E90Post
 


Horizon LED
 
BMW 3-Series (E90 E92) Forum > E90 / E92 / E93 3-series Powertrain and Drivetrain Discussions > N54 Turbo Engine / Drivetrain / Exhaust Modifications - 335i > Intercooler pricing



Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      08-07-2009, 09:45 AM   #1
chiaobaby
First Lieutenant
chiaobaby's Avatar
United_States
3
Rep
317
Posts

 
Drives: 335i
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: NYC

iTrader: (7)

Cool Intercooler pricing

I have been researching 335i intercoolers and was wondering why the pricing for them are so out of wack? When most intercoolers on the internet start at $50 dollars lowest and for different sizes the price is very competitive but on the forums they seem to be 1k range .

http://store.max-redline.com/servlet...5%22%2C/Detail

this is a intercooler that similar in size as the 335i but is only $98 you figure you can spend less than $300 to make a better than stock fmic .I think its because our cars are name BMW so after market suppliers price gouge the end-users . Maybe Im wrong but it looks like that from info on the internet. Anyway has any tried to make their own intercoolers here??
Appreciate 0
      08-07-2009, 09:57 AM   #2
danniexi
Colonel
danniexi's Avatar
South Korea
30
Rep
2,085
Posts

 
Drives: 2008 AW E92 335xi
Join Date: May 2008
Location: NJ

iTrader: (14)

you're paying for:

1. craftsmanship
2. R & D
3. yes, maybe a bit of a BMW premium.

for each and every intercooler that's been sold here, i've seen evidences of constant testing to back up the product's effectiveness. the research and results put forth by the vendors/manufacturers give the consumer reassurance that the product WILL do its job. i'd like to see that kind of credibility on eBay/no name sites.

that's what you're paying for. not for the hunk of metal with two tubes sticking out at each end.

speaking of which i need one...
Appreciate 0
      08-07-2009, 10:14 AM   #3
scheherazade
Major
17
Rep
1,467
Posts

 
Drives: 09 GTR (& 93' accord!)
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: DC metro area

iTrader: (8)

Quote:
Originally Posted by danniexi View Post
you're paying for:

1. craftsmanship
2. R & D
3. yes, maybe a bit of a BMW premium.

for each and every intercooler that's been sold here, i've seen evidences of constant testing to back up the product's effectiveness. the research and results put forth by the vendors/manufacturers give the consumer reassurance that the product WILL do its job. i'd like to see that kind of credibility on eBay/no name sites.

that's what you're paying for. not for the hunk of metal with two tubes sticking out at each end.

speaking of which i need one...


Almost all intercooler makers buy their cores, and only fashion their own end tanks/hangers. Unless you do something like make cast end tanks (a-la ams), you're just welding up a box with a tube.

Anything larger than stock works better. It's just stating the obvious to demonstrate that it cools more.

If you frequented 'cheaper car' forums and read about their products, you'd see plenty of graphs showing good results for 'ebay' or 'other' vendors.

In my opinion :

There's a lot of BMW premium...
*BUT*
A large part of the BMW premium is that for every 1 BMW intercooler sold, there are probably 30 honda intercoolers sold. Why bother unless you can charge more money...

-scheherazade
Appreciate 0
      08-07-2009, 10:20 AM   #4
chumley
Captain
chumley's Avatar
9
Rep
725
Posts

 
Drives: 2009 335
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Naples, FL

iTrader: (1)

Well, it's like anything else, numbers matter. If the vendors of some of the IC's sold here were promised 1000 unit sales, or 10,000, then prices would drop dramatically. It take a considerable amount of time and $$ to build a custom piece, assure the quality, source the parts and production and sell them.

Look at exhausts too..most of them are 2 cans and some piping and still cost $1500-$2000. But with so many for sale, what can a one of these vendors hope to sell over a couple year period? 100? 200? All the costs to that go into it attribute to the cost of each unit. That's why there are usually such dramatic pricing drops for group buys, even when they are only 30-40 units.
Appreciate 0
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:58 PM.




e90post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST