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      11-11-2013, 12:31 AM   #1
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I've been thinking lately about how much I will end up putting into my BMW. I am just curious to know what you guys think is to much to spend modding, how much you've spent and for what, and what is worth the money vs what is not?
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Im planning on spending alot of money on mine and I will be going for functionality, performance, and power I like stuff that doesnt require an extra bank account for any mishaps. Take as much advice as you can from other modders in this forum, lots to learn from their mistakes and your own.
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      11-11-2013, 12:51 AM   #3
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if you're asking this, you shouldn't be modding....
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if you're asking this, you shouldn't be modding....
I'm not asking for me, in my opinion there's never to much spent cause you can always do more, I just want to see what others think.
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We can't tell you how much is too much relative to your own car for several reasons:
1 - We have no idea what mods you are considering, and thus have no basis for making a call on the matter.
2 - We don't have any idea how much longer you plan to keep the car and thus have no way to make a time vs. money assessment
3 - We don't know what mods you are considering and so can't offer subjective or qualitative views on whether the money you spend is "worth it."

You do know those things and I suspect with due consideration of of your overall objectives and plans for the car, you'll know the answer to your question before we do.
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      11-11-2013, 07:32 AM   #7
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IMO:
Engine:
~$1500 will get you ~85% of the gains most will see on stock turbos, no meth.

Suspension:
~<$1k shocks/springs +extras
$1k-2k coilovers

LSD:
$1k-2k installed, but do your own research to confirm, I haven't researched fully.

Wheels/Tires:
$1700 is about the low minimum for lightish wheels and ~300 traction.
~$6000 for new TEs and PSSs.

Exterior:
Sky is the limit and paint is generally expensive.

Ugh, just putting this on paper hurts.

Personally I think everyone should at the minimum go FBO + quality shocks/springs + lighter wheels and tires. That's my plan for this year, just to "unlock" more of the car's original potential. Next year I'll be adding the LSD, budget allowing.
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Modding is a waste of money..... I would rather invest that money into a better car to begin with. Unless of course you are building a track car or something

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Modding is a waste of money..... I would rather invest that money into a better car to begin with. Unless of course you are building a track car or something
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Modding is a waste of money..... I would rather invest that money into a better car to begin with. Unless of course you are building a track car or something
What? This is an enthusiast forum. Modding is what the majority of enthusiasts do. Are you an S2k owner like your profile says? Is it stock? Do you own a BMW?

Are repairs a waste of money also? Because it's smart to replace your worn out shocks with a shock/spring combo that better suits your driving habits. Not to mention the fact that aftermarket parts are a fraction of the cost of the factory parts. I've seen cases where a set of Koni Yellows was cheaper than ONE OEM shock. As many are long term owners, past 60k miles, why would you pay for OEM? So what's your reasoning on how this is a waste of money?

I agree that to some people a CSL trunk is a waste of money. I respect your opinion that all mods are a waste of money, but I think you haven't given thought to the scenario above.
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What? This is an enthusiast forum. Modding is what the majority of enthusiasts do. Are you an S2k owner like your profile says? Is it stock? Do you own a BMW?

Are repairs a waste of money also? Because it's smart to replace your worn out shocks with a shock/spring combo that better suits your driving habits. Not to mention the fact that aftermarket parts are a fraction of the cost of the factory parts. I've seen cases where a set of Koni Yellows was cheaper than ONE OEM shock. As many are long term owners, past 60k miles, why would you pay for OEM? So what's your reasoning on how this is a waste of money?

I agree that to some people a CSL trunk is a waste of money. I respect your opinion that all mods are a waste of money, but I think you haven't given thought to the scenario above.
Replacing broken parts with after market is not actually modding. Let me clarify something, Excessive modding is waste of money. Tuning your engine for $600 bucks and getting extra 50+ hp is not a waste at all.

My S2k is stock, 335i had JB+, A4 had GIAC, M3 was also stock. Among those 4 cars I probably spent less then $1500 on modding.

And I am not against modding, if you have extra money to waste go for it. I like mods but instead of spending $5000+ on mods, I would rather put that money towards a nicer and better car.....like M3 for example.

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I'm not asking for me, in my opinion there's never to much spent cause you can always do more, I just want to see what others think.
In my opinion there's no such thing as too much spent as long as you enjoy the results. Now, if you're modding to "keep up with the Joneses" then all of it is a waste.
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I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who has spent 13k+
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a little past 6k so far (and i've only had it for a few months)
Inspection -100$
new front bumper and fog light (old one busted) -250$
new front tires & installation (old ones were bubbling)-500$
Oil change, oil filter housing gasket replaced and intake cleaned -700$
Ceramic tint - 600$
JB+ -100$
new halo bulbs- 70$
Vinly roof wrap- 250$
new rubber window trim - 40$
New spark plugs -60$
New coil packs 120$
Jb4 g4 300$
VSRF downpipes - 200$
VSRF 7" FMIC - 250$
Burger tuning catch can -200$
new cabin filter - 30$
new wheels - 600$
Install of fmic/downpipes/jb4/cc/plugs 700$
New rear Tires 700$ (damn pothole)
Rim repair 150$
New trunk struts – 30$
gloss black grill - 90$
New turbos- free under warranty

Repairs needed:
Dents on roof: 500+$
waterpump and coolant: 1000$-not busted yet but I’m sure it will need it soon
stereo repair 100$ (screen currently jacked up)
new hood struts 60$
floor mats 100$
interior door panel and steering wheel ??$
underbody 100$

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Replacing broken parts with after market is not actually modding. Let me clarify something, Excessive modding is waste of money. Tuning your engine for $600 bucks and getting extra 50+ hp is not a waste at all.

My S2k is stock, 335i had JB+, A4 had GIAC, M3 was also stock. Among those 4 cars I probably spent less then $1500 on modding.

And I am not against modding, if you have extra money to waste go for it. I like mods but instead of spending $5000+ on mods, I would rather put that money towards a nicer and better car.....like M3 for example.
modding (ˈmɒdɪŋ)

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Replacing stock sport shocks with Koni Yellows is modding. It doesn't matter how worn out they are.

And it's only a "waste" in your opinion. Whatever your hobby is, including if your hobby is stuffing cash into your mattress, someone else may think is a waste. i.e.: life is too short, you can't take it with you, etc. etc. If your hobby is more traditional, say golf, guns, or building churches, then there are hordes of people standing in line to tell you how you are wasting your money.

You might be talking about buying a brand new car and building it? In the used market, the low-mid-priced 335i is about half of what a used e9x M3 costs.

I don't know what you are talking about at this point, because we clearly don't see eye-to-eye on how people should spend their hard-earned money.
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