In Reply to: Regarding ECIS's intake... posted by JT on October 04, 2000 at 02:17:57:
I am glad you have our kit and that it performs well for you....but, do you have any idea what it takes to produce an aftermarket product and make a profit??? Do you know about cost and retail markups to make money on what you have worked hard at???
Should we produce the kit for the cost and make ZERO money for our hard work designing new intake kits and making the existing ones better??? Do you know how much money we have to have to pay the fab shop for their work when they are done with 100 shields and tubes??? Come on...
I really don't think you thought about this post when you wrote it...we have put a lot of time and effort into making those kits and we are constantly being told by bigger names (HMS, UUC, AA, etc) that our kit is TOO CHEAP!!! Look at the price of the Dinan and the Conforti kit...ours is very affordable and we are not getting rich off this venture.
We kept the price low because we are BMW enthusiasts, just like you...we priced it relative to the cost and what we would want to pay as consumers.
Well, I gues we can't make everyone happy, huh?!?!?
First, I like to say that I have a ECIS intake for 97 M3. I absolutely LOVE it!!!! It makes my car sound alot better at WOT, now I just love to rev all the time.
But as far as is its value/cost... I have a K&N's catalog in font of me. The K&N's RE-0810 air filter cone cost $45. (I'm sure it will cost less when buy in bulk) This filter come with the intake. Other than that it is a tube and a heatshield. Now, the intake cost $225, so does the tube and the shield cost us extra $180????? I really do not know. And this is coming from a company that give us best-bang-for-your-a-lot-of-bucks-intake.
Anyways, not saying you shouldn't mod your car at all. I've purchased a BMW, I accept and deserve to be ripped off. I'm sure the same kit for Porsche will probably cost $500.