since you know about VW, isnt it true that Audi sells upgraded ECU chips for their 1.8T A4's direct at the dealership that dont void the warranty and give 40+ HP?Originally posted by Entropism
My main area of performance knowledge is on the VW 1.8T (I'm moderator on a 1.8T forum) and there are a few ECU companies that will give you 45 WHP for $500. With the NA engines, like the VR6, you're looking at about 12 BHP for $250-300.
Now, from what I understand, an ECU upgrade WONT be available for the 6, at least in it's standard form. The computer is completely sealed off, so they'll have a flashable programmer available to the public to purchase, so we can program our own. Of course, this is good AND bad. Good, because we'll have the really smart people coming up with new & inventive ways to tweak that last pony out of the engines, as a custom flash will have infinite possibilities, but bad because a few blockheads will THINK they're really smart and blow their engines. Me? I'll wait till the company (I think Diablo?) comes out with the flasher, and a recommended way to change the settings. After that I'll wait till someone else finds out what works better, and then I'll wait a few months longer and see if those mods are reliable.
Oh yeah, another good thing: self-flashable ECUs = returned to stock before a visit to the dealer. No more voided warranties if done correctly.[/b]