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    Hi,

    I have just recently fitted a tuning box on my 525d sport (2005 with 80K), the make of the box is Drake box 2 from Italy.

    It's defiantly impressive, increasing BHP from 177 to 225ish! and MPG from avg: 35mpg to 46mpg. everything seems normal, engine temp idle RPM.

    Does anyone have any positive or negative experience with tuning boxes? can they do any damage to the engine short or long term?

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    Hi Scott, is this one of those PROPER tuning boxes that are available from some companies or is this one of those cheap ebay purchases that everyone recommends very strongly to avoid?

    How much did you pay for your tuning box and what made you choose this as opposed to having a remap?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott View Post
    increasing BHP from 177 to 225ish! and MPG from avg: 35mpg to 46mpg.
    These figures seem extremely unrealistic
     
     

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    Mmm, not so sure as it is a diesel and good gains can be expected but I know what you are saying

    It amazes me that these figures are always thrown around but very few people have them confirmed on a dyno
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by A20 RYM View Post
    Mmm, not so sure as it is a diesel and good gains can be expected but I know what you are saying
    True good gains can be seen but an increase of 48hp? and and extra 11mpg?
    God knows what that is doing to the turbo and can the engine cope with so much more pressure without bending the rods etc?

    Surely there must be a reason why BMW didn't do this in the first place?
     
     

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    Had a Van Aaken box on my 320D and was prob the best thing i ever fitted to it. The engine was fine until i managed to park the car it in a river n hydraulic it
     
     

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    That does seem a lot of a jump for Bhp ande Mpg , if it is correct these things should sell like hot cakes lol , tuning boxes have a tendency to dump fuel more than a remap (so i hear ) and 50 bhp on top off 177 is way over the estimated quarter boost you would usually get . Now i also know fook all about them in any great detail , but i am reckoning if i fire one in my 231 bhp e60 it should be netting me over 300bhp in which case i would order one fast

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    I think I have seen those sort of figures mentioned before. However, as stated in this thread tuning boxes are less advanced than a remap and generally just dump more fuel in. Would probably make it a bit more smokey as well.

    I do like the removable aspect of them but would probably go for a proper remap myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StK View Post
    These figures seem extremely unrealistic
    way to hi for a tuning box
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    Hi All, Thanks for the feed back,

    The box was bought off e-bay, the make is Drake tuning box @ £89, em i know it’s cheap and to be honest I had my reservations over fitting one myself. the only reason I got this box was because it was recommended by a couple of guy's i work with, one fitted to a Range Rover sport and the other on a CRV, they both have had them for three months and had no problem.

    The results are fantastic, MPG gain was taken from running a full tank on my trip computer, as for the BHP i can only go on what it says on the box, it's not been proven but it feels so much quicker more torque. The only thing i have notices is after a run when it's been driven a little harder when i park up i can smell a like "hot clutch plate" smell from the rear wheels, i guess this will be the DTC traction control, i have not yet tried the same drive with the DTC switched off.

    I'm still not sure what to do, leave it on or take it off, it's easier on the pocket with it on (45mpg) but in the back of my head i am thinking it could be false economy if anything was to go wrong with the car it going to cost a packet!!!

    Cheers,
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