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Old 06-01-2015, 03:08 PM   #1
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Looking to supercharge or turbo need advise to get the car ready

Hello All,

Looking for advice on what to do.

Im looking to either supercharge or turbo charge my M3. Its a 2003 and it has 130,000 miles on it. I was going to get the turbo or supercharger around wintertime to have the car ready for next summer.

So far im trying to gather up what i need done on the motor to be safe. I know i have alot of miles but the motor is pretty clean. I am going to change rod bearings and small gasket leaks very soon was quoted $1500 for rod bearings and oil pan gasket change.

Few things is how much will it cost to do either?
I know prices vary but a estimate is better than not know how much ill be spending.

Also i was quoted around 8500-9000 for a ESS VT2-525 supercharger installed. Is that good price?

I don't plan on selling the car since I've decided to keep it now, but i would like a power increase and NA can only get me up to 400 possibly so boosted is the way to go since I'm looking to sit comfortably at 500+ hp.

Please help me out. Im trying to get everything fixed or maintained before i decide to boost my M3.

Thanks in advance
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Old 06-01-2015, 03:25 PM   #2
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Hello All,

Looking for advice on what to do.

Im looking to either supercharge or turbo charge my M3. Its a 2003 and it has 130,000 miles on it. I was going to get the turbo or supercharger around wintertime to have the car ready for next summer.

So far im trying to gather up what i need done on the motor to be safe. I know i have alot of miles but the motor is pretty clean. I am going to change rod bearings and small gasket leaks very soon was quoted $1500 for rod bearings and oil pan gasket change.

Few things is how much will it cost to do either?
I know prices vary but a estimate is better than not know how much ill be spending.

Also i was quoted around 8500-9000 for a ESS VT2-525 supercharger installed. Is that good price?

I don't plan on selling the car since I've decided to keep it now, but i would like a power increase and NA can only get me up to 400 possibly so boosted is the way to go since I'm looking to sit comfortably at 500+ hp.

Please help me out. Im trying to get everything fixed or maintained before i decide to boost my M3.

Thanks in advance
I'd go with the maximumpsi kit hands down. its a little more expensive but well worth it.
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Old 06-01-2015, 03:33 PM   #3
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I'd go with the maximumpsi kit hands down. its a little more expensive but well worth it.
Any idea what its cost would be around? ive never dealt or knew anybody with their kit. any idea on how it is?
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Old 06-03-2015, 07:30 PM   #5
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I got my VT2-525 + subframe reinforcement + value adjustment for 8300 installed. That was this spring in Chicago by an ESS approved vendor and installer. Super good deal.
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Had a 3rd party dyno it after the install.

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I got my VT2-525 + subframe reinforcement + value adjustment for 8300 installed. That was this spring in Chicago by an ESS approved vendor and installer. Super good deal.
wow why did i quotes so much dam. How much was the supercharger if you dont mind me asking?

I was quoted about 10-11 to do the supercharger and rod bearings i feel like i got over priced a bit
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wow why did i quotes so much dam. How much was the supercharger if you dont mind me asking?

I was quoted about 10-11 to do the supercharger and rod bearings i feel like i got over priced a bit
Supercharger + install was 7000. 1000 for subframe and 300 for the valve adjustment. I believe ESS was running a special on the 525 last winter when I got the quote from them.

Also had them plugs, packs, rear springs and a few other things. The only recommendation they had was the fuel pump, but that was replaced a year ago.
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Supercharger + install was 7000. 1000 for subframe and 300 for the valve adjustment. I believe ESS was running a special on the 525 last winter when I got the quote from them.

Also had them plugs, packs, rear springs and a few other things. The only recommendation they had was the fuel pump, but that was replaced a year ago.
dammit i might wait to see if they have another sale going on. Im also looking at just buying the turbo parts myself and installing them myself im trying to find out what i might need replaced on the motor since i have 130k on it, or if its even worth it to boost at this point
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dammit i might wait to see if they have another sale going on. Im also looking at just buying the turbo parts myself and installing them myself im trying to find out what i might need replaced on the motor since i have 130k on it, or if its even worth it to boost at this point
Mine is at 104k. I highly considered buying an S85 M5 and selling my M3. But there are just so many things I love about my M3. It feels like home. Decided to go supercharged instead. I only put about 6k miles a year, so I figure I've got many many years left with it. And with as much as I've got in it now, selling isn't really a good option haha
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Mine is at 104k. I highly considered buying an S85 M5 and selling my M3. But there are just so many things I love about my M3. It feels like home. Decided to go supercharged instead. I only put about 6k miles a year, so I figure I've got many many years left with it. And with as much as I've got in it now, selling isn't really a good option haha
Same here I was looking at a few e60 M5 but then realized i have to much money invested in my M3 and i dont think i can let go of it anymore. I'd be happy with a supercharger to keep up with the m5's and m4's since i love the way my car looks and drives already its just the hp i want to change

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If you want 500+ WHP you can go with our Prima Plus Kit and we can also include the WPC Treated Rod Bearing Upgrade w/ ARP Bolts for under 8k Shipped.
thanks for the info on your kit and rod bearing upgrade ill be in touch if i decide to go with an AA kit
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