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      08-16-2011, 08:48 PM   #1
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Review: EvolveR Tune

so when i first heard about the evolve tune a few months ago, i thought to myself: theyre advertising this for $250 off what it would normally cost, the standard rev limiter is annoying so it would be nice being able to hit 8600, and why not add a few extra horses and why not make the car more agressive

when i initially got the tune, i messed up the initial installation. what you are supposed to do is downgrade the software on the car and then load the tuned file to that downgraded 140E software. well i tried loading the tuned file on top of the 220E and my car was completely f*cked. it wouldnt start, threw every code possible and idrive gave me a million malfunctions

unfortunately for me, evolve is located in the UK and this happened on a saturday afternoon so i was unable to get assistance until monday. but monday morning, got the help i needed. Sal connected remotely to my laptop which was connected to the car and we screenshared and it took 6 hours, but he got the car back up and running

at this point, car drove really well with the 140E. as each week passed, i continuously found issue after issue with the car however. nothing major but the DCT would act weird and if i wanted to shift from 7-3 in one shift, it would take longer than me shifting from 7-6-5-4-3 with the paddles. also, my BT tool would tell me that there are hidden codes that wouldnt be cleared. additionally, cars revs would bounce on idle and the car really wasnt driving how it should

i loaded up the stock 220E file again and all these issues went away. then i troubleshooted by loading an UNTUNED 140E file and the issues i previously stated were present again. so i thought to myself...hmm...140e is giving me these problems. but that makes sense because why else would bmw make software updates. so to be honest, i gave up on the tune for a few weeks. didnt want to deal with the headache of the problems stated above and i was running stock 220E for the past few weeks...until today

so today, i wake up, open my homepage and m3post comes up. saw a new thread from Sal describing how 220E is now tuneable...i thought to myself YES FINALLY, BMW SOFTWARE FROM 2011 WITH A TUNE. so i emailed Evolve and Sal told me hed be compiling my software and email it to me when its done. got an email and instructions with how to load it up. for precautionary reasons, i loaded the stock 220E file with the evolve software even though it was already on the car. then loaded the tune. both of these processes took around 3-4 minutes and i did this without a battery tender. turned car on, no issues whatsoever. then went for a nice long 50 mile drive just to make sure car adapted properly. first few miles were jerky but i could instantly tell when it adapted and when things were working as they should. the car literally feels like a different thing all together. none of the issues with my 140E are present anymore even with this new tuned file. did some pulls with a friend with another e92 m3 and i pulled car lengths on him. gear 2-5 seem to pull no matter where i am in the power band. it actually feels torquier

all in all, im very satisfied with the product evolve has for e92 m3s. they set the bar with this new way to tune 220E files
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      08-16-2011, 08:55 PM   #2
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I second that sal was very helpful to me as well. Got me my stage 2 tune yesterday with the new tuner protected 220E file. Seems to work great and car pulls harder for sure. I feel like I got my tune at the exact right time as I only ran the 140E file for the weekend then got the new 220E file yesterday and it is way better.
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      08-17-2011, 12:19 AM   #3
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Just ordered this can't wait. Are you in LN?
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      08-17-2011, 01:23 AM   #4
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Great Review! I've been enjoying my EVOLVE-R tune for the last few months EVOLVE FTW
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Just ordered this can't wait. Are you in LN?
noo im in newport beach but im sure youve seen me around
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Thanks for sharing the review!

Same as 0-60Motorsports, I have been running the Evolve-R tune on my E46 for quite awhile now! Since my E46 Evolve CF Airbox won't make it to my doorstep on time while I'm in town, I decided to pick up the Evolve tune for my E90 M3.

Your review is very reassuring! I hope to get similar results that are tangible on the streets and measurable on the dyno.

Enjoy the car in great safety!
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Mine is sitting on my desk! Just have to download my standard file this morning and email it away, will hopefully be driving tuned on the weekend!
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Thanks for the realistic review!
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Mine is sitting on my desk! Just have to download my standard file this morning and email it away, will hopefully be driving tuned on the weekend!
You will have it back very quickly, way before the weekend!
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You will have it back very quickly, way before the weekend!
Very glad to hear that! I've sent it through from two different accounts as one sometimes doesn't work. Let me know if you haven't received it
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Thanks OP. This review helped me in pulling the trigger on buying this product. I ordered a couple days ago, and it looks like it's going to be delivered today or tomorrow already
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      08-19-2011, 05:03 PM   #13
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nice to know - but the ESS thing, worked fine for me since first day - ok I don t own a 2011 M3 with DCT.... but never had any issue with oem software neither ESS flash, catless, 8600 rpm and bla....
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