In Reply to: $700 to $1500 best case scenario..... posted by bmv on February 10, 2000 at 08:44:02:
and you are correct in that it starts coming close to a wash if the diff is only $4k. As far as MPG goes, my numbers were and are around 28-29 in general around town, back and forth to work driving and low 30's on highway. Around town I'm in the SC ALOT more. Without the SC, I ALWAYS drove in the powerband (+3500 rpm), now I don't.
And to tell the truth, when the 2.3 came out in '99, I tried to trade up to that car, BUT the dealers near me wanted my '96 PLUS $10K minimum to do the deal. The $3300 SC looked like a much better use of my money. And as Jim Goodroe from Downing says "you get to bond alittle with the car by doing the install yourself". Heck, if I had the money, I go straight for an M, but I ain't that wealthy.....yet. Anyway, they're great fun no matter how you have it configured.
: 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!