New member from a 'volvo' forum
This is my first time here, found it by typing bmw forum on google. Looks pretty good so far and pretty informative. I have been on "volvospeed" and "swedespeed" for about 5 years and have owned several volvos. I have now a 96 850 turbo with a bigger turbo, chip, suspension, 3" exhaust, sways and a 5-speed swap. I guess you BMW guys may not care about some old volvo but I like it. They say on the Upsolute website where I got the chip that it should have around 280 hp without the 3" exhaust upgrade. 280 sounds a little high but who knows until you actually dyno it. Also I've had it up around 145 and have run some decent V8 cars on the highway. Too bad its a front wheel drive which I'm not a fan of. Anyways, I will always have some kind of old volvo "for life" but I've run into a few mid-90's M3's on the road and at the gas pump and I'm definately impressed. Also my cousin has a 95 5-series, nothing special, but it is for sure a solid car. I am a little worried because I though my Volvo's were the toughest, most solid car around, but if me and him were to crash head on, I'd bet that BMW would win by a long shot. I think you can tell a solid car easily by opening and shutting the doors. Sounds funny but when I close the door in that car it just sounds solid. I will definately get a BMW soon, I think they are styled better than the volvos and even a 15 year old bmw still looks slick as hell. The reason I'm here is to find out which BMW I can get for under 10 grand that has the same power as my ol' volvo. I am a little unimpressed with the aftermarket engine mods as far as I've seen. Seems like a supercharger is the best thing and I'm skeptical of a computer upgrade being that the car is not forced induction. On my volvo, you can easily slap on a bigger turbo and in 3 minutes put a chip in it and see crazy results. I think the chip in my car almost doubled the boost from 9 to 17 psi. I would think, though I havn't looked, that you could buy some good cams at least for these cars. On the other hand, in trying to make my 4 door Volvo "fast" I have realized that the best option is to buy a car that from the factory is designed by the best engineers to be that way. I'd say if some crazy german engineers designed the car to be fast, they are more skilled and knowlegable than some random aftermarket company. Long story short I need a fast BMW for under 10 g's. Thanks.
Last edited by 2404life; 05-30-2008 at 05:08 AM.