point, I had a 7 hour trip through a mini blizzard and temps of 35 when I started to 8 and windy where I ended. The 1er was not happy with me, especially for our last trip together. I felt bad I couldn't even wash her up, I don't usually trust car washes with my cars. Luckily the new owner was very understanding of the situation so it wasn't an issue. I showed him around the car, all the features, all the little in's and out's and then signed the bill of sale and it was final. I no longer owned the 1er.

One Last Look


So Eli (the owner of my new (to me) 2004 ZHP sedan and fellow member of ZHPmafia - I've been on since August) was also present and after I was finished there, he showed me around the ZHP a little, some of the features and little in's and out's of the car and that was that. Kind of strange how it just worked out that the person who purchased my car and Eli were both in Minneapolis. When I found out I told the new owner I'd be happy to deliver the car for $150 for gas which was PLENTY to fund the trip (and my gummy worms). I felt pretty imp about organizing that one.

So Eli said goodbye and I pulled across the way to hit up a bathroom before my trip home and snap a quick pic of the new car with my phone for the Mrs.


I sat in the car and played around a bit and just started thinking how foreign it all felt. And then it happened. I have NO issues admitting that I started to cry right then and there thinking about that 1 series and what it actually meant to me. I worked so hard to find that car, it was off of the 1st boat of N55 powered cars in late May of 2010, as a 2011 model. It was EVERYTHING I wanted in a car, even the color (which I wasn't sure about originally and had to let grow on me). I spent hours upon hours researching parts, audio equipment, diy's and everything in between. My boss Jerry and I worked on the 1st ECU tune for the N55 on it - a tune that with full exhaust and high flow intake filter made 391ft/lbs AT THE WHEELS on a dyno without an intercooler or meth. It was the 1st car I had where I didn't feel like there was something I had to do to it to make it something it wasn't. Usually I'd find some way to "trade up" to a car I thought was superior but never had to with this car because I loved it just the way I had it, and wanted it forever... it was more than I could have asked for. It was the car I flew to Cincinnati to pick up and drive home 8 hours, the car I moved back to Chicago from Madison in (that was hard), most of all it was the car my wife and I drove away in it after we got married. I know we all feel deep connections to our cars (even Eli said he felt weird selling me his ZHP) but I've never felt so attached to a car like I did that one. The problem is the price was more than I could afford and offer enough support to my family as we moved into our own house.

As all of these thoughts clouded my brain and some tears started forming at my eyes, my phone rang. It was my wife, checking in on me between giving her kids their final exams. She knew instantly I was upset, she asked why and I even had a problem telling her... physically. I was choking up and couldn't get the words out. She talked me through it a little, not trying to say its just a car or that there will be others, but by validating how much the car also meant to her and how it will be missed. I felt like a little piece of me grew right then and there. It became a lot more clear as I remembered WHY I was giving up the car. As someone who's always over valued "stuff" in my life, I began to realize that stuff always pales in comparison to family - mostly my wife. I don't have a big family (other than you guys :grouphug ) and after my dad's passing, it was always hard to think of not taking care of myself first. I think I'm getting the hang of this though, the money I'm saving will contribute even more to building a future with my wife (and dog) instead of just living in the present with cool "stuff" regardless of how much I feel attached to it or not.

And then I realized how lucky I was to have this beautiful ZHP at my fingertips and decided it was time to come home.

TO BE CONTINUED...
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I have to say I felt rather sad after reading your last post...I hope by now you're coping just fine. Your new ride looks great and I'm sure it will put a smile on your face every time you drive it. It may not be as powerful, but it's all in the fun factor.

Best of luck with your new (to you) ultimate driving machine!
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new chapters in life, always comes with sacrifices. This is a sacrifice work making. And you will definitely have more fun cars in the future. Once cars are in the blood, they are there forever.
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Youll be ok. Take solace in the idea that youre moving forward in your life, and that your car went to someone who will love it.
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Thanks guys, I know I'm a sentimental sac but it just meant a lot to me especially growing up in a town where everyone seems to get everything they want... except for me (we were the "poor people" of the upper middle class community). It's a hard chip to get off my shoulder but I think it was also easy in some ways because I knew it didn't belong there. Just sucks when you are finally satisfied and then things change. You're all correct though, the things it was given up for are far more worth wile. At least I got some good pix of her.
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thanks, been getting a lot of compliments on the new car - Jesal@IND was ing over her just this morning.
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how's the moving into the new car going? Getting comfortable with it?

I'm sort of wondering if the handling isn't too far off of what the 135 was since the chassis is similar.
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lol, this thing would out handle a stock 135i any day of the week and twice on sundays. its an M3 without the motor.
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lol, this thing would out handle a stock 135i any day of the week and twice on sundays. its an M3 without the motor.
Nice. Should keep you smiling and keep the wife scowling at you.
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