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      06-29-2013, 05:40 PM   #1
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As the title says, I had several thing done to my 2008 E92 M3 by Mike Benvo at BMP Sport.

1. Stage I performance tune
2. DCT tune
3. mDrive retrofit with Euro MDM (I do not have iDrive!!!) and necessary coding
4. Alarm retrofit with coding
5 Convenience coding

And all of this was done remotely :-)!!!

Mike supplied the SZL for the mDrive retrofit as well as the alarm bits and pieces for the alarm retrofit. I installed them. He first did the stage I tune last weekend. During the week I installed the SZL and alarm components. Then we had a powwow doing the DCT tune and the rest of the coding Thursday night. I didn't get the work done until 11:00pm and he stayed on the phone with me doing the coding until 12:15am because he wasn't going to be able to do the coding over the weekend. Talk about customer service :-).

I haven't been able to drive it much but I can give preliminary feedback.

Stage I tune:

I got the cold start delete, eliminated the top speed shelf, reduced redline when the engine is cold and kept factory redline when warmed up.

The car felt much smoother. Take off from a stand still is very smooth. No lurching. In fact, you need very little modulation of the gas peddle to take off quickly. The exhaust sounded a little deeper... not something I expected.

DCT tune:

Starts in D2. Smooth as hell with shifting... almost boring in automatic mode. When you shift back to manual mode, it remembers which setting you were in last (S5 by default). The shifts there seem quicker with more of a kick in the butt. The real fun is the downshift throttle blips... they sound much more refined than before the tune. It is loud, but definitely less rasp. I had no idea that was even possible but the effect is obvious. Another thing I noticed is the car is much smoother coming to a complete halt.

mDrive with Euro MDM retrofit:

It works! I love being able to push a button and go from D2 with normal steering and DSC to S5 with firmer steering and Euro MDM enabled. The only problem is pressing the "M" button also changes the audio source so if you have the radio on it will change it to the CD player.

Alarm retrofit:

It works. Not much to say other than it is convenient, offers piece of mind and allows you to use the same key fob.

Convenience coding:

These little things are just nice. I got rid of a lot of the door chimes. I allowed the key fob to raise and lower the window and rotate the mirrors in and out. Taking off in the car automatically locks the doors and pulling the key out unlocks them... which means no double pulls on the door handle :-). I also got double flashes on the hazards and instantaneous MPG. Lastly, the windows can be raised or lowered with the doors open. I might be forgetting something but I think that's it.

Conclusion:

All in all with this boat load of changes it feels like a new car. I keep coming back to the same adjective... but the car just feels more refined. Personally I love it. Everything is the way I want it and I plan on keeping it along time so it was worth every penny. I'll be sure post again with more driving impressions but for now this will have to do.

Thanks Mike!!!
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The only problem is pressing the "M" button also changes the audio source so if you have the radio on it will change it to the CD player.
This is a cool feature. Have all the settings in comfort as the default with a classical music station selected. Press the M-button and everything switches to sport, including the music with something like "Highway Star" screaming from the speakers
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Glad you're enjoying it!!

I have the servotronic file ready for you

We can load it Monday!
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      07-04-2013, 03:55 PM   #4
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"M" button also changes the audio source? why would it do that? Error?
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"M" button also changes the audio source? why would it do that? Error?
Not an error.. it's because on non iDrive cars the M button is the radio source change button. So he's pressing the radio source button to activate M mode

So basically the button give you engine music instead
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Not an error.. it's because on non iDrive cars the M button is the radio source change button. So he's pressing the radio source button to activate M mode

So basically the button give you engine music instead
Oh Da, lol i guess i should have read the post better, sometimes my brain doesn't work right,lol
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You like the kick in the butt.....
No , no now serious man,i like it too,this kick with the DCT software in S4-5-6 is becoming a big kick(push) of power and shifting speed and i like it
BTW.... OP ,very good review
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