In Reply to: MarK, Tell me.... posted by BMleW on January 29, 2000 at 16:12:22:
: : : : -Anybody know differences between '99,'00,'01'?
: : : : Comments on:
: : : : 1. No limited slip rear?
: : : : 2. No rack&pinion steering?
: : : : 3. No double vanos?
: : : : Sold E36M3 - I know, it's a different car. In the market for E46M3 or 540i. Interested in 540i but want to make the right decision.
: : : : >>Any opinions greatly appreciated.
: : : 1. True.
: : : 2. Right
: : : 3. Who cares?
: : : Oversall, the stuff you mention are features that in peactice have no real bearing on overall enjoyment. A limited slip might be useful, but with DSC in normal use you don't sense msny trsaction problems at all. I don't race and don't drive in snow, however.
: : : 2. The steering feel is great for a car of this size and weight, but it won't have as much feel as your E36, or a 528 for that matter. The V8 more than makes up for that.
: : : 3. A true who cares. Most people report that
: : : there is no noticable difference in feel between no VANOS and single VANOS. Double VANOS for the V8 is of course reserved for the M5. More horsepower would always be nice, but I wouldn't care how they arrived there. In practical terms the 4.4L engine is a marvel of smoothness and refined power, but I guess it would be nice if it pulled more as the revs rose, and had more power down low. Don't fret though. It's a winner regardless.
: : : Lew
: : I agree - the 540 6speed in any form is the best all around car you can buy for a reasonable price. I thought that before my most recent updates-Dinan computer reprograming, cold air induction and Remus exhaust-now all I can say is Wow!!! These modifications truly dial the car in. I highly recommend others do the same. Now for the suspension any thoughts from others on Dinan,H and R, Eibach AC Schnitzer? How about shocks-Koni versus Bilstein? Thanks.
: Did you complete all of the mods at one time or did you do them peicemeal. If so, can you comment on the synergy between the three: in otherwords, would the CAI and chip be the most meaningful, or did the Remus also add to the pleasure? There seems to be some debate about the efficacy of the various available exhausts. Comments?
I did all 3 changes at once. I to had the impression that the stock exhaust was fairly efficient, but I wanted a little more sound. I requested the old muffler(s) back and to my amazement the muffler setup includes both a muffler and a second muffler shaped canister which was filled with water! The dealer explained to me that this secondary canister is designed to collect condensation. What suprised me the most was how much these items weighed-I would estimate 45+ pounds! I love the sound of the Remus and it looks good since it is designed to hang down under the rear bumper. The thought of cutting a chunk out of the rear bumper, as some mufflers require (read AC Schnitzer), did not appeal to me. One caution might be if you have a real steep driveway, or back into a parking place with a curb, since the muffler does hang lower, you might opt for a different brand. Quality of hangers and related hardware was first rate! The chip and cold air induction seam to make the whole RPM range smoother and the motor pulls much stronger. I had an E-36 M-3 which I installed the Dinan cold air conversion on and had similar results. I did prefer the louder air induction sound which the M-3 produced after the installation; the 540 kit is much quieter, but it still performs! Hope this helps and good luck - I know you will enjoy any of these modifications.