In Reply to: M3s with Dinan CAI/Software. Questions... posted by TwistyM3 on February 08, 2000 at 12:30:27:
When I bought my '98 M3, the first thing I did was take it to my dealer and had them put in the Stage II programming and the cold air intake. I even found a guy who was putting in a supercharger and was getting rid of his CAI so I also got it a lot cheaper. At first I thought about installing th CAI myself but the dealer brought up the point that not only have they installed hundreds of these things, but that it would be covered under my exsisting warranty a lot better.
As far as the sound of the intake... it's killer! I love the sound at WOT. As far as noticing a performance difference... there was definitely a difference, better response and all, but not as much as I would have liked. Worth it?.... Yes! If you get to know one service guy at your local dealership, he'll take care of you (as long as you give him an excellent rating on his service). Dinan is a great way to go if you are worried about warranty and all that jazz.
: Definitely NOT looking to start yet ANOTHER debate. JUST looking for info...
: I spoke with a Dinan rep this and I'm considering going with their CAI/software combo. The biggest reason for this decision would be ease of installation (an easy 20 minute drive) and the fact that, when my dealer opens my hood for service, they're less likely to give me hell about mods if they see "Dinan" in there (my dealer seems partial to the Dinan stuff). PLUS, I really don't like the idea of shipping my ECU anywhere... no matter how well it's packed.
: 1) I realize the Dinan is supposed to be more noticeable in the top end but is there a perceptable difference in the low/midrange level (read butt dyno).
: 2) The filter "looks" like it would be really hard to get to. Is it fairly simple to clean?
: 3) Lastly, what are your overall impressions? (i.e. power increase, intake sound, etc.) and do you feel it was money well spent? Any disadvantages/drawbacks?
: Thank you very, very much,
: Jonathan L.