In Reply to: $700 to $1500 minimum..... posted by MikeB on February 10, 2000 at 07:45:34:
I see your point. Yet, if it's not done on an DIY basis, then, it becomes closer to being almost a "wash" situation.
I have an '98 1.9, i.e., the only MY 4-cyl (in US) with OEM 'hoops; while the '97 2.8 has the dubious distinction of being the only MY 6-cyl without 'em - If that matters to him, I dunno. BTW, '98 1.9s don't have side bags. With the '97 2.8 being a year older, insurance might be a wash as well.
Nonetheless, he'll still be, er, stuck with the 4-cyl. Ya! Mit supercharger, its output does rival that of the 2.8. However, BMW is the acknowledged ubermeister at perfecting straight sixes.
This is the issue I think of as I decide upon whether on not to SC my 1.9. I've owned/own 2-cyl (R65LS), 4-cyl (Z3 1.9), & 6-cyl (E30 325e) BMWs. All possessing merit. Phillip has already owned an 318i; and, apparently, doesn't have too many fond memories.
I tend to be highly interested whenever the topic of SC comes up here. But, you know, the thing that strikes me the most is that, without exception (I believe), all of our non-normally aspirated members here own '96 1.9, i.e., before the 2.8, or any 6-cyl for that matter, was available. Hmm. Very curious! For Phillip and others who DO have a choice, the suggestion of getting an 1.9 + SC isn't automatically the most effective, IMO.
P.S. What MPG did/do you get before & after adding the SC?
: He's says he can find a 2.8 at a premium of $4k to $5k over the 1.9l. A Downing/Atlanta SC costs $3300, if you can install yourself, it's not that hard. The 1.9l would be a year newer, faster, better overall fuel economy, handle better (IMO), and it might have things like roll hoops, side airbags and such, already installed. You would have money left over for a year or 2 of insurance payments, a new exhaust or other upgrades/enhancements. But if he went for same model year, the savings would be even greater.
: I put a Downing on my '96 1.9l at Christmas time, and I absolutely love this car even more than I did before! But as everyone else has said, drive them both and pick the one YOU like!