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      02-02-2012, 02:45 AM   #1
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ESS Direct Flash E90 M3

I have an E90 M3 with an Akrapovic Evo Full exhaust.
After installing the exhaust, I was irritated by two things:
The Check engine light
The lack of torque below 3K rpm

I then decided to get the ESS Direct Flash for the M3. It arrived and I went ahead with the install. With a new battery, I went ahead without attaching the car to a battery charger. The reading of the ECU took almost 1.5 hours and by the end, the low battery sign lighted on the dash!
This meant that I had to go around and drive the M3 and and enjoy it.

I sent the file to ESS on a weekend and received the file on maybe 3am Monday. I guess they don't sleep! Tried to load the M3 file to the direct flash and it did not work. I emailed ESS and immediately got another file sent back! I honestly thought that my email bounced back and I hit their auto reply!

Installation took around 45 minutes and no battery light showed.In each time it asked for the ignition to be switched on, I had to press the start button twice. Once to light up and once to be on the ON mode.

When it was done, I took the car for a spin.
First thing,
throttle response is much better and the car actually PULLS below 3,000 rpm! I dont know how I lived with it before. With the Akra EVO only I had to wait for the car to build revs till I was in the sweet spot. Now, the sweet spot is all of the rev range.
The CEL is no longer illuminated which is something nice too.

I actually can feel the extra power and the sharper response and only regret not doing it earlier. I thought that it was a bit hyped and was going to get it for the CEL and the top speed elimination. Now, I am feeling all the power and throttle response in addition to the <3,000 rpm fixture.

Thanks for a great tune .

Shihab
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      02-02-2012, 02:50 AM   #2
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Same experience, great service. Ess ftw!
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      02-02-2012, 08:58 AM   #4
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I have an E90 M3 with an Akrapovic Evo Full exhaust.
After installing the exhaust, I was irritated by two things:
The Check engine light
The lack of torque below 3K rpm

I then decided to get the ESS Direct Flash for the M3. It arrived and I went ahead with the install. With a new battery, I went ahead without attaching the car to a battery charger. The reading of the ECU took almost 1.5 hours and by the end, the low battery sign lighted on the dash!
This meant that I had to go around and drive the M3 and and enjoy it.

I sent the file to ESS on a weekend and received the file on maybe 3am Monday. I guess they don't sleep! Tried to load the M3 file to the direct flash and it did not work. I emailed ESS and immediately got another file sent back! I honestly thought that my email bounced back and I hit their auto reply!

Installation took around 45 minutes and no battery light showed.In each time it asked for the ignition to be switched on, I had to press the start button twice. Once to light up and once to be on the ON mode.

When it was done, I took the car for a spin.
First thing,
throttle response is much better and the car actually PULLS below 3,000 rpm! I dont know how I lived with it before. With the Akra EVO only I had to wait for the car to build revs till I was in the sweet spot. Now, the sweet spot is all of the rev range.
The CEL is no longer illuminated which is something nice too.

I actually can feel the extra power and the sharper response and only regret not doing it earlier. I thought that it was a bit hyped and was going to get it for the CEL and the top speed elimination. Now, I am feeling all the power and throttle response in addition to the <3,000 rpm fixture.

Thanks for a great tune .

Shihab




LOL ESS is in Europe. I believe Sweden? Or Norway? Either way I'm Swedish myself and its 6 hours ahead time difference. So you got it 3am our time. To them its 9 am.
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      02-02-2012, 09:26 AM   #5
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I don't know why but I'm not feeling this lack of torque dip everyone speaks of. Car pulls fine to me below 3k.

Also did u notice any sound or tone changes in the tune?
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      02-02-2012, 10:49 AM   #6
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Glad you like the software
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How much for a tune.
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      02-05-2012, 10:47 AM   #8
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Thank you for sharing !
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yes, ESS tuner is a great tool. Ess has great customer service, and reply very quickly. I did have a financial dispute with them, but I was just trying to work something out.

P.S. I am in Germany, and was able to get my car up to 200mph (fabspeed HFC, Xpipe and ESS tune). I think it could have done more, but i hit a stock redline (I also have a map for 8600 redline), and I would need a bigger rear & front spoiler, as the car doesn't feel well planted at those speeds. The M button makes it feel like the car gets a shot of 100hp (it actually doesn't, but the way the throttle is changed it fills that way).

Overall I am very happy with the product and recommend it to my fellow M-Flight!
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I will write up my review as well here soon. I installed the tune yesterday and it went flawless and the tune def refines the car a lot. I have Akra EVO as well. Very Happy def recommend it to anyone who is on the fence
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Damn you guys... I'm really about to jump on the tune ship so to speak. Why on earth... doesn't BMW tune the car as efficiently as you guys?
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Damn you guys... I'm really about to jump on the tune ship so to speak. Why on earth... doesn't BMW tune the car as efficiently as you guys?
Mostly due to emissions standards and the broad range of fuel quality the vehicles are exposed to. Our performance software is a much better option over stock in my opinion.
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Mostly due to emissions standards and the broad range of fuel quality the vehicles are exposed to. Our performance software is a much better option over stock in my opinion.
PM me your number. I'd like to discuss a few things. I'm really considering getting a tune. Thanks.
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