In Reply to: what non-optional repairs have you done so far? posted by . on November 22, 2000 at 13:18:26:
I'm also about to make the same change as you did. I'm about to get rid of my integra and sacrifice some straight line performance and low operation costs for the better overall pakage of the M3. I'm wondering about what mandatory repairs you have made so far are and if there are any particular problem areas that I most likely will have to attend to when I get one of these cars?
Mandatory repairs have included replacing the timing chain tensioner (@70,000mi -- someone had botched a previous re-install of the retaining spring), a Level II Inspection (every 30,000mi), engine and transmission mounts, idle control valve, all shifter bushings, and a new fuel pressure regulator.
I've also replaced the suspension, and purchased a set of stock wheels (w/new tires) to replace the aftermarket wheels from the previous owner.
I think that covers what I've done so far. Subjectively, I like it better than my Type-R, although there are things I miss about that car. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping this is my last big expenditure for a while. I'd like to do an Evo II cam and exhaust cam gear, along with an Evo flywheel once I've recovered from this, and assuming everything continues to run strong. Straight line performance, as is, is very close to the ITR (I have a Dinan chip, and a solid looking dyno chart), and with these additional engine modifications, it should be faster than my old 'teg both in a straight line and through the corners :). Looking forward to autocross and track time come summer.