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  1. Hadleigh007

    Whether to upgrade discs and pads

    Well your Mech is certainly correct in general, I had horrendous problems a couple of years ago because a garage fitted a crap after market MAF from a supplier called Swedish and German, it's all the same stuff he kept telling me. Utter rubbish, caused all sorts of confusion for the ECU with over fuelling. Got a genuine bosch from a breaker, plugged it in and solved all the problems. But in this instance the brake fade on the track was pretty awful so was hoping to see what else was on offer.
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    Whether to upgrade discs and pads

    EBC seem to make a few ranges of discs, are the others any better or are there other brands offering similar value that you know of? I took mine on a beginners track day which was great fun, but the OEM brakes couldn't handle it at all. I plan on getting a proper track car eventually but as I need to buy discs and pads anyway just wondering what sensible alternatives are without paying hugely extra money.
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    Whether to upgrade discs and pads

    Is that a current experience with EBC, I read on a scooby forum that they overhauled their materials in 2010 and promised much better products after that date, which other posts on that forum seemed to confirm.
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    Whether to upgrade discs and pads

    I have been advised that at my next trip to the garage service/MOT (June) I will need new discs and pads. As I have to buy them anyway I'm wondering if it is worth spending a little more and upgrading them. Has anyone done this and are there any recommendations as to what brands are a decent value upgrade? 2001 E39 530d Touring Manual Thanks
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    Which track car with a £1500 - £2000 budget,

    Well I haven't found the right track car just yet, partly due to living so far North everything that comes up is a considerable distance away but I'll keep looking. In the meantime I ended up taking my E39 530d around Croft for a day which was extremely fun and a good start to the hobby. It has a Bilstein B12 suspension upgrade and remap so it certainly didn't embarrass itself although it seems this model will not allow you to fully turn off the dsc, maybe not a bad thing for the first go though. I was in a beginner class however most people seemed to be giving it a good go and as the day wore on it It kept up with some pretty quick machines by maintaining the speed through the corners. My mechanic noted at the last service that it'll be due for discs and pads, any recommendations on what to upgrade them to, what is the best value for money? Thanks
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    Which track car with a £1500 - £2000 budget,

    yeah that's certainly a fair point, I've never been in an accord type r so wondered what people thought, mainly on the grounds of reliability I suppose and interesting feedback about the Z4 I've been a passenger but not driven one yet. I imagine an E46 330i with coilovers and upgraded brakes is where I will end up and depending how much I get into track days I should have a decent starting point once I start pulling the interior out! Are there any opinions as to good value coilovers and brakes as there seems to be a myriad of manufacturers brands out there its a bit of a minefield.
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    Which track car with a £1500 - £2000 budget,

    Hi, Thanks for reviving this post, I'm, still on the look out. My concerns with an imprezza is the cost of living with it once you've bought it, I understand that you need to find one that has been well looked after and that nothing about them maintenance wise is cheap although they handle incredibly well. I'm hoping to use it on the road as well as on a track. The honda accrod type r seems an interesting suggestion as they seem very good value especially with the lsd as standard. Has anyone here had one? I'm still keen on the E46 330i party as it will be a really nice car on the road and for days out, although I guess you've then all the bits to buy suspension, brakes etc. I'm trying to stick to anything newer than the year 2000 mainly for ease of working on it as there isn't too much rust about yet. Also considering putting this budget towards a Z4 3.0i as a car for days out and that handles well, has anyone had or got one of these? Thanks
  8. Hi I know this is a 5 series forum (and I do have a 5 series) but it's worth asking the question. I'm considering getting a 330i for some fun and am looking at either a manual, or the SSG auto box. Does anybody know how you can tell simply tell whether an auto has the SSG box or the standard auto? And also which year the SSG box became a good box as I have heard in early models it wasn't responsive enough? Thanks
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    Which track car with a £1500 - £2000 budget,

    Any thoughts on E36 or E46 and where would you spend the money, what make of components do you guys recommend on a 328 for Suspension and brakes set up?
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    Which track car with a £1500 - £2000 budget,

    thanks for posting them it's great to see different options and if nothing else you can see what they go for, you never know a bargain might crop up especially through the winter. What do people think of the 944 S2 is it too old or a worthy contender? I think I'll be keeping an eye out for an already done 328
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    Which track car with a £1500 - £2000 budget,

    I think the 328 or 330 is topping the list, want something that you can put into and pull out of a slide and something you can pull back when you cross into the other side of its limit
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    Which track car with a £1500 - £2000 budget,

    yep I'm inclined to agree that the MX5 doesn't have enough power and by half way through the first season you'd be bored wishing you'd spent the money on something more powerful . It will have to be something that is fun on the road too, having a quick look there don't seem to be any track days locally!! Someone has suggested a Mitsi 3000GT anybody had any experience with them or know anyone who has?
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    Which track car with a £1500 - £2000 budget,

    .. also any thoughts on getting a stock car and converting it yourself vs buying one where the work has already been done. It's cheaper to buy one already done but is the reason most are sold that they have already been thrashed to death by that point?
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    Which track car with a £1500 - £2000 budget,

    Some really good points here thanks, any on the list which are ones to stay away from?
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    Which track car with a £1500 - £2000 budget,

    Thanks for the replies, I am looking for a car which once purchased should do three maybe four seasons without too much work or getting bored of it. I’ve ruled out the front wheel drives and saxo/106’s because they need regular work as they break quite often when put into track use and I’d rather buy the right car the first time round, rather than grow out of it and want to change it after the first season. Between the E36 328 and E46 330 which are likely contenders the 330 is 110 kg heavier stock, but has a 0-60 of 6.3 vs 7.1. I know the 30-70 times are probably more useful but being the newer design is the E46 not better handling as stock? I accept that upgrading brakes and suspension and a couple of cross braces on whatever you choose will be the first place to spend the cash. I wouldn’t look at anything heavier stock than 1500kg because I have a 530d and have had an XJR and you really know the weight is there when you throw them into the corners. Out of the Japanese options does anyone have any knowledge of the cost of living with one? The Subaru imprezza for example, yes they are within budget but are parts expensive and do they break often? Same with the GT4 or Mr2 Turbo?
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