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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Mon, Oct-08-2018, 10:12:14 PM   #1
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Default Intake and tune bang for the buck

Whatís a good intake and tune to get? And will it yield a decent gain in power that I will feel? How much hp we talking ?

I not looking to spend a ton. I know there is an expensive intake setup out there. I am looking for bang for the buck for this car. Ty
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Unfortunately, there is no cheap bang for buck for this car, especially with intake. Do yourself a favor and buy Euro or SuperSprint stepped headers and a tune. That is the cheapest and best bang for the buck. You can do it on the used market for $1k-$2k and gain around 20-30hp.

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Unfortunately, there is no cheap bang for buck for this car, especially with intake. Do yourself a favor and buy Euro or SuperSprint stepped headers and a tune. That is the cheapest and best bang for the buck. You can do it on the used market for $1k-$2k and gain around 20-30hp.

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^^ This. I highly recommend getting SS stepped headers. Best on the market, but cost a premium. If you are on a budget go Euro. Donít bother with any other variant. Solid advice above.
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Unfortunately, there is no cheap bang for buck for this car, especially with intake. Do yourself a favor and buy Euro or SuperSprint stepped headers and a tune. That is the cheapest and best bang for the buck. You can do it on the used market for $1k-$2k and gain around 20-30hp.

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^^ This. I highly recommend getting SS stepped headers. Best on the market, but cost a premium. If you are on a budget go Euro. Donít bother with any other variant. Solid advice above.
Just came here to repeat what these guys said.

I'd recommend sticking with the stock intake until you are ready to pony up for a CSL intake.

Best bang for the buck tune....Paul-Claude. He charges an insanely small amount for the level of tune you are getting. I'd argue he is one of the best tuners out there for this platform, TONS of experience, safe tune, Nurburgring track proven, ect... But for the simple fact his pricing is so affordable, it's a no brainer in terms of dollar per value. You could spend more on a sub-par canned tune vs what he charges for a bespoke tune to your car.
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Unfortunately, there is no cheap bang for buck for this car, especially with intake. Do yourself a favor and buy Euro or SuperSprint stepped headers and a tune. That is the cheapest and best bang for the buck. You can do it on the used market for $1k-$2k and gain around 20-30hp.

Mr. Wolfe

I hear you. But I didnít want the noise of upgrading the exhaust. Also doesnít this get rid of the cat? All the cats? Sorry donít know much about these cars. My intentions were to keep it stock and put 1k miles a year on it. But the darn thing is so slow. Itís convertible. Not sure if thatís why itís so slow or what.
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Just came here to repeat what these guys said.

I'd recommend sticking with the stock intake until you are ready to pony up for a CSL intake.

Best bang for the buck tune....Paul-Claude. He charges an insanely small amount for the level of tune you are getting. I'd argue he is one of the best tuners out there for this platform, TONS of experience, safe tune, Nurburgring track proven, ect... But for the simple fact his pricing is so affordable, it's a no brainer in terms of dollar per value. You could spend more on a sub-par canned tune vs what he charges for a bespoke tune to your car.
Thanks. Where is he located? Does he tune on a dyno or.....?
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I hear you. But I didnít want the noise of upgrading the exhaust. Also doesnít this get rid of the cat? All the cats? Sorry donít know much about these cars. My intentions were to keep it stock and put 1k miles a year on it. But the darn thing is so slow. Itís convertible. Not sure if thatís why itís so slow or what.
The cats then get moved to section 2. With a resonator, you will have no added noise. Verts are much, much heavier than the coupes and there is quite a bit of difference. You are looking at a "real feel" difference of about 50hp because of the added weight.

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LOL

Bang for buck doesn't exist on this platform bro
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Bang for buck doesn't exist on this platform bro
So stock it stays.
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Thanks. Where is he located? Does he tune on a dyno or.....?
He is located in the UK. But he tunes all over the world as long as you have an internet connection. As far as dyno tuning, yep. Dyno tuning, datalog based tuning, pre-configured tuning based on your mods, all of the above. He logs in remotely, and does his thing. For dyno tuning, all you would need to do is rent local dyno time and have him remote login to the laptop connected to the computer.

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The cats then get moved to section 2.
You mean they are moved to the section 1, just like they are on the Euro spec M3s.
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