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davericher20
07-28-2012, 10:26 PM
Hey guys, new posting in this section. My father in law bought an 01 330 vert and i wanted to maybe give him an xmas gift or something for his car.
Is there a markd chip, or headers or an intake or anything...that would give him some extra hp for this engine thats simple?

T.Dot_E30
07-28-2012, 10:52 PM
BMW performance intake is a pretty nice piece

It ain't cheap though.

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-330Ci-M54_3.0L/Search/BMW_Performance_Intake/ES35341/

davericher20
07-29-2012, 12:07 PM
Thanks, maybe under 5 bills?

doogee
07-29-2012, 01:20 PM
M54 is pretty hopeless power wise.

I wouldn't bother with anything like that :P

cormier
07-29-2012, 04:09 PM
Any non-power mods an option? I love my zhp shift knob and that's pretty cheap! Maybe a nice SSK to go with :) big drivability upgrade

davericher20
07-29-2012, 04:30 PM
Any non-power mods an option? I love my zhp shift knob and that's pretty cheap! Maybe a nice SSK to go with :) big drivability upgrade

Non power mods are def an option. But it only has 2 pedals lol. Its more of a cruiser for him and I just asked him and he's not interested in more power, so it limits what he can do. I was thinking spacers? I dunno.

vic325ci
07-29-2012, 07:29 PM
Under drive pulleys for about 3 bills, also puts a bot less strain on your engine accessories

doogee
07-30-2012, 03:22 AM
Under drive pulleys for about 3 bills, also puts a bot less strain on your engine accessories

Also makes them less efficient and adds about 2hp :P



Dave you could get him one of these if the car didn't come with one already:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/WIND-DEFLECTOR-WINDBLOCKER-BMW-E46-/180931949796?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item2a206274e4

Or get him an Mtech front bumper and have it painted for him. That would really change the look of the car!

http://www.cargym.com/images/E462DMBumper.bmp

davericher20
07-30-2012, 05:50 AM
Awesome, thanks Kurt! I was wondering about the windscreen when he picked it up cause it doesnt have one. It fits in no problem?

vic325ci
07-30-2012, 04:58 PM
Also makes them less efficient and adds about 2hp :P

...actually it adds 3% which is about 7 hp on a 330...and if you're worried about inefficiency, then you might as well get an M3

jabela
07-31-2012, 12:15 AM
How about just a more aggressive muffler? There's lots of options.
It'll sound nicer, even if it doesn't go faster.
Or, do him a favour and replace his water pump, tensioner, idler, and belt before they fail on him.

ac_2007
08-01-2012, 10:05 AM
...actually it adds 3% which is about 7 hp on a 330...and if you're worried about inefficiency, then you might as well get an M3

3% on paper? I really want someone to prove me wrong and demonstrate that underdrive pulleys actually have these gains on a dyno. Regardless, anything under 10hp gain remains basically unnoticeable.

To the OP, why not get him some LED tail lights to update the look of the rear? They'd only run about $250 shipped, or in some cases cheaper. I'd really like to know where and how an Mtech bumper could come under $500 painted.

ScotcH
08-01-2012, 01:36 PM
3% on paper? I really want someone to prove me wrong and demonstrate that underdrive pulleys actually have these gains on a dyno. Regardless, anything under 10hp gain remains basically unnoticeable.

To the OP, why not get him some LED tail lights to update the look of the rear? They'd only run about $250 shipped, or in some cases cheaper. I'd really like to know where and how an Mtech bumper could come under $500 painted.

$200 for the bumper (aftermarket, but polyprop), you could always find someone to paint for under $300.

EMPOWERD
08-01-2012, 01:55 PM
Forget all the other stuff, get the wind deflector... it's a God-send for a convertible and makes driving with the top down MUCH more enjoyable, especially if his wife has longer hair.

davericher20
08-01-2012, 08:10 PM
Lol, thanks for the title change Randy! Yeah probably gonna go with simple stuff, he likes the bumper on it now so windscreen or led's it is

richmak
08-23-2012, 09:38 PM
I have a '02 330ci vert and I can talk about the mod experience first hand, especially I have no crave for power (330 is pretty powerful for most street drives).

I have the following mods on my car and I think you could decide what fits him the most.
windscreen / AngelEye (Orion v2) / tri-color stitched M-steering wheel / Dynavin CarNavigationDVD / BBS 18x9 RGRs / aftermarket M-sidemirrors with foldable mirror chassis / short antenna / brighter fogs

davericher20
08-24-2012, 11:46 PM
lol, he went ahead and bought the windscreen *uzi*

Maple
09-03-2012, 09:13 AM
If you still want a power mod, then get BimmerBrakes.com headers .Absolute BEST bang for the buck you can get for M54.

However , if he just got the car it would make MUCH more sense to get him a new cooling system and new FCAB.

PS. M54 is not hopeless powerwise ,lol. M54 is much more capable then any of its M5x predecessors.