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Low end torque? (archive)

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Posted by Drew Zacharda on December 14, 2000 at 11:15:11:

In Reply to: Two questions re: 89 535i posted by stan on December 14, 2000 at 00:28:40:

2. My car is chipped (Conforti). I had a '94 530i which had tremendous low end torque. People have told me that my 535 would have more low end torque if I put the original chip back in. I have only owned it with the Shark chip and at low end it doesn't compare with the 530. Comments?

In stock form the 535i produces 225 ft-lb torque; the 530i produces 214ft-lb. According the the Turner website, the Conforti chip increases the 535i torque to 237 ft-lb.

Are you sure you don't just have an overly-fond memory of your 530? I've got a sharked 535i 5-speed and a stock 530iTA. Even taking into consideration the extra weight and the power-sucking auto trans, the 535i has MUCH better low-end torque than the 530iTA.

Try driving a 530i and your car back-to-back on the same day, and see if you still feel the same way.

My $.02
-Drew Zacharda
'90 535i 5-speed

'94 530iT

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