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Cost to mod, and to what power level: 2.0t and 3.8
well... considering Buschur's Stock Appearing Turbo Upgrade, and assuming there's no Flash counter on the ECM...
on the 2.0T, you could potentially be at 350whp while retaining the warranty.
and this may cost somehwere in the ballparks of $4,500?
exhaust $850 Buschur Cat back
tuner $700 (reflash $500)
intercooler kit $500
custom tune $300
upgrade compressor wheel and bored turbo $700
Fuel return line kit $200
TiAL BOV w/flange from Buschur $275
Cost = $4,445
HP = Bout Tree Fiddy
Looks about right... except you forgot the upgraded injectors, $400, and your math is off, your total is $2945. I also don't think you'll find an intercooler that will work for $500, but anythings possible. If you find a way to make a fuel return line kit for $200, rather than $300, post up a parts list, pricing, and how to, when you get to it. Everyone will much appreciate that, while the $300 is just a rough figure I cam up with. I also added in two custom tunes for $300, since people will likely want to break the 250whp barrier with it, and need it again at 300-350whp.
So, that's my additional $1300 I calculated.
I'm a Engineer/tuner, that's why. I believe in tuning your car to have it run safely, and at it's maximum performance without hurting a thing.
The basic tuner ($700) will be fine for basic bolt-ons. Once you beyond that, you'll need/want to have it custom tuned. At 250whp, you'll likely sit at that power level for some time while you save up for the next major step ($2k for 100hp), it will be in your best interest to tune it to have the most joy out of it and piece of mind, and you will want it custom tuned to be able to show for all the hard work you put into it, aka bragging rights. At 300-350whp, you plainly want that 350, not just 300, and so a custom tune will be necessary. At 400-450whp, same as 300-350whp, trust me you'll want the tune.
Realistically, no one goes into the dealership, buys a car, and then chunks down $7000 in mods to hit 400-450whp right off the bat. Maybe the shops themselves that sell the ktis, but no average Joe.
That's how I feel.
^On a mustang Dyno at that. I agree in the intake.
So, in your case, you might get a custom tune to hit 350whp, and then if you decide later you want 450whp, then you would get another custom tune. Two custom tunes, not three. There is always the case where people will just hit the bigger numbers, but it's more rare.
Props to you, for being able to do that.
I'll also be making changes as prices come down... but, something to consider, if you go with a smaller intercooler/piping to start you then you have to get a larger intercooler/piping later when you want more power. The list is what I see as being more typical.