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nfreas313 02-06-2011 02:34 AM

Bought a 97 540i, need mod help
Hi i just got a 1997 BMW 540i and have been looking for sites to get performance parts fo it and i wont lie, im totally lost, any help would be greatly appreciated, i just want to bump it up to a lil over 300 hp. any suggestions????

Big Evil 02-19-2011 10:27 PM

Forced induction is about it

nfreas313 02-20-2011 10:48 PM

I would but it would cost me morw than the car is even worth

Big Evil 02-21-2011 01:33 AM

And there you have hit at the heart of what you're asking. you have one of the best designed cars on the road and BMW engineers make it a point to squeeze every last bit of power out of these engines they can get. Upping the power from stock requires something serious. You can chip the computer, but aside from that you're left with turbo, supercharging and or nitrous. As far as the cost is concerned, modified cars don't have much of an aftermarket anyway. How many times have you seen some "dumb kid" trying to sell an '88 honda civic for 20,000 because of all the stuff he's put on/in it? Would you buy it? And the same principle applies here. You mod it, you OWN it because 99.9% of the time you'll never resell it for book and even if you get book you're still gonna take a huge loss on it. I'm not saying don't do it, I'm just saying go into it understanding that you will most likely never recupe your money and whatever you do you'd better be happy with and plan on driving it to its death. Some guys will break even, maybe even make a bit. But most of the time that's not reality. If this is your daily driver and only vehicle, I wouldn't mess with it. If it's a toy you want to make a go faster track day car, make a budget and plan on not ever getting any of it back aside from the driving enjoyment it will give you.

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