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Old 07-25-2002, 06:22 PM   #1
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Dinan stage 1 software review

I just got my car back from the dealership and they installed the Dinan stage 1 engine software and Transmission software upgrade.
All I can say is holly Sheit I love it! This is how BMW should have released the car instead of making me pay 905.00 dollars to get it that way. The pedal feel is way better no more mushy feel or lag before the car launches, low end and mid range torque seems much better, no more excessive down shifts in fact it seems like the car never shifts it just keeps building more speed. IF anyone is wanting to improve on the pedal feel of the car this is the ticket. I had to be careful not to push to hard on the pedal the first few stop lights because the car would lunge forward, thats a big change from the way it used to feel where I had to push 1/4 down to get it to go espcially with the A/C on. Definitely makes driving with the air conditioner on more fun now.
The car feels like my '99 GS400 on low end torque.

I think the software upgrades are worth the price but BMW should have done this to begin with.

Next week is the Dinan CAI upgrade with stage 2 software. Stage 2 is free with purchase of the CAI. I will do a review of that to.
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Old 07-25-2002, 06:33 PM   #2
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free?! thats not fiar!!!!!
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Old 07-25-2002, 06:44 PM   #3
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yes, it is FREE... i still dont get why ppl spend money on other intakes with dinan stage 2 software for 300 bucks more
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Old 07-25-2002, 07:35 PM   #4
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Dinan Throttle Body

Hey Andy,

I was thinking about getting the High Flow Throttle Body
what's your feedback on it.....

Is it worth the additional $600+
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Old 07-25-2002, 07:55 PM   #5
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just wait

You think that your car drives good now just wait until you get the CAI it is awesome and that is the only way to describe it. Whoever says they don't like the his sound must be crazy because ever since I got mine I hardly ever listened to the stereo anymore but just rolled the window down a bit and listened to the roar.
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Old 07-26-2002, 12:51 AM   #6
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Dinan CAI sounds

You guys that have the Dinan CAI, whats the sound thing that everyone says you here? is it loud? can you here it with the windows up? can you here it with the windows down?

Is it a hissing sound?

Do you guys think it is worth it to upgrade?
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Old 07-26-2002, 01:07 AM   #7
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yes, it is FREE... i still dont get why ppl spend money on other intakes with dinan stage 2 software for 300 bucks more
It's only free if you have purchased stage 1 already.

So if you don't have stage 1, if you buy the CAI, the stage 2 will be charged.

TV330i---yes I would recommend getting an intake. There is a hiss when at idle and when just engaging the throttle, but the roar that emits from under the hood when at full throttle is awesome, sweet growl. Personally I like Dinan, but for the most part all the intakes perform fairly close.
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Old 07-26-2002, 01:12 AM   #8
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know the feeling

I know how ya feel. the car kinda stands and goes. kinda weird. I cant wait till my computer software sets in..
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