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Old 12-31-2009, 11:24 PM   #1
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New Girl looking for more Hp.... Any Advice???

I am interested in finding out in ways to increase my Hp without losing my warranty or breaking my bank. My father told me to install a cold intake kit or a tuner kit.... Anyone have any experience with the turbo tuner? I live in Ontario if that makes a difference.
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Old 12-31-2009, 11:28 PM   #2
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search the web for a software tune

i'm guessing you can pick up 50hp for ~1k or less

might lose the warranty, although most mods will



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Old 12-31-2009, 11:51 PM   #3
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thanks.... looking into the turbo tuner from tunermotorsport, apparently doesn't affect anything but i'm hoping i'll hear about it from anyone reading this also...

As for dating, sorry i've given that up now... Lol. I found my second love already and it has 4 doors.
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Old 01-01-2010, 12:16 AM   #4
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sell your steptronic and get a manual. then contact vishnu for a chip upgrade.
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Old 01-01-2010, 01:27 AM   #5
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Don't quote me o this, but I believe the only tuner chip that allows you to still retain factory warranty is Dinan.
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Old 01-01-2010, 08:44 AM   #6
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I beleive Dan is right, there has been a lot of problems with the turbo's lately, so make wure what ever you do you don't void the warranty unless your ok with also replacing the turbos!!

i'll have to keep an eye out for this car in the east end though.
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Old 01-01-2010, 09:24 AM   #7
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intake is a good way to go... cheap and easy to do plus the benifit of removal if you need to take it in for service

most chips or a remap can be seen by a scan tool and when it comes to warranty they will look hard for a reason to void it..'


just my 2 cents

fyi: my second love has 2 doors lol. i love your logic
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Old 01-04-2010, 01:50 AM   #8
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get the PROcede i put it in my car I LOVE THE EXTRA HP U GET AND TORQUE. but u need to take it out when ever u visit the deal. it WILL FOR SURE VOID YOUR WARRANTY.

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Old 01-04-2010, 02:45 AM   #9
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BS,

i suggest you get comfortable with the idea of voiding your warranty with a chip if you're after HP. The plus side is, most chips have modification-free installs. (That means, if something goes wrong with your car, and you have to take it in for work @ the dealer, you can take the chip out, and its as if it were never installed.)

Many chips (or rather, piggyback, since you dont reflash the ECU so much as add another computer to it), are undetectable by tech's unless they physically open your ECU housing, but its possible that they do that.

If you want something more easy to hide, that would also make the car more driveable at speed, consider ordering a custom differential with LSD and shorter gearing. The shorter gearing will give you more torque, and LSD will make you want to drift every corner you drive through. Plus its very, very unlikely a tech would notice that. They're not cheap though, last time i checked they were around 3K.
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BS,

i suggest you get comfortable with the idea of voiding your warranty with a chip if you're after HP. The plus side is, most chips have modification-free installs. (That means, if something goes wrong with your car, and you have to take it in for work @ the dealer, you can take the chip out, and its as if it were never installed.)

Many chips (or rather, piggyback, since you dont reflash the ECU so much as add another computer to it), are undetectable by tech's unless they physically open your ECU housing, but its possible that they do that.

If you want something more easy to hide, that would also make the car more driveable at speed, consider ordering a custom differential with LSD and shorter gearing. The shorter gearing will give you more torque, and LSD will make you want to drift every corner you drive through. Plus its very, very unlikely a tech would notice that. They're not cheap though, last time i checked they were around 3K.
Fantastic idea but honestly I would recommend leaving the car stock and learning to drive it if you haven't already. You want to understand what you car does before you go modding the shit out of it. If you exceed your driving ability with mods you will be in trouble. I have a 140hp 1992 318is and honestly on the track it is so much fun I wasn't even missing the HP this summer. Now that I under stand the car and how it handles I'm very interested in going bigger.

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Old 01-04-2010, 01:41 PM   #11
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Dinan is the only choice if you don't want to void your warranty. Everything else apparently voids your warranty because the scan tools BMW dealers use detects boost levels a/f, and pretty much every other sign that you upped the boost through piggyback ECU software. Then you're in trouble if you ever need warranty to cover blown turbos or worse.

My advice is a lot like e30 girls. Learn how to drive your car on the track (mosport is close to you?) because 300hp/300ft/tq is plenty of power!! The transmission will always be holding you back as well, I don't think they have any tranny software available to speed up shifting... I suggest drivng for a few years until you're comfortable with a manual transmission. I could be wrong though, you look fairly old and mature so maybe you already have many years of driving manual car experience under your belt?!

Then when your warranty expires in a few years and if you decide to keep your car, we'll recommend the best ECU upgrade/intake/downpipes/intercooler/exhaust and you'll have at least 400hp+ by then. Or maybe you'll upgrade to a real car by then, 6spd manual M3? j/k

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Old 01-04-2010, 02:04 PM   #12
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the dinan ecu upgrade depending on whether its a stage I or II costs between ~1.6/2.2K i think. and the warranty definitely remains valid.
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Fantastic idea but honestly I would recommend leaving the car stock and learning to drive it if you haven't already.
+1 on the driver mods.

Get some track time and autox in. No point in having all that power if you don't know how to use it.
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Old 01-04-2010, 04:30 PM   #14
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Before power upgrades, I'd vote you throw some Pilot sport ps2s/r comps or something similar on there than you can have some real fun!

And from what I've been told, installing a non stock chip or reflashing the ecu triggers a hidden code or something that, even if you were to reinstall the stock chip/software for service/warranty purposes, the technician will see it when he scans your car thus voiding the warranty
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Old 01-04-2010, 05:36 PM   #15
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As for dating, sorry i've given that up now... Lol. I found my second love already and it has 4 doors.
Four doors for more whores?

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