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Hi all-

To all those who have "chipped" their car, can you share with me your experiences? What car, which chip, any gains and/or losses (no butt dynos please)? Any problems after the install?

Thanks!
 

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Hi,
I Powerchipped both my ML and my Brothers CLS 63 and was able to get 23 AWHP and 34 AWTQ. The difference is incredible, you can feel it right away.

Since then, I am now a Powerchip Dealer, and can help you out with a great price as well.

I am VERY happy with POWERCHIP
Heres the Dyno
 

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It's definitely worth the money. :thumbup:
 

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Done it to my Suby GC8 (I-Speed/Crawford), my v6 STi (I-Speed/Crawford), my E30 M3 (custom race tune), my E36 325is (Dinan), my Ford Ranger (superchip), my F-150 (superchip), my 4Runner (TRD), and am waiting for Ecutek to release the map so I can flash my 07' Legacy GT oh yeah and I even chipped my mom's old Lexus ES300 (L-Tune). In my opinion the chip/flash and a short shifter are the 2 best daily driver mods I have ever purchased and the first 2 I always recommend.
 

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Be careful with ECU mods on '06 E55s (built in '06). There are a few issues with "some". Only good thing is you get free updates for life, cause MB is swapping out the maps every six months just to keep em guessing!!
 

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MB is being a bitch. Manufacturers should want people to mildly mod their cars, just to keep the owners interested and expand their potential market. A simple tune will NOT break parts, so that shouldn't be a concern. Look at the 300C's issue, when they didn't have even a simple tune 2 YEARS after the car hit the market.

I'd be frustrated if I was in that situation.
 

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MB is being a bitch. Manufacturers should want people to mildly mod their cars, just to keep the owners interested and expand their potential market. A simple tune will NOT break parts, so that shouldn't be a concern. Look at the 300C's issue, when they didn't have even a simple tune 2 YEARS after the car hit the market.

I'd be frustrated if I was in that situation.
unfortunately mb owners who mod their cars is a very small percentage of mb's target customers so they could give a shit about people like us! they figure if people want a faster benz go buy an amg and that should satisfy the needs of most people....i guess they thougt wrong! :hammer:
 

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Jangy, it's not the tune that will break the car, it's how the owner drives it. You could severely break a bone stock car into pieces by just being tough on it.

Case in point:

I was driving a Buick Roadmaster (bone stock at first) before this MB, which shared the same powertrain/drivetrain/chassis as a 94-96 Chevy Impala LT1 (RWD). I drove the piss out of that car and really had my fun though. People don't treat rental cars the way I drove this thing. It went offroad, went racing, smoke clouds, pushed a few cars, bottomed out, went airborn, I learned how to oversteer/understeer/neutral drift in that car, hit 152mph in it, manually shifted up/down, ran all my experiments (shift to neutral in cruise control and see if it cancels cruise or hits the rev limiter), learned how to slide in reverse...EVERYTHING I COULD THINK OF!! Hell I used to kill 640 treadwear tires in 6k miles, including tire rotation too.

Now when the car was still bone stock, I broke parts..many parts. Things that don't normally break...

The Warranty stuff:
-The belt tensioner broke when I overrevved it while racing a BMW 330ci, belt tore off and broke the distributor...$1300 under warranty
-Power steering pump fried from an extensive brake/torque (overheat)
-Waterpump kicked the bucket @40k miles (high revs blamed...cam driven WP)
-Front suspension bushings
-Engine backfired out the intake...problem never found
-Rear Axle started grinding
-U-Joint failed

The non-warranty stuff:
-Complete new trans...broke so bad it was not rebuildable
-2 more PS pumps...always had a thing for burnouts
-Complete front end rebuild
-Cracked flexplate (shock from manual shifts)
-Cracked rotors AND pads
-Broken balljoint (suspension collapsed on the road)
-many many many more parts

Now most of these cars were trouble free, and this was a great car, but I admit I am the one who broke all those parts. Any car that's driven like that will screw itself over very quickly too.

You love your car and what it can do, but you just drive it within its parameters. I'm sure you floor your car off every light, but you don't abuse it per se, nor do you try to kill it. Even with your mods, you will still cause less harm to the manufacturer than someone who abuses a car.

Just to end the story about the Buick...it's still with me (vowed to never sell it because of the good times) and is getting ready to be modded again...more notably with a 6.3 liter turbo :drive: For those of you at the Pasadena Rose Bowl meet last year, I'm the one that came sideways out the parking lot at WOT :D
 

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I'm not disagreeing that point. However, that is what MB warranty is for. To have updates from time to time that are aimed at reducing costs (i.e. the IC pump relay which was intended to minimize the amount of time the pump is run) and yet having tuners flash cars back to older versions just to add their ECU mods is a valid concern.
 
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