In Reply to: Paul, how many miles have u had with the SC? posted by John on April 24, 2000 at 13:09:46:
: : : Paul,
: : : is the Dinan SC reliable? any problems so far? (how many miles have u run with it?)
: : : on Dinan advertisement, it says that an SC M3 will be able to keep up with Porsche Turbo..
: : : would u agree?? does the SC make the M3 that fast??
: : : : Man, after spending way too damn much money on my car, putting everything from bigger wheels to a blower on it, I finally found what I think is the best bang for the buck. I put in a 3:46 rearend and took out the stock 3:23 on my '97 ///M3-4 this past weekend. What a difference in off-the-line and mid-range performance this made. It's like a completely different car. Unlike my blower, which doesn't noticeably kick in until 5K rpm, the low-end pull from the ratio change is immediate, and cost me about 1/4 the cost of my blower.
: : : : The other modification that I just did and highly recommend, (but probably will get me flamed or this thread pulled) is a short shift conversion, using the factory shifter from a ///M roadster. The shifts are much shorter now and the side-to-side slop has also been reduced, and all for the price of only $50.00 in parts!!!! You can't beat that, and it only took about 45' to install.
: : Hi John,
: : The Dinan SC is the most reliable. He wont release a product til he's proven it reliable in testing and development. As a matter of fact, one of the reasons he's decided against releasing his aftercooler kit is that extra heat resulting from its installation might impact reliability, and, if it cant be sold to last reliably for 100K miles, he wont release it. As far as the current porshe turbo is concerned, well, aside from the new viper, NOTHING out there will run with it...I mean, better than 3.9 sec 0-60? gimme a break. But, with a near 4.5sec 0-60, you'll be about as close as any! You definitely will be in Corvette hardtop territory, which is supercar fast in anybody's book!
I've only had mine since 12/6, since which I've accumulated about 5K miles. But I've spoken with several owners and dealers who have seen it exposed to alot more miles, and, aside from some early Powerdyne units, which Dinan used to market before they switched to the more reliable Vortech and which were prone to internal belt drive failure necessitating an SC rebuild under warranty, there have been no problems with reliability. Dinan themselves warrant the SC and everything in the kit for a full 2 years. And, for an additional charge, they will warranty your whole drivetrain for the balance of your new car warranty. But, since there are virtually no drive train problems which arise as a result of the supercharger, most buyers do not get it.