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Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Sierra foothills, CA, USA
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So, you need to do a bit of soul searching....
Is money an object? (ie as in "Money is no object") If you have unlimited funds (or say $120k) to dump into this, here is the plan:
1. Buy a mint, sub 10,000 mile 2003 for $35-40k (Note there is no such thing as a "MINT car with 50,000 miles" period)
2. Spend ~$80k on Dinan S3. (or what, $35k on the S2)
Forget anything under Dinan S2. There is ZERO reason to spend money on the dinan 'stages' under the S2 level- they are run of the mill, add little performance and cost top dollar. The argument that "Dinan mods hold value" is dubious on a 6 year old car that is worth 20k these days, and the other argument "Dinan mods wont affect the warranty" is moot.
1. Find a well maintained S2 or S3.
2. Buy it
3. Use the $40-60,000 SAVED to keep it in tip top shape.
I know which option I would favor....
PS You should realize you are a one in 10,000 buyer if you will pay for new Dinan upgrades onto a newly acquired stock 2003 car in late 2009. There will be very few downstream buyers for your project, so plan accordingly.
Last edited by ard; 19th July 2009 at 08:11 PM.