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Driveline, Engine & DME Tuning
Talk about driveline improvements, NA tuning and DME tuning your E46 BMW here. This includes diffs, intakes, exhausts, chips, software and OBD tuning.

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Old 06-17-2011, 02:39 AM   #1
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DINAN question (s2 and auto software on a E46 330ci)

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Does anyone have the dinan stage 2 with automatic transmission software?
I have a 330 and am considering getting these installed (without the dinan induction as i already have the bmw performance intake).
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Old 02-01-2012, 09:40 PM   #2
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Dinan Stage 2 with BMW performance intake

i realize its been a while since you posted, but I have a 330ci with BMW performance intake and thinking about updating to a Dinan stage 2 and automatic transmission software. Did you actually try it yet?
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Old 02-01-2012, 10:05 PM   #3
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I was going to go for it. There are 2 garages in the uk that supply the dinan software, one said they don't do it anymore, and the other Munich legends said they would. Long story short I booked my car in at Munich legends, drove 3 hours to them, to find out the only engineer who could do that software upgrade had forgotten about my booking. After several emails I gave up as they ignored me a d didn't respond, very bad service tbh. In the end I got the latest version of sprint booster module, and kept it on the green setting, this sorted out my auto box lag gy throttle response. I will be going for an engine tune in the future and have fitted a BMW performance intake which I
Proved the sound. Hope this helps.
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Old 02-03-2012, 02:54 PM   #4
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Unfortunately, I have moved on way past the Dinan engine/automatic software. Back then, I was a bit disappointed in both but knew that it was covered under the factory warranty which is the main reason that I bought both. Once I was out of warranty I went big time with an AA/2 SC. You can see in my garage the other upgrades that I did that might interest you.

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Old 02-19-2012, 11:20 PM   #5
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Thanks

Thanks for all the input, sorry to hear about the bad customer service man that stinks. My car is still under warranty for another year, so thats why I was going to go the dinan route. I am looking to get a high flow exhaust. Considering Dinan or BMW Performance Exhaust.. any recommendations?
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Old 02-20-2012, 03:59 AM   #6
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Apparentely the UUC TSE3-L is a good buy, nice sound with no drone.
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Old 02-20-2012, 05:07 AM   #7
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Apparentely the UUC TSE3-L is a good buy, nice sound with no drone.
It is... more expensive but worth every penny
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Old 02-20-2012, 08:15 AM   #8
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The biggest exhaust restriction are the primary tubes. Once you see them (photos are around many of these threads) then it will be obvious why. Most exhaust mufflers assume that you are using the OEM header and they will work fine. Once you go to a free flowing header (or Magnaflow header/cat if emission is enforced in your area) then a much stronger muffler system is called for as the exhaust pressure/volume will be higher. I know because I found out the hard way - look at my garage for what I have now (once was a cat back UUC TSE3 - now for sale).

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Old 02-20-2012, 10:27 AM   #9
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Back then, I was a bit disappointed in both but knew that it was covered under the factory warranty which is the main reason that I bought both.
Dinan products are NOT covered by any BMW factory warranty, not now and at no time in the past. Read both the Dinan warranty and BMW factory warranty, there is no language anywhere in either stating such and anyone that tells you there is coverage is either mistaken or outright lying. This all started when Dinan started "Matching" BMW's new car warranty in time duration and approached BMW new car Dealers to be Dinan Dealers. At no point was there ever a official relationship between the two, it was a per dealer agreement between Dinan and the individual BMW dealership. Neither Dinan or BMW claim to cover each others products.

There have been numerous cases where customers had issues with a Dinan product and the BMW dealer refused warranty work because of the Dinan product while Dinan blamed the dealership. At the end of the day, the customer was stuck in the middle trying to get their car repaired. That issue and with BMW's introduction of their own performance products is the reason most Dealers have stopped selling Dinan products.
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^ yes... The only Dinan product I am possibly going to buy (and I reinforce the word possibly because it costs so much for so little of a change) is the high flow throttle body. Besides that there is nothing I really want from them. All of their products are available from other tuners.

You can "earn" the Dinan badge (10 points) with nothing more than enough cosmetic shiite on your car, to me that in itself is a joke. It should require a decent amount of performance upgrades, not just wheels, pedals, etc., to get.
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Old 02-21-2012, 04:52 PM   #11
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Thanks for the input. Jim, it was insightful about the exhaust, I am going to do some research on them. Currently all I have in my car is the BMW Performance intake. Thanks for clearing up the Dinan Warranty... I did not know that and it opens up the market for me
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Old 06-20-2012, 04:34 PM   #12
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I've been wanting to increase horsepower on my ZHP, I have no engine modifications, however, would the BMW performance intake allow me to do this? Anyone? Suggestions?
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I've been wanting to increase horsepower on my ZHP, I have no engine modifications, however, would the BMW performance intake allow me to do this? Anyone? Suggestions?
There are many threads on here for the mods that you can do. Normally Aspirated (NA) route (Intake, exhaust, etc) will only provide a small increase in HP compared to the Forced Induction (FI) route which will provide over 100+ HP increase (to start) based on how far you go. How much money do you want to spend is the deciding factor.

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Old 06-21-2012, 07:16 PM   #14
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that's the thing, not crazy about spending lot$ I guess leave the ZHP alone is best for me. Thanks for the reply...
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Old 06-21-2012, 07:44 PM   #15
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my performance intake gave better throttle response and felt like I was accelerating faster (not by much). I bought it more for looks. Jim Murphy is right unless you got forced induction you won't get that drastic performance increase regardless of what you do. But then again if you really want that much extra power get a 335 or an e46 M3
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Old 06-22-2012, 10:25 AM   #16
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A friend of mine has an '07 335i which is fun to drive, but I'll wait a while before I consider getting one. However,I read the hp gains on the AA website and I wonder if the software alone would give me the 12 to 15 extra horsepower they claim or if I have to pair it with an exhaust and intake system to attain those gains. Anyone w/info?
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A friend of mine has an '07 335i which is fun to drive, but I'll wait a while before I consider getting one. However,I read the hp gains on the AA website and I wonder if the software alone would give me the 12 to 15 extra horsepower they claim or if I have to pair it with an exhaust and intake system to attain those gains. Anyone w/info?
IF someone offered me enough money for my SC 330Ci ZHP I would buy the hottest version of the 135 (335 2nd choice) BMW will be offering - the 1 M was way overpriced and too few of them. It is VERY easy/cheap to gain a LOT of HP simply because it comes with the turbo from the factory (does it also have direct injection?). I believe that this is the best bang for the buck. Still waiting to see what BMW will offer.

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Old 06-27-2012, 12:02 PM   #18
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I need help! I'm trying to get the aFE intake system, however, one seller tells me tha the aFE intake kit i have in mind would not fit because I have Xenon lights, instead they recommend their much higher priced intake kit. I contacted another seller and they tell me that having Xenon lights has nothing to do with fitment. I wonder if the first seller is trying to get me to buy the more expensive intake system. Part numbers in question are: 54-20442 priced at $287.00; this being the one I want to buy. Part # 54-10441 priced at $409.00 is the one they are telling me will fit. can anyone help?
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Old 06-27-2012, 12:16 PM   #19
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I honestly don't think the Xenons has to do anything with it, but I could be wrong. I have a BMW Performance Intake and BMW claims that this intake gives as much air as the engine can possibly handle and I would say besides the sound at high RPM and improved throttle response there isn't much HP gain. I don't think there can be much performance difference by just installing an intake as the 330s are already pretty responsive. My 2 cent get an intake based on reviews and get a software update to match it. Dinan's intake is about 299 and they have a Stage 2 software to map the engine to work seamlessly and use the extra air coming in. I will check it out.
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Old 06-27-2012, 12:39 PM   #20
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that is my plan, to get the aFE intake and also the AA software for my ZHP; Active Autoworke claims up to 15 Hp gains an their software costs $499.00 so it doesnt sound bad...
Thanks for the info...
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