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      12-01-2008, 01:50 PM   #1
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Drove an E92 w/ Powerchip Tune

Drove a friend's e92 with the afe filter, aftermarket exhaust and the powerchip tune. The difference is quite noticable, though I would echo Sticky's review in that it doens't change the character of the car, but rather amplifies and improves the existing characteristics. I thought the car was much more driveable and the low end was improved, though it wasn't suddenly driving like a C63 or anything. First to second gear shifts felt much smoother and I didn't feel the tendency to bog down in first gear on quick starts. It felt much smoother driving aggressively without having to get a perfect launch. The mid-range was also improved as I felt the engine was more responsive than stock just pushing the gas in any gear, and generally the car pulls harder all the way to redline.

Overall I was impressed, though I haven't had a chance to test other tunes yet and am curious to see how this compares to the AA tune.
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      12-01-2008, 06:54 PM   #2
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Do you know how much HP increase it has?
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      12-02-2008, 12:47 PM   #3
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they claim 20 hp, which I don't doubt after driving the car.
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      12-02-2008, 02:32 PM   #4
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Nice review! Thanks. Sticky´s dyno states 28bhp gain, not too shabby at all!
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What's the cost of a powerchip tune?
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      12-02-2008, 04:41 PM   #6
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What's the cost of a powerchip tune?
AA does it for about $1,200 I think. But these may run anywhere between $900 and over $2,000 depending on who you go with.
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      12-02-2008, 10:00 PM   #7
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What's the cost of a powerchip tune?
$990.
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      12-03-2008, 05:24 AM   #8
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just had powerchip ecu done!
I agree with smoother gear changes and throttle response is just amazing
that powerchip made a big smile on my face

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      12-17-2008, 08:56 PM   #9
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that's a high price imo
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      12-17-2008, 09:00 PM   #10
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Anyone know how to get this if you aren't from the states? I am in Canada and wondering if the only way to get it is to send away my ECU.
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      12-17-2008, 09:11 PM   #11
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that's a high price imo
Haha, compared to what?
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      12-17-2008, 09:46 PM   #12
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The flash on my 997TT was 2500. A lot more hp though.....
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      12-17-2008, 09:49 PM   #13
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If it's a true 20 hp, that's some of the cheapest hp/$ you'll find anywhere. Especially compared to an exhaust that costs $2500.
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      12-18-2008, 01:00 AM   #14
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Not a bad price at all.
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I just switched from the ESS tune to the Powerchip tune yesterday, and am extremely happy with the results. I have only driven the car back to the garage and parked it however. I look forward to testing it out further when the roads are dry (I don't take the M out in the rain).

It has some more "adapting" to do
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Is the powerchip tune a reflash? What happens when BMW services your car and they reflash the BMW software on there? Will powerchip reflash the ECU for you at no additional cost?
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Who sells the powerchip tune?
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Let me get this straight... You are swapping out parts designed by some of the top engineers in the world because some guys sponsored by a company told you it's "better??" But when you ask the same guy about tracking, "oh no, I have a kid now" or "I just detailed my car." or "i just got new tires."
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AA does it for about $1,200 I think. But these may run anywhere between $900 and over $2,000 depending on who you go with.

AA does it for 795 i think ... not for 1200
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Who sells the powerchip tune?
You are in seal beach, talk to www.evosport.com
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      12-18-2008, 04:12 AM   #20
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Is the powerchip tune a reflash? What happens when BMW services your car and they reflash the BMW software on there? Will powerchip reflash the ECU for you at no additional cost?
It is not detectable by the dealer, an update will overwrite the software.

You own the software for life, the first couple reflashes don't cost anything I believe but after that it is $100.
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      12-18-2008, 09:14 AM   #21
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AA does it for 795 i think ... not for 1200
no thats what it cost when they first introduced it...it now costs $995 from Jlevi, I believe this is for the month of December only so not sure what reg price is....
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      12-18-2008, 10:34 AM   #22
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Y cant they make something like the accesport where you can update the car at ur house. who the hell wants to take an ecu out and mail it off and wait for it to come back!! Is this update detectable by the dealer?
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