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    Hello all, I'm a proper newbie, have owned a 1997 325tds saloon for a couple of years now, its a little tatty (which I aim to address), but generally solid.

    I was looking to improve its performance and handling without making too many obvious external changes, but haven't a clue where to start, plus to complicate things I'm on a budget and will have to upgrade bit by bit.

    I've been told by various people to undertake various of the following, but as a non-mechanic and someone totally new to "modding" I would appreciate all and any advice you may have for me.

    Install a panel air filter
    Install a plug and play ecu
    Look into exhaust options
    Fit a front anti-roll bar
    Fit sportier shocks
    Uprate my front brakes to sport versions
    Fit 16" wheels and wider, lower profile rubber (currently on standard 15" rims)

    Really haven't got a clue and could use all the helpful advice you can muster... and remember - its a diesel!

    Also my fabric front seats are knackered, anyone know where I can get some subtle but sportier versions without breaking the bank?!

    Many thanks

    Stoobart (newbie extra-ordinaire)
     
     

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    Installing a panel filter is easy and a good idea, while it may not give you much of a power gain it will filter better and last longer.
    A plug and play ECU? better to get yours Remapped.
    Exhaust,not sure on the choice you will have but you can easily get one made up to your specs.
    Fitting a performance front antiroll bar is easier enough, they are all the same on basic e36s
    Shocks and springs again are easily enough to come by,H&R etc
    A brake upgrade again is a easy enough upgrade, aftermarket pads and discs from EBC or Brembo etc but won't be dirt cheap
    A20(another Moderator) on here will be able to help you with your wheel needs
     
     

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    Good stuff, and pretty comprehensive, thank you!
    Apparently an intercooler and ecu re-map would be the easiest, cheapest way to more horses, does that sound sensible, what sort of power gain and what sort of money we talking?
    Again, thank you.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoobart View Post
    Hello all, I'm a proper newbie, have owned a 1997 325tds saloon for a couple of years now, its a little tatty (which I aim to address), but generally solid.

    I was looking to improve its performance and handling without making too many obvious external changes, but haven't a clue where to start, plus to complicate things I'm on a budget and will have to upgrade bit by bit.

    I've been told by various people to undertake various of the following, but as a non-mechanic and someone totally new to "modding" I would appreciate all and any advice you may have for me.

    Install a panel air filter
    Install a plug and play ecu
    Look into exhaust options
    Fit a front anti-roll bar
    Fit sportier shocks
    Uprate my front brakes to sport versions
    Fit 16" wheels and wider, lower profile rubber (currently on standard 15" rims)

    Really haven't got a clue and could use all the helpful advice you can muster... and remember - its a diesel!

    Also my fabric front seats are knackered, anyone know where I can get some subtle but sportier versions without breaking the bank?!

    Many thanks

    Stoobart (newbie extra-ordinaire)
    Stoobart, I thank you for raising this question as I too am a derv touring buddy that may be in search of more ponnies!!!

    Problem with panel filters is... they are not required!!! The filter stretches the length of the block... a simple replacement with a chip/remap is the key I think???
     
     

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    I saw this in a motoring column, http://www.dieselpowertuning.co.uk/

    And for the e36 tds http://www.dieselpowertuning.co.uk/p...o.php?page=all ........£350 though
     
     

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    Thanks, that looks pretty fair. Useful gain for a fairly sensible price to my eye's, that should improve things. Thanks again, you've been very helpful. Will be back re the rest of the car when I've saved some more money!!
     
     

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