Turbo = 2 tonspower. I don't want to spend a ton of money, but I just need some more horsepower.
What should I do?
Turbo? Better exhaust system?
Agreed, for the cost of installing and maintaining (read fixing) a turbo or supercharger on your E you could easily go out and purchase a weekend toy. A used VW GTI, Audi TT, heck even an older Porsche Boxter can be had for $8-$10k which is about what you'll spend to soup up and keep fixing your E.Modifying intake and/or exhaust has debatable results, maybe in the 5-10% area. Meaningful go-fast mods like forced induction is An Immensely Bad Idea on a 7-year-old drivetrain with 100,000+ miles. Something will break.
The most effective solution is to find another vehicle to get your power fix.