In Reply to: Comments on Dinan Stage II or III kits? posted by Al on January 11, 2000 at 18:10:17:
: Has anyone installed either the Stage II or III kits for the M Roadster? Could someone comment on them?
: '00 540i/6
: '99 M Roadster
: : I'm a newbie to the world of MZ3's, so if my questions are too broad, my apologies... I plan on upgrading my 2000 MZ3 over the next year in 2 areas: Performance and Handling. My only real exposure has been to Dinans product line, which I'm impressed with, though not from an experts viewpoint.
: : My criteria are: I'd like to get the car as quick as possible without voiding BMW's warranties/maintenance agreements and I'd like it to be competitive on the track, but still able to be driven around town (pretty vague, huh?).
: : I know there is a lot that can be done to these cars, but I don't know where to start (software, exhaust, superchargers, suspension -stage I,II or II, etc.). I plan on making this somewhat of a project, so I'll provide a website with the progression in case anyone is interested.
: : Thoughts?
: : Any help will be greatly appreciated!
: : Brad
: : 2000 Estoril Blue MZ3
I also have a 2000 Estoril Blue MZ3, and recently had Stage III upgrades installed. Doug made an interesting point concerning which upgrade to do first (performance/handling). Since I don't take my car to the track and have a bit to learn about how I want the car to "feel", I decided to do the engine upgrades first, and then drive it for awhile to get a good feeling for the handling. Hopefully this will allow me to make better choices concerning handling upgrades.
The Stage III upgrades have actually increased the driving enjoyment of the car. It responds quicker to throttle, a more "peppy" feeling with revs coming up faster. Midrange power has improved and I have noticed that the engine stays in a more "comfortable" rpm range longer, especially in traffic, now that the rev limiter has been raised. Last but certainly not least is the growling at higher rpm. At 5000 to redline, it's awesome and reminds you that the money spent was worth it.