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    I've been looking at these. Does anybody have any experience good, bad or indifferent?
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BMW-DIESEL-PER...es_CarParts_SM
     
     

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    Hi there, Never heard of these tuning boxes before. But if you want to get more power, the only way to do it correctly is to actually remap the ECU. I have a friend in Doncaster that I can recommend you to who is more than capable of tuning your car properly and he gives a very fair price.
    If you would like to contact me on 07930410102 or email info@aptuning.co.uk then I can give you he's details.
     
     

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    Thanks for that. I've only just got the car and am happy with how it goes tbh but was just wondering if it can be possible to get an extra 35ish bhp for such a low price. sounds too good to be true. I'm sceptical!!!!
     
     

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    When I has a Skyline I saw a mention of a 'tuning box' on the GTR site, I think a member used one on another car and had good results.
    It may not be this exact item, the one I read about needed to be set up, it was not just plug in and drive.
    I only looked at the ebay ad quickly, check the feedback.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by nomis View Post
    I've been looking at these. Does anybody have any experience good, bad or indifferent?
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BMW-DIESEL-PER...es_CarParts_SM
    I dont know about that box but ive boxed many cars including an e46 320d and a e46 330d and they are always worth the money.Bear in mind that you will probably get at least half price for the box when youve done,extra power for next to nowt.
    A map will always be better but my arguement has always been is the little extra worth the extra £200?Depends on what you want to spend i suppose.

    Dont buy a box with a joint at the box end.
     
     

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    joint at the end????? the feedback is 100%. When i put the link up i was just giving an example, there are loads of different ones on ebay. Ok, supposing i decide to try one has anybody had one and was happy? Which seller did you use?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by nomis View Post
    joint at the end????? the feedback is 100%. When i put the link up i was just giving an example, there are loads of different ones on ebay. Ok, supposing i decide to try one has anybody had one and was happy? Which seller did you use?
    Some boxes have a cable joint at the box end.Avoid as they will hold water and give more problems.
     
     

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    right. Thanks.
     
     

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    The thing to remember about these boxes is that they are not actually modifying anything, they are fooling sensors and although they do produce extra power and in some cases people do report better fuel consumption. They have been known to have adverse effects which can also be the case of a bad remap! At the end of the day people will always sell these but I personally would never use one, but the choice is of course yours. I can offer a tuning box which actually remaps the ECU! It store your original software and then has another 2 maps to choose from which are normally economy and performance versions. These work by plugging into the diagnostic port each time you want to change the map and they even have basic fault code scanner capabilities. They of course do come at a price of £350+£10p&p but are transferable to another car providing you reset the 1st car to standard and that your next car is on the ever growing application list.So all you would need to do is purchase new maps for your new car.
    There was a thread that i got involved in where as a guy who sells the under the bonnet type tuning boxes (who is/was a member on here) said that there was nothing wrong with he's kind of tuning device. You can ask most tuners out there about these boxes and i'm fairly certain that most will tell you to steer clear. I know of a well known tuning company who do sell them though and I sold one to a customer who promptly returned it to me as he was not impressed and after experiencing he's peugeot with it on I was more than happy to give him a refund.
    So maybe buy one from someone who will give you a refund if your not happy with the results and at the same time maybe try a remap out to see the difference. That way you can judge for yourself!
     
     

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    Thanks for that. the boxes do sound too good to be true. Unfortunatly your 'proper' solution is out of my financial reach, at the moment anyway. Not as if its a slow car but you can never have enough power can you..........?
     
     

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