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Old 01-16-2015, 02:54 PM   #1
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Replace or upgrade turbo?

My turbo is blowing smoke at start-up, and needs to be replaced. I'm unsure which turbo to choose.

I have a base model MY 2000 9-3 with OEM Sport Exhaust. I like the low-end power (and sound) but power flattens out at higher RPM.

OPTIONS
1. Replace with new Garret GT-17 and expect renewed power with a new turbo, and similar power delivery.

2. Upgrade to Mitsubishi TD-04 and get more power at higher speeds, and better reliability (so I understand), with some low-RPM sluggishness. This is higher cost (+$500), though still a relatively painless upgrade.

I have limited experience driving the HOT SE cars. When I drove one on test (many years ago), it felt sluggish compared to my LPT car. Is ihe HOT turbo fundamentally a better drive?

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the tdo4 is an all-around better turbo than your gt and a used one with no shaft play can be had for around 250
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I wouldn't put another gt17 on there.
upgrade and never look back.
luckily, you don't need anything but the turbo, lines, banjo bolts, and crush washers to do the upgrade.

If you were so inclined, you could buy an 06+ td04 that has the better intake pipe, but then you're looking at minor modifications to the intake to take advantage of it.
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td04 or nothing !
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You won't be giving anything up in the lower RPM.
Find a good used td04, put it in, and drive on.
You won't need any re-flashing or extra costs.

but... make your decision soon. I only got a couple thousand miles from my gt17 between smoke and death.
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Old 01-18-2015, 07:32 PM   #6
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Thanks all. Looks like a TD-04 is in my future.
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