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Old 10-11-2013, 09:25 PM   #61
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Re: VF E46 330 Supercharger Install Complete - Review

Thanka for the quick reply. And good luck with that! I think ill be forever fighting my cooling system til the end of time. Always finding a new leak!

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Old 06-24-2015, 12:40 PM   #62
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Tim, how is the supercharger holding up now 3 years later? I'd love to throw one in my 02 330ci, but its so pricey I want to make sure your reliability has been maintained!
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Old 06-24-2015, 03:28 PM   #63
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Tim, how is the supercharger holding up now 3 years later? I'd love to throw one in my 02 330ci, but its so pricey I want to make sure your reliability has been maintained!
You do know this thread is about 6 years old,....right ? Tim hasn't posted in a year and a half, maybe you get a response - maybe you don't.

The VF E46 330 S/Cer's have proven themselves to be quite good & reliable, call VF directly and negotiate your deal down to $4100 to $4200 Shipped.

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Old 06-25-2015, 01:49 PM   #64
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Rumors of my demise are greatly exaggerated, I am alive and well.

Guess I donít post up nearly as much as I used to, but I do subscribe to this thread so I can help other fanatics considering this option. Iím happy to report that after 6 years, Iíve still had zero issues with the kit. All I do is change the fluid periodically and enjoy it. Again, this is a weekend car that doesnít get a lot of drive time, but everything is still perfect.

As I mentioned 6 yrs ago, if youíre considering this kit, GET IT. From the straightforward install to the performance improvement to the long term reliability, there is really nothing to lose other than a few grand to acquire it.

Iíll go so far as saying this kit is the single reason I still own my e46 after 13 years. With so many cars offering ~300 horsepower these days, I probably would have upgraded by now if I was only pushing 225. Fortunately, I havenít had to, because frankly, there are no other coupes/cabrios around my $50K price point on the market today that I like the looks of as much as my 330Ci. And with performance (thanks to VF) and technology (thanks to Dynavin) to rival todayís offerings, I can keep on motoring in the supercharged e46.
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Old 06-25-2015, 06:52 PM   #65
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Rumors of my demise are greatly exaggerated, I am alive and well.

Guess I donít post up nearly as much as I used to, but I do subscribe to this thread so I can help other fanatics considering this option. Iím happy to report that after 6 years, Iíve still had zero issues with the kit. All I do is change the fluid periodically and enjoy it. Again, this is a weekend car that doesnít get a lot of drive time, but everything is still perfect.

As I mentioned 6 yrs ago, if youíre considering this kit, GET IT. From the straightforward install to the performance improvement to the long term reliability, there is really nothing to lose other than a few grand to acquire it.

Iíll go so far as saying this kit is the single reason I still own my e46 after 13 years. With so many cars offering ~300 horsepower these days, I probably would have upgraded by now if I was only pushing 225. Fortunately, I havenít had to, because frankly, there are no other coupes/cabrios around my $50K price point on the market today that I like the looks of as much as my 330Ci. And with performance (thanks to VF) and technology (thanks to Dynavin) to rival todayís offerings, I can keep on motoring in the supercharged e46.
Nice to hear the SC is going all good for you.
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Old 06-27-2015, 03:13 PM   #66
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FANTASTIC Review! Very detailed and well written. I am now researching this kit for my E46
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Old 02-22-2017, 11:04 PM   #67
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Rumors of my demise are greatly exaggerated, I am alive and well.

Guess I don't post up nearly as much as I used to, but I do subscribe to this thread so I can help other fanatics considering this option. I'm happy to report that after 6 years, I've still had zero issues with the kit. All I do is change the fluid periodically and enjoy it. Again, this is a weekend car that doesn't get a lot of drive time, but everything is still perfect.

As I mentioned 6 yrs ago, if you're considering this kit, GET IT. From the straightforward install to the performance improvement to the long term reliability, there is really nothing to lose other than a few grand to acquire it.

I'll go so far as saying this kit is the single reason I still own my e46 after 13 years. With so many cars offering ~300 horsepower these days, I probably would have upgraded by now if I was only pushing 225. Fortunately, I haven't had to, because frankly, there are no other coupes/cabrios around my $50K price point on the market today that I like the looks of as much as my 330Ci. And with performance (thanks to VF) and technology (thanks to Dynavin) to rival today's offerings, I can keep on motoring in the supercharged e46.
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Great thread!
It's 2017 and am looking to do a SC. Down to the VF or the Active Autowerkes.
Did you ever consider the AA?
It has a 8.5 pressure versus the 6.5 of the VF.

Have an 03 330ci in great shape, meticulously cared for but had 134,000 miles...don't know if that is an issue due to care.

Your car still running strong theses days?

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Great thread!
It's 2017 and am looking to do a SC. Down to the VF or the Active Autowerkes.
Did you ever consider the AA?
It has a 8.5 pressure versus the 6.5 of the VF.

Have an 03 330ci in great shape, meticulously cared for but had 134,000 miles...don't know if that is an issue due to care.

Your car still running strong theses days?

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Old 02-24-2017, 12:49 AM   #69
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Great thread!
It's 2017 and am looking to do a SC. Down to the VF or the Active Autowerkes.
Did you ever consider the AA?
It has a 8.5 pressure versus the 6.5 of the VF.

Have an 03 330ci in great shape, meticulously cared for but had 134,000 miles...don't know if that is an issue due to care.

Your car still running strong theses days?

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Hi Jim,

Car is still running great! I was considering VF, AA, and ESS TS1 before making my purchase. I believe they are all good proven kits and I don't think you can go wrong with any.

Ultimately, I chose the VF based on three main factors. 1) the ease of installation and ability to remove it since no permanent or major modifications are necessary. 2) I wanted a centrifugal unit since I didn't want significant boost at low rpms. I needed to maintain stock-like driveability, while still being able to produce extra power when I intentionally took the revs up. 3) Vortech. They have a great reputation and proven reliability, so I knew I wouldn't have any maintenance issues with the most expensive component.

IIRC, I do believe that I gave up some additional power gains by not choosing a higher boost system, but maximum power wasn't my main motivation. I was looking to noticeably increase performance without sacrificing driveability or reliability. I also wanted to perform the install myself, and the VF emerged as the most DIY-friendly option at that time.
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