United States market
Premium package (ZPP)
The premium package has been available on all 3-series cars. It typically included:
Different wheels/tires [if ordered with the sport package, the sport package wheels/tires superseed] A multifunction steering wheel [IF it was not already standard on the vehicle] Wood grain interior trim [if ordered with the sport package, the premium package wood is typically installed, unless specifically requested otherwise] Rain-sensing windshield wipers (became standard equipment in 2004) Auto-dimming rear-view mirror Power seats Lumbar Support (not available on the 325) Moonroof (note: moonroof can also be ordered separately)
Sports package (ZSP)
The sports package was available on all E46′s, excluding cars with the Performance package and the M3. It consisted of a three spoke sports leather steering wheel and had improved grip over the standard “square” steering wheel. The car was also given sports seats which provided better bolstering and support than the stock seats. They also had adjustable thigh supports and were available in manual or power. The sports package also offered 17 inch wheels standard, which came with staggered lower profile tires. Sports suspension was also given, which offered improved handling by way of firmer springs, a lower ride height, and tighter dampers.
Cold weather package (ZCW)
The cold weather package has been available on all 3-series and M3 cars. It typically included:
- Pass-through ski bag
- Heated seats
- Headlight washers
- Fold down rear seats
Performance package (ZHP)
2005 BMW 330Ci ZHP
The performance package was an option given to E46 sedans from 2003 to 2005 and coupes from 2004-2006.It included various aesthetic changes over the regular 3 series, as well as performance enhancements. It received the “M-Tech II” bodykit standard, 18-inch staggered Style 135 wheels, high gloss anthracite window trim, and the coupe received clear turn signals (headlights, side-markers, and tail-lights) instead of the amber turn signals found on the standard 330Ci. The interior had also been modified with half cloth-half alcantara sports seats (optional upgrade to leather), an alcantara-wrapped sports steering wheel (switched to perforated leather in mid-2005), a shorter shift knob, anthracite colored cloth headliner, and aluminum “cubed” interior trim (available in silver or black). The instrument gauge cluster was also modified with red needles.
In the performance department, the ZHP was equipped with the more aggressive BMW Performance camshafts and a DME tune to increase power from 225 hp (168 kW) to 235 hp (175 kW). The engine redline was also raised from 6,500RPM to 6,800RPM to further take advantage of the new power band and higher power output achieved by the new camshafts at higher RPMs. As a result of the higher redline, the nut that fastens the oil pump’s sprocket came with threadlocker pre-applied from the factory to keep the nut from falling off; this was done to fix what is a common problem with all M54 engines that are regularly revved high. The car also received a shorter final drive ratio which allows for faster acceleration; 3.07 vs. 2.93 for manuals and 3.64 vs. 3.38 for the automatic. Car and Driver magazine track-tested the car, which returned a 0-60 mph time of 5.6 seconds and passed through the 1/4 mile in 14.3 seconds. In 2003 the ZHP was the only 330i to come with a 6-speed manual transmission, and the Steptronic automatic transmission was not available in this first year (2003), but it was offered from 2004-2006.
Suspension was modified over the standard suspension with firmer springs and dampers, larger anti-roll bars, stronger front control arm ball joints, a lower ride height, and slightly more negative camber. The Style 135 wheels also came equipped with the much stickier compound, Michelin Pilot Sport tires, in a staggered configuration with 225/40-18 tires in the front and 255/35-18 tires in the back.
Rest of world markets
The ES trim level was the base level available for the European E46s. It included various safety features as standard equipment, such as anti-lock brakes, 6 airbags, dynamic stability control, and a factory installed alarm which were not common as standard features when the E46 was released. Comfort items such as heated and electric mirrors were also fitted standard. The ES trim did not include a leather interior standard, it was offered as an “at-cost” option.
The SE trim level included the options the ES trim level was given, but added cruise control, electric adjustable front seats, headlight washers, parking sensors, and a full leather interior as standard. It was the mid-range trim level that offered luxury items, but lacked the performance items the M Sport and M Clubsport trim levels had.
The M Sport trim level included the options given on the ES and SE trim levels, but had additional performance-orientated items added. It came with the “M-tech” I or II bodykits (depending on when the car was ordered), half leather-half alcantara sports seats, sports suspension, and 17″ lightweight style 68 wheels.
A 330Ci M Clubsport
The M Clubsport trim level is aesthetically similar to the United States Performance Package. The main difference is that the M Clubsport trim was not given the BMW performance camshafts that the ZHP obtained. Instead, it had 20 kilograms (44 lb) of sound deadening removed from the car. The M Clubsport trim shares the same suspension set up as the performance package (ZHP) in America, as well as the “cubed” interior trim and 18 inch style 135 wheels. However, changes from the ZHP include plastic front splitters on the M-Tech II bumper, a M-tech II styled rear spoiler (instead of the M3 trunk lip), and clubsport door sills. The M Clubsport also came with two “BMW Individual” colour options that were carried throughout the car, Estoril Blue and Velvet Blue.
Unlike the other trim levels, the M Clubsport trim was only available on the 330.
This Canadian-only package offered the same options as the United States premium package.