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      08-15-2012, 06:22 PM   #1
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Coding Review - Tom @ EAS

Preface: I'm not associated with any vendors nor do I receive any benefit for posting a review. However I had such a great experience I figured I'd share it with you guys in case you were looking into coding. It's an inexpensive and very personalized mod that I think you all would enjoy! Also, I'm not very technical but am a fellow enthusiast/driver that is passionate about cars.

Over the past few months I have been modding, modding and more modding, and finally when thought I had completed my car I was wrong (less the SC which may happen sooner than later ) As personalized as my car seemed it still felt like something was missing. Then I heard about "coding". After doing some research I realized how much more I could do to my car to "personalize" it without having to spend a ton of $$$$$$ like I did on other mods. Since I've gotten to know Tom @ EAS I decided to approach him about helping me with this. After setting up an appointment, I showed up to his shop and he showed me a list of all of the things he could do to the car.. there were so many my jaw dropped! Once I picked the things I wanted him to do he got started. As I sat there talking Tom's ear off, he worked away with his computer hooked up to my car and made a bunch of minor changes that I feel made a big difference. Here is a list of what he did, which however does not limit what he is capable of doing:

My car: 2008 e92 M3 DCT

- Remove seat belt chime - Annoying, removed!
- Close Windows with Comfort Access & FOB (CA) - I love this! Not only can I roll my windows down with my key, now I can roll them back up! Its a simple mod that makes things that much more convenient
- Fold Mirrors with Comfort Access & FOB (CA) - That's right, not only do my windows roll up with the key, but my side mirrors also fold in. Awesome!
- Disable Window Safety Feature - No longer do I have to hold down the window up button if I open my door, it just keeps going up.
- Disable iDrive Disclaimer - You know that disclaimer that shows up on the NAV every time you start your car and you have to hit "accept"? Yeah it was annoying.. gone!
- Fuel Reserve Warning (1/8 tank) - My fuel reserve warning used to go off at 1/4 tank and now it goes off at 1/8 tank. Its nice not to have that warning come up when I have so much gas left.
- Remove Speed Correction Factor - From what I understand the M3's spedometer (digital and gauge) are built in with a speed correction factor. Mine was off by 4-5 MPH at high speeds. Now its accurate with how fast I'm going.
- Amber Corner Delete - The little orange lights in the corner of the headlights no longer turn on. Since my car is AW/Black combo with angel eyes and bright whites all around (turn signals, kidneys, etc) these two little lights were throwing off the look of the car. Removed!
- Windshield Wiper Return - No matter where the windshield wipers are in their cycle when I turn the car off they now return to their down position
- Remove front indicator lights - My front indicator lights are no longer on when my lights are on. They only turn on when I use my blinker. IMO it gives the car a cleaner look at night.
- Level 2 M-Dynamic Mode (Euro) - Apparently this code makes the car slightly less forgiving in M-Dynamic Mode. Instead of the car preventing acceleration all of the time, it cuts down on how often it kicks in.
- EU DCT Conversion - I'm finding that the car shifts slightly quicker than it used to.

I'm really enjoying the finishing touches via the coding and finding that the car is a bit more convenient in certain aspects as I described above. There are 50 more things you can have coded on your car that I chose not to, or just couldn't because my car is an 08 versus an 09 and later. I hope this review gives you some insight into some of the things available in the world of coding. Thanks Tom and EAS!

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      08-15-2012, 06:41 PM   #2
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Fold Mirrors with Comfort Access & FOB (CA) - That's right, not only do my windows roll up with the key, but my windows also fold in. Awesome!
Can't wait to see the video of this recode feature......
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Can't wait to see the video of this recode feature......
Good catch, fixed. That would be an interesting mod LOL
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      08-15-2012, 07:09 PM   #4
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Good info, nice review.
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      08-15-2012, 09:42 PM   #5
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      08-15-2012, 10:21 PM   #6
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Good seeing you as always, appreciate the kind words.

Interesting on the DCT, glad to get a different perspective after some driving time as I did not feel much of a difference in shift feel, but it may be a bit different being supercharged. I've programmed a couple of other DCT-equipped M3s and they are providing the same feedback as you.

If anything, it's definitely a convenience of the DCT simply remembering what mode you left off in. I haven't been on the forums much lately, but can say we'll be releasing some really exciting new stuff soon.

Glad you are happy with the new profile changes, don't be a stranger.
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      08-15-2012, 10:24 PM   #7
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The only thing I do not think should be changed is the low fuel chime. 1/4 tank on this car is pretty freakin low given its milage and I sure as hell want to know when I am at a quarter if I somehow am not paying attention that day.

By the time of 1/8th its really too late if you were in any unfamiliar area-or atleast you would be streching it.

You really should not be driving your car on less than a quarter tank regularly which sounded like you were doing that if it was annoying you. Other than that the features sound cool!
my fuel reserve is also coded to go at 1/8 versus the oem 1/4...like I stated in another thread, it's not that I wait for the reserve warning to go off, I (and I hope most that have this coding feature) gas up somewhere between 1/4 and 1/8 of a tank and just don't want that annoying warning sign or gong.
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The only thing I do not think should be changed is the low fuel chime. 1/4 tank on this car is pretty freakin low given its milage and I sure as hell want to know when I am at a quarter if I somehow am not paying attention that day.

By the time of 1/8th its really too late if you were in any unfamiliar area-or atleast you would be streching it.

You really should not be driving your car on less than a quarter tank regularly which sounded like you were doing that if it was annoying you. Other than that the features sound cool!
I never necessarily waited for the chime to go off. I was always aware of how much gas I had. It was just annoying that the chime went off at 1/4 when that really is not the critical fuel threshold while driving in the city when there's a gas station on practically every corner. If I were to be driving through a rural area I make sure to fill up before I go in. The nice thing about coding your car is that you can pick and choose which items you want and don't want. Its worth it to have the ones you want done coded. Definitely a nice finishing touch to the car!

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Good seeing you as always, appreciate the kind words.

Interesting on the DCT, glad to get a different perspective after some driving time as I did not feel much of a difference in shift feel, but it may be a bit different being supercharged. I've programmed a couple of other DCT-equipped M3s and they are providing the same feedback as you.

If anything, it's definitely a convenience of the DCT simply remembering what mode you left off in. I haven't been on the forums much lately, but can say we'll be releasing some really exciting new stuff soon.

Glad you are happy with the new profile changes, don't be a stranger.


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my fuel reserve is also coded to go at 1/8 versus the oem 1/4...like I stated in another thread, it's not that I wait for the reserve warning to go off, I (and I hope most that have this coding feature) gas up somewhere between 1/4 and 1/8 of a tank and just don't want that annoying warning sign or gong.
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Someone on here just quoted me a price of 400$ for a remote tune. I have been reading of others having it done for 60$, why such a price difference?
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Someone on here just quoted me a price of 400$ for a remote tune. I have been reading of others having it done for 60$, why such a price difference?
No clue; a very good question though.
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Sorry I meant to say "remote coding" not tune.
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Someone on here just quoted me a price of 400$ for a remote tune. I have been reading of others having it done for 60$, why such a price difference?
There are several different factors that go into something like this. There are lots of options that can be done. Not everyone has the ability to perform all the options out there. So you'd have to compare what you options you were quoted with what other people are selling the SAME options for. And we're also talking remotely, not just done in person which involves two different skill sets.

Secondly, and most important in my book, is the service you receive before, during and after the sale. Not everyone has years of experience coding yet alone doing it remotely. This is where the amateurs differ from the pros. We have years of experience doing this not just on the e9x series but e46 along with 5 series.

Just do your research and you will likely be happy with your choice.
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Someone on here just quoted me a price of 400$ for a remote tune. I have been reading of others having it done for 60$, why such a price difference?
We charge only $95 for coding, for any many options you would like. Some exceptions apply for specific features, which can be thoroughly explained in person.

We've heard reports of some vendors charging over $500 for simple profile changes. That being said, it's rare a coding session exceeds $200 at our facility. All coding is performed in-house and proper procedures are taken to minimize any risks that may be involved.

Experience counts in this field. Coincidentally, we're celebrating our 8th year anniversary today.

Feel free to ask questions beforehand so you can get a full understanding of what's involved in the process and what to expect afterwards.
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